Happy Camper for Friday, September 14, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Wailua chocolate crunch bar is served up by the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa culinary department for the Kauai United Way 2018 Campaign Kickoff.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mary Sunada, Merle Takashima and Wai Mata of Easter Seals (they also made lei for dignitaries) help check in guests to the Kauai United Way 2018 Campaign Kickoff and 75th anniversary at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Herman Kekina and Little Dog, Jess Pifferini and Steve Mu hang out in the Poipu Beach Park parking lot following a morning of enjoying the surf generated by Tropical Storm Olivia.

Kudos to Dan King and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort &Spa ohana on the newly renovated ballroom that was unveiled during the Kauai United Way 2018 Campaign Kickoff (a nice way to announce the 75th anniversary, too). The pride of the new look was clearly evident on the faces of Arleen Yoshimori, Ashly Muraoka, Marti Smith, Tom Hall, Kevin Wandasan, Robert Peyton and Edward Nakakura, and the corps of “human markers” who guided the more than 100 guests to the ballroom.

Special guest Little Sister (to Big Sister Tiffaney Miller) Pe‘alani Hurley was looking ahead to bettering her last week’s score in Kauai Interscholastic Federation air riflery (the buses can’t come before 3:30 p.m., said Greg Gonsalves, the Kapaa High athletic director, and where were the Red Raiders?) following the Kauai United Way event, and Ron Mizutani got to meet KUW board president Ron Wiley, where clients from Easter Seals made the dignitaries’ lei (and the KUW pens at the table were a nice touch, too).

Don’t forget to go visit Lani Kawahara and Isobel Storch of the Kapaa Public Library for the Friends of the Kapaa Public Library’s one-day used book sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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