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  • for KAUAIw w w . f o r k a u a i o n l i n e . c o m

    Growing Greens Nursery color the season red

    Kauai Grown poinsettias put punch in home, community dcor see story page 5


    "Sabrina" story opens eyes and hearts

    Na Hoku Winner spreads acting wings

    Kauai Made Kauai Grown

    Holiday Gift Guide4 page pullout




    All Local All Community All Kauai

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    Photos by Anne E. OMalleyAbout 400 persons attended the 3rd Annual Garden Island Range & Food Festival at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion. It was billed as A Family Affair, a place that brought together the Kauai Commu-nity with cattlemen, farmers and chefs to taste healthy, local and nutritious foods. GIR&FF goers grazed through over 16 food stations offering a range of locavore samples ranging from sweet to savoryall created by top-notch, top-name chefs. Makahiki games amused keiki; live music kept the crowd upbeat, and three KCC Culinary Arts Program students won scholarships totaling $3,500 among them.

    Garden Island Range & Food Festival a Family Affair

    Working The Club at Kukuiula sta

    tion, serving braised beef tongue

    with pea

    shoot and arugula salad on a bam

    boo bed of breadfruit chips (l-r): K

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    Bukoski 4-H-ers of Koloa (l-r): Kyra, Zariah, Mom Anna and Arianna. The keiki are in 4-H and Cloverbuds.

    Three students from the Kauai Community College Culinary Arts Institute Program went home with scholarships. L-R: Patricia Bishop, Kaimana Delapena and Alyssa Chow.

    Sheraton Kauai Resort Executive Chef Leanne Kamekona served braised BBQ beef brisket, Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes and Asian pear kim chee slaw in anise oil.

    John Ferguson, owner, Kalaheo Cafe

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    Tine Howard rolls the camera on festival emcee David Nawais interview with Guy Higa, executive chef of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Spa.

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    She first visited North America in 1825, es-corted from her home in Mexico by the first U.S. Minister to Mex-ico, Joel Roberts Poin-sett. She was an instant hit and millions have thrilled to her crimson blush for years. Sometimes she var-ies in color from flam-ing red to orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled. Al-ways, shes the cen-ter of attention, par-ticularly around the Christmas season. She is the poin-settia plant, and when Liz Ronaldson, owner

    CrimsonleavesadornKauaigrownbeautyby Anne E. OMalley of Growing Greens

    Nursery, bought the operation 17 years ago, poinsettias were already resident in the nursery. Today, the Grow-ing Greens poinsettia population numbers roughly 7,500at least until Christmasrep-resenting five variet-ies: the Premium Red Euro, Glory, Merlot, White and Ice Crys-tals. Each year, Ron-aldson orders plugs from the Mainland in August and plants them out. By mid-to-late No-vember, these clas-sic beauties are fully

    Kauai grown and ready to take their places around the is-land. How beautiful those nursery tables looked that first Novem-ber when Ronaldson bought the business. How quickly she dis-covered just how dif-ficult poinsettia plants are to grow! Theyre weather-dependent and frag-ile, says Liz. The first batch, we were so na-ve! Wed pick them up and all the brackets would fall off. They needed calcium. Says her husband, Will, who is Mr. instal-lation and go-to and fix-it, Theyre suscep-tible to certain types of diseases and patho-gens, especially the white fly. Its a winged pest that makes its nest underneath the leaves of a plant and gener-ates huge webs that come down in Cali-fornia youll see webs down to the ground. Fortunately, the cou-ple never gave up. There were plenty of helpers and books, and our own UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Hu-man Resources local people, says Liz. Roy Yamakawa, for one, has been very help-ful on more than one occasion with many things.

    Today, Growing Greens Nursery in Kapahi is the one-stop shop for Kauai grown poinsettias. Its three acres fill with masses of red in time for the holidays, and then theyre flying out the doorto clients such as Kukui Grove Center, Home Depot, landscapers, churches and more. The stage during Kauai High Schools Christmas concert is adorned with them. The Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club snaps them up for its dcor and displays them between the up and down escalators. Everyone entering the hotel sees them. Says Ronaldson, Its solid poinsettias on

    the way down. It takes your breath away. Then theres the retail trade. Marit McHugh, nursery manager and Lizs daughter, sends hun-dreds of poinsettias out the door as gifts and holiday home d-cor, with plants vary-ing in price from $9 to $45 and in size from perhaps six inches high to three feet tall. For McHugh, whose brother, Pete, is also an employee, its been all on-the-job training. Unlike her mother, who has a degree in horticulture from Modesto Junior Col-lege, Marit says, I didnt know a petunia from a pansy when I got here. Now shes a gradu-

    ate of the UH CTAHR Master Gardener Pro-gram. For today its my passion, she says. Ronaldson came to Kauai in 1990 with a desire to learn how to grow fruit trees. Happy to have the fruit tree experience, she decided the pro-cess was too tedious; with a background in horticultural sales, she sought retail work and waited. Will followed and the pair eventually landed the nursery business opportunity. Ronaldson has been involved with many organizations and sits on six boards: the Kauai County

    Growing Greens Team includes Marit McHugh, nursery manager and daughter of Liz Ronaldson, owner (r) and Will Ronaldson, Lizs husband. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

    see Crimson page 6

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    While she was the past president of the Kauai County Farm Bureau, Ronaldson was active in help-ing the Kauai Grown program get started. The idea, she says, is to teach folks who live here the importance of locally grown prod-ucts. Buy local to keep our businesses pros-pering, she says. Now that program is blooming. Kauai County Farm Bureau, with support from the County of Kauai Of-fice of Economic De-velopment, is helping to create a marketing program for promo-tion of Kauai Grown products. Read more about it online at Also, there will be a

    Kauai Grown & Kauai Made Holiday Market & Craft Fair on Sat-urday, December 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Com-munity College. But dont look for Grow-ing Greens poinsettias thereonly because most of them will have found their new homes! Growing Greens Nursery is located at 6660-B Kawaihau Rd., 1-1/4 miles above Kapahi Ballpark. Re-tail hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat-urday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Sun-days. Call 822-3831 for information.

