Happy Camper for Sunday, July 22, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Special Olympics athlete Chaunci Cummings, left, and Shealyn Freitas package andagi Friday night at the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission bon dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Master andagi scooper Jocelyn Barriga (she’s also the Kauai Special Olympics coordinator) waits for the batch to finish cooking while Les Aki, in foreground, ladles out a completed batch, and Special Olympics athlete Chaunci Cummings, in purple in background, waits to package the morsels for patrons at the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission bon dance Friday. The Special Olympics andagi team will be at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple bon dance Aug. 3 and 4, too.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jim Jung (isn’t he a Kauai Museum Living Treasure?) takes a moment from distributing his peace tsuru, or Japanese paper cranes, to offer prayers of gratitude outside the temple to those who left before him Friday evening during the bon service at the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission bon dance.

Kudos to Mark Perriello of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce, and all those sponsors on a great state House District 16 forum at the Hanapepe Recreation Center. The forum comes on the heels of the Community Coalition of Kauai forum for County Council candidates that attracted 17 of the 24 candidates at the Eleele School cafeteria. Kudos to Jean Souza, Malia Nobrega and all those community partners!

Felicia Cowden has been busy being both a council candidate as well as doing live streams and broadcasts of the forums, but still had time to check out the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission bon dance (great job with the andagi, Jocelyn Barriga and Special Olympic athletes Cody Streetr, Chaunci Cummings and Preston Decker!). Jocelyn said they’ll be doing andagi at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple bon dance Aug. 3 and 4, too.

Leonora Orr got help from James Yamamoto (he kept waiting for that andagi line to get empty) to man her artistic pieces while she took part in the bon service, and Jim Jung (isn’t he a 2018 Kauai Museum Living Treasure?) was busy distributing peace tsuru, or cranes he created out of old tests he used to administer.

Great job, Kapaa Hongwanji, on assembling the antique market featuring a lot of nice Oriental pieces, and Josie Pablo was thrilled she could help baby sit her granddaughter as well as help with the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital residents who were able to make the bon dance. Josie said the hospital will have its own bon dance on Aug. 10 for those residents who couldn’t get down to the church as well as give an encore to those who did attend.

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

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