Happy Camper for Wednesday, August 8, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Wood turner Stephen Claybourne shapes a piece of milo at the Heiva I Kauai Tahitian festival at the Kapaa Beach Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa has time to chat with Wanda Shibata and Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, Monday after picking up lunch at the Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa ponders lunch between her schedule of meetings with community leaders, Monday at the Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Jax Gibson, 3, gets help with chording his Tahitian ukulele while keeping up with Tepairu Manea at the Heiva I Kauai at the Kapaa Beach Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Keison Woodward, the winner of the Youth Amateur ‘Burn Out Suicide’ Fire Knife Competition at the 3rd Annual Keiki Fun Day & Fitness Challenge presented by Kekuaaloha Foundation, gets a youthful audience during his presentation at the Heiva I Kauai at the Kapaa Beach Park.

Aloha and mahalo to Art Umezu and Kaui Tanaka of the Mayor’s Office for coordinating all of the events for our Japanese guests (how many arriving for Matsuri in September?) that include some of the members of a Japanese Little League baseball team who will be here later this month (remember when our Kauai Yankees went to play, last year?).

Art arranged for a very heart-touching Mokuto Shiki, or silent prayer, ceremony where Hiroko Kunioka and Takako Decker — both survivors of atomic bombings — created 0rizuru, or origami tsuru, that will be on display at Matsuri as a symbol for the desire for world peace.

And there is more coming up … stay tuned.

Kudos to Tepairu Manea and the Heiva I Kauai ‘ohana on another great Tahitian (there were some Japanese students doing the Hawaii Tourism Authority surveys) festival and competition over the weekend! Yukie DeSilva had her whole family involved in one of the food booths, and Bev Pang was trying to shake the flu bug before school started Monday!

More kudos to Dr. Addisson Bulosan and all of his Parking Lot Paina (what a great concept!) crew on a great Sunday event benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch, and the Kauai Veterans Museum. Congratulations to the Dim ‘N’ Den Sum crew on winning the Battle of the Food Trucks (and being the first truck to sell out, too!)…can’t wait for the Battle of the Sides (nope, not side orda of mac salad, but Eastside, Westside) and who is going to win that one!

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