Mahalo to Tina Ferrado and Mark Furr of Kauai Gourmet (also Hanalei Coffee Roasters and Hanalei Tea) for the great morning cup of coffee! They were among the coffee and chocolate purveyors filling the tent at the Coffee and Chocolate Festival. And Sara Martinka is a wealth of information on chocolate using items from all the purveyors.
Nia Klutke at the Moloaa Bay Coffee (they even had the real Amber McClure working) was going crazy because she was scheduled to do Chicken and Waffles Sunday so would miss out on the Harvest Ag Festival where grandma Sandi Kato-Klutke was going to be doing pumpkin sculpting.
Paul Togioka didn’t let the rain (Joanne Parongao of Tsunami Taiko said some of the taiko tops were damaged from the water) stop his Na Hoku award-winning performance (also goes good with chocolate and coffee), and Beau Acoba (he also was a great fill-in for Arthur Brun during the football game) was masterful in explaining the different taiko pieces and balancing the pause for rain.
The excitement overflowed into the Hanapepe Art Night where Kanoi Sumang (used to be a Yaris girl) came from Molokai with her offering of goodies inspired by Molokai living. Kanoi said she was born and raised in Hanapepe and comes to the art night around the 5th and 20th of the month when she comes to visit the Lihue Pharmacy people (they were doing the flu shots during International Credit Union Day on Thursday).
Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.