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    Liz Ronaldson. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

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    liver dinner to their chickroughly the same distance as flying San Francisco to New York, roundtrip. When the chick flies for the first time, its feet will not touch solid ground for three to four years. When they do re-turn to Kauai, they come for twin purpos-es: to find a mate and to raise their youngone chick a year, max. They live long. The oldest known wild bird in North America is Wisdom, a 60-year-old Laysan albatross who just raised anoth-er chick. Put her next

    to a 1-year-old adult and you can barely tell them apart; she does not exhibit a single sign of aging. Native to the Hawai-ian Islands, the Lay-san albatross is called Kanes Bird, a feath-ered manifestation of the god himself. Wor-shipped as a family guardian, it is a deified ancestor, an aumakua. Although the birds have survived many human threats, they may soon face their most daunting ob-stacle ever: sea level rise. Midway Islands, their primary nesting grounds, are destined to go underwater. During the Japanese

    tsunami this year, two of three Midway Is-lands completely sub-merged. Tragically, more than 200,000 downy albatross chickstwice as many as initially fearedlost their lives. Kauai may prove to be their virtual Noahs Ark. All other inhab-ited Hawaiian Islands are heavily populated with mongoose, mak-ing life nearly impossi-ble for ground-nesting birds. On Kauai, roughly 15 miles of coast-line from Anahola to Princeville have just what the birds need: elevated bluffs, small open areas for run-

    ways, easy access to the sea, and one other cru-cial elementpreda-tor control. Fences to keep out dogs. Control of feral cats. Paths that skirt colonies. Private properties such as Na ina Kai Botanical Gardens, Falko Partners and Princeville Commu-nity Association have proven successful in these efforts. Waioli Corporation is also working to keep their colony sites safecol-onies that have existed for decades but have recently disappeared due to predationand to support the Living Museum at Larsens Beach.

    Pacific Missile Range Facility, where albatross and pilots are potentially unsafe due to the risk of bird-air-craft collision, is work-ing closely with several private property own-ers and the Kilauea Point National Wild-life Refuge to relocate both adults and eggs. Thomas Kaiakapu and his team at the Hawaii State Depart-ment of Land and Natural Resources, the US Department of Agriculture and the Kauai Albatross Net-work provide crucial resources. If theres somewhere in the world where Laysan albatross are

    kept safeand it may prove to be the only place it can happenKauai is that place, and we are that people. For more informa-tion, visit To sign up for an alba-tross tour, visit Hob Osterlund is an award-winning writer and photographer, Kauai resident, and founder of the Kauai Albatross Network.

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    Local author Wendy Lewis has written a childrens book, Sa-brina, the Girl with a Hole in Her Heart. Its about a fictional char-acter, Sabrina, based on the composite ex-periences of over 2,600 children with congeni-tal heart defects who hail from over 40 de-veloping countries. Sabrina represents all those children who had life-saving sur-gery, free of charge, thanks to the Save A Childs Heart (SACH) nonprofit organiza-tion, which is com-prised of volunteers. The mission of SACH, an Israeli-based inter-national humanitarian project, is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for chil-dren from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to train doctors so that one day they can take care of the children in their own lands. Lewis, a Kauai homeowner and part-time resident for over 33 years, came to the story through a pro-gression of escalating research into the inno-vation of technology and science in the na-tion of Israel. Sabrina is a call to awareness to what the March of Dimes calls the No. 1 birth defect

    Sabrina holds heart lessons for allby Anne E. OMalley

    Wendy Lewis. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

    in the U.S. and what Lewis calls The No. 1 killer in the world. Just after Lewis book was published, the Federal Advisory Committee, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart As-sociation recommend-ed all newborns be screened for congeni-tal heart disease. This is a book, Lewis is convinced, that be-longs on the shelves of every public and school library and in the waiting rooms of every pediatric and cardiologists office. She aims to help get it there. Its tough to read about keiki anywhere

    who have health prob-lems. At least the U.S. is equipped with pedi-atric cardiologists and surgeons who have the skills to perform such surgery, and though to fix the problem would break a middle-class Americans piggy bank, still, the oppor-tunity exists. But how about if its a child from a desti-tute family in Zan-zibar, where Sabrina

    is fromor Russia, Rwanda, Haiti, Iraqthe list goes on. How do those children get a crack at life? How do their parents face the agony? There are few or no pediatric cardiologists or surgeons who can perform the operation in most of those places, or the parents cant af-ford the surgery, so there seems no hope.

    see Sabrina page 26

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    Kauais own Kepa Kruse never set out to be a musician. Although he began performing profes-sionally on the Navatek dinner cruises while still a teenager and progressed to Waikiki gigs upon graduation from Kamehameha Schools, Kruse moved to Los Angeles in 2005 with the idea of be-coming an actor.

    He did, and has since appeared in four mov-ies, including Age of the Dragons with Danny Glover, as well as an episode of the ABC TV show Off the Map. But his career took an unexpected turn when he started writ-ing songs about island life to ward off his homesickness during a break between acting roles. Kruse had no intention of releasing an album when he be-gan sharing his songs with a few friends back home.

