Happy Camper for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Russell Hata of Y. Hata and Company, a premier sponsor of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce 15th annual Golf Tournament, center, chats with the chamber’s Carol Manera Texeira, left, Anna Baudouin during registration at the Poipu Bay Golf Course.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Wood carver Sefo Lefai of Lihue passes time at the Kauai Island Craft Fair at the Koloa School cafeteria Saturday by working on a honu project in hau.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Brian Catlin watches as Martian Binonwangan, Hershel and Loren Weiner pilot their robots on the special arena floor Saturday during the Meet the Robots event at Kukui Grove Center.

Melissa Paterson discovered her son’s love for robotics Saturday when she happened on the Meet the Robots event taking place at Kukui Grove Center. Melissa McFerrin-Warrack (nope, she was busy selling shopping bags at the Kauai Community Market!) said since the robots have all returned from their Oahu competition, the robotics alliance decided it was a good time to get people to Meet the Robots.

Brian Catlin was impressed with Martian Binonwangan of St. Catherine School (remember him from the science fair?) who never built a robot in his life. Martian said it took him two days to build the Vex craft that silently and deftly avoided the tracking of the Kauaibots’ clanging big boy going through its mission.

Glenn Nakamoto said the St. Catherine robotic team was working on getting the Holy Hammer (that’s the middle school class robot) going. He said the Kauaibots’ team did well at the FIRST competition at the University of Hawaii. Last year, their robot earned the Creative Engineering award.

Brian said a lot of the robotics operators are graduates of the CAD class the robotics alliance is offering on Sunday afternoons at the robotic workshop in Kukui Grove Center.

Kudos to Mark Perriello, Vianne Tabata, Carol Manera Texeira and Anna Baudouin (they even got Cov Ratcliffe up early Sunday!) on another great golf tournament that fuels the chamber scholarships!

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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