Paina overcomes long trip

LIHUE — Coming from Honolulu via San Jose, Calif., to Hilo to Lihue was a bit too long of a trip, said Chucky Boy Chock on Friday.

Due to the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association hosting the state outrigger canoe paddling races on the North Shore, that was the only flight available to Lihue, Chock said.

Skylark Rossetti, spearhead of a special 50th Anniversary Merrie Monarch Hula Festival magazine, was scheduled for an appearance at the Kauai Museum monthly paina, but due to the lack of flights to the island, deferred to Larry Rivera, who was scheduled to perform during Rossetti’s appearance.

“We have the magazines for sale at the gift shop,” Chock said. “But we’ll have to wait until there are flights to Kauai for Skylark to visit. In the meantime, welcome to the paina where you never know who you will run into.”

Kumu Hula Leinaala Pavao Jardin of Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, one of two Kauai halau performing at the 2013 Merrie Monarch, had two dancers with her as she visited with guests to the monthly paina.

Jeslie Vidinha-Pavao, winner of the 2013 Miss Keiki Hula at the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition two weeks ago on Oahu, was joined by Breeze Ann Pavao, the 2009 Miss Keiki Hula winner, at the monthly luncheon.

“This is our first time coming to the paina,” said Terri Kaniho of the Kauai Community Federal Credit Union who was accompanied by Irving Soto. “We heard a lot about it, so we are checking it out in person.”

In keeping with Chock’s “you never know who you’ll run into” theme, State Rep. James Tokioka and State Sen. Ron Kouchi spent time chatting with Kauai Museum board president Maryanne Kusaka.

Kusaka earlier accepted a $500 contribution from Kilohana and the Kalamaku Luau, represented by Fred Atkins.

Larry Rivera got help from daughter Ilima Rivera, who also had to abbreviate her appearance because Larry said she had to go to work.

Larry said he and his wife Gloria just returned from Las Vegas “with the help of an angel.”

Reservations are strongly advised for the monthly informal luncheon where a mixture of local food, entertainment and the unique Aloha Friday atmosphere helps wind down an otherwise hectic week.

Call 245-6931 for reservations for the next paina on Sept. 6.

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