    Kepa KruseBy Joan Conrow Fate, however, had

    other plans. It wasnt long before his catchy, often humorous and slightly wistful tunes, which he later com-piled into the self-pro-duced album, Coco-nut Wireless, started making the rounds of the coconut wireless and social media sites. Kruses big break came serendipitously, when Island Radio disc jock-ey Danny Hill heard

    his song Cruise being played in a beach parking lot and gave it air time on 98.9 FM. It turned out to be the stations most requested song in the summer of 2010. The album has since spawned five tracks that

    made it into rotation on the radio. Friends would text and call, saying I heard your song on the radio, but Id be here, sitting in traffic, says Kruse during a phone interview from LA. I was removed from the scene, so I wasnt aware of the progress the album was mak-ing. That came later, at the 2011 Na Hoku Ha-nohano awards cere-mony, where Coconut Wireless was named R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year.

    Kepa Kruse appeared with Danny Glover in the film Age of the Dragons. Photo courtesy of Dragonfire LLC

    I never thought I had a chance, Kruse says. A few eyebrows were raised in that room, but none as high as mine. I come from really humble roots. I never imagined being a part of anything so prestigious. I felt really honored. Still, Kruse didnt sit back and bask in the glory. Thats when I real-ized how important it was to be educated about the business of music, Kruse says. I dont have a record label or a manager or anybody in my cor-ner. Kruse found his own education furthered at last Julys Kauai Mu-sic Festival, where he served as an instructor and also performed in the Pau Hana Concert. I had a chance to sit down face-to-face with music advisors and ac-complished individu-als in the industry, and again, that inspired me to want to build some-thing for myself. Since then, he locked up his first sync dealindustry lin-go for synchronizing video with someone elses musicwhich resulted in one of his songs being played on a recent episode of Hawaii 5-0. He also produced the opening

    song for the new mov-ie Knots, which pre-miered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October. To make a career, its really important to understand what the different terms mean in the businessand to do things on my own terms, Kruse says. The music busi-ness is a scary place contractually. Thats why I formed a pro-duction company. Named Petroglyph Productions, the com-pany handles all of his copyrights and also creates projects with a unique perspective, Kruse says. Its very important to him that the business retain the values of home. I want it to be honest and fair. The production company currently has a few scripts un-der development and will handle the Janu-ary release of his sec-ond album, as well as his 2012 tour of Japan, Hawaii and the West Coast. But Kruse isnt look-ing for fame and for-tune to feed his own ego. Somebody asked me what my end game is, and I had to think about it, Kruse says. I think if youre allowed to do something you

    love to, the best thing to do when you have great resources at your disposal is give back. His ultimate dream is to build an eco-friendly facility on Kauai dedicated to Hawaiian voyaging. Both his mother, who died when he was 12, and his father, John Kruse, sailed on the Hokulea, and hed love to create a cen-ter with a big garden where kids can learn about the ocean, navi-gation, sustainability and culture. In the meantime, he says, between music, acting and producing projects, Ive got a full plate. Although Kruse has no regrets about

    moving to Los Ange-les, saying it was the catalyst that gave him the ambition and in-spiration he needed to further his career, hes always grateful to get back to the beach, to use the title from one of his songs, and hang with his father and friends during the year-end holidays. I definitely didnt need to leave Hawaii to appreciate it, but now that Ive been gone six years, I cant even begin to tell you how special it is. Kruses music, in-cluding his new single Naupaka, can be downloaded at iTunes, or visit

    Kepa Kruse at the 2011 Kauai Music Festival. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

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    One of the cool things about giving is that its always a two-way street. Theres a small aban-doned taro patch I know in one of the Na Pali valleys, which still has some kalo grow-ing. When I camp nearby, Ill pull one or two corms to eat, but I always replant the huli, and pull some weeds and clean the loi if needed. Other people seem to do that same thing at that loi. I dont

    G ivingby Jan TenBruggencate

    know who the oth-ers are. Ive never met any of them. But we have this unspoken, unwritten, completely voluntary relationship. I take care, you take care, and we are both taken care of. It is taking, but also giving. When I give ba-nana to the neighbor up the street, its not that I expect mango back. What I get back is a healthier commu-nity, a sense of satis-faction, the blessing of somebody saying, Eh,

    thanks. In some wayand this is a cold way of looking at itits in-surance. Giving cre-ates obligation. If Im ever stuck alongside the road with a blow-out, or caught a dollar short at the grocery store, that neighbor is likely to help. But its probably preferableand feels betternot to think of it that way. Its about making the world a friendlier place. Indeed, it doesnt need to be a neighbor.

    It can be a stranger. Some folks call this kind of giving ran-dom acts of kindness. Someone with an armful of groceries drops a pen, pick it up for them. Someone left their car lights on, call out and tell them. A movie a few years back talked about pay-ing it forward. There are some TV ads air-ing lately that pro-mote the same theme. Somebody gives you something, does you a favor, helps you respond by doing something nice for someone entirely dif-ferent. That, too, builds community. But this is nothing new.

    When a high school football player goes on to play in college, doesnt quite make the pro leagues, but comes home and coaches a new generation of kidsthats what hes doing. When a longtime church member agrees to chair the church fundraising commit-teethats what shes doing. When a couple of veteran canoe paddlers give tips to high school paddlersthats that theyre doing.Except, here we dont call it paying forward. We call it giving back. For people doing this kind of giving, the sat-isfaction can occasion-

    ally fade. But theres nothing that can help make it worthwhile like affirmation: I know youre spending a lot of time on this. Its good work youre doing. Thanks. Even the thank you is a gift. Its a ran-dom act of kindness. It is another form of giv-ing back. Jan TenBruggencate is an author and the former science writer for The Honolulu Ad-vertiser. He operates a communications com-pany, Island Strategy LLC. He serves on the board of the Kauai Is-land Utility Coopera-tive and on the County Charter Review Com-mission.

