Walter and Jeanie Lutz of Vancouver, Canada, were making the connections at the American Culinary Federation Kauai Chapter breakfast, enjoying the shindig with Ben and Melissa Desrogiers and family from Alberta, Canada, and even learning about the Trinity University (the Lutz’s have two grandchildren that attend that college) group doing work at the Kauai Habitat for Humanity Eleele Iluna neighborhood.
Caroline Lum was getting excited about seeing the “Dennis” quilt at the Kauai Quilt Show, and James Yamamoto (he’s an all-the-time volunteer with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary) had to go see what the excitement was about Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.
Texeira Toes (we won’t tell you whose toes these are) and new clothes (Aowl Owen and Kimberly Hope went looking for new threads for their concert, Thursday — yikes, it’s Valentine’s Day! — were the order of the day, Sunday when the wind and cold blanketed the island.
Happy birthday to Jamilee Jimenez (she’s all about Mu‘u Monday, or Aloha Friday, or anything mu‘umu‘u!), who was up early after a birthday paina (yep, she had a mu‘u on) Saturday at the Lihue United Church of Christ Sweets & Sweet Things, where everything was coming up Valentine’s Day (it’s Thursday, people!).
Kung Hee Fat Choy! Wow! No one says it quite like Diane Rubio (she and Dan Cruces are Falling Down Romance!), and she even did pieces with a Chinese violin during the Flavors of Kukuiula celebrating the Chinese New Year (350 lai see envelopes — for monetary offerings for good luck — were not enough?) at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday.
Congratulations to Pillare Mukai (her in-laws had the old Mukai Store in Hanapepe next to the fire station), who started work as the assistant manager at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday! Pillare was checking out the place with Stacie Chiba Miguel ahead of the Flavors of Kukuiula that celebrates the Chinese Year of the Pig today starting at 6 p.m.
Kumu Sabra Kauka didn’t only do the blessing to open up the 2019 OceanFest. She was also one of the panelists on the Nualolo Kai restoration discussion. Kudos to Jean Souza (she just got back to work following the government shutdown!) and Malia Nobrega-Olivera on pulling this year’s event together with the help of Melissa McFerrin-Warrack and David Sosner.