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Friday, May 2, 2014


MAY 3, 2014



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A First Saturday To Remember

Orchid Baskets Mother’s Day !

It’s finally the first Saturday of the features art, food and shopping. and organizations to join in the fun. The month. That means the streets of Old The event was started by Angelique name changed to 1st Saturday in Old Kapaa Town will to bethe brimming withforEll, owner of a. ell atelier, a boutique that Kapaa Town, and a triangle of businesses mainland musicians, artisans and foodies as shop features everything from custom made stretching from “canal to canal” have owners keep their doors open well into the wedding gowns, men’s aloha wear to keiki welcomed the idea of a Saturday event. evening. clothing, using all-natural fabrics. One of the key components to this Every month, shop owners lining a The event launched in November 2009 event is the strong response from street Starting at $69 ! (includes shipping or delivery) mile-stretch along the Kuhio Highway, as a weekly art walk, but it transitioned to vendors and musicians who add a multihost 1st Saturday in Old Kapaa Town. the first Saturday of month. cultural vibe and a festive atmosphere to The event, which lasts from 5 to 9 p.m., “I have been working in the Old Kapaa every corner of the event, according to Town area since Neill Sams of Orchid Alley. 1999 and have “There is always something new to see and always thought it experience, walk down another black and When it comeswas to such orchids, Neillyou are certain to experience an altogether a gem Sams makes no secret that he of an area —is adifferent set of sights and sounds,” Sams perfectionist. He the loveslocal growing momandsaid. hybridizing the popular fl ower, once There are more than 100 vendors, and pop shops, reserved for only artist the elite during studiosthemusicians, restaurants and shops that Victorian era. and the best participate at this event, and the layout of They are like his children, said his island eateries event varies month to month, but you are wife, Fely. He is very patient with overlooked — sure to find skilled crafters, photographers, them. She jokes with their Orchid Alley jewelry makers and food vendors. passed by tourists customers, where they sell hundreds The event’s mission is simple: Establish and residents and hundreds of the orchid plants. heading to Old Kapaa Town as a destination and There’s a reason for all those plants. Hanalei,” Ell creating a network of small businesses His passion went out of control, Fely said. that support and promote each other as said. He raises them and I put them up In 2011, well as community events. for adoption. When Neill was only 4 thebuyart years old, he would little night packets In the last few months, a subcommittee of pansy and violet seeds and its plantof the broadened Association (the FelyKapaa and NeillBusiness Sams tend to the needs of each of their orchid plants. them in his parent’s yard. reach and invited Downtown Kapaa Economic Development When the sun goes down, Old Kapaa I loved seeing how they wouldand We have hundreds and hundreds otherfast businesses Beautification committee) hasof Town takes on a different identity on the

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When passion takes root

A Town Block Party Not to Be Missed

basically to honor her, Neill said. Ashlyn Bloxsom walking through town on 1st Saturday Fely means happy and sunshine is picks up a miniature orchid at Orchid Alley. for her personality. The hybrid grows stepped up to partner organizers up to seven-feet tall.with Nowthe Neill is in the of 1st Saturday in Old Kapaa Town. process of breeding it with another orchid variety. If which he wins award The committee, is an comprised of merit offrom the American Orchid completely downtown Kapaa businesses Society again with the Kapaa new hybrid, he that are members of the Business promises to carrya the Fely partinoforder the Association, formed partnership forward.this Butfamily-friendly he won’t revealevent the to name help support exact name of it yet, only that it will and see that it is prosperous in the future. again include his wife’s name. Visit for details. In the meantime, Mother’s Day is the So, what types of places should you check busiest season of any holiday occasion outatduring the next event? glad you asked. Orchid Alley. The two of them will Note: Parking is available at Kapaa Beach work tirelessly packing, shipping, Park and the canal near theanKapaa Public delivering and selling anticipated library. Public restrooms are available at 500 orchid baskets.

Kapaa Beach Park.

grow, Neill remembered. blue ribbons, he said. first Saturday of each month. That fascination has grown over But the real indicators of his green Once parked in the specially designated the past 18 years into a successful thumb for growing the plants are the parking areas (look for the map), the orchid store in Kapaa where islanders more than a dozen prestigious awards exploring begins on foot through the and tourists buy his tenderly grown from the American Orchid Society. sidewalks and alleys. We ship anywhere in the My greatest joyUSA! is working with the ORCHID GIFTorchids. Neill’s expertise in everything orchid, orchids myself. I like growing them, BASKETS as well as understanding the creation repotting them and hybridizing them, of micro-climates where orchids can Neill said. I like teaching people about Shipped throughout thrive beyond normal conditions, has them too. But I really enjoy my alone the USA served them well. time with the plants in the nursery. I 4-1383 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746 don’t talk to them but mentally I’ll be Or Kauai delivered thinking, This one I’ve got to move and (808) 822-0486 that one I’ve got to repot. With over 100,000 orchids in their nursery, he can¹t get too personal with each and every one, but he keeps a close eye on the potential award-winners and those he wants to select for breeding. Ask Fely about one of her husband’s cross-breeding successes that evolved Nestled between Pono Market and over a seven-year period, resulting Larry’s Music, the DeFries Lunchwagon in an Award of Merit in 2011 by the and Masa’s Shave Ice vans offer unique American Orchid Society in the Kauai local-style grinds, the aroma of deep-frying Orchid Society Mother’s Day Show. akule blanketing the area along with the She’ll tell you how honored she was pockets of musical groups. when he named it after her. During the 6 to 9 p.m. time frame, it is Now my name will be up there in the not unusual to run into residents seeking orchid world forever, Fely said. Fely and Neill Sams taking a minute to decomout that special Saturday night dinner to press during their busy Mother’s day season. I named the plant Fely’s Sunshine, either take out, or dine-in.


Mother’s Day Special

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Please visit our new Kauai made gift shop & Art Gallery in Old Kapaa Town! Fely Sams preps an orchid plant for shipping. (photo credit: Lisa Ann Capozzi)

And without hesitation, the Orchid Alley owners said both of their mothers will be receiving, what else, orchids to show their love. For further information, visit or call 808-8220486. The Orchid Alley store is located at 4-1383 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, 96746. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday Lisa Ann Capozzi, features and education reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or

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