Vendors, artist light up Kapaa first Saturday

KAPAA — Getting a chicken’s perspective of Kauai is available every day, but when the sun goes down on First Saturday, a new world emerges.

“We just got the new installment of Aretha and her three chicks,” said Rachael Davis of Jungle Chicks, described as “Chickology Specialists,” Saturday during First Saturday in Kapaa. “Aretha and her chicks are part of a world where three tribes (based on chicken terms) live in an environment similar to Kauai.”

The latest installment takes readers to the North Shore and as in the original book, is written by Oba, Rachael’s husband, and illustrated by Rachael’s mom, Elsa Thompson.

The two children’s titles are offered at the “chickology” shop in the Roxy Square amidst an array of chicken-inspired apparel, gifts, and knick-knacks.

The normal serene sidewalks created by the closing of businesses as the sun sets is changed to one of bustling traffic as vendors join the array of shops and eateries of everyday Kapaa.

“I have to clean my room before going off to college,” said Griffin Lord, an artist who set up outside Jim Saylor Jewelers. “I have to houseclean, and if I make any profit, it helps because college is expensive.”

Lord was joined by Kim McDonough, hypnotizing shoppers with her performance on an electric violin.

“When she played ‘Danny Boy,’ I started tearing,” said Juliet Kaohelaulii from nearby Work It Out. “My daughters who run the shop said it was time for me to go into the back room.”

Outside the Work It Out active lifestyle shop, artist Leticia Elzaurdia manned a table bearing artwork inspired by her local roots and growing up in California.

“I’m glad I got to set up, here,” Elzaurdia said. “The girls are really nice. I was born on the North Shore, but moved to California at an early age. I taught to kids in the Bay area and did murals for museums before coming back to Kauai where I was born.”

Throughout the night, groups of students fundraising for different events passed through with buckets and fishnets.

“We’re raising money for Ori Uvira so we can participate in the heiwa which will take place here in Kapaa,” said Pua Laa of the halau led by Kumu Nicholas Kaneakua.

Open from 5 to 9 p.m., First Saturday is hosted on the first Saturday of each month by the Kapaa Business Association, starting from the Ono Family Restaurant and spanning the town through the Kapaa Public Library.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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