Hats off to Pearl Shimizu and her Kauai Japanese Cultural Society on a great Matsuri Kauai on Saturday!
Judi Murakami had her “Mini Me” along with her parents, and Chris Faye said this was her first major outing before returning to work. Chris even stopped to help Roy Miyake with the internment camp project.
Sandi Kato-Klutke got help from Max (he looks real good in kimono) and was kept busy next to Takahiro Hirayama, who was kept busy making soba noodles while Toshinori Oba was doing the cooking and passing out samples.
Art Umezu said about 80 people came from Suo Oshima, Iwaki, and Moriyama (along with three media crews) to enjoy this year’s event, where Ed Vea was battling customers and the humidity at Karin Panui’s booth.
Mahalo to Anita Kaneakua for the energy bars (reminds me of Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair days), and if you haven’t heard “Hana wa Saku,” find a copy to listen to. Too bad we won’t have the Oshima Hula Hearts to dance to it.
• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.