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Week of Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 | Vol. 5, No. 7

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OUT & ABOUT: TOP PICKS FOR THE WEEK TODAY KAI OCEAN ART SHOW Historic Ching Young Store in Hanalei First day of month-long show. Kauai artist Patrick Ching has developed an unusually progressive art show concept with great success. Many people actually get to paint on Ching’s originals and others watch on live streaming video as he works on them. The online auction format raises money for its beneficiary, the Kilauea Point Natural History Association. DAVID PENHALLOW SCOTT BOOK SIGNING 6 to 9 p.m, The Bookstore in Hanapepe Scott will be signing and selling copies of his latest book, “Murder at the Coco Palms Hotel.” GOING HOME 7 p.m., Puhi Theatrical Warehouse Play by David Penhallow Scott. Sold out. SATURDAY

HEALTHIER HEARTS FOR A HEALTHIER HAWAII 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wilcox Medical Center Hawaii Pacific Health has assembled a panel of experts to share their knowledge of cardiovascular disease as well as other conditions and risk factors that can affect the heart’s ability to function well. Register online at or call 808-522-3469.

MARINE DEBRIS RECYCLING CELEBRATION 9 to 11:30 a.m. Restore Kauai, Hanapepe Kapaa Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter will be loading two, 40-foot containers of ocean debris to be sent off-island for recycling. SUNDAY 31ST ANNUAL AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION, KAUAI CHAPTER BREAKFAST 7 to 11 a.m., Kauai Community College All-you-can-eat menu. Eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, Portuguese sausage, ham, steamed rice, hash browns, pancakes, pastries and the made-to-order omelets, coffee, juice. Art for sale, music. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. MANA TIME TRIAL 9 a.m. MacArthur Beach Park, Kekaha 10.8-mile bike race is part of Waimea Town Celebration. $20, $25 on day of race. Register at After the race, there will be a fun group ride up to Waimea Canyon intersection. Volunteers needed for timing, safety. Info: THURSDAY, FEB. 23 GOING HOME 7 p.m., Puhi Theatrical Warehouse Play by David Penhallow Scott. $20. Buy tickets at

Erin Gaines as Peggy Whitney, center, rehearses a scene from Going Home with Jennifer Cullen as Eudora Whitney and Jarhett Gaines as Lowry Whitney.


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“Eudora’s husband passed away and she’s planning on moving to Kauai where she lived before and has rekindled an old relationship with a man named Hank Wong,” said director Steve Whitney. “There’s a number of themes that run throughout the show. Bigotry, selfishness, changing of society as the soldiers come home from war. The sugar plantation workers are unionizing, change is coming Photos by David McCracken / The Garden Island to Hawaii.” Ron Wood as Hank Wong, rights, speaks to Jarhett Gaines as Kauai Community Players Lowry Whitney and Jennifer Cullen as Eudora Whitney during is putting on another fine a Tuesday rehearsal for “Going Home.” show with an impressive cast II. It’s really opened my eyes to the history of featuring Jennifer Cullen, Fredan Alfonso, Hawaii,” she said. Dottie Bekeart, Jarhett Gaines, Matt Feeser, Without giving readers and his audience Erin Gaines and Stacy Ramos. Playing the role of Eudora is Jennifer Cullen, too much about the play, Whitney smiled and who is reprising this role from “Matilda’s Waltz,” told The Garden Island that the audience will be very immersed into the play and anxious to two years ago. know what happens next. “(Eudora) is sad, she’s a complex and comNot only is the play different from some plicated character,” Cullen said. “I’ve gotten to know her better, in a deeper way through this past KCP shows, seeing as it’s a straight play role, She’s had kind of a rough life, there’s been with no dancing or singing, the look of the theater is also getting a bit of a facelift to give a lot of turmoil and heartache in her life. This the audience a new vantage point. play is about Eudora, hopefully, finding her “It’s much more powerful when the audiway back home to Kauai.” Having played the role before, Cullen knows ence is right there. It’s really important for a how to get in the mind of the character. How- story like this for the audience to be immersed in it so that they really feel what’s going on ever, she has learned more about Hawaiian with the characters,” Whitney said. history and life after World War II which she The audience will be just a few feet from used to work on her acting, to make Eudora the action, and that’s if you’re sitting in one of a more frustrated, anxious and sympathetic the back rows. The front row seats are practicharacter. cally in the living room, inches away from the “It’s been a really rich experience. I’ve learned a lot more about this era of World War actors.

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food prep for the breakfast.” Money raised from the breakfast goes to scholarships, kitchen equipment, and professional development for the faculty. “But the main focus is always on the students,” Hildorfer is quick to point out. “People enjoy seeing the Eggs Benedict. culinary students hustle all morning,” she says with a smile. Sunday’s menu includes Eggs

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