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    Grass-Fed Beef is the Healthier Choice!!By Carrie Brennan, N.D.

    We are so lucky to live on Kauai where we have locally raised grass-fed beef! All beef is not created equal. The cows diet has an enormous influence on the nutritional quality of its products. There is a huge difference between grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef, which is what is found in most grocery stores. Cows are ruminants, which mean they are meant to eat grass, and when they do, they are healthier overall.

    Once upon a time, cows were only raised on grass in a pas-ture, as nature intended. Then in about the mid-1900s, in-dustrialized farming began and thats when cows began to be fed grain, primarily corn, in order to fatten them up faster. Since their bodies are not able to easily digest corn, many negative health effects occur. The most notable is the growth of E. Coli 0157:H7, which can cause very serious health effects in humans and even lead to death when ingested meat is contaminated with this bacteria.

    Grass-fed beef is nutritionally superior to grain-fed beef. It is low-er in calories and in saturated fat, but higher in good omega 3 fatty acids. Specifically, it hasat leastdouble the healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which are necessary for the function of every cell in our body, are anti-inflammatory, and have many positive health effects, most notably on the cardiovascular system. Grass-fed beef has more antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, like vitamin E, beta carotene, and B vitamins. It has much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid, a healthy fat that has been shown to help in weight loss and is a potential cancer fighter.

    In addition, grass-fed beef does not contain the added hormones that are given to grain-fed beef in order to increase their weight. These hormones can disrupt human hormone balance, for exam-ple being linked to early puberty in girls and possibly even breast cancer in older women.

    If you include beef as a protein source in your diet, as a naturopathic physician, I urge you to switch to grass-fed beef to better your health. Our local economy can be supported in the process. Here on Kauai, it can be bought at the Wailua Country Sore, Kojimas, the Chevron Station in Princeville, Sueokas, and Ishihara markets.

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    Eleele Shopping Center

    Best Breakfast, Lunch & Sandwiches. We bake bread & pasteries.

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    The Festival of Lights, featuring the beautiful handmade decorations created by Josie Chansky and other artisans showcased in a bright and

    colorful display at the Historic County Building, will be open daily through December 24. Free. Call 639-8564. See story on page 31 for more about Josie Chansky's art.

    Claus and Santa aka Dr. and Mrs. William Bodenstab flank Elizabeth Freeman, who saved the orna-ments that sparked the origin of the Festival of Lights now in its 15th year at the Historic County Building. Archival photo by Anne E. OMalley

    Festival of Lights

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    Wheels and Deals

    King Auto CenterLihue4330 Kukui Grove

    Up to 5 quarts of oil. Diesel engines and European Models excluded. (Synthetic oil extra). Price plus tax and shop fees. Includes complementary 120 day road side assistance and a carwash. This is a Saturday only special. Free shuttle in the Lihue area. Please call for details and an appointment.




    Kevins Automotive Repair

    Kapaa954 Kipuni

    We Do: Air Conditioning, Brakes, Lubrication, General Repair and Safety Checks. We service BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Volkswagen and Land Rover. Voted the Best Auto Repair on Kauai. We take pride in our work and offer the best possible prices. Open Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm. Closed 12:30 to 1:30pm for lunch.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM KEVINS AUTO REPAIR TEAMPlease Drive Safely this Holiday Season

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    5 Day Buy Back and 5 Year Warranty. The VENOM is a Clean, Mean Bushcutter Machine and M. Kawamuras has a variety to choose from. Put a MARUYAMA under the Christmas tree HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Kawamura Ohana to your Ohana. May all your Holiday gift giving be this easy!

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    Garden Island Motorsports

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    Tis the season to head to Garden Island Motorsports, where you can get great deals during the Hondas Gifts that Go sales event. For the family that wants to ride, head to Garden Island Motorsports today for special dealsHonda C-R-F dirtbikes. Get there fast before these deals are done. Get 1.99% FIXED APR or $300 Bonus BUCKS on select models now through December 31, 2011.


    Gifts that go

    Kauai Marine & MowerKapaa1337 Ulu [email protected]

    Kauai Marine & Mower has been serving the Kauai community with the finest products and service for over 25 years. HONDA, HUSTLER, ECHO, and SHINDAIWA Power Equipment, HONDA and EVINRUDE Outboard Motors, and Parts and Accessories for all your Outdoor Power Equipment needs. Mowers, Generators, Pumps, Trimmers, Chainsaws, Blowers- Weve got em all. Full Service Department.


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    Where Kauai Shops for Bamboo

    HOLIDAY GIFT SALE!Many new gift and accessory items!

    4-1388 Kuhio Hwy in Old Kapaa Town Open Monday thru Sat. 10-6 Sun. 11-4

    Owner,Ken Bernard



    located on Kuhio Hwy. in KilaueaMauka of Banana Joes & Kauai Mini Golf828-6400

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    Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Ukulele Band and Chorus has their roadie sked for December and its a busy one. With performances and their CD release of Christmas songs, there are plenty of ways to support this schools music program. Show up. Buy a $5 CD. Heres the sked: Dec 3 & 10, CKMD Craft Fairs, CD sales, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., school cafeteria, chorus booth; Dec. 3, same site as above, Chorus performs at 11 a.m.; Dec. 13, Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., CKMS Playcourt, CD Sales and performance by band, plus ukulele band plus chorus; Scottys Music in Kala-heo anytime, starting in early December; Kauai Music and Sound anytime, starting early December. Concerts are free, donations gratefully accepted.

