Home of the brave

LIHUE — Hundreds flocked to the North Vidinha fields Monday in anticipation of what has been described as “Kauai’s largest fireworks display at the Kauai Hospice 27th annual Concert in the Sky.

“We’re back,” said Earl Kashiwagi of Esaki’s Produce who was helping Chef Victor Punua prepare chicken. “Our last time was in 1998 when the organizers brought in the resorts. Now, there are only two resorts, and Kauai Hospice asked if we could help.”

Tina Brun said they have been doing food service with the Concert in the Sky for at least 16 years.

“We started out with bento lunches,” she said. “Now, we have the Caesar’s salad and watermelon.”

Kaulana Kaohi of Yamato’s was doing double-duty, dispensing ice cream from his familiar food truck, and setting up a tent where he could prepare food specials.

“I brought Robert Segundo in from Washington state just to do this,” Kaohi said of the growing line of orders. “He set everything up, but you need to come see our new kitchen located next to the Suds car wash.”

Marynel Valenzuela, vice president of the Kauai Hospice board, welcomed and thanked people for attending what she described as one of Kauai’s traditional Fourth of July events — spending the afternoon with each other and friends, enjoying entertainment and food while anticipating Kauai’s largest pyrotechnic display sponsored by King Auto Center.

Entertainment included the visiting Tahitian delegation, Te Avamo‘a who are here for a cultural exchange featuring the groups O Tahiti e, Haururu, and Toa Huhina, a group from the Marquesas Islands. They were joined by headliner Kapena, and Aldrine Guerrero with a variety of prizes, including a trip for two to Las Vegas, and an Alaska Airlines trip being given away.

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