Congratulations to Kaira Ka‘aihue, the newest Miss Kauai Teen USA, who made one of her first public appearances during the International Day of Peace celebration. Kudos to Gerald Hirata and Mark Jeffers for putting everything together, and mahalo to Paul Zina of Eleele School for getting the fourth-grade class involved with making paper cranes and creating artwork which was featured at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple.
Happy birthday to Kazue Nakata, said Ron Kouchi in opening his remarks, and Peter Wiederoder was busy untangling the strings of cranes which had gotten tangled in the breeze. Roy Miyashiro did the bell-ringing honors, and Chef Carla Dusenberry was so busy helping everyone else with the food (the chicken hekka was ono!), she didn’t have time to create anything for herself.
People were treated to a special hula performances by Jayna Shaffer, who is a graduate from Eleele School, and Tyler Valencia (he was the only kane hula from Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala during last year’s Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula competition, and won the Master Kane honor).