Charlmaine Bulosan (Miss Kauai Filipina scholarship pageant coming up Saturday, June 15!) was one busy lady, starting with the 30th Taste of Hawaii presented by the Rotary Club of Kapaa (great job, Rotarians!) at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua (great job with the garden decorations, Wendee Van Geisen, and Pat Gegen and John Harder of Zero Waste Kauai had a real workout!).
The Rev. Kosen Ishikawa is getting excited about the special guests from Japan he’ll be hosting when the Koloa Jodo Mission (the Jodo Shu in Hawaii celebrates its 125th anniversary and five generations of members this year!) hosts its bon dance Friday and Saturday (traditional bon dance starts at 7:30 each night).
Another round of kudos to Mary Kay Hertog and her Kauai Veterans Council ohana (Ed Kawamura Sr. was on his annual floating lantern Oahu pilgrimage), U.S. Navy Capt. Vincent Johnson and the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands (yes, Tom Clements was there, too!), and the county’s Kauai Veterans Cemetery crew (it doesn’t take a special veterans’ event for them to shine. They do it every day!) on a great Memorial Day event Monday in Hanapepe!
Kudos to Maj. Victor Aguilar and his Waimea High School JROTC staff and battalion for a great job during the busy weekend (they’re going to be part of the Memorial Day Service presented by the Kauai Veterans Council at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe today, too!).
What is a Portuguese hot dog with chili on a bun with cheese? That must be one of “da kine food we like to eat” being offered by Hoku Char-Taala of Hoku’s at the Waimea Product Fair coordinated by Memory Robinson, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the shadow of the old Waimea mill — you just never know what kind of treasures you’ll find on a visit to the Waimea Canyon Middle School (and where was Tory Kagawa?) and the developing mural by its 20 Percent class and teachers Kileen Gilroy, Paige Kemerer, and artist Kalln Mier.
Dustin “Dusty” Plank from Ohio (and, for several months a year, of Maui) saw some interesting Field Fresh Market “aloha peppers” that look a lot like pumpkins except that they are bellpeppers. With a name like “aloha peppers,” is that something that is available here? Might be something like the mgambo tree, which some people call “Maui minks” (how about “Hawaiianpussy willow?”).
Congratulations to Tina Albao (she’s the general, said Paddy Kauhane, the Boys & Girls Club Hawaii president and CEO), Milani Pimental (even Stephen Spears found time to break away from office duty), and all those volunteers (they were from everywhere!) who came out and did a lot of work to get the Boys & Girls Club Lihue clubhouse upgraded Thursday.
The tables are in and the farmers’ market at Poipu Shopping Village is scheduled to open at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Jennifer Ortal (those malasadas on a stick keep attracting shoppers) at The Kauai Culinary Market (yes, the soup girls had corn chowder on the menu, Ron Wood!) at the Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday.
OK, the Kauai Visitor Industry Charity Walk is history, but people are still buzzing about all the fun, good food, and that Rubbah Slippah Drop (if Joyce Vidinha wasn’t so busy with tabulating all the collections, she would’ve gotten a slippah, too) presented by the Hawaii USA credit union!
Happy birthday, Jacob Vogelgesang, who celebrated his birthday on the same day as the Kauai Visitor Industry Charity Walk, where Stacie Chiba-Miguel even coordinated the first-ever Rubba Slippa Drop with Hawaii USA Credit Union (love the new colors for Gather Federal Credit Union!).
Kudos to Kelly Raitz of the Veterans Affairs office on coordinating the service for veteran Kendall Burwinkle, who got to rest in his home on Kauai. Jim Jung was missing the Older Americans festival (kudos to the county Agency on Elderly Affairs, Kukui Grove Center, and the county Department of Parks and Recreation on another great event!) because he helped officiate at the service.
Kudos to the mother-daughter teams at Hale Opio for coordinating the successful Mothers-Daughters Tea for about 40 of the community’s mothers and daughters! Val Faford of Hale Opio said the goal was to improve communication and build trust between mothers and their children. Another event is planned for Father’s Day.
Mayette Loseto said people misspelled her name on the results of the 39th Annual Irmalee & Walter Pomroy lei contest. She took second place in the green and white category. She was vending her gardenia lei at the Thursday Market at Kukui Grove Center, and is excited about bringing her lei and banana stalk carriers to the first Tuesday market opening at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Poipu Shopping Village with Jenn Ortal. Gotta go check that one out.