Mariano Catbagan Jr. said the Grove Farm Old Time Games was a blast from the past when he tried to explain the workings of the plantation-era rain gauge (his father used to be a ditchman for Lihue Plantation) to his young children Saturday at Grove Farm Museum on Nawiliwili Road in Lihue.
Kudos to the Kauai High School Key Club (free shave ice?) for being everywhere to help keep all the activities (the puppet show was definitely a hit between wind and rain bouts — Charlotte Camara said there are other states with worse weather!), and, yes, Paula Rosa had some of those cookies cooked in the wood-burning stove.
Kudos to Chris Link and his culinary crew (yep, they had Key Club volunteers helping, too) for the choice of gandule, or white rice, and Scott Johnson had his young audience mesmerized with the tin trains.
Sachi Fern was having fun “playing army” in the cannon fortress, and Carl Young bested all comers in the pie-eating contest (only one scrip to enter?).
More kudos to Mark Ombrello of the Kauai Community College history faculty on hosting and coordinating the Kauai District History Day (it definitely should have been held at the Grove Farm Museum), where a lot of the finalists were tied up with rain delays at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation tennis matches.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.