Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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    Vanessa Kelly, the Waimea High School trainer, right, was surprised by a visit from her family, Valerie and Olivia Gysel of Kansas who will be staying here until Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Showtime Characters Minions, seen here during the Toddler Thursday at Kukui Grove Center, will be joined by other Showtime Character celebrities and activities during the Back to School Bash that takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. at the Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Logan Manarpaas and Merlits Albano of Sueoka Store show off the 100th anniversary commemorative shirt. Sueoka’s, in celebration of its milestone, invites former employees to join them in walking at the historic Koloa Plantation Days parade and park celebration.

OK, today is the big work day when all the volunteers spend their day packing all the bags for the Back to School Bash that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with registration at the Kukui Grove Center. Melissa McFerrin- Warrack is promising a day of fun and good experiences for families that ends with students getting free school supplies in preparation for going back to classes.

Johnny Gordines said when the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair opens on Aug. 16 (yikes, this is Josie Pablo and the Mahelona Hospital’s Admission Day Luau!), this will be the 50th anniversary of the event where tomato (time to check out the Master Gardeners for seeds at the Kauai Community Market … hope it fruits in time) is the special contest entry at the Fruit and Vegetable Show.

Wendy Kawaguchi is inviting all past employees of Sueoka Store to join their unit in the Koloa Plantation Days historic parade, July 28. All Sueoka Store alumni need to do is call the store and let Wendy, or Rod Sueoka know…then, meet at Aunty Betty Sueoka’s house before the roads close on July 28.

And speaking of closures, Maluhia Road (the Tree Tunnel Road) will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to allow volunteers to clean up that gateway to Koloa.

Kudos to Todd Ozaki on a great doubles bowling tournament to help Kauai’s Blazing Bowlers with travel expenses for off-island tournaments, and congratulations to Curtis Matsumura and Linda Alfiler on getting the top score.

Kudos, too, to Chad Delanoza (he’s the president of the Ruff Ryderz Kauai charter) and his ‘ohana on hosting the third baseball tournament that feature at least five teams from the mainland, one from Maui, and our Kauai Ruff Ryderz players at the Waimea Canyon Park.

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