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Happy Camper for Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Pi‘ilani Palama of Kauai Auto Center talks to Bev Brody about the first plug-in hybrid mini van, shown behind her, in the nation Saturday during the Kauai EV Ride and Drive at the Kauai Community College.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. checks out an Electric Soul before taking it on a test ride as Sonja Kass of Kauai Electric Vehicles watches Saturday during the Ride and Drive event at the Kauai Community College.

Kudos to Sonja Kass, Ben Sullivan, and the many others (Beth Tokioka was watching the electric vehicles at the Kauai Community Market) on a great Kauai Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive (Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. even took the Electric Soul for a spin around the parking lot under the scrutiny of video cameras).

Pi‘ilani Palama (she used to be a Ching girl) had the nation’s first plug-in hybrid mini van available next to the Tesla (auto pilot even parking the car when it finds a parking space?).

Of course, Wes Kaneakua from Aloha Kia Kauai is always knowledgeable about the Kia hybrids and electric cars available for consumers. Now, how many of you liked the custom bike (pedal-power, no less) that was parked near the information table at the Kauai Community Market?

Wilawan “Belle” Meephol has been doing her Little Thai Food using produce grown on her father’s farm for just two weeks, and it’s been selling out, even if she brought along a cooker, this weekend.

More and more vendors are starting to do their dishes on-site like Ferdinand Dosono of Kauai Kim Chee who said the winner of the Waimea Town Celebration Kim Chee eating contest downed about three-and-a-half pounds of the spicy vegetables within a three-minute period.

OK, time to go check out the Ambassador family for this year’s March for Babies (walk coming up in early April), the March of Dimes fundraiser at the Starbuck’s Coffee in the Kukui Grove Center (Hinamatsuri coming up Saturday).


Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at


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