Not ‘too orange’

ANAHOLA — Sandra Naihe loves owls, said Vicky Ramos, Naihe’s mother, Tuesday afternoon at the Kanuikapono Charter School kindergarten class.

“When I saw the book, ‘Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeny,’ while visiting the Barnes and Noble store on Maui, I said, ‘I gotta get this because Sandra loves owls,’” Ramos said. “She took the book to school where her classroom is decorated with owls.”

The gesture, two years ago, started Ramos on an adventure which has no end in sight.

“I made orange scarves for the kids,” Ramos said. “Sandra distributed the scarves after reading ‘Little Owl’s Orange Scarf,’ and even now, I see little kids with scarves wrapped around themselves at the different stores.”

The scarves Ramos crocheted for the children were not itchy, nor were they too long. Instead, they were orange, one of Little Owl’s complaints which motivated him to “lose” his scarf at the zoo.

Ramos said during last summer, her friend Mary Genegabuas was scheduled to visit Ireland, the country where Feeny lives.

“Mary got really excited because when she researched where they were going, it ended up being very close to where Tatyana lives,” Ramos said. “I made an orange scarf and Mary took it to Ireland where she and her friend met Tatyana for lunch and tea. They even got their photo on Tatyana’s social media page.”

The orange scarf story has no end because the picture Naihe captured of her class garbed in orange scarves also appeared on Feeny’s social media website.

“Kids love scarves,” Ramos said, making another batch for this year’s reading of Little Owl’s Orange Scarf. “This time, I made them in two different colors — orange, and blue, the color Little Owl loved.”

One little girl in the Kanuikapono kindergarten class wanted it as a headband, and other students wanted it as samurai belts, and a variety of other pieces of attire.

“One little boy didn’t like orange,” Ramos said. “When I switched his for a blue, he kind of looked sad as he watched its new owner put it on without a thought about it being orange. Maybe next year, I’ll do all blue. Or, maybe it’ll be all orange, again.”


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