Week of Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 | Vol. 4, No. 48
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20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 6 to 8 p.m., Historic County Building LIGHTS ON RICE CHRISTMAS PARADE 6 to 8 p.m., Rice Street KAUAI MUSEUM CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Crafts, food, prizes.
SATURDAY Black and White Ball St. Regis Hotel, Princeville Benefitting the Heart of Gold campaign to purchase and install automated external defibrillators for key public locations on Kauai and Niihau. Put on by the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay. Tickets: $125, general. $250, VIP; $75, after-hour dessert and dance. Info: Jill, (707) 328-9311. Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Harps Concert 7 p.m., Church of the Pacific, Princeville Featuring Sylvia Woods and Madeleine
Brandli. Singing led by Bob Smith. $15 at the door. KOLOA SCHOOL 8TH ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST, CRAFT FAIR AND SILENT AUCTION 7:30 to 11 a.m. Proceeds support school programs. PRINCEVILLE LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 12,000 books, DVDs and CDs. Children may select one free book. HANALEI BAY RESORT’S WINTER CLASSIC JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT 1 p.m., ages 16 and under welcome. Mary, 821-8225.
SUNDAY Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Harps Concert St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church, Lihue Featuring Sylvia Woods and Madeleine Brandli. Singing led by Bob Smith. $15 at the door. 20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 6 to 8 p.m., Historic County Building
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he success of the musical group 1st Cut isn’t due to talent or long hours of rehearsal or a good song selection. Nope. The credit for 1st Cut’s winning ways belongs elsewhere. It belongs to the wives. At least that’s what the three band members, Stuart Hollinger, Ricky Skerik and Jerome Camposeo, say. “Thanks to our spouses for letting us have this journey and have them supportive of it,” said Skerik, who is married to Bev Brody. Camposeo’s wife, Susan, is an artist who worked on Hollinger’s most recent CD, “Endangered Species.” “All our ladies are very talented in their own right,” said Hollinger, whose wife is Mika. And those ladies are proud of their husbands who will be performing two free concerts this weekend to benefit Toys for Tots. 1st Cut is scheduled to play 4 to 6 tonight outside Rob’s Good Time Grill in Lihue, just before the Lights on Rice parade. They’ll play again from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday outside Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa. The public is welcome to stop by and
listen, even dance, and drop off a new toy or just donate some money. Each person who contributes a toy or a monetary donation at either of these two events will be entered in a drawing contest Hollinger to win prizes. Consider it an early Christmas present from 1st Cut. “It’s the right time of the year to give back to the community,” Hollinger said. “We’ve all been blessed living here and enjoy sharing our music and our talents. It’s also a bit like, “building our spiritual bank account. It’s good to give back to the community,” he said. “That’s what makes our island so special and why we all live here. It’s giving back,” Hollinger said. “You’ve got to give back and it comes back one thousandfold.” The men love taking the stage together and putting on a sizzling show. They’re not three individuals, but a unit. “People get a vibe from us that we’re having a good time,” Skerik said. “We have a chemistry. There’s not a doubt about it. We’re having fun.” That word fun comes up several times in an interview with the three members of 1st Cut. It’s clear these guys enjoy each other’s company — socially and musically. “What is really outstanding with the
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perfect. Each was returning to the music scene or looking for a new direction or just wanting to continue jamming with others. “It’s a musical journey,” he said. Camposeo The name 1st Cut comes from the band’s ability to nail a song first time out. “Can you do it in the first cut?” someone would ask before a song. “Sure,” Camposeo answered. Since, they’ve been playing around the island at community celebrations and festivals, as well as local bars and restaurants. “We’re just getting going,” Skerik said. Each is an experienced musician and lives on the North Shore. Each said 1st Cut has given them new energy. “We kind of realized this was a good fit for the three of us,” Camposeo said. “It just kind of blossomed into 1st Cut. Just loving it. It’s been fun for me to get the kinks back out.’” “It’s a true power trio,” Skerik added. Hollinger, listening to the conversation, offers a big smile and a final comment. “Our music will get you in the grove so you want to dance,” he said. And tonight and Saturday, don’t forget to bring a toy. The band, and the keiki, say thank you.
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‘Tis the season for ukulele songs
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o! Ho! Hey! Time to play! And we have the newly released Christmas ukulele songbook “First 50 Christmas Songs You Should Play on Ukulele” that is perfect for your holiday season! Not only does it make a great holiday gift but you can get one for yourself and get crackin’ on these songs just in time for all those luaus comin’ up with the ohana! This excellent and easy-to-use compilation features 50 Christmas favorites for ukulele in melody, lyrics, and chord diagrams (which is great to have a book with all the parts in it)! Check out some of the holiday classics you can choose to play!
“Blue Christmas”, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”, “Deck the Hall”, “Frosty the Snow Man”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Silent Night”, “Sleigh Ride”, “Up on the Housetop”, “Winter Wonderland”, and many more that have become standards over the generations. For those of you who like something different there are a few unusual ones in this collection as well, such as “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (Hippo the Hero)”. (Say what?) Of course this fun-packed holiday songbook includes the timeless Hawai’i-themed song, “Mele Kalikimaka”! What Christmas in the islands would be complete without hearing that classic tune, and on an ukulele no less? You can thank the Hal Leonard Corporation for putting this one together. They have been hard at work making some of the best songbooks since 1947 and have become the world’s largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. So, you know you are getting a quality product! So, pick this book up, break out your ukulele, and get playin’! ••• Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.
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undreds of people took a break from the frenzied post-Thanksgiving shopping to enjoy the parade of floats and holiday revelers, including corps of canine at the Kauai Christmas Parade presented by the Garden Island Federal Credit Union, the Kauai Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Kukui Grove Center. Na Hoku O Kauai pageants had their bevy of beauties clad in colorful holiday garlands to take top honors in the Marching Unit judging followed by the Lihue Red Raiders Pop Warner Association featuring its Mitey Mite division champions. Kauai Animal Welfare Society rounded out the judging leaders. The contingent of holiday-themed classic cars topped the Vehicle Unit judging followed by the Miss Kauai USA/Miss Kauai Teen USA and its associated bevy of beauty queens,
and Stu Burley powered his American Legion Post 54 truck to third place. With Times Supermarket being on the parade route, its walkers and vehicle topped the Vehicle and Marching Unit judging followed by the newest Lion Club, The Kauai Lions Club who had Past District Governor Kelvin Moniz joining the fun. The Kauai High School cheerleaders, unleashing a confetti storm in front of the judges’ stand, rounded out the judging. Kalaheo School Sunshine Express provided an abbreviated version of its “A Dickens of a Christmas” show which starts its run on Dec. 6. An illuminated version of the train will be part of the Lights on Rice holiday parade Friday. They were followed by the Dog Fanciers of Kauai in the Vehicle, Marching, and Talent judging with the Waimea High School JrROTC rounding out the class judging.
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