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Festival of Lights ready to roll

The Festival of Lights, featuring the Kauai Chorale and a countdown to lighting with Santa, opens Friday starting at 6 p.m. at the Historic County Building.

St. Raphael Church opens light displays

KOLOA — Marina Pascua said there wasn’t a papaya tree the right size for the mynah bird created by her grandson for the “Joy of Christmas” illuminated displays at the St. Raphael Church.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo to Father Arlan Intal, Lillian Vierra, Marina Pascua, Shelley Gerardo, and all the St. Raphael’s Church ‘ohana on a great Joy of Christmas experience (hurry, only two more weekends left to take it in!) at the oldest Catholic church on Kauai … it’s amazing how history can become so beautiful.

The greatest gift

KAPAA — The greatest gift is you, said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami Monday during the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital lighting festivities.

Toys for Tots still collecting

LIHUE — There are so many keiki that need toys for Christmas, and so little time to collect, said Capt. Rod Green, commandant of the Kauai Marine Corps Reserve unit, and the Kauai coordinator for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

‘Ev’rbody Wants to Be A Cat!’

KALAHEO — A nonstop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with twists and turns welcomes guests to the Kalaheo School Sunshine Express production of Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS when curtains rise at the Kalaheo School cafetorium Friday.

Happy Camper for Monday, December 2, 2019

Laurie Ho of the Kauai County Farm Bureau said all of the vendors at the Kauai Community Market (and the Kauai Culinary Market) are small businesses. as the market at Kauai Community College joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Small Business Saturday.

Lights parade a go

The annual Lights on Rice holiday parade will take place this Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m., said Eileen Winters, the Rotary Club of Kauai’s parade chairperson.

Aida Kawamura heads to Vegas

Aida Kawamura wondered where all the people went Saturday night during the premiere of the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Kukui Grove Center.

Magical memories

Santa Claus made his appearance in style — highlighting the Kauai Christmas Parade, greeting his fans, and finally settling in at Santa’s house, also known as Photos With Santa, at Kukui Grove Center, close to the Keiki Korner play area.

Shining bright in Waimea

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.

Happy Camper for Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hats off to Mary Margaret Smith and all the many hands that came together, including Mark Oyama and the volunteer crew from Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering on a great Kapaa Interfaith Association Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday that included an interfaith service at the overflowing All Saints Episcopal Church and Preschool (that’s where the home delivery was taking place, too).

Menehune Bluffs gets conservation award

The conservation and accounting for thousands of gallons of “unaccounted for” water earned the Menehune Bluffs community the 2019 Conservationist of the Year award that was presented by the East Kauai Soil and Water Conservation District recently.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 29, 2019

The turkey is pau (hope there’s some left for turkey sandwiches), and kudos to the Salvation Army and the Kapaa Interfaith Association on hosting great community feeds (Chef Johnny Saguid said the diners were hungry so put a lot on the plate) in Hanapepe, Lihue, and Kapaa (that one was on Thanksgiving Day!).

Kilauea chili a blast

The North Shore Lions Club hosted its first Fall Roundup Sunday at the Porter Pavilion at Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea.

Come together

The holidays are a time for people to come together, said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, as he got help from Luau Kalamaku chef Danny Kanahele in carving a ceremonial turkey Wednesday at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Mahelona Hospital lights ready to shine

KAPAA — Josie Pablo, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region recreational director, was not available Monday to greet the Kalaheo School Sunshine Express who arrived to present its holiday offering to the residents at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital.