Kudos to all those Kaua‘i Community College and American Culinary Federation chefs on another great Breakfast (34 years of great food experience!) where Fred Cowell had his Kaua‘i Coffee Company crew (yes, Darla Domingo is back from her trip, and is wondering about the Workplace Wellness kickoff) on doing the traditional morning brew (they even have it on tap at Wabi-Sabi with Jason Ebesu at the Kaua‘i Community Market).
What a great weekend for host families to have for taking their Okinawa Christian University students for a taste of a Kaua‘i weekend as Joann Watanabe (she’s been hosting students from when David Iha was the Kaua‘i Community College provost) had her students experiencing the opening night of the Kaua‘i Quilt Show (those Mini Quilt Challenge pieces are absolutely amazing, and you need to check it out before Wednesday, Feb. 26), decorating Valentine’s Day cookies with Melissa McFerrin-Warrack (Jen Ortal was busy setting up the photo booth near the Bandwagon kids doing love music), and visiting with Jean Souza at the Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery center, where Mele Kahalepuna Chun had people coming from Maui to help with the featherwork and lei presentations.
Alissa Hartmann traded in her skis for a surfboard and was on hand with her seasoned paint supplies Thursday during the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Shakedown Series, Race No. 1, that launched the 2020 season. She was getting help from Del Ford of Washington, who has been taking in the races for the past several decades, and Jeff Dorn was having a blast reuniting with the spectators and sailors.
Kaimana “Mana” Alquiza just moved his family back from Las Vegas (watch for him on the baseball and softball fields!) and got to have his ‘ohana photographed with Informal Mickey (that’s the name they gave me) and Informal Minnie during the Sunday run of the Gifts from the Heart pop-up at the Kukui Grove Center.
Andru Alconcel (he was one of the Kaua‘i High School Key Club volunteers) said his arms were so sore they couldn’t move. His competitor, Dalson Cua, agreed, as the pair dueled in ‘uma, or Hawaiian arm wrestling, Saturday during Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Pa‘ani Makahiki Games (kudos to Julie Kaneali‘i…yes, kupuna ‘Ihi Kaneali‘i was there…as was her brother Koko Kaneali‘i…good thing no mo’ anymore Kapa‘a basketball).
Kudos to fans of Kaua‘i High School basketball player Easton Luis, who set up a media press box, ESTN, for Easton’s senior night Tuesday (congratulations to Coach Ipo Yoshioka and his team on earning the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation boys basketball title!) at the Kaua‘i High gym.
Happy birthday to Julia Kenton who got to spend her special day at First Saturday with her parents, Jack and Mariella Kenton! She was enjoying listening to Linden Johns (he’s a Kapaa High School talent show winner) on the keyboards at the Bandwagon niche near Pono Market.
Leaving town early on Friday (just trying to get ahead of those traffic snarls) for the Westside (it was ‘Ele‘ele School STEM Night — kudos to Mahea Contrades-Brun and all those community partners on another great event) has its benefits, like a quick stop at Hanapepe’s Friday Night Art Walk, where they’re starting earlier and earlier. Even Greg Askew of Ono Pops was there early, with some Chinese 5 spice (Pastor Jim Merritt was at Science at the Mall in Kukui Grove Center with the Civil Air Patrol, which had a flight simulator set up, and said the Chinese New Year has been extended to Feb. 14. Yikes, that’s opening night for the Kauai Quilt Show).
Niele Carol Texeira (remember that patriotic red, white and blue cake?) is already set for Valentine’s Day (Phil Worwa is still stuck with the Chinese New Year crowd that surged into The Shops at Kukuiula during the last Flavors of Kukuiula) with her cupcake floral package.
Lacey Love (she was one of the spearheads along with Carol Yotsuda of the Garden Island Arts Council of that Rice Street mural fronting the former The Salvation Army Thrift Store) was thrilled to discover the Coffee with a Cop following her tour of the Kauai Coffee Company coffee fields Tuesday, where the community could meet and talk-story with Kauai Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck, one-on-one.
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!).