Happy Camper for Friday, August 25, 2017

Congratulations to Char Ono, Brian Yamamoto, and Kyoko Ikeda of the Kauai Community College for spearheading host efforts for the nine students from the Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing. The students are wrapping up their two-week stay here and spent Wednesday working with Josie Pablo and the Mahelona Hospital ‘ohana in bringing 28 residents to the beach.

Brian said 2018 is a big year for Kauai Community College and the Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing because it will be the 20th year since the visitations started. In Okinawa, 20 is a significant number because that’s when you become an adult, Yamamoto said.

Mahalo to Vice Chancellor James Dire who sent pictures of the eclipse from the eclipse capital — Missouri! Great stuff! Down here, there were a lot of people (what time did Dean Okayama have to get up to get to Ahukini?) who braved the cloudy conditions and were rewarded with glimpses of the phenomena. Dr. Michael Hannawald had luck on his side as the clouds broke about 6:45 a.m., and his group was able to get about an hour’s viewing before diving into the eclipse cake.

OK, time to go check out the Kauai Coffee Celebrity Chef Challenge, where the winning chef gets to have $2,000 donated to a charity of his choosing.

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Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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