Happy Camper for Friday, March 23, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauai pitcher Dreanalyn Tafiti warms up ahead of the Red Raiders’ game against Kapaa. Dreanalyn had her sisters, all former softball players, visiting from Oregon and Texas to watch her play before the game was postponed because of darkness.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Gabriel Cataluna gets birthday greetings and well wishes from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. Wednesday ahead of Cataluna’s 105th birthday, which falls on April 11.

Happy birthday to all the centenarians (we had three of them this week!), starting with Koharu Kawamura of Waimea, who was surprised by a visit from her family from the Mainland (Yuso and Edna Kurihara’s family is from California) and the Neighbor Islands Sunday during a luncheon celebrating her 100th birthday at Wong’s Chinese Restaurant in Hanapepe (Monique Joy Lorenzo was working hard).

Gabriel Cataluna is going to be 105 years old on April 11. He was greeted by his family and the Kauai Veterans Council (is Gabriel the oldest living veteran in Hawaii?) Wednesday for a birthday gathering ahead of the council’s meeting that was led by retired Gen. Mary Kay Hertog (she’s doing the MS Walk March 31 at Kapaa Beach Park).

And, there is Misao Tamura, who celebrated his 101st birthday March 15 — the same day as his great-grandson Hugo celebrated his first birthday — in Princeville. Actually, Misao was born on April 6, 1917, and Hugo was born on March 24, 2017.

Congratulations to Darlene Chung and Brandon Yoshimoto on the re-opening of the Lihue McDonald’s with their “experience the future” dining! Brandon said they got the Turtles (this should go over for all those who have a sweet tooth) drinks coming in April. So, how do we learn how to use those kiosks to order?

OK, time to get rolling on all the Prince Kuhio Day festivities taking place on the South Shore.


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


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