Happy Camper for Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Julie Fregeau uses a 1930’s Singer featherweight sewing machine to piece together a portion of a developing quilt Wednesday during the Kaua‘i Quilt Show at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Shelbree Latu, Casie Riopta of Island Love Sweets, Hevani Latu and Ruth Yata man the check-out station as chef Donavan Riopta and Esther Riopta crank out malasadas and beignets Tuesday from inside the Island Love Sweets shop in Hanama‘ulu.

What is a beignet doing on Malasada Tuesday?

Mahalo, malasada chef Donavan Riopta of 22 degrees baked (sorry, don’t know how to do the degrees symbol), and his mom Esther Riopta, for the educational insight into the French-style doughnut that proved to be nearly as popular as the malasada.

Mahalo, too, to Casie Riopta, for being so innovative with Island Love Sweets (gotta go try the waffle dogs next) that 22 degrees baked can share the space on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with taco offerings, and Smiley Punzal’s friends at Breesees share the space on Fridays and Saturdays with pasteles and gandule rice offerings. And the line is always there from hungry diners.

Gina Duarte of Gina’s Anytime Grinds took care of the Westside ono, and will have more malasada and pronto pups today and Saturday that people planning on attending the “mini” Waimea Town Celebration need to pre-order with Thomas Nizo, who will relay the order to Gina for pick up. And don’t forget that commemorative T-shirt (it’s not available anywhere else!).

The Kaua‘i Quilt Show is still going on. Julie Fregeau was using a Singer featherweight machine that was manufactured during The Great Depression in the 1930s and still working as well as it did then. Toni Wass has her quilt inspired by the 1930s, using material manufactured in the 1930s in a style that was being used during that time. The show is open daily from 10 a.m. at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists (their Spring Show is coming up after Feb. 24) gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


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