Island events offer gift ideas for Mother’s Day

LIHUE — Christy Castillo was happy the plants she selected Saturday during a Mother’s Day planting activity at Kukui Grove Center were native ferns.

“I don’t know where they got the plants, but the ferns, a blue variety, is native,” Castillo said. “If it’s native, I’ll get it. I’m lucky they’re helping to plant it because I don’t want to get my hands dirty.”

The plants were provided by the Friends and Family of Agriculture in cooperation with the Kauai Nursery and Landscaping in Puhi, while customers provided the artistic creativity to decorate the planters. The event benefited the Malama Pono women’s health services.

“Lot of glitter,” Castillo said. “I like sparkly.”

Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, pointed out Stacie Chiba-Miguel, the Kukui Grove real estate manager.

“We decided to do it this weekend because next week is the Visitor Industry Charity Walk,” Chiba-Miguel said. “This is the second year Malama Pono Health Services is doing the planting event so people, especially the keiki, have a nice way to get a Mother’s Day gift.”

Other events celebrating Mother’s Day included the Kalaheo Missionary Church where the church’s sewing ladies, headed by Bette Kobayashi, were hosting a craft fair highlighted by hand-sewn products and lots of food choices. The event was a fundraiser to help the church’s group of travelers who are going to Mexico to help build houses.

Over at the Kauai Veterans Center, a craft fair starting Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday offered a variety of items aimed at Mother’s Day.

Orchid Alley in Kapaa is gearing up for the surge of flowering orchid plants and arrangement shipping for Mother’s Day that will take place today and Tuesday.

“Mother’s Day is the busiest time of the year for us,” said Neill Sams of Orchid Alley during the Garden Island Orchid Society’s Spring Fantasy show. “It’s even busier than Christmas or Valentine’s Day. We ship on Monday and Tuesday, and starting Wednesday, start focusing on the local deliveries. It’s busy.”

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