Happy Camper for Monday, December 31, 2018

Kudos to Gerald Hirata, Roberta Yanagawa and the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji and the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission on their respective mochi-making efforts to keep the New Year traditions alive on Kauai! Kim Murakami said he’s retired now so his entire family (even Kalani came home from California to help) gets involved with the church, and Brian Yamamoto had his Okinawa exchange students, Natsuki Morii and Kana Iwamoto, helping at the Kapaa gathering.

Happy Camper for Sunday, December 30, 2018

Auwe! No ice sculpting demonstration following the Thursday afternoon street fair at Kukui Grove Center, as major cracks developed in the block of ice. Chef Wally Nishimura decided it would be too dangerous to proceed despite waiting for a period of time.

Happy Camper for Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy retirement to Helaine Perel of The Shops at Kukuiula (and to Val Rynda of FM97!), who was enjoying her final Kauai Culinary Market Wednesday, stopping to chat with Aida Dolfo, who had guests Jeff, Carson, Lauren and Tristy Tara of California in tow, enjoying the aroma of those sliders before hitting the next level.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Welcome back, Jeff and Cindy Haigh! Jeff creates those fabulous sand sculptures at Kalapaki Beach (happy holidays to Morris Unotoa’s family who was cruising the beach walk following Sunday brunch)! Jeff is planninganother display for the New Year’s (how about Chinese New Year?) that should be up by Monday.

Happy Camper for Monday, December 24, 2018

Congratulations to Kauai Community College culinary arts students Angela-Rhey Ventura, Sean Austin and Phenny Prado on winning silver medals during the American Culinary Federation Culinary Salon competition last week on Oahu!

Happy Camper for Sunday, December 23, 2018

Happy birthday to Julian and Nathan Remigio, who celebrated their special day (those birthday crowns are a sure giveaway!) cruising through the Thursday afternoon market at Kukui Grove Center featuring Kauai Made vendors!

Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy birthday to Aiden Gadingan who celebrated his birthday with family and friends (even Tori Kagawa came over for the shindig), Sunday with a big party at the Fun Factory at the Kukui Grove Center!

Happy Camper for Monday, December 17, 2018

Kudos to Melissia Sugai, Nalani Brun and the organizers of the Kauai Made Holly Jolly Holiday Fair that attracted a large crowd (who said there was no parking?) to the front parking lot of the former Big Kmart store.

Happy Camper for Sunday, December 16, 2018

Mahalo to Juvie Bercasio for “the itchies,” and kudos to Josie Pablo (she’s the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region recreation director) and the entire Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital ohana on a great Christmas party for its residents and their families Friday evening (yep, it got moved from the daytime so everyone could come).