Happy Camper for Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Santa aboard the county Department of Water unit blows kisses to the crowd in front of the Pineapple Lily store on Rice Street during the Lights on Rice holiday parade Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rudolf the red-nosed school bus of Akita Enterprises joins the holiday fun (the red-nosed rooster is at the Festival of Lights) in the Lights on Rice holiday parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Paulo, the oldest operating steam locomotive in Hawaii, and The Sons of Kauai helpers are ready to roll in the Lights on Rice holiday parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Debra Ventura tends to a batch of malasada while Priscilla Badua waits on the batch to finish cooking at the Hawaii Government Employees Association fundraising booth at the Kauai Museum Christmas Craft Fair Friday night.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rotary District 5000 Governor Winton Schoneman and Assistant District Governor Ray Paler get ready to roll the 2018 edition of the Lights on Rice holiday parade in front of the Wilcox Health float.

Angela Ventura (she’ll be helping with the Kauai Gymnastics Academy free showcase at Kukui Grove Center starting at 1 p.m. today) used to hang out in the stroller while her mom Debra Ventura used to help cook at the West Kauai church. Debra was among the helpers with Becky Komaki and Priscilla Badua at the Hawaii Government Employees Association Kendall Scholarship fundraising (no kadomatsu this year) booth at the Kauai Museum’s Annual Christmas Craft Fair — kudos to Gerald Ako and Dale Shimomura for doing another bang-up job with the effort. Dr. Kelly Robb (she’s got a set of twins coming!) was looking for a tree after all that lumpia.

Kudos, too, to Lyah Kama-Drake and the entire Kauai Museum ohana (even former mayor Maryanne Kusaka was finding something good to buy) on a great annual tradition — Ray and Diane Nitta were happy to meet June and Gary Yoshinaga in person!

Carol Yotsuda (she said the former Kress building was a Dime Dairy before it became Kress) got help from Ken Nishimura, Trysen Kaneshige and Victoria Aiu (wasn’t she gallery-sitting Thursday?) in trying to finish that Kress Street wrap-around mural before the Lights on Rice Parade got underway (Hawaii Rotary District 5000 Gov. Winton Shoneman got to be one of the banner-holders!). Kudos to the Rotary Club of Kauai on another winner!

Don’t forget … this Saturday is the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade with Esther Estes (is Hua Duncan going to be one of the emcees again?) and the West Kauai Business &Professional Association.


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


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