Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Rev. Shuji Komagata of the Soto Mission of Aiea, Taiheiji, and Dr. Thao Le of the University of Hawaii at Manoa join the ministers of the Kauai Buddhist Council, including Rev. Kohtoku Hirao, Rev. Kosen Ishikawa, Lama Tashi Dundrup, Rev. Arthur Kaufmann, Rev. Tomo Hojo, and Rev. Mikeo Majima following the Bodhi Day service at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The bodhi tree that has its roots in India and brought to Hawaii by Mary Foster of the Foster Botanical Gardens Honolulu sits next to the World Peace Kannon Statue at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Dr. Thao Le of the University of Hawaii at Manoa admires the peace crane she accepted from Jim Jung during the Bodhi Day service hosted by the Kauai Buddhist Council at the Kauai Soto Zen temple.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The historic St. Raphael Church is aglow with lights from The Joy of Christmas displays that are scattered throughout the property. The Joy of Christmas is available for viewing from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through the month of December.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Marina Pascua admires the bell in the entrance structure during the opening night of The Joy of Christmas lighted displays at the St. Raphael Church in Koloa.

Shelley Gerardo and Lillian Vierra said “The Joy of Christmas” lights display at the St. Raphael Church in Koloa is on from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December.

Marina Pascua was checking out the outdoor displays before starting work on the inside of the church, and Father Arlan Intal was excited about creating that fancy tower, and the operational ferris wheel that are part of the display that is scattered throughout the St. Raphael property.

Kudos to the St. Raphael ‘ohana for coming up with this display that is a part of its fundraising for the church’s roof and windows.

Kudos, too, to Gerald Hirata, Carla Dusenberry (she has a “new adventure!”) on a great Bodhi Day service for the Kauai Buddhist Council.

Gerald always likes to link history with the current, and in addition to the Gannenmono and plantation life exhibits, said the Bodhi Tree planted next to the World Peace Kannon Statue is from India in the same area where the Buddha was Enlightened.

OK, today is The Culinary Market, a partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau and The Shops at Kukuiula where Rabbi Michoel Goldman and Zisel Goldman will be doing potato latkes during the Chef’s Demo and the menorah will be lit at sundown.


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


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