JONES: Thanksgiving for our buffet of blessings — from A to Z

The perfect way to celebrate this special time of year is to give thanks with a grateful heart while reflecting upon the miracle in the mirror. Surrounded by friends and family, we should all exercise gratitude today, one character at a time! Feast on the fun facts below, taking time to fully digest how you, and those around you, are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Births for Saturday, November 25, 2023

• Haukea-James Keauli‘i Kal‘e Michael-Lagundino • Ka‘ehu Ashley Freitas Kanahele • Onyx Minoru Kaiko Cachola • Reuben Alaka‘i Madson • Reign Vaitea Seager • Brixton Isaac Kainalu Hooikaika • Valerie Emilia Kealoha Perez • Amiera Guerrero Trinidad • Selah Hope Hilina‘i Sasil • Evelyn Rose Schoeny • Khloe Mawae-Lujan • Anderson James Wimmer-Kanahele • Kahekili Hi‘ipaka Kamanailualani Kaaumoana-Matsusaka

Nearly 3,500 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes go out

KAPA‘A — The misty rain and blustery winds blanketing the Crossroads Christian Fellowship Kaua‘i on the Kapa‘a bypass road might have slowed, but did not stop the traffic of shoebox-laden cars and trucks that delivered loads of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 24, 2023

Congratulations to the Salvation Army’s Majors George and Flo Rodriguera, and Lts. Andrielli and Jose Gonzalez on feeding (Kahu Kelly of the West Kaua‘i Episcopal Church said she was just going after the dedication of six new Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity homes, it’s “tradition” the Salvation Army feeds people on the day before Thanksgiving) nearly a thousand people between the Lihu‘e and Hanapepe Corps.

St. Theresa School Turkey Trot winners announced

KEKAHA — Ka‘ikea Miyashiro, ‘Aina Miranda and Aya Miranda were winners of the 1K race at the first-ever St. Theresa School Great Turkey Trot, which unfolded at the Kekaha school’s campus and neighborhood.

What comes after the turkey at Kukui Grove?

LIHU‘E — Most of the stores at the Kukui Grove Center have the option of spending Thanksgiving with their families. said Melissa McFerrin Warrack, the special events coordinator at Kukui Grove.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 22, 2023

OK, it’s wake up early on Saturday time … Debbie Yanagihara (she coordinates the monthly craft fairs at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center, where a lot of the early arrivals to Kaua‘i go while waiting for everyone else to wake up, and the Church of the Crossroads in Princeville) is presenting the Christmas Craft Fair (“Spread the news and joy!”) with nearly 50 vendors offering gift ideas and handmade craft items at Kaua‘i Veterans Center (check out Kaua‘i Veterans Museum, too) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January is mu‘umu‘u month

LAWAI — Shannon Hiramoto, of Machinemachine, has long been an advocate of January being the month of celebrating the mu‘umu‘u, a garment that has a long and colorful history in Hawai‘i.

The Festival of Lights returns for holidays

LIHU‘E — Work on the 27th annual Festival of Lights starts on Monday when retired and off-duty personnel work alongside volunteers from the utility companies to install LED lights from Ace Housemart on the trees in the park fronting the historic County Building using Genies and Man-Lifts donated by Service Rentals and Sunbelt Rentals.

Candles and lanterns for the holidays

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Hospice announced its two holiday campaigns — the candle lighting memorial at three different locations and the 4th annual Lanterns of Love that will be on display for the public to enjoy at its Pahe‘e Street offices starting in mid-December.

Happy Camper for Monday, Novemeber 20, 2023

Becky Komaki said one of the westside farmers growing sweet potatoes had a recipe so she’s trying it out, having loaves of sweet potato bread alongside banana bread and other goodies (kalua pig wrap?) during the Kaua‘i Handworks craft fair.

Koloa School fundraiser launches on Black Friday

PO‘IPU — The launch of the Koloa Elementary School Holiday Bags fundraiser is just a part of the Black Friday deals and special promotions that will take place at The Shops at Kukui‘ula from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 24, commonly known as Black Friday.

Births for Saturday, November 18, 2023

• Peyton Alia Thorpe • Pihanakalani Ka‘ililaukekoa Juanita Aipa-Rivera • Cooper Ray Cosson • Kalawai‘a Shizuo Games Galas • Maika Kupa Silbanuz • Rafe Lokela Kelekoma Rivera Benjamin Douglas Kana‘imaikalewanu‘u Olson • Jaxon Elias Kananikaulike Balmidiano • Wrenly Zi Rachwal-Oyama

ERSOY: Vegan vs. Carnivore — which one is healthier? (Part 2)

With vegan and carnivore we have two extremes that are exactly the opposite way to eat. So which one is the best approach? I think that the only person who can answer that is you. In my previous column I talked about the vegan diet and what you need to consider if you choose to follow it as a diet or as a vegan lifestyle. Now let’s look at carnivore.

Happy Camper for Saturday, November 18, 2023

Tina Albao of the Boys and Girls Club, Kaua‘i was so enamored with the holiday decorations at the Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union, Kaua‘i, she didn’t want to leave.