Pink Sunday celebrates women

LIHUE — This year’s Pink Sunday was better than last year because it had more than 100 vendors at the Kauai Veterans Center, commented a shopper.

“It’s a lot better than last year,” agreed vendor Stel Pimental of Stel’s Gifts & Things. “It appears to be laid out better and there are more people shopping through the different stations.”

Renee Hamilton, executive director of the YWCA of Kauai, said the Second Annual Pink Sunday Women’s Expo was created to highlight women and their many talents.

“We have a wide range of talents from local women,” Hamilton said. “Women are more than crafters, and we have women — local women — with a variety of non-traditional talents. We also have students and student groups as well as health exhibits oriented toward women, and community nonprofits who need exposure.”

A steady stream of people overflowed the parking areas and flowed through the interior to outside tents where vendor tables and exhibits lined the shaded avenues, highlighted by entertainment from the entertainment lineup.

“This is my first time here,” said Janine Lynne of Black Dog Farms Kauai on the North Shore. “I heard about it from friends who were here last year, and since we have a small farm, I thought I would give it a try because we support these types of community groups.”

Lynne was offering a variety of European mustards and hot sauces created from items produced on their farm. A Buddha Hand invited closer looks.

“It’s a good conversation piece,” Lynne said. “People don’t really know how it’s used, but have to stop when they pass it. We have a tree on the farm, and with all the rain this year, they really got big.”

Stephanie Steuri, the reigning Miss Hawaii and a Kauai native, couldn’t resist an opportunity to visit her home island, so she made a surprise visit at the invitation of YWCA of Kauai board member Kuulei Santos.

Other women making appearances included author Agnes Marti and adventurer Melissa Burovac, who was on hand to sign her book, a collection of her global adventures.

Chez Chanterelle, a Kauai fashion designer featured at the Hawaii Fashion Month program at the mall Saturday, was on hand to meet shoppers and offer information on her design pieces.

“Last year, we had space to bring some of our material for sale,” the North Shore designer said. “Unfortunately, this year, we were limited to a table so all we can offer is information on how to get the pieces.”

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