    Chiefess Kamakahelei Ukulele Band. Photo by Kevin Matsunaga

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    Got Pet Ads?Call Melinda or Barbara 245-4648 or 338-0111

    Most Kauai residents know about the autumn fall-out of Newells Shearwater (Ao) youngsters that happens between Sept. 15 and Dec. 15. annually. The black and white Ao are rare, native seabirds that nest in burrows in the mountains of Kauai. Another less-rare shearwater, the grayish Wedge-tailed Shearwater, also nests on Kauai. Each mated shearwater pair lays one egg, and if they are lucky, raise one chick each year. When the chicks first leave their burrows at night to fly to the ocean to feed on squid and fish, they are called fledglings. On cloudy or low-moonlight nights, fledglings can get disoriented by bright lights and fall to the ground before reaching the ocean, or are re-attracted back inland. Shearwaters are awkward on land. They are designed to live at sea swimming, diving and flying. If you find one on the ground away from their nesting colony, gently pick it up with a towel and place in a box with holes. Take it to the nearest fire station or call the Save Our Shearwater (SOS) Program at Kauai Humane Society; 632-0610 ext. 109 or the hotline, 635-5117. The SOS Program will band and release them or rehabilitate them. So far this season over 110 Ao have already been rescued by the caring public. Keep up the good work, Kauai!

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    Keep your dog occupied when he's home alone by giving him a food-stuffed puzzle toy, or some tasty chew toys.

    Like their canine counterparts, cats also need plenty of aerobic exercise. Get kitty fit with rousing play sessions, such as chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.

    Encourage your cat's favorite home alone activities, including bird watching, exploring paper bags or boxes, watching cat videos or spending time in secure outdoor enclosures.

    Teach your cat new tricks! Felines are quick studies and can learn practical skills like coming when called, sitting up, rolling over and even using the toilet

  • KAUA'I Chamber of Commerce" Working Together to Make a Difference"

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    Join us as we end the year with our Annual General Membership Meeting Holiday Party!

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    5:30 p.m., Registration, No-host cocktails and Silent Auction

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    Come Check us Out!Growing Greens Nursery

    6660B Kawaihau Road in Kapaa(Look for the sign, 1.25 miles above Kapahi Ball Park)

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    The Holiday season is hereand with that comes the joys of holiday decorating, preparing holiday meals and parties, and making your gift list and checking it twice. All that economic activity makes a big impact on the island, so this year consider celebrating local style and supporting our local farmers and businesses this season with your holiday dollars when you decorate, feast, gift give and celebrate! Here are a few tips to get you started:

    Kauai Made

    Holiday Gift Guide

    Kauai Grown

    Holiday DecoratingTis the season! Locally grown trees and harvested wreaths are hot items every year, so look for them early. Call your nursery and ask about Norfolk Pine treesthe original Hawaii Christmas treethis year. Liz Ronaldson of Growing Greens will be visiting the Kauai Community Market with her Hawaiian XMAS trees and poinsettias first week in December.

    For other decorating ideas, Holiday tropicals in vibrant reds, or-anges, pinks and greens can offer a special tropical touch to your home and can be sent to friends or relatives. Websites like specialize in this service.

    For holiday ornaments check out the variety of local craft fairs over the month many of them are hand crafted and hand sewn mementoes of Kauai. Try Rambutan and other tropical fruits in baskets for hospitality gifts and centerpieces.

    KauaiMade&KauaiGrownHolidayMarket&CelebrationKauai Made & Kauai Grown are teaming up again this year to host an annual Holiday Market & Craft Fair on celebrating all that is grown and made locally to purchase for the holidays. For the second year, the weekly market at Kauai Community College will be expanded into an all day holiday event the weekend before XMAS. Besides the mix of farm fresh produce, flowers, Kauai Grown food items, the market expands to include local and Kauai Made gift items, jewelry, dcor and holiday treats. This year the event will include more holiday hula and local entertainment from community groups around the island plus demos by KCC Culinary. Join in the fun, December 17th, 9am to 3pm. Visit for or details view our ad inside.

    Friday December 2nd Kauai Museum Christmas Craft Fair in Lihue, 10am9pm Same day as Lights on Rice parade starting at 6:30pm.

    Saturday, December 3rd Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Craft Fair, 8:30am-1:30pm

    Saturday December 10th Koloa Elementary School Craft Fair, 8am-12pm Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Craft Fair, 8:30am-1:30pm

    Saturday, December 17th Kauai Made/Kauai Grown Holiday Market & Fair at KCC, 9am-3pm Waimea Christmas Parade , 6pm to 8pm (merchants stay open late that evening)

    LocalFestivals&CraftFairsLocal holiday festivals like the Waimea Town Holiday Parade and Lights on Rice are a great place to find gifts and exchange holiday cheer. Craft fairs take place around the island during the month of December and help to support local artisans, as well as local non profits. Check out and local calendar sections for more details. Here are a few to get you started:

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    Must Have Kids Clothing!

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    Original art . Quality reproductions . Greeting cards . Commissions. Gift certificates for art or instruction . Studio visits . Holiday specials !! FB : Patrice Pendarvis studio



    by Jacqueline on KauaiEst. 1979

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    WHERE TO BUY: Many Retail Stores on Kauai Order via telephone or fax Order via the web

    Hawaiian Style Cookingby Rhonda Lizama

    Steeped in family tradition this book features over 600 recipes that have been handed down for generations. From Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino find new and delicious Hawaiian favorites.


    Gifting Kauai Style For great gifts and mementos, Kauai is home to many indus-trious and talented crafters, sewers, artists and artisans. This is a chance to share Kauai with friends off island, pick a creative stocking stuffer for colleagues, or to select a custom memento for your family or sweetheart.

