Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 28, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The surfing Santa is pulled by a flock of chickens and roosters led by Rudolph that features a custom-made blinking nose at the Festival of Lights that enjoys a soft opening Saturday from 6 p.m. at the Historic County Building in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kesomi Fonua came back from the First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II football championship game to help set up for the Festival of Lights that will have a soft opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Historic County Building in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    National Tropical Botanical Garden Na Lima Kokua volunteers Margaret McGinty and Susan Spero, right, man the tables at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club’s Children’s Miracle Network charity craft fair Sunday. The Na Lima Kokua volunteers will be on hand when the NTBG hosts its 15th Annual Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. at the South Shore Visitor Center.

What better way for Santa to be pulled on his surfboard/sleigh than by a flock of chickens and roosters, said Elizabeth Freeman of the Festival of Lights that will enjoy a soft opening Saturday at the Historic County Building in Lihue.

Rudolf (the rooster) has a specially-made blinking red nose (no, it’s not the usual clown nose) in the surfing Santa exhibit that was being worked on by Kesomi Fonua of Kapaa High School,who had just come back after a heartbreaking loss to Lahainaluna at the First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II football championships on Oahu, where his dad, Manu Fonua, got a break from setting up trees for the opening.

More Hawaiian lifestyle was available at the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club’s craft fair benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network as the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Na Lima Kokua volunteers Margaret McGinty and Susan Spero pointed out how visitors bringing home the unique, hand-painted gourds with holiday themes are reminded of being back here.

Jessica Clabo was working another table at the craft fair, and said NTBG will be hosting its 15th annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Shore Visitor Center near Spouting Horn Park on Lawai Road. They’ll be accepting food donations for the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch, too.

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

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