Happy Camper

Beau Acoba was enjoying his birthday, playing for several thousand people with the Tsunami Taiko (Chase Parongao even made it to the 3 G’s Nation 15 Under basketball game) at the Koloa Plantation Days celebration.

Jordan Parongao (he’s Chase’s cousin) even had an explanation about why the group is not the West Wind anymore. If you want to hear them, check out the bon dance at the Hanapepe Soto Zenshuji Church this weekend. They’ll be playing there.

Congratulations to Melissa McFerrin and her unreal committee for the Koloa Plantation Days. It was a real good week of all kinds of fun and games.

Art Vento (he was here with Willie K last week) was with his family as they enjoyed some of the Kwazy Rides, and made it to Na Koa Golf Tournament reception later Saturday night.

Actually, Dickie Chang (he was at the Plantation Days parade as an emcee) said he had to go set up for the tournament so left the Kaua‘i Superstars emcee task to Ron Wiley who got chaperoned to the stage on one of Ron Victorino’s ATVs.

Dan Ahuna was at the parade and there were three Dans — RusDan Rocket, AshDan Ryder and TrisDan Daniel — riding small motorbikes on an ATV.

Congratulations to Aunty Stella Burgess and the ‘ohana at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa for taking the overall honors for the parade. Troy Lazaro was trying real hard and their Marriott Waiohai float looked really good, but could only get second place.

Meanwhile, the Karin Panui’s potato bags are still selling well, but she unveiled a new bag for this year that wasn’t any slouch. Check it out for the holidays when she starts the craft fair circuit. Edwin will be there so he’ll tell you all about it.

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