    The Countys Kauai Made program web site w w w.kauaimade.netis a great place to start shop-ping. The site is broken down into categories to help you find what youre looking for (useful with more than 100 items to pe-ruse) and includes product pro-ducers as well as retailers where these items can be found.

    There you can find:

    Apparel and Accessories

    Arts, Publications & Music

    Crafts & Heritage

    Food & Floral

    Gifts & Miscellaneous

    Health and Beauty


    Some products are widely dis-tributed on island, but you can also discover finds and unique items that can only be found at a particular shop or craft fair, or by contacting the product maker directly. Every product youll find on the site was made or crafted on Kauai, by the people of Kauai. Each year new products are considered for the program, making this a great reference to find whats new.

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    Tasting Room &Company Store

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    Holiday Foods & FeastingWhen it comes to holiday feast-ing, besides the grocery specials, this is a great time to check out whats happening at Kauais diverse and plentiful farm-ers markets. You can now find a farmers market almost every day of the week on Kauaivisit for a complete directory of farmers markets.

    Farmers markets are a great place to find the freshest in-gredients for holiday meals, often picked that morning or the day before, and sometimes with better prices depending on whats in season. You can find carrots, beets, squash, long beans, kale, eggplant, cucum-ber, arugula and other seasonal greens as well as bananas, pa-payas, avocados, and a variety of citrus.

    More markets now offer value added products like coffee, spices, dressings, honey, farm fresh eggs, mac nuts as well as pies, fresh bread and other baked goods in addition to pro-duce. Kauai Culinary Market (Wednesdays at the Shops at Kukuiula, 4pm to 6pm) and Kauai Community Market at KCC (Saturdays 9:30am to 1pm) offer a range of food and gift items in addition to fresh produce as well as Hanalei Market on Saturdays (9:30am to noon), the new Sunday Market in Kealia (11am to 4pm) and Tues-days at Coconut Marketplace (9am to noon).

    Incorporating local items is a fun way to spice up traditional holiday meals. Have you ever tried Swiss Chard gratin, or using Kabocha squash in your pump-kin soup recipe? Salty Wahine offers a rainbow of Hawaiian salts and spices as well as turkey

    brines for the holidays. Kunana Dairy Goat cheese is a perennial favorite, they also offer dress-ings, honeys, cookies and other baked goods as well as goat milk body products. Hawaiis traditional sweets like kulolo and mochii can be found at Hanalei Taro & Juice Co as well as taro hummus and lau lau.

    Ask for local items when you dine or shop, such as local beef

    from Princeville Ranch. Spe-cialty stores like Aunty Lilikois in Waimea Town Kauai Nut Roasters In Hanalei and and Koloa Rum in Lihue are great places to shop for hospitality gifts and presents that offer that taste of Kauai. Can you say lilikoi pie and rum cake? Be the hit of the party with a fresh baked con-fection by Cakes by Kristin.

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    The perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. Dont forget to treat yourself too!

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    ShareYourHoliday Recipes AndWinPrizes!Kauai Grown is hosting a recipe exchange this month to provide an outlet for sharing your home cooked favorites us-ing local ingredients.

    Share how you use seasonal pro-duce, proteins, herbs and Kauai Grown products to celebrate and

    ENTER TO WIN a fabulous din-ner for four by this years Kauai Coffee Celebrity Chef Cookoff for Charity winner, Chef Ka-hau Manzo from Nanea at Wes-tin Princeville. All recipes to be entered by December 12th.

    Ingredients can include both fresh farm ingredients, as well as processed ingredients (honey, coffee, goat cheese, jams, etc)

    that are at least 50% Kauai Grown. Recipes will be shared online, in print and at the Kauai Made/Kauai Grown Holiday Market and Celebration on De-cember 17th!


    Pick up a form at Kauai Com-munity Market at KCC Saturdays, 9:30am-1pm or submit online at

  • Making a difference in our community

    Awards & Installation BanquetJanuary 28, 2012 (Saturday)

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    Making a difference in our community

    Awards & Installation BanquetJanuary28,2012(Saturday)

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    Invites you to The 19th Annual

    Tuesday, February 14th, 2012Valentines Day 5:30 to 7:30 pmCourtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach

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    Increase your holiday spirit by giving generously of your time. Find a couple of hours to give to good causes, whether youre a resident or a visitor here for the holidays. One way is through the Kauai Salvation Army. Theyre looking for Christmas elves wishing to make Christmas a little brighter for everyone on Kauai. The Salvation Army needs volunteer bell ringers island wide. Those familiar red kettles will be out from Friday, Novem-ber 25 through Friday, Decem-ber 24. Red kettle donations pro-vide Christmas dinners, cloth-ing and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. If youd like to help the Sal-vation Army, call Maj. Mario Reyes at the Lihue Corps Office at 245-2571 or Lt. Sarah Smuda at the Hanapepe Corps Office at 335-5441. Or you can be an angel! Its easyjust shop, but for some-one else. Salvation Army Angel Trees will be located at WalMart and Kmart from Friday, November 25 to Wednesday, December 14. Take an Angel Tag off the tree and youll find the first name, age, sex, sizes and items that a needy keiki through age 12, or needy seniors would like to receive. Go inside, purchase the new gifts and return them to the tree where you selected your Angel Tag. No need to wrap your giftsSantas elves will take care of that for you!

