That caught the attention of Oliver Ruiz who was in attendance with mom Tish Ruiz (nice Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch shirt!) who took part in the fundraising Mo‘olelo Murals (Bethany Coma said they were able to finish the Verde Taco-inspired Butterfly Wings on Kress Street, Friday!) paint party at Harbor Mall, Monday (ah-h, Pietro’s Pizza was closed!) along with special guests like Laura Cristobal (she’s trying to get back to the Grove Farm Market), and Adams and Charlmaine Bulosan.
Kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao-Jardin (yes, Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala is planning to participate in this year’s Merrie Monarch Hula Festival!) said there are a limited number of tickets left for the ‘Ekolu Mea Nui (A Concert of Faith, Hope and Love) drive-in concert taking place Saturday, April 24, in the Vidinha Stadium parking lot in Lihu‘e.
Happy birthday, Hayley Garcia, who spent part of her special day delivering U.S. Department of Agriculture food packages for the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League Tuesday under the umbrella of the Lili‘uokalani Trust (kudos to Shereen Ho‘opi‘i and her Lili‘uokalani ‘ohana on coordinating those 400 food packages!).
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Anthony Guerrero (he might go check out the VA vaccine clinic Saturday at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center) had two of his “future Marines” helping at the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, where Melissa McFerrin-Warrack and the shopping center’s social-media queen Halene Leasiolagi celebrated the return of Carabella oven pizza.
“Immediate past president” and “emeritus” are simply titles, say Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s volunteers Lloyd Kajikawa (we need to see you and the missus out and about more) and Rowena Cobb (she said she’s a “guest” during the last KIFB board meeting, and the recent Spring Break Food Giveaway coordinated with the help of state Senate President Ron Kouchi and Stephanie Iona of the Kekaha Agriculture Association).
Root-beer-float Peeps, and even a hot Peep! Mahalo, Janice Bond from the Pau Hana Market and Janice Akiyama from FM97!) for the stash of Easter goodies that is almost as big as Sabrina Bodon’s stash of Girl Scout cookies (Angela Hoover said this is the last weekend to get your fix — did Sadie Stiglmeier get permission for a final Walmart push?).
Congratulations to Bubbah’s Toy Box on the opening of their new (nearly double the size of the former location) shop and gaming cafe (yes, the little guys were doing their thing in the back of the shop) next to Spectrum at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, where there was a lot of Easter activity going on.
Rain must be good for Dean Nonaka and his family, who had some humungus Napa cabbage (what happened to won bok?) at the Puhi Park Produce, that Ferdinand Dosono of Kaua‘i Kim Chee wanted to check out for making kim chee that goes into the kim chee soup that is a vegan offering.
Happy birthday, Ronnie Dotario (mahalo, Ron Wood, for the heads-up), whose birthday made the rain go away (even if only for a little while, Friday), and doesn’t Tiffany Sagucio (the reigning Miss Kaua‘i Filipina and University of Hawai‘i at Manoa journalism student doing distance learning) have her special day coming up pretty soon?
The green theme (yes, Keoki’s Paradise and Duke’s too used that green box of Girl Scout cookies in the special hula pie!) went so well, Larry Feinstein said the Kaua‘i Beer Company — no, the place between work and home — is extending green until Saturday. Was the leprechaun around, Bev Pang and Barbara “BB” Bloemke?