Kaito Newbill of Wailua has his Tuesday routine down pat, starting with storytime with Victoria Lam, the children’s librarian at the Lihue Public Library, said his grandmother, Joanne Fujio. From there, it’s off to the farmers’ market (check out the state Department of Health ladies who shop there, too) at the Historic County Building (it’s walking distance), where aunty Glenna Ueunten has his tray (vendor Erlinda Ballesteros calls it “magic”) that he plays with while grandma shops and talks story.
There is only one word that describes the Relay for Life (organized and coordinated by Patti Ornellas — where was Melissa Ragasa? — Wes Perreira (he was the event lead), and all those volunteers who stepped forward for the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society — WOW!
Mike Dandurand has been doing DJ duty with the March for Babies for a long time, too long to remember. Kudos to Juno Apalla on hosting a great event where about 200 walkers surpassed the March of Dimes fundraising goal, thrilling Pauline Togawa who flew in from Honolulu for the event.
What a novel idea! Kudos to Hale Opio on coordinating the youth health fair (Val Saiki had to pack up early since she was participating in the Wilcox Health diabetes expo Saturday) and talent show Friday night at Kukui Grove Center, where Kauai High School golf coach Alton Amimoto was having dinner with mom at Sone’s.
Saturday was not just the 17th annual Sequenced Transition to Education in the Public Schools Parent and Child Fair. It was Jeannie Odo Day (well deserved!!!) as proclaimed by Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami (he said Odo was his first boss when he reached age to start working for pay) at Kukui Grove Center (congratulations to Buddah’s Toy Box on your blessing!).
Avery Ortal of Boy Scout Troop 334, sponsored by Holy Cross Church, took advantage of the weekly Kauai Culinary Market (the Soup Girls — they said the Soup Lady is retired — had corn chowder, Ron Wood) to sell his Makahiki tickets (Boy Scout Simon Oyama sold all his during the Flavors of Kukuiula benefiting the Charity Walk at The Shops at Kukuiula!) for the event that takes place Saturday next to the Garden Fair at Kauai Community College.