Happy Camper for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Bryna Storch sets up camp with her ‘ohana in the Mahelona Hospital courtyard for the bon dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Jonathan and Codi Watry bite into their flying saucers at the Mahelona Hospital bon dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Lalaine Rabaino and Elsie Bayot of the HHSC, Kauai Region finish ladling dishes for customer orders at the Mahelona Hospital bon dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Joyful Noise taiko ensemble get the Mahelona Hospital bon dance off to a rousing start.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Hanna Collins-Doijode and La‘i Viernes of the Kapaa High School National Honor Society prepare popcorn during the Mahelona Hospital bon dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The employee committee from the Hawaii Health Systems Corp., Kauai Region get together while raising funds for the Kauai Region hospitals’ holidays through a rummage sale at the Mahelona Hospital bon dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Ryan Valenciano (remember him as a Mokihana Aquatics swimmer?) introduces his fiance Akane Miyagawa whom he met while teaching English in Japan. Ryan and Akane are enjoying the Mahelona Hospital bon dance before leaving for Physical Therapy school in Colorado.

Ryan Valenciano (remember him from the Mokihana Aquatics — they have their Fun Meet coming up Saturday and Sunday at the Kapaa pool — days?) was able to introduce his fiance, Akane Miyagawa (she said she is the omiyage) during the Mahelona Hospital bon dance (Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital host their bon dance Friday night from 5:30 p.m.) where Josie Pablo put the new dining hall to good use.

Kudos to the employees of both Mahelona and KVMH who combined to offer the celebration to residents. Gini Kapali and Faith Shiramizu had free fish pond for adults, and kudos to Tara Punzal and Waianela Boiser for getting the Kapaa High School National Honor Society students to help with the fun and games.

Codi Watry said they waited an hour for the andagi at the Kapaa Hongwanji bon dance so had to go through the wait for flying saucers (hamburger, apple, or azuki?) at the Mahelona bon dance where Florrie Toyofuku was all excited in her kimono.

Happy the Clown found an amazing rabbit for a dollar at the rummage sale where funds will be used toward the HHSC, Kauai Region hospitals’ holiday fun, and the Joyful Noise taiko ensemble was just getting warmed up for its long weekend of bookings.

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