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Happy Camper for Sunday, July 8, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chad Fujii, right, and the New Executive Club hang out at the Koloa Jodo Mission bon dance. The Kauai Buddhist Council hosts the next bon dance in Fujii’s territory — the West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea Temple July 13 and 14.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Keegan Ushio, Sally Ishikawa and Elyse Akimoto wait for young anglers at the Koloa Jodo Mission bon dance fish pond Friday night. The Kauai Buddhist Council hosts bon dances at the West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea Temple July 13 and 14.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Robert Tamura said he was the “oldest” Kauai Police Department retiree after being congratulated by Deputy Chief Michael Contrades during the KPD 75th Anniversary celebration. He’s been retired for 32 years after putting in service for more than 25 years.

The Rev. Kosen Ishikawa of the Koloa Jodo Mission said this year’s bon dance ring was bigger because there were so many dancers, and dancing can get pretty crowded in a small ring, and Chad Fujii (no Friday night at the mall) had the New Executive Club (no one’s left on Kauai from the Original Executive Club except Chad) out in force for the bon dance.

Coaches Jane and Tony Garma were recovering from the kalua and cabbage and saimin gig with Alaska Airlines at the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky, Keegan Ushio was enjoying a change of pace from volunteering at the Kauai Humane Society, and Mike Teruya is back after photographing that big hula gig on the Big Island. Bon dance moves to the West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea Temple (yes, the Rev. Tomo Hojo was at bon dance, too) this Friday and Saturday.

Next week, it’s at the Rev. Mieko Majima’s temple, and Kauai Living Treasure Jim Jung (see the Living Treasure story and photos on page C1) will be there at the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission.

Kudos to all the credit unions (retired Kauai Community Federal Credit Union — now Gather FCU — President Mel Chiba was checking out the goodies Friday at Gather FCU in Kukui Grove West) on their combined efforts at back to school. Terri Kaniho said most of the credit unions will be having Friday special sales (go early for the Goteborg) to benefit the Kauai Independent Food Bank (yes, Leona Perez was volunteering at the Kauai Hospice Fourth, too). And then the credit unions become part of the Back to School Bash, a free school-supplies giveaway at Kukui Grove Center.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or


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