Yarhen Franco was having lunch with Christina Ensman Saturday. Yarhen is originally from Colombia, South America, and is visiting to talk about how she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox when she was eight years old. If you want a real treat, listen to her say “Colombia” (she said as compared with British Columbia, Canada). Christina said this year’s Operation Christmas Child takes place in November.
Gigi Grasso is from Brazil, and she, too, says her country name, beautifully. Gigi was at the Bridge to Peace festival hosted by Nicole Sakurai of the Happiness Planting Center. Kyle Chew had a full plate, helping Ray and Diane Nitta with the mochi-pounding demonstration before picking up his shakuhachi to play along with Aki Conquest and the Joyful Noise taiko ensemble (Sally Cravens said the kids are really cute).
Joanne Parongao had her Tsunami Taiko kids doing a performance in Hanapepe with Mark Jeffers and Janet Carafa.
There goes the fishing tournament hosted by Jolene Spence and the Garden Island Trollers, but Gary Ellswood (you should see him work between all those Tropic Care Kauai people!) said the North Shore tournament is this weekend, and Port Allen has its tournament next weekend.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.