Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Andy Honl feels his way to the switch lighting the bell at the entrance to The Joy of Christmas at the St. Raphael Church in Koloa.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Punana Leo o Kauai students Lulana Kennedy, Kealohapuna Holt IV, Ululena Vincent, Ha‘aheo Taylor, Kila Yasay, and wehiwa Hanohano show off a copy of the moon calendar and look over materials for the wreaths they will have available at the Kauai Community Market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.

“PPP” is Pork, Peas and Pimentos, and was on the menu (perfect for that cold, windy night!), at The Joy of Christmas display at the St. Raphael Church (even the replica is lit up).

Andy Honl (did you know they have a beach named after their family in Kona?), Leonard Vierra, and Perfecto Labrador were having their hands full running around in the dark trying to stay ahead of the wind and rain from sneaking into the outlets, and Father Arlan Intal (he even got the bells at the entrance to light up) is totally excited about the entire project, creating some masterpieces like the Nutcracker Guards from buckets, planting pots, pieces of large piping, and other finds in his garage-workshop. Brenda Sameshima (is this better than the NFL Super Bowl?) said there are only three more weekends to experience this.

More holiday excitement is on tap for the weekend as Stacie Chiba-Miguel opens the Keiki Holiday Bash from 2 p.m. at The Shops at Kukuiula; Eric Nordmeier was excited about the “wheat fields” being trimmed in time for the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade that starts at 6:15 p.m. (the roads —that means the bridge, too — shut from 5:30 p.m.!).

Kevin Matsunaga hosts the Chiefess Kamakahelei TV craft fair Saturday along with the Kauai Gift Fair going off at the front parking lot of the Kmart store, and Punana Leo o Kauai will have the 2019 edition of the moon calendar (check out the mosaic at the Niumalu Pavilion) at the Kauai Community Market (good luck to the Kauai Community College culinary arts team who will be competing on Oahu!).

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