Dennis is the bestTo The Forum:

Our Garden Island newspaper is extremely fortunate to have the most

professional photographer any publication could possibly have.

For all you

subscribers, there is no reason to tell you that his name is Dennis Fujimoto,

the same fellow who excels at writing the Happy Camper column, as well as a

staff writer at times.

However, the pictures he takes for the paper are in

a class by themselves and, if you have seen them, you know they are very


It seems impossible that one man and his camera can be in so many

places on our island taking so many pictures, but 95 percent of all photographs

published in the paper have his signature.

Whether it is a birthday party,

beauty pageant, baseball, basketball, football or any other sporting event, a

dedication or any event that holds public interest from Kekaha to Ha’ena, our

Happy Camper will be there recording it on film.

And his pictures are not

just run-of-the-mill newspaper shots—they are works of art—like a little girl

loving her dog, or the aging but fascinating close-up face of a Hawaiian in

full attire-all pictures to behold. Dennis is not the photographer to take the

picture and run type—he makes certain the shot is “right” so his pictures have

a message and he goes from event to event like a bee gathering


Those pictures that Dennis has so vividly taken of the wrecked cars

on our island prove that no truer words were ever spoken than “a picture is

worth a thousand words.”

Though this problem is still bogged down in our

administration’s refusal to take positive action as our other islands have

done, Dennis’s dedication to keep this embarrassment before the public (who

will ever forget the “garbage island” label given us by the Wall Street

Journal?) has certainly alleviated the problem.

We are spending $300 to

$500 per vehicle to got it off island, whereas other islands are spending a

fraction of that amount .

Many of us wish you, Dennis, would put on an art

show of the thousands of great photos you have taken—what an idea for The

Garden Island to sponsor—your action sports shots alone would draw a huge

crowd—believe it!

You are in a class by yourself, Dennis, since your

pictures and columns tell it and show it like it is and our mahalos go out to


Glenn Mickens



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