Happy Camper for Monday, July 25, 2011

Mark Tanaka, growing up along the cliffs of Koloa Landing, said he was taking the Hapa Trail Walk to learn more about where he grew up, Saturday.

Lots of longtime Koloa residents were on hand to welcome the throng of people curious to learn more about the old days when David Chang’s family occupied the space which is now Progressive Expressions in Old Koloa Town and weekly trips (on Sundays, especially) were days to enjoy custard pie, anpan and an occasional ice cream sundae.

Carol Ann Davis made it a point to get a photo of the Australian sheep dog which was part of the walk, and hats off to Teddy and Hartwell Blake for the depth of information they’ve collected about Koloa’s historic past.

Melissa McFerrin, the Koloa Plantation Days coordinator, was busy with the farmers market at Kaua‘i Community College, but will be all over Koloa throughout the week, ending with the parade and ho‘olaule‘a, Saturday.

OK, time to visit Melissa at the historic film night and exhibit at Kukui‘ula Village. Melissa said Lauren Calhoun is featured and is looking for people who have ties like the Blakes.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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