Happy Camper for Sunday, February 18, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Padraic Gallagher feeds the Chinese lion lai see, or good luck offerings, Friday after work during the Flavors of Kukuiula Chinese New Year celebration at The Shops at Kukuiula. The lion appears, Sunday at The Kukui Grove Center starting at 1 p.m.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Chinese Sisters, some said the Kauai Narcissus Queens, and others said the Dragon Queens — Bernie “Ming Toi” Sakoda, Wanda “Cheong Hee” Shibata, Kathy “Li-See” Miyake and Sharon “Mai Tai” Sahara, from left — continue their tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year with a dinner at Garden Island Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant on Rice Street in Lihue.

Kung Hee Fat Choy!

Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Dog that arrived on Feb. 16 (did you hear all those firecrackers from The Shops at Kukuiula?), and mahalo to Wanda “Cheong Hee” Shibata for the rabbit (all the way from Honolulu) that is supposed to help with good ju ju.

Wanda and her three “elder sisters,” Bernie “Ming Toi” Sakoda, Kathy “Li See” Miyake and Sharon “Mai Tai” Sahara (sugar-free Chinee pretzels) do the traditional gathering at Chinese New Year (and what else?) every year to welcome the lunar new year (it’s also Vietnamese).

And, with all that Chinese food, who took the coffee from University of Hawaii’s Derek Inouchi (some nice person even brought him some Konohiki chicken)? Derek is here with the University of Hawaii golf team (kudos on a great John Burns Intercollegiate tournament!) and has been battling the bug (thank heaven for trainers!) since landing here.

Stephanie Shinno went ahead and had the Kauai Junior Golf’s Divots in the Dark, anyway, and who is the marketing princess for Phil Worwa’s disc golf who was at the Zonta Club of Kauai’s Eat Dessert First?

OK, still got time to check out the Chinese lion at Kukui Grove Center … starts at 1 p.m. followed by Jan Woo’s celebration of doggies in fashion.


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