KAPAA — Canoe plants are taking center stage at Hanai Market from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and bingo is the name of the game.
The evening of prizes, barbecue plate dinners, raffles and more will generate money to feed lunch to kids at Kawaikini Public Charter School in Lihue.
“It’s a family event and you can win prizes,” said Sara Hopps of Malama Kauai, who is organizing the event.
Bingo cards will be offered for a donation of $1 each.
The goal of the bingo game will be to match the name of canoe plants with the picture on the card, so the event promises to be educational as well as entertaining. Both Hawaiian and English names of plants will be used.
“It’s so people get familiar with them, seeing the pictures and seeing the names,” Hopps said.
Prizes include gift certificates, jewelry and activity passes. There will be a 50/50 cash raffle.
“It’s a donation cost for raffle tickets and a cash pool,” Hopps said. “The winner gets half the pool of cash and we get the other half.”
Topping off the evening will be a local canoe plant meal hosted by the owners of Hanai Market, Collin Darrell and Adam Watten, who serve up a community barbecue at their market every Saturday in Kapaa.
Hanai Market, located in the old Kojima Store in downtown Kapaa, has been open for seven months and stocks 100 percent local ingredients.
“As a new business, we want to be affiliated with great community things and organizations,” Darrell said. “What (Malama Kauai does) for the community, especially nurturing food culture, that’s the mission of our market, too.”