Kudos to Moani Tolentino (she’s the new Hawaiian culture director at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort &Spa!), who got help from Sandi Quinsaat in hosting a great, two-day Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (the state and county are closed Tuesday for the Kuhio holiday) Celebration (we need to call it a “ho‘olaule‘a”)!
Camilo and Patria Pacis of New York were thrilled they made the opening protocol since they normally go visit Troy Lazaro and Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club people for the ceremony. This year, they got a taste of the Grand Hyatt Kauai celebration, and said they were definitely planning on taking in the Prince Kuhio Park commemoration hosted by The Royal Order of Kamehameha Saturday morning.
Of course, aunty Janet Kahalekomo (what is the secret to resisting the flu?) had three generations of her ohana (great to have spring break, ‘eh Ronson Sahut?), who worked through the cultural demonstrations (you had to hear the kapa stick being manned by Karina Layman of Connecticutt “talk” with the neighboring weapons maker!).
Shirley Simbre-Medeiros had the Alu Like kupuna out in force with their unique style of magic, and Heifara Aiamu had some coconut, bamboo (his nose-flute stylings definitely worked with the Anara Spa experience!), and other natural craft item — ever see sandals (locals call them “slippahs!”) made from the dried sheaths of palm fronds.?
OK, time to go check out Brad Hiranaka and see what was caught off Kauai’s shorelines for the Kauai Youth Football second Shoreline Jackpot Fishing contest … Happy Kuhio Day!
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.