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Happy Camper for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016

Ben DeGusman (they call him “Ben De” for short) of the Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club has found a use for the Styrofoam packing material that used to just land up in the trash.

Jenni Saguid said he created a nativity scene (Christina Gabriel said it’s “Jerusalem”) for the Waiohai ohana to enjoy in the employees’ break room. Ben said he’s also used the Styrofoam to create holiday greeting signs in three dimensions, and even a castle for a keiki. And if more styrofoam comes in, Ben said Jerusalem can grow because the stone columns are movable and the town can grow with more buildings.

Kudos to Kyla Koerte (isn’t she the Girl Scout who went to a Mainland leadership camp?) and Alexis Cacabelos of Girl Scout Troop 823 who spent dinner hour Thursday ringing the Salvation Army red kettle bell (Lt. Elizabeth Gross still needs bell ringers) at the Hokulei Village Safeway. The Girl Scouts were joined by young beauty queen Brandi-Rose Muraoka Isono.

And yes, if you need a reason to head north, the weather is looking good enough to have the Kalo Festival benefiting the Waipa Foundation at the Halulu Fishpond just outside Hanalei — just drive safely (or, as Ron Wood says, A-L-O-H-A)!

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