Shining bright in Waimea

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaisa Kahanuolamaikahikina Hesapene Uehara Gramberg shines her light on the Lazaro and Hesapene ohana, which gathers at the laundromat raising funds for Kauai Hospice through food and drink sales Friday night during the annual Waimea tree-lighting at Hofgaard Park in Waimea.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ishihara Market turns on its Christmas lights, called a “work in progress,” Friday night during the annual Waimea tree-lighting festivities.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami presents the lights that came after a “Hawaiian time” glitch to the flipping of the switch to light the tree Friday during the Waimea tree-lighting festivities presented by the West Kauai Business and Professional Association.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Elsa of Disney’s “Frozen 2” thrills young people with her appearance with the Showtime Characters Friday during the annual Waimea tree-lighting presented by the West Kauai Business and Professional Association at Hofgaard Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Penny Young and former Kauai Fire Department Chief Robert Westerman check on residents of the Kauai Care Center who get a close-up visit from the Showtime Characters, Friday during the annual Waimea Tree Lighting festivities.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Showtime Characters’ Moana thrills the overflow crowd at Hofgaard Park with her antics with characters from “Toy Story” Friday during the Waimea tree-lighting festivities presented by the West Kauai Business and Professional Association.

The light of Kaisa Kahanuolamaikahikina Hesapene Uehara Gramberg shone through the windy dusk via a banner posted on the wall of the laundromat across from the overflowing Hofgaard Park.

Born on Sept. 2, Kaisa enjoyed 47 days here before leaving to become part of the great light upstairs on Oct. 19.

“We’re bringing back the laundromat,” said the Lazaro and Hesapene ohana, gathered on the steps of the building. “The washing machines are still on their way, so we are offering food and drink as a fundraiser for Kauai Hospice, since the space is here.”

More lights turned on Friday night as the West Kauai Business and Professional Association welcomed the holidays with its annual Waimea tree-lighting festivities at Hofgaard Park.

The next big gathering is the annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade that this year will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The lighting festivities also mark the start of the town’s Streetfront Lighting Contest, where businesses and residences lining Kaumualii Highway illuminate the Westside darkness with the colorful lights of the season and serve as a backdrop to the caravan of paraders during the Christmas parade.

Robert Westerman, former Kauai Fire Department chief, serves as this year’s parade grand marshal, announced Esther Estes, a member of the WKBPA and the parade coordinator.

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