Happy Camper for Monday, December 18, 2017

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lourdes Torres offers cricket samples to the group of young people who sampled the bugs for a social media post at the urban farmers market pop up Friday at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Beauty Supreme Salena Cortez,9, and Grand Supreme Praylee-Ann Serquina, 4, help move wrapped presents while grandma Judy Vegas and mom Carrilee Serquina wrap gifts Friday night as a fundraiser for the queens at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kiichi and Elaine Fujii, Frances and David Hamada, Ben and Betty Mateo, Kay Hill and Miguel Legaspi have tablecloths spread over the tables at the Kukui Grove Center food court while waiting on the final appearance of Danny Hamada with The Starlighters Friday night.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Danny Hamada recollects some good times Friday during his final appearance with The Starlighters at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Danny Hamada prepares his saxophone for a performance Friday, his last appearance with The Starlighters, at Kukui Grove Center Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Danny Hamada greets Jerry Correa, who arrived at Kukui Grove Center to experience Hamada’s final appearance with The Starlighters Friday.

Ray Domingo said the Starlighters will continue to offer its brand of music — except Danny Hamada won’t be there. Hamada was smothered by well wishes from fans who flocked to his final performance, including Alton Miyamoto, Roy and Glenda Tamashiro (they were at the Kauai Retired Senior Volunteer Program recognition ceremony, too), and Kiichi and Elaine Fujii, who said everybody was supposed to be in front of their house for the Waimea Lighted Parade Saturday (Kay Hill said she’s walking).

Congratulations to Salena Cortez, 9, and Praylee-Ann Serquina, 4, on winning titles of 8-13 Beauty Supreme and 0-3 Grand Supreme titles, respectively, in Las Vegas over Veterans Day weekend. The pair was among the Starlighters excitement while grandma Judy Vegas and mom Carrilee Serquina did gift wrapping as a fundraiser for the two young queens who will be representing Hawaii in another pageant coming up in Los Angeles in February.

More excitement a few steps away as Lourdes Torres offered cricket samples along with ginger and tumeric tonic to everyone at the new pop-up which she described as an urban farmers market that will follow the mall’s holiday hours through Dec. 26 and feature value-added goods and vendors from the Kauai Community Market, a partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau and Kauai Community College, and the Kealia farmers market.

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