    Zontians Dimples Kano and Marlene Greer support the Salvation Army by bell ringing at the Red Kettle in front of WalMart.

    by Katie Beer

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    But somehow, infor-mation about SACH gets out and some drive hours and wait all day in line to see a team of cardiologists and trainees from oth-er countries that hold screenings. Lewis, who is get-ting only positive feed-back from all sources, says Sabrina is a way to educate an entire community about the disease and the SACH program, and that the book can be used as bibliotherapy to help children express them-selves and cope with all kinds of medical is-

    sues in their own fami-lies. Heart disease is also prevalent in Hawaii. When Lewis read Sabrina to students at Kahili Adventist School, one student shared that her cousin had a hole in her heart like Sabrina. Take it from Lewis, who has lectured to over 30,000 students, teachers, parents and grandparents, when she says people like a good story that in-spires. This one has it allhuman interest, international coopera-tion and more.

    Sabrinas beginning As inspiring as the

    story of SACHS and Sabrina is, so is Lewis revelatory path that led to the book, the idea for which grew from a request of a teacher who asked Lewis to take informa-tion from one of her innovative technology presentations and turn it into a scientific lit-eracy lesson. I decided to write a story of fiction based on SACH, says Lewis. Two weeks later we had a session and I read the rough draft to teachers in a workshop and you could hear a pin drop. Probably 50 teach-ers said, When can I share the story with my class?

    Lewis says she is not a scientist, nor a physi-cian nor a teacher, but rather, a researcher, writer and speaker on cutting-edge innova-tions in science and technology at school assemblies, teacher workshops, and to na-tional organizations. A stay-at-home mom for 15 yearsher two sons are now grownher background was in economics and ac-counting. Science and technology were sim-ply two words in the dictionary. She began volunteer-ing in the public school system in Los Ange-les when her two sons were in grade school. One of the teachers she volunteered with was interested in Lewis finding cool innova-tions in science and technology to present to the class. With no background in either, Lewis got googling. When I googled innovations, a lot of the time, Id get Isra-elI was fascinated, she says. She realized she had a science literacy pro-gram emerging and got a grant from the Jewish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and individuals in-terested in promoting STEM education, i.e., integrating science, technology, engineer-ing and mathematics. Lewis became more and more fascinated

    that this tiny nation of Israel that was 63 per-cent desert and home to only 7 million peo-ple from 70 different countries delivered the goods regularly. Early on, says Lewis, The founders of Israel realized they had to educate their people, that the people would be their nations great-est natural resource. She visited Israel once in 1999 and says she would like to re-turn. Its an amazing place mixing ancient with new, she says. You can touch a 3,000 year-old stone wall and go out for modern nightlife and to coffee bars. Lewis says, Im not a scientist, not a teach-er, Im a motivational speaker in science and technology. I use Israel as a model, but children can research whats going on in the U.S. and Hawaii. Sabrina has been nominated for the Bechol Lashon Media Awards in the Chil-

    drens Book category and was recognized as a finalist in the Chil-drens Books category at the 2010 San Fran-cisco Writers Confer-ence. Lewis is scheduled to read her book on February 21 at Island School in Puhi, in an-ticipation of an April Hoops for Heart event, part of a nation-wide event sponsored by American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Edu-cation, Recreation and Dance. You can read more about Lewis and her book at and you can purchase the book at the Wilcox Hos-pital Gift Shop, Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe, or online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.If you would like to invite Lewis to your school, please feel free to send her an email at [email protected]

    Sabrinafrom page 10

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    Archival photo by Anne E. OMalley

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    A chance meeting with an architect on Maui led Julian Ruppert, sole owner of Bamboo Works, Inc. in Kapaa, to what was to become his love and his liveli-hood bamboo. It was about 1995. Ruppert was living in a jungle in Huelo and within eyeshot was a patch of bamboo. The property owner invit-ed him to use it. I always thought it would be cool to work with bamboo, and I built a gazebo, he says. By chance, an ar-chitect saw Rupperts gazebo and asked if Ruppert would like to

    build some fabricated bamboo kit houses. Over the years, Rup-pert built 17 of them. He was hooked on the plant that many think is a tree, but is in fact, the largest mem-ber of the grass family.

    Today, his store is filled with things bam-boo, ranging from building supplies to high-end furni-ture; from shoe racks to bamboo T-shirts and even to bamboo paintings. Shelves are laden with bamboo

    boxes, bamboo xylo-phones, bamboo cut-ting boards shaped as musical instruments, Hawaiian sea turtles, pineapples and surf-boards. All of it comes from his frequent travels

    this year alone, hes been to China, Viet-nam, Thailand and the Philippines. And while approximately 80 per-cent of the items in his showroom are made of bamboo, he includes a few other things as well, such as coin purs-

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    es made from coconut shells and adorned with painted octopus-es, dolphins and more. The most challeng-ing aspect of his busi-ness, he says, is chang-ing with the times. Located for seven years in a 3,000 sq.

    Julian Rupert. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

    ft. showroom at the Kauai Design Center, also in Kapaa, Bam-boo Works, Inc. shift-ed when the economy took a downturn, forc-ing a move three years ago to his present loca-tion. Moving from a big

    location where I had a lot of furniture, I had to change, diversify, go into a smaller space with more tourist traf-fic and change with the times, says Rup-pert. I always wanted

    see Bamboo page 28

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    a main street location, and when this space come up, I took it. He downsized to 550 sq. ft., and then, when the bay next door to him became available, he expanded to 1,100 sq. ft. Looking ahead, he says, I think the furniture was a cool aspect of the business, and I hope to get space to showcase more fur-niture. A lot of facto-ries I work with [in

    Asia] have cool items. What sets his busi-ness apart from others, he says, is, I think of it as niche. We focus on bamboo. I got inspired by its renewable qualities and all the different things it can make. Its awesome when you think of the planet and how we have to get to more renewable things. I saw so many things bamboo is used for in my trav-els in Asiafor food,

    musical instruments, clothing, furnitureI wanted to show that to other people, promote awareness of its great aspects. I try to get all natu-ral items, for example, rugs from seagrass and hyacinth, all from re-newable resources. I travel and select a lot of items myself, you will see them in my showroom. The most rewarding part of his work, he be-lieves is the things hes designed from bam-

    boo. He has about 100 bamboo plants around his home, represent-ing approximately 30 different species, just waiting to become something. As the holidays approach, Ruppert points out that more gift items will be com-ing in. A lot of our old cus-tomers say we wish you would add more furniture, but they also like the fact that its a great place to shop for the holidays. We have

    lots of things like a ce-ramic tea set with wo-ven bamboo handles, bamboo pensthe list goes on. Plans for the future include expanding the space, continue trav-eling and continue getting cool products. Ruppert says, I want it to be ever changing. Asked how he mea-sures his success, Rup-pert replies, I guess by happiness, right? How happy you are doing what youre doing?

