Happy Camper for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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, AkaneMiyagawa (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 putthe new dining hall to good use.

Happy Camper for Monday, August 13, 2018

Arnold Leong could have just rolled down the hill and camped overnight at Kapaa Beach Park since he had his crews from Lihue Lutheran Church and Lihue Missionary Church cranking out food — flying saucers at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital bon dance (great job, Josie Pablo and the Kauai Region crew!) Friday night, and pancakes and eggs Saturday at the Alzheimer’s Walk (kudos to Paula Schultz, Jasmine Yukimura and the Steering Committee!).

Happy Camper for Friday, August 10, 2018

The Rev. Yoshiko Shimabukuro is waiting for December when she celebrates her 107th birthday. She was on hand during the dedication of the renovated West Kauai Hongwanji Mission social hall and greeted by Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission, who made a special appearance for the dedication.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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?).

Happy Camper for Monday, August 6, 2018

Dr. Carl Yu was thrilled when Sand Sandblom (Marissa Sandblom and her ohana were able to make the Wilcox Health Keiki Bicycle and Skateboard Safety Day and the Kauai Museum Living Treasures luncheon, where her father was one of this year’s class!) was able to get fitted for a free helmet.

Happy Camper for Sunday, August 5, 2018

Krystl Apeles said she and Kalani Vierra are still world champions despite finishing No. 2 at the tandem surfing competition in France. Kristyl (she had to do hula so couldn’t do a foil surfing demo with Kalani at the Hawaii Beach Safety Week Water Safety Conference) was on hand Friday afternoon to help keiki with safe surfing with Cleve Zarbaugh and Duane DeSoto and other water safety officers at the ocean safety demonstrations.

Happy Camper for Friday, August 3, 2018

Gerald Hirata and his Kauai Soto Zen Temple ‘ohana (make sure you check out Chef Carla Dusenberry’s menu of goodies) host the temple’s bon dance starting tonight (also a good chance to visit the Hanapepe Art Night), and tomorrow with a guest appearance by Torao Hikariyama during the intermission.

Happy Camper for Monday, July 30, 2018

The Koloa Plantation Days Parade and associated events (the CJM Country Stables’ mounted unit promised participation in next year’s parade, said Julie Souza) might be over, but Ada Koene (she scored a vantage point near the judges’ and announcers’ station at Sueoka Store) is still looking for people who have tales from the plantation days era for a book project.

Happy Camper for Sunday, July 29, 2018

Ron Wiley was caught by his likeness at the blessing of the TIGER (federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant by Kaleo Carvalho. Ron said he was caught by surprise or would’ve said, “Two Rons don’t make a Right.” He even got an opportunity to talk story with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (yes, that was her sign-waving at Ahukini Road!), who dropped in for the blessing, much to the delight of Marynel Valenzuela.