Happy Camper for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gwen Hamabata is already making plans for her 18 togan (wintermelon) and a whole donated pig! She’ll be whipping up three versions of Okinawan wintermelon soup for the Hanapepe United Church of Christ, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And since a trip to the Westside is in order (KIF football kicks off at 2 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium), drop by and visit with Cindy Goldstein at Pioneer Hi-Bred Waimea Research Station who will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. as well. Bring a non-perishable can of food for their food drive benefiting the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, said Kelvin Moniz.

But before making the trip west, stop by the Lihu‘e Missionary Church (they’re behind Hamura Saimin) for its annual bazaar starting at 9 a.m., but you need to go early because the line forms way before the gates open at 9 a.m. and the baked goods and cooked items go fast.

And then, visit with Michelle Emura and Yvette Sahut at the American Cancer Society’s Hoedown for Hope at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. You might get lucky and see Mary Williamson.

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

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