Lee Steinmetz and Bev Brody would’ve been in a chicken-skin state Friday night (“You want adorable?” asked Linda Kelekoma as she took out her Christmas-tree jacket she got on a trip to Disneyland; nope, not this year) when several hundred people took to the sidewalks on Rice Street from the Historic County Building to Kalena Park (“We live close by so we brought the family out to see the lights,” said Jade Wai‘ale‘ale Battad).
Lori Benkert (yep, this was another Zonta Club of Kaua‘i event that didn’t happen) had the right idea as she parked outside her Waioli Properties office (remember when City Liquor used to give cold sodas to those pre-parade street cleaners?) to view the pedestrian parade somewhat socially distanced (even had wheelchairs) while husband Jim Benkert rode his ebicycle up and down the street, passing out candies and wristbands before the musical groups that sprouted outside the Lihu‘e Missionary Church and Island Comfort air conditioning.
More holiday doings as Bella Zietz met up with Emilia Knudsen to launch a line of cookies using ulu, kalo or banana flours to raise funds needed to purchase presents for keiki participating in the Keiki Christmas coming up Monday, Dec. 21, at the Kapa‘a Community Food Pantry at The Kaua‘i Store. They’ll have orders and cookies Monday at the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center with Lourdes Torres and the Sustainable Boost booth. Check it out. They taste as good as they smell. Must be the Michael Sterioff touch from Passion Bakery.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.