Happy Children’s Day (the Parents and Children Together’s Keiki Day is Thursday!), Kauai, and the koi nobori are flying in Kapaia Valley (yes, the swinging bridge is open, too).
And, not only is it Children’s Day, this is the month we celebrate Kauai’s Older Americans (check out the festival Friday at Kukui Grove Center to experience first-hand how great they are!).
Kudos to Kealoha Takahashi and the ohana of the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs on hosting this year’s Outstanding Older Americans Recognition Ceremony where 19 (!!!) of Kauai’s kupuna were honored for their contributions toward making our lives a little better (the nominators of these greats are just as great as the honorees!). You missed a great kupuna event, Melanie Okamoto of the county Department of Parks and Recreation! You would’ve met Marsha Posner Williams (one of the original co-producers of “Golden Girls” TV show) and her husband Wayne (how was the Kilauea Lighthouse Day?).
Jo Manea was there to celebrate Dawn Frazier Kawahara (she had to get a photo of violinist Kimberly Hope!), and both ladies were at the special gathering of book writers at the Kauai Society of Artists gallery at Kukui Grove Center (Eve Solomon said she was glad she left her Tornado piece at the gallery) Friday night, where Dennis McGraw got to entertain (that’s what happens when wife Laurel McGraw is a book writer) and Victoria Aiu (she was rail meat aboard Fast Company — congrats on Jim Saylor’s fifth win in Nawiliwili Yacht Club Cinco de Mayo races!) had gallery-sitting duty.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.