Last carnival for Mary Jean

KEKAHA — Camille Hesapene said the St. Theresa Carnival will have buzalasadas this weekend.

“The Buza ohana from Seattle, Maui, and all around come home to make malasada,” Hesapene said. “It’s real buzalasada, and only at the St. Theresa Carnival.”

Hesapene was helping Mary Jean Buza-Sims, the school’s principal, coordinate logistics for the carnival set up Tuesday afternoon.

“This is my last carnival,” Buza-Sims said. “When my contract ends at the end of June, I’ll have been here for 10 years, and the time has flown by. Then, I have a month to pack and be in Seattle.”

The St. Theresa Carnival runs Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in Kekaha. It will be the last time people can visit with the principal before she leaves for Washington.

“The school is 70 years old, and the church is celebrating its 75th anniversary in October,” Buza-Sims said. “I remember this carnival from when I was a little girl, selling tickets to people in Kilauea. The carnival has always been a community builder and a supporter of the school. It is the school’s major fundraiser for the year.”

Highlights include the popular country store, games for keiki and adult activities, a silent auction, and live entertainment featuring Heu‘I Bandmann, the Bailes de Jose dance group, Halau Hula O Hali Ileo, the Taste of Harmony, and Still Watah.

“This is one of the two last Catholic schools on Kauai,” Buza-Sims said. “We’ve pulled out the stops for the food booth and activities. We’ll have pony rides being offered by the Kauai All Girls Rodeo Association. They’re always so kind and kokua the carnival. We’ll have the Repeat Boutique which is really popular with the adults, and the cake walk. I think we’re one of the few places who have the cake walk. Sometimes, I went home with six cakes.”

Hesapene said the cooks are ready to serve the Westside huli-huli chicken.

“The Westside is known for their chicken that’s cooked with real keawe wood,” she said. “They even serve up Westside chicken at the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.”

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