Placido Valenciano said Matt Mittermayer is a sea captain in Alaska during the summer, and comes to Hawaii to count whales in the winter. Matt and Emma were on hand to help the West Kauai Methodist Church (Judge Randal Valenciano said they had too many people when he got there so spent the time browsing) with the malasada (those were cannon balls!) sales at the Waimea Town Celebration.
Sandy Vincent of Honolulu said she has been selling at the Waimea Town Celebration for 29 years, getting the same spot in the vendors’ row for all that time. This year, she was joined by Torie Ho‘opi‘i of Missing In Polynesia Clothing, who brought the firm’s designer Meilin Vitale-Vae for a first-hand look at the crowd.
Shanna Kanahele of Maui came with her husband Daimus, and was anxious to meet their Kanahele ohana from Kauai, and Kyle Quilausing of the Big Island was having fun staying with Arthur Brun during his tour (they visited a bunch of schools, Arthur said) through Kauai.
Kudos to Maka Herrod (he said Kumu Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin answers her phone, “Ha-Lau!”) did a great job emcee-ing in the crowd, teaching the meaning of words and phrases like “hana hou!” and “Kamahao” and “kokua.”