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Happy Camper for Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Shane Kadono of California first appeared at the Kauai Soto Zen bon dance when she was 1 year old. Since then, she’s been back for the bon dance every year, and Saturday she was being cared for by Vivian Uwaine, who was carrying her at the bon dance when Shane was one.

Kudos to Gerald Hirata, Chef Carla Dusenberry and all the Kauai Soto Zen ohana for hosting the next-to-last Kauai Buddhist Council bon dance for 2017. The Rev. Kosen Ishikawa and the Koloa Jodo Mission hosts the bon dance this Friday and Saturday. Josie Pablo and the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital gang (they were at the Koloa Plantation Days parade, too) host the final bon dance next Friday (one night only!) from 6 p.m.

Maj. Victor Aguilar and the Waimea High School JROTC were juggling two major events — helping at the Soto Zen bon dance (how many bags of Chinese pretzels, major?) and being a key part of the Koloa Plantation Days parade with the color guard and drill unit (Monique Joy Lorenzo is ready for her close-up), and Kaleohano Castenada wowed the audience with his “Bohemian Rhapsody” on ukulele at the Ukes in Paradise contest at Keokli’s Paradise in Poipu, the last event of Koloa Plantation Days.

OK, this week we’re at the Heiwa i Kauai with Jo Manea and her crew, and don’t forget — Kauai High School hosts Kamehameha-Big Island Saturday in the first high school preseason football game on Kauai for 2017! Vidinha Stadium, 5 p.m. — don’t be late!

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