Happy Camper for Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Rev. Wesley Elmore, picking up his race packet at the Wilcox Health Sports and Fitness Expo at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu, came from California to run today’s Kauai Marathon.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Julie “The Marathon Goddess” Weiss talks with Jeff Sacchini during the Wilcox Health Sports and Fitness Expo ahead of the Kauai Marathon at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Poipu.

The Rev. Wesley Elmore said the Labor Day Breakfast Monday is the 40th one being hosted by Lihue United Church (they’re right behind King Auto Center), and he’s going to make it because it’s after today’s Kauai Marathon, which Elmore is running. He is a former pastor of the church.

Larry Feinstein (no, he’s not running the Kauai Marathon) said he’s been doing the Labor Day Breakfast since coming to Kauai, riding with Harold and Paula Rosa and The Sons of Kauai (sometimes Marlena Bunao — remember her as the malasada lady in front of Kmart? — did that too).

Marlena will probably be helping with the Labor Day grinds, and the entertainment is top-notch.

Kauai High School girls volleyball coach Kehau Regidor’s uncle was getting excited about running into Julie “The Marathon Goddess” Weiss (she hasn’t figured out whether she’s running the half or full marathon yet) at the Wilcox Health Sports and Fitness Expo, where coach Chelsea Smith-Wishard was running back and forth between the “office” and the show floor where marathoners (2,300 this year, said Jeff Sacchini) were picking up their race packets and checking out the latest Kauai Marathon gear (they have the items at the race, too).

Julie has a book coming out about her 52 marathons in 52 weeks (the Kauai Marathon was No. 20 in that series). Tyler McCandless was busy doing his marathon ambassador thing, and unfortunately, the plane with the Iwaki City Marathon winners was late, so it was off to the Kauai Interscholastic Federation football game Friday night (Josie Pablo had to go work, too).

See everyone at the 40th Labor Day Breakfast Monday from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Lihue United Church!


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


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