Kudos to Gerald Hirata, Roberta Yanagawa and the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji and the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission on their respective mochi-making efforts to keep the New Year traditions alive on Kauai! Kim Murakami said he’s retired now so his entire family (even Kalani came home from California to help) gets involved with the church, and Brian Yamamoto had his Okinawa exchange students, Natsuki Morii and Kana Iwamoto, helping at the Kapaa gathering.
Auwe! No ice sculpting demonstration following the Thursday afternoon street fair at Kukui Grove Center, as major cracks developed in the block of ice. Chef Wally Nishimura decided it would be too dangerous to proceed despite waiting for a period of time.
Happy retirement to Helaine Perel of The Shops at Kukuiula (and to Val Rynda of FM97!), who was enjoying her final Kauai Culinary Market Wednesday, stopping to chat with Aida Dolfo, who had guests Jeff, Carson, Lauren and Tristy Tara of California in tow, enjoying the aroma of those sliders before hitting the next level.
Welcome back, Jeff and Cindy Haigh! Jeff creates those fabulous sand sculptures at Kalapaki Beach (happy holidays to Morris Unotoa’s family who was cruising the beach walk following Sunday brunch)! Jeff is planninganother display for the New Year’s (how about Chinese New Year?) that should be up by Monday.
Mahalo to Juvie Bercasio for “the itchies,” and kudos to Josie Pablo (she’s the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region recreation director) and the entire Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital ohana on a great Christmas party for its residents and their families Friday evening (yep, it got moved from the daytime so everyone could come).