Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Dog that arrived on Feb. 16 (did you hear all those firecrackers from The Shops at Kukuiula?), and mahalo to Wanda “Cheong Hee” Shibata for the rabbit (all the way from Honolulu) that is supposedto help with good ju ju.
Kung Hee Fat Choy! It’s finally here! The Year of the Brown Earth Dog, and perfect timing for Flavors of Kukuiula, which is celebrating today with firecrackers (yep, Stacie Chiba Miguel got her permit!) and the Chinese lion dance, and some street food celebrating the year of the dog from 6 p.m. today!
Kung Hee Fat Choi — Chinese (and Vietnamese) New Year is Friday, and Greg Askew of Ono Pops said Candice Boxer (what is in store for this Earth Dog in the Year of the Brown Earth Dog?) is making a special chocolate Chinese five-spice pop to celebrate.
Anna and Ferdinand Toele are back, and the people are happy (Bridgette Orsatelli had her clan in tow at Missing Polynesia — who said she would kill ‘em at the Waimea Town Celebration?), and Lorraine Wichman and Kathy Beer were lightening their paychecks after work Friday).
Patti Ornellas of the American Cancer Society (Derek Kawakami said it was National Wear Red Day for cardiovascular disease awareness) was super busy Friday because she was helping at the Get Fit Kauai Worksite Wellness Challenge kickoff (kudos to Bev Brody on the Kaiser Permanente award she won — and thank you, Lori Naone and Karen Silver, on a great launch!) before setting up at Kukui Grove Center (David Sosner and Melissa McFerrin-Warrack were doing site visits between the rain) with a whole bunch of Relay for Life supporters (the first Survivor Social is coming up April 22 at the Poipu Beach Park main pavilion ahead of the Relay for Life on April 28 in Hanapepe).
Ever wonder who Bev Brody’s (congratulations on the Kaiser Permanente special award!) boss is? Brody’s boss is Jessica Yamauchi of the Hawaii Public Health Institute, here for the Worksite Wellness Challenge kickoff at the Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach.