Happy Camper for Monday, November 6, 2017

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island
    Kauai Fire Department Chief Robert Westerman waves from under an umbrella while Kim Blaum flashes a shaka from behind the wheel of a Jeep at the Kauai Veterans Day Parade along Rice Street in Lihue Saturday.
  • Photos by Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    ABOVE: Sam Oki, right, arrived from Sacramento, California with a photo of the real Amber McClure, which he shows to Amber’s parents, John and Daphne McClure, at the Kauai Community Market. BELOW: Kauai Fire Department Chief Robert Westerman waves from under an umbrella while Kim Blaum flashes a shaka from behind the wheel of a Jeep at the Kauai Veterans Day Parade. Westerman and County Council Chair Mel Rapozo were parade grand marshals.

Sam (or is it George?) Oki of Sacramento, California, came to the Kauai Community Market straight from the airport because he didn’t want to miss John and Daphne McClure from Moloaa Bay Coffee (and Chocolate). Sam (Mrs. Sam was already gone shopping) had a print of the real Amber McClure he shot (yes, Anna Baudouin, he shoots with one of them dream Sony cams) at the coffee fields. Sam is here because he’s taking photos of his daughter getting married.

Kudos to Johnette Chun, Aida Cruz and Rhan Honjo on another great Veterans Day parade (Larry Rivera got to ride with Ed Kawamura Sr. in one of the VIP vehicles). It was great to see all the veterans (Lion Harvey Kinoshita even had his Vietnam War Veteran cap on) who are Lions Club members (was Past District Governor Kelvin Moniz getting ready for the football game?) roaring together as the Lions Clubs of Kauai.

Annette Hashimoto might have been busy at the Ace Hardware Housemart Christmas craft fair, but her other half just walked across the convention hall parking lot (and where was the Lihue Boys &Girls Club?) for a senatorial seat to watch the parade, where Meagan Nii got the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School performing arts kids together for an impressive presentation.

OK, Elvrine Chow of Heavenly Haku (she had a whole crew of budding lei-makers helping her Saturday) is getting ready for the Wednesday Kauai Culinary Market because the Kauai Community College culinary arts will open the Poipu Food and Wine Festival with an appetizer offering at the Chef’s Demo.

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