    Bamboo Works, Inc. is located at 4-1388 Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. Hours are Monday through Sat-urday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 821-8688; email [email protected] or visit online at

    Bamboofrom page 27

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    21Josie Chansky isnt with us any more, but shes left a legacy the Christmas dcor you can see this December inside the newly-re-stored Kauai Historic County Building every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through De-cember 24. Last year, although the Christmas lights were on around the park outside the build-ing, the building itself was dark as it went through extensive renovation and res-toration. This year, the lights will be back on inside with the Chansky collection on view as well as the Santas Gone Kau-aian creations crafted

    Festival of LightsJosieChanskysfolkartstarteditby Anne E. OMalley

    Elizabeth Freeman (l) with Auntie Josie Chansky (r) in 2006. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

    by Festival of Lights volunteers. Chanskys collec-tion grew because she couldnt help herself. From the late 1950s onward, she was com-pelled to turn trash into Christmas trea-sure and, with her husband, Joe Chansky, turn their home into a holiday spectacle of light outside and Josies folk art inside. First on Oahu and then later in Kapaa, thousands of people stood outside their home each year, enjoying the lights, ooh-ing and ah-ing and waiting to see the treasures inside. On Friday, Decem-ber 2, for the 15th year, Chanskys spectacular

    collection that began with throw-away items like IBM punch cards crafted into imagina-tive decorations and sprayed gold, goes on display. But waittheres more. One womans fascination with Christmas creations is now the centerpiece of an entire island tradi-tion the Festival of Lights. Thousands of lights wrap around trees on the lawn outside the Historic County Building on Rice Street and frame the build-ings exterior. see Festival page 32

    On Sunday, December 18, Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza and Na Hula O Kaohikukap-ulani will present their 26th Annual Holiday Hula Christmas Celebration with Christmas music, hula, costumes, a silent auction, baked goods and bento foods, a Christmas ornament contest, and a Disneyland/Las Vegas Get-away drawing, at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Doors open at 5 p.m.; performance starts at 6 p.m. Tickets $15/advance; $20/ door. Call 335-6466.Archival photo by Anne E. OMalley

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    HowChanskygot hooked

    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. In the case of the Chan-skys, the acorn began sprouting over a half century ago on Oahu, when the Chanskys just wanted to deco-rate trees and shrubs outside their home. I started to deco-rate, not realizing I would come to a point where I would make my own decorations the following year, Chansky told this writer several years ago, I started to pick up things that were discarded and I put them together and be-fore you know it, every piece was such a beau-tiful thing and had such beautiful lights. Chansky would see something on the ground and tell her-self it was rubbish, but her creative self said no, treasure, so shed

    Festivalfrom page 31

    pick it up and visualize what she was going to do with it. By the time I was done, it turned out to be a beautiful piece, she says. I thought the outside was so nice, why not do the inside? She made chande-liers from wire coat hangers. She trans-formed egg cartons, condiment cups, pull tabs from soft drink cans, flash cubes and more into wreaths, tree and table decora-tions.

    Chansky said, By the time we finished and turned the lights on, people would be knocking at the door, [saying] May we come in? They came in twos and threes, and be-fore long, thousands were coming to see the Chanskys fabulous decorations. Every year, I would add on and add on, and my husband would say, You dont know when to stop, said Chan-sky. I said were doing

    Wreath made from egg cartons. Photo by Anne E. OMalley

    this for the love of God and the joy it brings to childrens eyes and fac-es, so I went on and on, and we moved back to Kauai and continued. When the Chan-skys moved here--Josie Chanskys island of birth she said, I had to make more things because when I came to Kauai, I had a bigger yard and had to make more decora-tions. Where did she come up with decoration ideas?

    The Lord, said Chansky. He is num-ber one. He gives me the idea. I dont know what Im going to do. As I start making things, it comes out so pretty.

    Chanskyscollection almost disappeared

    After Chanskys hus-band died, she stopped adding to the collec-tion that is now in the countys hands. It was fun, she said, and they did it for the love of God and chil-dren. We didnt get tired and enjoyed ev-ery moment of it and when we turned on the light, oh, what a beau-tiful sight. Some people would come special just over-night [from Oahu] to see my decorations over here. Now you can see it, too. Through Decem-ber 24, the Kauai His-toric County building

    will be open Fridays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to view the Chansky collection and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tending the collec-tion behind the scenes is Elizabeth Freeman, who early on discov-ered Chanskys trea-sures when she took her young son to see the Chansky house decorations in Kapaa. In 1996, Freeman ran into Auntie Josie at the Big Save in Kapaa, when Josie shared that her husband Joe had passed away and that she was no longer go-ing to put up her dis-play and in fact she was going to sell it all at an upcoming garage sale.

    A collection for the people

    Saddened by the po-tential loss of such a splendid Kauai tradi-tion, Freeman went to that sale with the intention of buying

    see Festival page 33

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