Greg Askew of Ono Pops said he’s using Thai bananas — yes, they’re grown on Kauai! — for the new banana sorbet that joins the five spice (it’s here for Chinese New Year that is on the calendar for this coming Saturday!) offerings at the Kauai Community Market, a partnership with Kauai Community College and the Kauai County Farm Bureau on Saturday mornings at KCC.
“How do you look at the wind?” is just one of the questions 5-year-old Mason Pillos (he’s at the big school now) posed of Jean Souza (she’s got the first Sanctuary Ocean Count this Saturday!) after school Friday at the Kauai Ocean Discovery center (the Ocean Count volunteers got trained here, too) that opened last Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.
Lenny Rapozo, one of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation basketball referees, could not help but notice 9-month-old Kalawaia Fagarang-Sunn (grandpa Neil Fagarang said Kalawaia’s grandma was the late pro surfer Rell Sunn!), who was securely bundled behind the officials’ table at the Wednesday night KIF girls basketball games. Lenny said he’s recruiting Kalawaia to help build the officials base (yes, they need help getting more officials!).
Kudos to Mary Lardizabal and the Kapaa Middle School Choir Boosters on coordinating another successful Aloha Keiki Fest Saturday that served as a fundraising effort for the KMS Choir and Ukulele Band’s participation at the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., this spring.
Rita DeSilva (how many of you remember when she was the editor at TGI?) used to always have a picture of cane tassels appearing on the pages of TGI as a reminder of the season, and on Saturday, the specimen growing in the Kauai Community College lo‘i (taro field) finally decided it would open its plume to the blowing winds that have been pelting the island over the past few days.
Almost all the students should be back in class from the winter break, and kudos to Aaron and Carrie Lee Serquina of Slide and Glide Inflatable Fun on challenging the weather in hosting the Slidin’ N Glidin’ “last chance” event over the weekend at the Kapaa Beach Park … yep, there were quite a bit of last chancers enjoying the Sunday weather break!
Yes, the u‘a can be beautiful, as Ualani Walters (yes, she’s JoAnn Yukimura’s granddaughter) got to become a New Year’s princess Saturday during the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College (it’s a partnership between the Kauai County Farm Bureau and KCC).
Happy birthday, Abby Santos of No Ka Oi Landscape Services who gets to celebrate her special day cruising The Shops at Kukuiula (Stacie Chiba-Miguel was looking for parking while getting kadomatsu, or New Year’s good fortune decorations, for the shopping center’s tenants!) on Monday which also coincides with Rizal Day (kudos to Angel Acorda for pulling together this year’s observance).
Santa Claus could not stay away after seeing the Showtime Characters’ celebrated Disney princesses appear at his Santa’s House for the first-ever Princess Party Saturday at Kukui Grove Center. Well done, Mrs. Claus, who was busy preparing to dismantle the holiday masterpiece until the next appearance!
The weather may have canceled the Kauai Interscholastic Federation paddling and soccer events Saturday (Tori Kagawa said she didn’t get the message so came in all the way from the Westside — good thing the Isle Hoops Holiday Classic was taking place so she could take in some basketball!) — but could not stop the shoppers on the last weekend before Christmas, who flocked to the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College (the one in Hanalei was canceled, too), where Jason Ebesu was a hit with his homemade ramen (Elvrine Chow said there was a lot of ono noodles).
Congratulations to Stephanie Deng, of Kauai Handmade, who opened the doors to her shop (remember when she and Janath of Janath Collections were vendors at The Beach House craft fairs?) at the Coconut Marketplace just in time for the final weekend of shopping before Christmas descends Wednesday (keeping fingers crossed for nice weather).
Only four days remaining before Christmas, and things are popping. Tillie Koenig (she was working Sunday, and mahalo, Kevin Matsunaga and the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School media kids and parents, for having that energizing breakfast) was manning the Missing Polynesia pop-up that will is today through Monday at Kukui Grove Center before disappearing until the next time.