Happy Camper

Where are the groundhogs? Jolene Ogle and Jolynne Tsukamoto had nearly a dozen Kaua‘i High School sophomores who saw their shadows at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club. The shuttle driver was a Happy Camper! Coach Henry “Hank” Ibia Jr. had one shadow, and made sure he got to meet Ben Napoleon, who had a “Reserved parking” sign for Steelers fans, just in case. Oh well, if they don’t come in time for Sunday, Roy Nishida said the NFL clinic is coming up Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium. Jolene and Jolynne said they would be bringing chef Guy Higa along for the Kaua‘i High School career fair yesterday. Congratulations to new General Manager Bill Countryman and the Marriott associates for their “Spirit to Serve!” And, kudos, to Billi Smith on coordinating another great spelling bee. Daniel Hamada was there, and is already looking ahead to the state Department of Education Kaua‘i district science fair coming soon. JK was the official videographer for the Bee, and this year, they even had to play back the tape for a judges’ decision. Fred Rose said “This is the big time now.” Walter Souza (son Kui Souza said he was going to take in the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa baseball game) was there for St. Theresa’s School, and Kris Fujita managed to juggle the visit by National Aeronautics and Space Administration Education Specialist Mick Bowen and still coach her two representatives to the Bee. Beth Tokioka brought son Pono Tokioka (she said he’s intrigued by the Bee) and daughter Emma Tokioka (congratulations on being a Kokua winner!) and Patty Ka‘iakapu said she was there to support students from Eleele School.


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