Toothpicks are key to gingerbread houses

Toothpicks are the key to building a sturdy gingerbread house, said Ron Margolis.

Margolis was soliciting guesses on how many candy canes were in a jar while watching families construct gingerbread houses at the 14th annual Easter Seals Gingerbread Family Festival at the Kukui Grove Center on Saturday.

Liz Ann Vidinha of the Easter Seals, Kauai Branch, said they had orders for 300 gingerbread house kits, an increase over last year’s 250 kits.

Builders had the option of building their homes at Kukui Grove where a blanket of entertainment spiced up the construction process, or having the kits to-go for preparation elsewhere.

This year’s kits included two houses, icing, candies and a gingerbread man.

Mary Lardizabal, director of the Kapaa Middle School Chorus and Ukulele Band, said Easter Seals helped her family.

Info: www.easterseals.com/hawaii/

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