Larkspur Crew Assists at 6th Annual Ukulele Fest in San Rafael

Posted by | September 28, 2016 | Blog Updates | No Comments

On Sunday, September 25th, three CVI employees from the Larkspur Office volunteered at the 6th Annual Pikohana Ukulele Competition held in San Rafael, California at San Rafael Elks Lodge’s Terrace.

Children and adults are encouraged to compete by singing, playing songs of all genre, with monetary prizes offered to the top 3 performers in both categories.

Lynn Zambrano, her adorable daughter, Sophie, and Teresa Kwan helped Chef Joe Tato in the kitchen to prepare Hawaiian food- shredded pork with cabbage, ginger-teriyaki chicken with rice, macaroni salad plus a green salad. A typical Hawaiian plate lunch one could purchase from a truck stand by Kailua or Sunset Beach on Oahu. Lynn helped chop vegetables and Teresa helped to serve 50-60 plate lunches sold for $10.00!

[See photo of Lynn, Teresa, and Chef Joe Tato below]


Here are comments from Lynn and Teresa about their volunteer experiences:

Lynn: “I enjoyed working with Chef Joe Tato, to learn how to prepare authentic Hawaiian food! He showed me how to prepare Kalua pig & cabbage, and Hawaiian macaroni & potato salad which he explained he learned growing up in Hawaii. I also enjoyed seeing the young ukulele players and Hula dancers! It was an amazing event and I hope they were able to raise enough money for the two schools they are looking to support.”

Teresa: “It was a fun experience serving the food that I learned what was the best way to put the food in the plate and still had room for the salad on the side.”

For more information on Ukulele Friends Ohana and additional photos, go to New postings found every Friday.

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]

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