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Santa Claus made his appearance in style — highlighting the Kauai Christmas Parade, greeting his fans, and finally settling in at Santa’s house, also known as Photos With Santa, at Kukui Grove Center, close to the Keiki Korner play area.

Talk Story: Aunties Franque and Yolanda

Louise Oclit and Yolanda Hala‘an live together in the bushes back by Salt Pond Beach Park. On Monday, they gave The Garden Island’s reporter permission to come talk story with them at their home.

Ed Justus: Buy the book

Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe just celebrated its 15th anniversary. In an age when bookstores aren’t supposed to do well, Talk Story continues to go strong.

Talk Story: Steve Sparks

Steve Sparks looks fit, fresh and healthy. The 70-year-old Koloa man is upbeat, positive and joyful.

Talk Story: Earl Kashiwagi

Pumpkins don’t like wet feet, said Earl Kashiwagi, eneral manager of Esaki’s Produce. They explode!

Peace, Love and Transformation

Shrin Hunt has a heart as sweet as her name and a fire as spicy as the pepper sauce she slings out of the Tropical Tacos kitchen and sells at retailers islandwide.

Talkstory with Chequita Loston

Chequita Loston’s fascination with boxing started as self-defense and a coping mechanism from getting bullied as a youngster growing up on Chicago’s South Side

Jacque Du bois talks curly koa

Jacques Du Bois owns Jacques’ Woodworks on Koloa Road. His last name is an old one that comes from a fusion of French and English and quite literally means “of the woods.”

Talk Story with Mike Foster

Eight stars dotted the sleeve of Mike Foster’s shirt as he spoke at the American Medical Response offices during one of his shifts in Lihue.

Talk Story: Don Heacock

Don Heacock is a lot of things. He’s just retired from 40 years as an aquatic biologist with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. He’s an advocate for sustainable agriculture that cultivates things like yerba mate, awa and taro alongside tilapia aquaponic projects on his 25-acre Lihue farm, called Kauai Organic Agroecosystems.

Talk story: Mel Rapozo

Mel Rapozo might be outspoken when it comes to government issues, but behind the scenes he’s also a major advocate of keiki sports.

Talk Story: Chantell Balaan

Chantell Balaan is on a mission to understand how the gut microbiome affects brain function and human behavior, particularly in people with autism spectrum disorder.

Talk Story: Rebecca Carnate

Where is the place to eat in Kaumakani? Rebecca’s Kitchen is a unique kitchen offering “local and Filipino food” on a call-in or pick-up basis in the building sandwiched between Aloha Delites, or more commonly known as Thrifty Mart, and the Kaumakani post office.

Talk Story: Jude Schwarze

Jude Schwarze has owned Deep Sea Fishing Kauai since 2002. Before that, he was working for the state and didn’t want to be a part of the “30-year plan.” That’s when he saw a boat was up for auction. Flash forward 17 years and that very boat is still a part of the fleet.

Wala‘au at the barbershop

Manii Sanchez has been a professional barber since age 15. His friends paid him 50 cents a haircut, until he raised his rates and started charging a bag of chips and a bottle of Kool-Aid.