Happy Camper

Chris Tang was checking on a cake (no ice cream cake this time) at Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon at Kukui Grove Center, Monday, and had a great idea. How about an event to show appreciation to all our emergency-response personnel? Chris said that the chefs and managers at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club contributed holiday meals for the Lihu‘e Airport crash-fire unit in addition to preparing the turkeys for the 1,000-plus meals at The Salvation Army Lihu‘e Corps community luncheon. Dean Nakayama of Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon (he’s heading to the ninth island, Las Vegas, on his way to or from Detroit and the Super Bowl) liked that idea. Now, who wants to spearhead that project? Dean Nakayama said daughter Sheila Nakayama had to return to Pacific Lutheran University early, and this New Year, had cultural shock for New Year’s: pizza with no fireworks! Meanwhile, Lei Nakayama of Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon was working on a wedding cake (Viviane Gilbert Stein loved the an malasada and pandesal).

Coach Fran Constantino is getting excited because her husband is coming home from Iraq next week, in time for the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation girls’ basketball season. Coach Fran was at the Kukui Grove Center farmers’ market (Happy New Year, Linda Yoshii!) Monday, and said the infantry guys are also scheduled to return some time next week, too.

On the subject of the ninth island, at the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Waipouli Beach, Glenn Okamoto told Justino Ganir that he should go to Las Vegas. Justino, an engineering associate at the Waipouli resort, was the winner of Executive Chef Rafael Camarillo’s four-course dinner for four people in the resort’s dining room. Plus, Justino also won the holiday dinner to go for eight people. All of this with just two tickets! OK, ‘nuff said…it’s time to check on the Waimea/Kaua‘i girls’ softball game at Isenberg!

Contact Dennis Fujimoto at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com.

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