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6 Recognized for Completing Kaua‘i Drug Court Program

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From left, Honorable Drug & Veterans Court Judge Michael K. Soong, Veterans Court graduate Gerald Nash, and Drug Court graduates Sovaleni Lucidarme-Musika, Winna Kaohelauli’i, and Alfred Montero.
(not pictured:  Clayton Koerte and Shan Costa-Brum).
PC: Hawai’i State Judiciary

The Kaua‘i Drug Court celebrated the graduation of a handful of its participants including one from Veterans Treatment Court.

On Nov. 30, graduates and the drug court team gathered in the courtroom to recognize Sovaleni Lucidarme-Musika, Winna Kaohelauli’i, and Alfred Montero; as well as Veterans Treatment Court graduate Gerald Nash.

Graduates Clayton Koerte and Shan Costa-Brum appeared for the ceremony over Zoom.


“Let me be the first to congratulate you,” said Drug Court Judge Michael K. Soong. “It’s been a real privilege and pleasure for me. Thank you for letting me be part of your journey.”

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami was present at the graduation via Zoom. He offered a “huge mahalo” to the drug court staff and families.

“You’re going to be tested and pushed against a wall,” Kawakami said, adding they just need to take it one step at a time.

From left, graduate Gerald Nash and Evan Price, his mentor. PC: Hawai’i State Judiciary

Kawakami shared with the men the work he’s done to live a sober life from alcohol, with more than 600 days without a drink.

“I’m in it with you,” the mayor said. “We’re going to walk this journey of sobriety together.”

Each graduate was allowed to say a few words after being recognized for completing the program. All of them expressed appreciation to their families and drug court staff for their support in recovery.


“You folks should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished,” Soong added.

Nash is the first Veterans Treatment Court graduate who served in the US Army.  He thanked his mentor, Evan Price, as well the drug court team, his friends and family.

Soong also recognized Price for his work as a mentor.

“It’s an honor to participate in a program and offer a shoulder to those in need of direction,” he said.


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