‘Cookie person’ bends rule on Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

PUHI — Connie Clausen of American Savings Bank said she is a “cookie person,” but she makes an exception for pineapple upside-down cake.

Clausen was one of the people who took advantage of a free piece of pineapple upside-down cake and a cup of coffee Friday during the National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day.

“I’m a cookie person,” said Clausen, who had just attended the Paul Douglass Celebration of Life. “But I make exception when it comes to pineapple upside down cake.”

Kathy Peters, donning her Happiness Facilitator nametag, said that is perfect because Apr. 30 is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

Chef Ryan Theis of the Regency at Puakea, a retirement community in Puhi, said he created a large sheet cake for the residents and about five or six other pans to accommodate the community, who wanted to take advantage of free cake and coffee.

Peters said this is not the first culinary celebration Regency has done, previously celebrating National Cherry Pie Day and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day as well.

The cake comes on the heels of the Regency at Puakea residents’ Earth Day observance where they got help from landscape magician Edd Schepker in planting a rainbow papaya tree for Earth Day, the residents making their way along the pathway decorated with Earth-Day-themed hangers created by Kaua‘i High School Key Club students during the arts and crafts session.

Visit www.regencypuakea.com for more information.

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