CKMS Band trip starts with street festival

PUHI — The CKMS Street Festival returned following a month’s break with proceeds benefiting the CKMS band’s anticipated trip to California in the spring of 2014.

Sarah Tochiki, CKMS band director, said she has about 240 students registered from beginning band through the 8th grade when school starts in August.

“We’ll be taking some of the 7th and 8th grade students on the California trip where the main goal is to have the students work with recording studios,” Tochiki said. “The band will also play at Disneyland, and we’ll be touring a lot of museums, the Science Center and even the Grammy Museum.”

She said the field trip to Los Angeles will have some element of fun for students, but she wants to make sure the trip is also educational, allowing students opportunities not available here.

With the school doors still closed for the summer, Tochiki said her goal is to raise $100,000 for the trip.

“We’re doing other fundraisers along the way,” Tochiki said. “We’ll be having a car wash on Aug. 3, and we’re looking at bringing back the Garden Isle-o-poly.”

She said there will also be future CKMS street festivals, which help the band.

Another vendor at Saturday’s fair was Mae Mae.

A child’s allergy to lotions and soaps was the seed for three Kekaha ladies, who were vending their Mae Mae products Saturday.

“One of my children is allergic to lotions and soaps,” said Sariah Kanahele.

“We created this line of soaps, cleaners, fabric softeners and personal products using natural ingredients combined with essential oils.”

Kanahele said the products do the same thing as store-bought products, but instead of chemicals, some of which cause allergic reactions, the trio use essential oils, which contain the same chemicals in a natural state, reducing the risk of allergic reactions.

“We’ve been testing these products for more than a year, now,” she said. “Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School’s Street Festival is only our second public appearance. We were earlier at the Kekaha Fourth of July where people were receptive to our products.”

Kalana Kaohi of Yamato’s Ice Cream was also one of the vendors at the event.

The producer of Kauai-made ice cream said he does parties, other events, as well as his regular appearance at the Kauai Community Market and the CKMS festival, where his tip jar announced all tips would benefit the CKMS Band.

Lydia Biggs of Ka Hui Hoolu massage was offering special dollar-a-minute massages, noting her and some of the other masseuse work with Jody McCune at The Beauty Shop at the Kilohana Estates.

McCune was one of the original coordinators of the CKMS Street Festival, and the masseuse came following their shifts at The Beauty Shops.

Accompanying them, Biggs pointed out some specially-crafted items such as the Flax Seed Eye Pillow, which can be used as a relaxant by either heating it in a microwave or cooling in a refrigerator.

Other specialty items included special massage balls labeled Back Ease, and handmade bookworms or page rests.

For more information or to reserve space for future street festivals, contact Tochiki at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School at 241-3200.

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