Yes, it was hot as heck Monday (Kahului, Maui hit 90 degrees), Mayor Derek Kawakami, but people endured the discomfort of wearing fabric face masks (Johnette Chun had a bunch more to offer, too) during the Memorial Day weekend — good job, everyone — Marly Madayag wants to keep the COVID-19 numbers at zero.
Memorial Day brought out a lot of people to the Puhi Park Produce (Kaua‘i Police Department Sgt. Darla Nonaka said the farmers’ market was busy when she stopped to visit Hanalima Bakery for bread en route to the Police, Pastors & Platters breakfast at the Puakea Golf Course).
Congratulations to the nearly 600 high school graduates who persevered and persisted through 12 years of education through school. Kudos to soccer coach Ramon Semblante on the graduation of son Nicholas from Waimea High School (kudos, Menehune Project Grad, for spearheading a great alternative graduation. Kaua‘i Raceway Park never looked better, Tony Ricci. Tori Kawaga got to drive coach Zenda Octavio (she had a son graduating too) down the quarter-mile that was carpeted with flowers from a flower drop by Air 1 to open the morning.
Kudos to Darryl Low and the Coconut Marketplace on the re-opening of the twice-weekly farmers’ market Tuesday that featured a new concept in food trucks — the Y. Hata & Co. truck that brought some of its Value Plus Kaua‘i Store “restaurant packages and bundles” to the public, led by Paula Jepas, the Y. Hata Kaua‘i manager.
Lenny Rapozo is the luna for Da Ditch Gang (yep, even Kelson got his chance to clean ditch, too) that is still around and helped the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League cut Spam and hot dogs (Teddy Arroyo said even Kaua‘i High School football coach Jason Apilado and his crew came to help) for the big bento distribution (kudos to all the KPWFL ‘ohana on a great, ono event) over the weekend, where the flavor of the preparation got to have seeped into the bentos.
Mahalo for the prayer, Anna Munos, Mariana Munos and Ellane Kato (small is definitely powerful), who were among the greeters doing mobile prayer Saturday during Police (Facebook Live works, KPD Chief Todd Raybuck), Pastors & Platters, where Sgt. Darla Nonaka “volunteered” a group of men in blue to dispatch platters to the houseless encampment at Lydgate Park.
Samira Siale of Enterprise Rent-A-Car was able to break out of the COVID-19 isolation Friday to join the ranks of volunteers serving up more than 2,000 chili macaroni meals at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort in Po‘ipu (they started doing meal distributions for their associates’ families during the Easter weekend), where Morgan Lopez of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i Branch (she was wearing the Lions Club cap Thursday during the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club food distribution) took sponsorship of the event to result in 2,000 meals being distributed.
Sharon Sahara (she’s really good at knowing who’s who even with all the PPE) ran away from the office to get in some shopping, Wednesday at the Puhi Park Produce, and Ed Nakaya (how is retirement?) and Sharlyn Nakamine were first-time explorers to Puhi…who had the flat beans?
Kudos to Pastor Tom Iannucci, D’Lissa Iannucci (Pietro’s meatballs without the pasta is akin to Hamura’s noodles without the dashi — it’s a package), Christina Ensman, and all those Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child team from the Breath of Life Church at Rice Shopping Center in Lihu‘e for taking the time to bless the community with a special Mother’s Day drive-thru distribution.
Kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin promised a special treat for this Sunday’s SOUPer Sunday event that returns to the parking area at the Kalaheo Kaua‘i Kookie (Leina‘ala said Ann Hashisaka does a lot of work for this event) bakery and kitchens (check out their Sunday specials, too — we had spaghetti the last time in Kalaheo) starting at 4 p.m.
Souper Sunday took on a whole new meaning when Ann Hashisaka of Kaua‘i Kookie’s Kalaheo bakery, marketplace and kitchen (love that term — they had spaghetti on special Sunday, too), teamed with Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala to serve chicken soup (homemade, no less) for drive-through customers.
Kudos to New Hope Lihu‘e Senior Pastor John Cabello (wife Rhonda Cabello was speechless in amazement at the huge turnout), Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck (even Coco Zickos showed up), and all the many hands that turned out Saturday during the inaugural Police, Pastors & Pancakes drive-thru breakfast giveaway for young people 18 years and under that got help from Grove Farm (yep, the orange-and-black troops were out in force at the Puhi Park Produce, too) and the Puakea Golf Course (chef from the Puakea Grille was among the professional chefs flipping pancakes on the single griddle).