Happy Camper for Sunday, February 10, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Chinese lions get fed lai see (monetary offerings) for good luck and prosperity for the feeder during the Flavors of Kukuiula Friday. Kung Hee Fat Choy!

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Diane Rubio of Falling Down Romance welcomes the Chinese New Year on her electric stringed instrument during the Flavors of Kukuiula Friday. Kung Hee Fat Choy!

Kung Hee Fat Choy! Wow! No one says it quite like Diane Rubio (she and Dan Cruces are Falling Down Romance!), and she even did pieces with a Chinese violin during the Flavors of Kukuiula celebrating the Chinese New Year (350 lai see envelopes — for monetary offerings for good luck — were not enough?) at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday.

Stacie Chiba Miguel and Pillare Mukai (isn’t this a great way to start a new job?) had their hands full guiding the Chinese lions (Coach Beau Acoba of Tsunami Taiko said this was the first time he had to do the moving drums) and trying to clear the path.

Sue and Solomon Kanoho had Sue’s parents visiting and getting to experience the wild side (eight is considered a good-luck number!) of tourism, and even Wanda Shibata had out-of-town guests here for a Kauai-style Chinese New Year.

Stacie said more excitement is on tap when Manaola (they were the off-island vendor of choice during a hula hoike!) will do a pop-up event Friday through Sunday in the space across Eco Adventures.

Kimberly Hope is supposed to preview her upcoming concert of original music for violins today at the Kukui Grove Center, where Melissa McFerrin-Warack is already into Valentine’s Day (it’s coming up Thursday!) with an afternoon of keiki activities from 1 p.m.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


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