PUHI — Dave Resnick of San Francisco said they were used to this kind of weather, just not the humidity, as passing rainstorms pelted shoppers Saturday at the Kauai Community Market.
“Is this Hawaiian snow?” Pat Miller of Vermont wanted to know. “We’re used to this kind of rain, but it’s a lot colder back home.”
Musician Gary Reid responded to being pelted with rain by playing his rendition of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” The song was made well-known by John Fogerty and the Creedance Clearwater Revival.
“There’s water everywhere,” Reid said, sloshing around his unamplified guitar. “Next it’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’”
Mary Bea Porter King wanted to know where all the vendors were.
The Saturday event, held the day after Christmas, was an optional market for the weekly farmers market, which is a partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau and the Kauai Community College.
“They told us it was optional,” said Daphne McClure of Moloaa Bay Coffee. “There are a lot of vendors who took advantage of the option and didn’t come out.”
“I can’t do iced coffee,” added John McClure as people cleared his tent following a deluge. “I haven’t sold a single one yet.”
Sandie Kato-Klutke of Sushi Sandy was one of those who spent the day at home, sending her granddaughter Nya Klutke to man the tables of sushi, Japanese pickled style vegetables and a good supply of mochi in anticipation of New Year’s celebrations.
“It’s been OK,” Klutke said. “It’s a good thing the Princess Cruises ‘Ruby Princess’ is in port. There are people from everywhere.”
Dr. Pat Fallbeck of the Master Gardeners program was ecstatic over the spectrum of visitors brought in by the ship’s visit.
“The Master Gardeners program is a national program,” she said. “We’ve had visitors from several states, including a lot from Alaska, who stop by and talk about the Master Gardener program from where they come from.”
Visitors included a woman who said they produce 1,000-pound cabbages in greenhouses in Alaska and more than 150 pounds of tomatoes — all from an 8-by-10-foot greenhouse.
The National Weather Service forecasts strong and gusty trade winds to continue through the remainder of the holiday weekend due to a surface high pressure system passing north of Hawaii. The winds will keep bringing low clouds and showers with some of the showers reaching leeward areas. The strong trades will subside early in the week.