How many of you remember Nakamura Market in Kapa‘a? Mel Nakamura’s dad used to run that establishment, and Mel and his wife Nancy Nakamura (he said she was a Tada who worked at Tip Top) had a chance to remember the ol’ days when they came here for the Lions District 50 convention. Chef Mark Sassone (his culinary crew looks awesome in their black outfits) even peeked out to make sure the buffet was going smoothly, and hats off to Roy Nishida (he even got Bev Pang to come out and help) and all the Lions Clubs on the island for doing such a bang-up job with the event. John Ochoco didn’t have his camera out, yet, and Phil Sterker was almost un-recognizable since he wasn’t behind the Portuguese-sausage trays. Mervin Yee (he’ll be taking over Roy Nishida’s Lion district governor’s role) said they serve over 4,000 meals at their Hawaii Kai Father’s Day pancake breakfast, but Mel countered that they do about the same amount the week before Father’s Day in Manoa. Good job to all! Congratulations to Darryl Izumo (mahalo to Russell Shimazu for that tidbit) for winning the Professional Bowlers Association tournament on O‘ahu. Darryl (he leads the PBA West Region in the standings) is now in the regionals in Idaho this weekend. Go Kaua‘i! If you’re out Kalaheo way, check out Elsie Nishi’s beef stew (and mac salad) at Tutu’s Cafe. Lanaly Cabalo discovered that you can cover a lot of ground between Lihu‘e and Kalaheo, like meeting Phyllis Segawa at the National Tropical Botanical Garden and finding The Garden Island Kama‘aina Voices subject at Tutu’s before meeting up with the Kalaheo School’s production staff for “The Princess & the Pea.”
OK, ‘nuff said…gotta figure out the crazy Saturday-night schedule.