Back to school seeds 1st Saturday in Kapaa

KAPAA — The back to school theme was prevalent in Kapaa during 1st Saturday as people overflowed from the nerby Heiva I Kauai festival.

As the Tahitian dance festival closed with the setting sun, 1st Saturday came alive. Activity in the M. Miura Store received help from passing showers, which sent shoppers scurrying for shelter under the quick tent set up adjacent to Higashi’s.

“We do a trip to Oahu every year,” said Keith Kitamura, the teacher/adviser for the Kapaa High School peer mediation class, who set up a table outside of Pono Market. “This helps fundraising for that trip and other things for the year. Pono Market was nice enough to let us have some Chorizo musubi to sell along with our baked goods.”

The vendors worked under the canopy of music from The Lost Pelican Band, which played in front of Tropical Tantrum, the band getting help from a passing lady who anchored the leash of her dog and pulled out a harmonica to play along with the band.

“If you’re a pelican in Hawaii, you’re lost,” said Gail Little, explaining the band’s name.

Further up the street, two recent Island School graduates, Kim McDonough and Griffin Lord, were set up in the alleyway adjacent to Jim Saylor Jewelers.

“She (Kim) was amazing,” said Mia Terre of Michigan. “I stopped to tell her how amazing she was and ended up singing some pieces with her.”

The McDonough and Lord duo will be appearing Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. when The Shops at Kukuiula revives its monthly Kukuiula Art Walk on the second Saturday of the month.

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