LIHUE — The staff at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School had a place for coffee break Friday.
Sharon Lasker, director of marketing at the Regency at Puakea, said she was on the radio talking about Friday being National Pecan Pie Day, and the CKMS people who were working heard about the celebration and came over.
The public was invited to drop by the retirement and assisted living facility across the street from CKMS to have a free slice of pecan pie and a cup of freshly-brewed coffee, or a glass of iced tea from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday.
“Chef Ryan Theis is back and baked up a whole batch for people to enjoy,” Lasker said. “Pecan pie is one of the more popular pies enjoyed by people next to apple.”
Jack and Ann Martin, new residents to Regency, were pleased to enjoy the dessert as a mid-morning coffee break.
“We’re originally from Newport Beach, California,” Ann said. “Our daughter lives here. You couldn’t pry her away from this place, but she works and we didn’t want to be a burden to her work, so we came to check out this place.”
Enjoying the mid-morning snack, Ann said she used to do volunteer writing for the Lamplighter in California, talking about new arrivals.
“I had no trouble getting a photographer out to do photos,” she said.
Lasker, in an email of things pecan related, said pecans are the only tree nut which is truly native to the United States with Georgia leading the nation in pecan production, a status it has enjoyed since the late 1800s.
People who love pecan pie can be described as thoughtful and analytical, according to pie personalities.
Crisco, following a survey, said the most popular dessert pie in America is apple, followed by pumpkin and pecan.
But above all, Lasker said, 90 percent of Americans agree that a slice of pie represents one of the simple pleasures of life, and was happy Regency at Puakea could offer people a free slice on National Pecan Pie Day.
Sandy Poehnelt of The Right Slice whose bakery is in the Puhi Industrial Park, said she was going to be sure and advise her people about the holiday so they could offer its pie customers something special for the occasion as well.
For those who are interested, Saturday is National French Fries Day, Sunday is Beans and Franks Day, and Monday is Macaroni Day, according to the Flying Dutchman website of national food holidays.
The Regency at Puakea is a retirement and assisted living center committed to providing excellent senior living in Lihue.
Visit www.reencypuakea.com, or call 246-4449 for more information.
• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.