Happy birthday, Melia Okura of Tsunami Taiko, who celebrated her special day by doing Chinese Lion (yes, we have Chinese Lions here on Kaua‘i!) duty at the Contractors Association of Kaua‘i 66th annual General Membership Meeting and Installation of Officers on Thursday at Puakea Golf Course, where Braden Kobayashi of Grove Farm was braving the evening rains to clear the drainage of cut grass that clogged the drain.
Stephen Fujii (he’ll be with the bonsai people participating in the Little Pea vendor event at the Kaua‘i Philippines Cultural Center on Saturday) was making good use of the Gather FCU shopping basket on Monday at Pau Hana Market, where shoppers can donate food in exchange for discount coupons (good only at vendors in the Pau Hana Market) to benefit the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i.
What a marathon weekend of openings (congratulations to Sheldon and Kristyn Peralta of Bubbah’s Toy Box on being able to open the doors of Sissy’s Stationary and Stuff that had a line waiting on Saturday morning) … Sheldon said they’ve got more stuff coming so make sure to stop by.
Congratulations, Sheldon and Kristyn Peralta of Bubbah’s Toy Box, who will open the doors to Sissy’s Stationary & Stuff (stationary and Little Kitty items were good sellers during the many pop-ups at Kukui Grove) from 10 a.m. on Saturday through Dec. 30 in the space located next to Game Stop at Kukui Grove Center.
Congratulations to the Salvation Army’s Majors George and Flo Rodriguera, and Lts. Andrielli and Jose Gonzalez on feeding (Kahu Kelly of the West Kaua‘i Episcopal Church said she was just going after the dedication of six new Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity homes, it’s “tradition” the Salvation Army feeds people on the day before Thanksgiving) nearly a thousand people between the Lihu‘e and Hanapepe Corps.
OK, it’s wake up early on Saturday time … Debbie Yanagihara (she coordinates the monthly craft fairs at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center, where a lot of the early arrivals to Kaua‘i go while waiting for everyone else to wake up, and the Church of the Crossroads in Princeville) is presenting the Christmas Craft Fair (“Spread the news and joy!”) with nearly 50 vendors offering gift ideas and handmade craft items at Kaua‘i Veterans Center (check out Kaua‘i Veterans Museum, too) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Kaua‘i Handworks Craft Fair is happening on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. (remember when the line used to wrap around the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria?) to 1:30 p.m. at Kaua‘i Veterans Center, said Elena Camat of Elena’s Gourmet Kaua‘i Pretzel
Tickets for the First Hawaiian Bank Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Division II semifinal football game, featuring the top seeded and defending Division II state champion Waimea High School playing at Hanapepe Stadium, go on sale online at www.gofan.co/hhsaa (you have to search for the Waimea game) starting Sunday after noon …
Congratulations to Rhea Furtado (she was Kapa‘a High School’s Homecoming Queen, this year!), Gailee Gorospe (wasn’t she one of those strong Lady Warrior bowlers?) and Hailey Gibson on signing their respective Letters of Intent on National Signing Day! Good luck to each of you in the schools you’re heading for!
Kudos, Jackie Kaina and the Kaua‘i Economic Development Board ‘ohana (she’s got a lot of new faces to get to know) on the first of three Career Exploration Fairs held at Kapa‘a High School on Thursday, the same day as when Kapa‘a High School girls bowler Skye Tadani finished fifth overall during the opening round of the state bowling tournament on O‘ahu.
It’s three days past Halloween, and for those who are getting tired of looking at the trick-or-treating overload, or eliminating some of the fuel from the sugar rushes, the Kalaheo Dental Group is extending its popular Halloween Candy Buyback by having a booth and weigh-in station at the Kaua‘i Veterans Celebration (2023 Miss Kaua‘i Veteran Mya Quarles will be there!) on Saturday at the lawn of the Historic County Building.
Kudos to all the many hands and souls that contributed to a mess of Halloween-themed activities like the Trunk or Treat at The Shops at Kukui‘ula, the Halloween Festival and Trunk or Treat event at Kukui Grove Center, and more, ending with the Halloween keiki parades at both the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital and Wilcox Medical Center.