Happy Camper

“Only one more win” was the topic of conversation at the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation soccer games at Hanapepe Stadium Saturday, as Randi Oketani kept asking everyone if Kapa‘a had beaten Waimea in softball. Even coach Eric Fujimoto and Kris Borrero were getting excited, as was Charlene Quinones. Coach Darrell Borrero had an excuse to drive his Volkswagen as he came to the game just as Loke Manaku belted a two-RBI double, and crossed the plate on a Waimea miscue of Leilani Laranio’s hit Saturday. All of a sudden we had a game! Herbie Kawamura was not going to miss that game, and was nice to chat with Kapa‘a Athletic Director Greg Gonsalves (he was sitting next to Ella Arume’s parents) and trainer Sam Henriques who were both on hand. Keith Burgess was taking care of all those cramps at soccer. But, the best part of soccer is being able to sit next to coach Dan Agan and take all those pictures while watching the Kaua‘i junior-varsity girls get excited about shagging balls.

Hats off to Tom Shigemoto, Gerald Ako, and all the AJA (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) ‘ohana on their 71st baseball-league season that started Sunday.

Tom was busy with the Scout Recognition Dinner Saturday (congratulations to Daniel Hamada on his Scout Award!), as was Jolly Iwata, who made it to AJA, and was early for the recognition of the Lihue Patriots Pee Wee team by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawai‘i. Of course, it’s not an event unless Ron Sakoda is there, and was nice to see Sets Ushio, Roy Nishida, John Ochoco, and Alton Miyamoto among the VIPs in the house. Gracie Grace is still overwhelmed by the whole national-championship experience.

OK, gotta go see if Kaua‘i can get “one more win.”

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

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