Happy Camper for Sunday, December 3, 2017

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaira Ka‘aihue greets guests outside the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital during its tree-lighting ceremony in Waimea.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kerstin Tennberg, Joel Simpliciano, Claudine Pereira and Alma Llapitan sit inside the dietary department at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Meghan Afong, Jackie Palanas and Debi Horning show off the decorated Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital emergency room in Waimea.

The holidays are definitely getting a full head of steam as Donna Dertz unveiled all the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital holiday decorations (Kaira Ka‘aihue was passing out treats at KVMH and even made it to the Waimea tree-lighting, too). Kudos to Peter Klune, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation’s Kauai regional CEO, on getting the holiday season to the residents of KVMH and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (yep, Josie Pablo even made it to the 100-year-old birthday of Naoko Ogata, who woke up after all the bigshots left).

More kudos to Penny Young, Eric Nordmeier, Esther Estes and all those West Kauai Business and Professional Association members (they’ve got the Waimea Lighted Parade coming up Dec. 16!) on doing a great job coordinating Waimea residents and businesses to light up the town … J Robertson was impressed at how all the keiki knew the words to the songs from Disney’s “Moana” when Maui (from the movie) hit the stage during the Waimea tree-lighting.

OK, there’s still time to get out and see Kelan Kelekoma, Stacie Beck and all those Waipa ohana at the Kalo Festival at the Halulu Fishpond … gates open at 11 a.m., all those Pop Warner players who played under Coach Dick Ueoka can still get in on the reunion at the Lihue Neighborhood Center, and Eric Rita is having the Little Kaulupono (they won their age group on Maui during the Turkey Shoot) potluck at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

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