What a crazy weekend — Kim Coco Iwamoto came down to spend time with grandma at the Lihue Hongwanji bon dance (the nishime plate was the first to sell out, and the flying saucer lines were manageable) before handing out lollipops at the Kauai Pride Parade and Festival (did you see the feather eyelashes?).
Happy birthday, Mark Perriello, who celebrated his special day with nearly 400 people at the Kauai Chamber of Commerce second quarter general membership meeting presented by Corteva Agriscience and featuring Hawaii farm-to-plate food at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club Thursday.
One of the priceless things about the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital beach outings (Happy birthday, Efrenia Pagulayan of Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital!) is the appearance of Gary Smith and the Kilauea Social Club (gonna have to settle for postage-stamp-sized photo here), who volunteers with entertainment that everyone can enjoy!
Congratulations to Andy Chang, his daughter Patricia Moad (she’s the “mama” of Mamahune’s), and the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, on the opening of Mamahune tiki (they even have a volcano!) bar that now graces an “unused” portion of the Wailua resort located “where the river meets the sea.” The facility is open seven day a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Good job and kudos to Aaron and Natsumi (she was really stepping up when Aaron became ill!) Yamasato and all the volunteers (Chuck Brady said he was really working for his money!) for the first comic convention that transformed the ballroom at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club into a fabulous scene of pop culture!
Kudos to Lyah Kama-Drake, The Royal Order of Kamehameha (Chad Schimmelfennig was busy running water to Josh Fukino and Mark Rossi’s ku‘i group!), the Kauai Museum, and Wallis and Shana Punua and their halau in hosting the King Kamehameha Day Celebration that was streamlined to include the significant procession and protocol at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club (mahalo to the Kauai Marriott crew for running all that extra water needed to beat the heat — and it’s not even summer yet!).
Could the model sailing canoe being worked on by Keala Kai be the child of Hokule‘a and Namahoe? Keala (you never know the treasures you find on side trips while on assignment) said the sailing canoe model (it was created using wood upcycled by people who “put it in his bucket” while working on the Hokule‘a and Namahoe) was part of his shop’s decorations, and he was convinced by a visitor from Kentucky to let it go.
Charlmaine Bulosan (Miss Kauai Filipina scholarship pageant coming up Saturday, June 15!) was one busy lady, starting with the 30th Taste of Hawaii presented by the Rotary Club of Kapaa (great job, Rotarians!) at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua (great job with the garden decorations, Wendee Van Geisen, and Pat Gegen and John Harder of Zero Waste Kauai had a real workout!).
The Rev. Kosen Ishikawa is getting excited about the special guests from Japan he’ll be hosting when the Koloa Jodo Mission (the Jodo Shu in Hawaii celebrates its 125th anniversary and five generations of members this year!) hosts its bon dance Friday and Saturday (traditional bon dance starts at 7:30 each night).
Another round of kudos to Mary Kay Hertog and her Kauai Veterans Council ohana (Ed Kawamura Sr. was on his annual floating lantern Oahu pilgrimage), U.S. Navy Capt. Vincent Johnson and the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands (yes, Tom Clements was there, too!), and the county’s Kauai Veterans Cemetery crew (it doesn’t take a special veterans’ event for them to shine. They do it every day!) on a great Memorial Day event Monday in Hanapepe!
Kudos to Maj. Victor Aguilar and his Waimea High School JROTC staff and battalion for a great job during the busy weekend (they’re going to be part of the Memorial Day Service presented by the Kauai Veterans Council at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe today, too!).
What is a Portuguese hot dog with chili on a bun with cheese? That must be one of “da kine food we like to eat” being offered by Hoku Char-Taala of Hoku’s at the Waimea Product Fair coordinated by Memory Robinson, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the shadow of the old Waimea mill — you just never know what kind of treasures you’ll find on a visit to the Waimea Canyon Middle School (and where was Tory Kagawa?) and the developing mural by its 20 Percent class and teachers Kileen Gilroy, Paige Kemerer, and artist Kalln Mier.
Dustin “Dusty” Plank from Ohio (and, for several months a year, of Maui) saw some interesting Field Fresh Market “aloha peppers” that look a lot like pumpkins except that they are bellpeppers. With a name like “aloha peppers,” is that something that is available here? Might be something like the mgambo tree, which some people call “Maui minks” (how about “Hawaiianpussy willow?”).