The Kauai Museum’s annual Christmas Craft Fair (with food from several community providers), the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai branch’s holiday bash at the Rice Shopping Center, the opening night of the Festival of Lights featuring the Kauai Chorale at the Historic County Building and the annual Rotary Club of Kauai’s Lights on Rice holiday parade were reasons why Lihue bristled with excitement last Friday.
Thomas Iannucci was “The Illtalian” when his album, “Makana,” won the Best Hip Hop Album category at the 41st Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 2018. So, he knows about musical success.
Aida Kawamura was the winner of the Las Vegas trip giveaway, the first person following a list of people who did not respond in the rain-soaked, windy area of the Kukui Grove Center during the shopping center’s launch into the holiday season. Among the rules of the contest, sponsored by Kukui Grove Center, The Garden Island and Midweek newspapers, you had to be present to win.
Every year there is a Kauai Writers Conference. One of the featured authors was poet Jane Hirshfield, known also for her passion for history, environmentalism and science. We were invited to an opportunity to hear her read from a selection of her works, and hear her thoughts on poetry and the creative spirit.