Ron Wiley was getting a little sentimental Wednesday, the final day for Ma’s Restaurant. It’s amazing how many community leaders stop by that little eatery … Leilani Bond said “aloha” to the ladies after she got through with an on-air promo for her ho‘ike tonight at the convention hall, Ron ran over between songs to say he’ll still bring Ma (Akiyo Honjo) papayas, and he enjoyed the toast. Derek Kawakami was on his way to the office, but said he had to come by and bid farewell to a place he grew up in. And even Lester Chang found time to have a last breakfast there. JK was doing his morning rounds, but don’t know if that included one last meal at Ma’s.
Happy retirement, Ma! And, happy retirement also to Dr. Katok Chuang who also closed the doors to his “Dr. Welby-style office” on Akahi Street Wednesday as well … thank heaven for e-mails … got my notice from a Lion. And since all the Lions were there early, it was too early for son Kirk Chuang since it was his day off from Costco.
Meanwhile, if you’re out Kapa‘a way, you might get lucky and see Oreo (the dog) working out with some of the seniors at the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center … she even smiles. Oreo belongs to site manager Marta Hulsman and is really good with all the seniors that frequent the center. Aaron Uyeda and Melanie Okamoto were admiring the handiwork of Mari Woody, the creator of the quilt that will be given away in a lucky number drawing April 5. Yes, you can get tickets from Marta and all the Kapa‘a seniors.
OK, ’nuff said … gotta check out Marie Canella of the Kaua‘i Children’s Discovery Museum at the East Side Family Summit … who knows? Maybe Bridget Arume will be there.