Congratulations to Pillare Mukai (her in-laws had the old Mukai Store in Hanapepe next to the fire station), who started work as the assistant manager at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday! Pillare was checking out the place with Stacie Chiba Miguel ahead of the Flavors of Kukuiula that celebrates the Chinese Year of the Pig today starting at 6 p.m.
Barbara Watts of Kilauea was cruising the Kauai Culinary Market (Helen Lacono was giving shoppers chicken skin when she appeared with her sister to visit “The Soup Lady”) after work and thinking about that long trek home. She’s excited about Sally Cravens (Taste of Kauai in June?) coming back, and Stacie is all excited that chef Mark Sassone is going to be heading up the kitchens at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Ed Keaunui of the University of Hawaii, West Oahu campus (kudos on the successful Transfer Day at Kauai Community College!) said he made the papers on one of his trips to Kauai where he presented West Oahu awards at the KCC graduations. This trip, Paula Major was smiling, and Kainani Kahaunaele got to come home from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, too — Janie Crane said the Lihue United Church (remember how good that Labor Day breakfast was?) is hosting a Sweets &Sweet Things fundraiser Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parish Hall.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.