Congratulations to Laura Cristobal Andersland of Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts and her sister Lori Cardenas of Aunty Lilikoi Products (did you try their lilikoi chiffon pies? Ono!) on getting gold medals at the 2018 Scovie Awards! They are international awards for fiery foods and barbecue products. Helene Carvalho, the Aunty Lilikoi manager, also has her passion mui (are you taste buds salivating yet?) on sale in Waimea, and Laura and David Andersland just got their Shop Small Saturday swag in…it’s coming up this Saturday!
Saturday (Laurie Ho of the Kauai County Farm Bureau said the Kauai Community Market is going full-on with Small Business Saturday giveaways and other goodies, too!) is also the Kauai Handworks Craft Fair (has it been 39 years already?) and Gayle Konishi (she went to Style.Kauai with Nikki Acoba — remember her little mangroves in the planters? — and Jean Acoba — quillows?) is already looking for ideas on the 40th event at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria.
Elizabeth Freeman is busy getting the Festival of Lights ready (Denise Asher is just waiting for basketball to start) for its Dec. 1 opening, and Carol Manera Texeira of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce better get ready for the Dec. 1 Lights on Rice holiday parade presented by the Rotary Club of Kauai. Carol said we should have the Rice Street Block Party for the parade since it’s a whole-day affair with the Kauai Museum’s annual Christmas Craft Fair starting at 10 a.m.