Leaving town early on Friday (just trying to get ahead of those traffic snarls) for the Westside (it was ‘Ele‘ele School STEM Night — kudos to Mahea Contrades-Brun and all those community partners on another great event) has its benefits, like a quick stop at Hanapepe’s Friday Night Art Walk, where they’re starting earlier and earlier. Even Greg Askew of Ono Pops was there early, with some Chinese 5 spice (Pastor Jim Merritt was at Science at the Mall in Kukui Grove Center with the Civil Air Patrol, which had a flight simulator set up, and said the Chinese New Year has been extended to Feb. 14. Yikes, that’s opening night for the Kauai Quilt Show).
Mochi-Celeste (yes, that’s her name) is 17 years old and already has a successful book (Yuriko Justus said there is even a Hawaiian version) about Da Boss (of Talk Story Bookstore) being able to bing the bell whenever she’s hungry. This I have to see, Ed Justus! Mahalo to “Da Other Boss’” (aka Soup Lady’s granddaughter Ku‘u Breen) “worker” Reggie Vigilia, for the super-ono ginger cookie and snickerdoodle snack, and Brandon Nagamine wasn’t making malasadas because he and grandpa Brian Nagamine were taking in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Night.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.