Belated happy birthday to Leona Perez of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank,who offered to get cake from downstairs after the Happy Camper missed the boat on the cake Kelvin Moniz brought in. Her birthday came a day ahead of Orly Yadao opening Orly’s Patisserie in Hokulei Village Shopping Center.
Chef Orly said he was scared to go look at the line on opening day — not of the number of people, but of what he was working on in the stove. Chef Dave Boucher (he’s got his line of bottled honey for sale at Orly’s too) said his family heard about the excitement all the way in Rhode Island, and Orly’s crew made sure he had his face mask on for pictures.
Congratulations to Monica Belz and her Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union ‘ohana, including Kilauea branch Manager Brandon Sassone (papa Mark is still at Pietro’s in Po‘ipu Shopping Village) on the opening of the new branch in the Ahuimanu Shopping Center (Island Soap &Candle Works is open too).
Chelsea Crapser (she’s the volunteer coordinator for Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity) and Shale Shore of the Kaua‘i Sailing Association had excitement to their dinner (Tigre had none of that, instead, foraging for whatever he could find) Wednesday as they watched Air-1 extinguish a brush fire across the harbor, and then became excited when the Intermediate class regatta of Lasers and Toppers (she said they require a lot of maintenance) played follow the leader to the Namahoe double-hull sailing canoe in Nawiliwili Harbor.
Congratulations, too, to Ken Kubota (aging barrista?) and David Taboniar on the opening of the coffee and bakery place in the former Pono Cleaners spot next to Pono Market in Kapa‘a. Ken said they’ll be open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesdays.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.