Happy Camper for Sunday, December 16, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Santa gets help from Lalaine Rabaino in distributing presents to all of the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital residents Friday during the hospital’s annual Christmas Party for its residents in Kapaa.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Anita Anderson’s winning wreath in the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital wreath contest for associates graces the entrance to the hospital’s auditorium during the annual Christmas party for residents in Kapaa Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Josie Pablo, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region recreation director, tells the Kauai Board of Realtors dinosaur to stay put while helping the inflatables come to life at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Christmas Party for its residents, Friday at the Kapaa hospital.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rob Kubota of Pono Market shepherds his son and nieces who distribute handmade bedside holiday ornaments while Gary Smith leads the Kilauea Social Club in Kilauea-style Christmas carols Friday at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Christmas party for its residents in Kapaa.

Mahalo to Juvie Bercasio for “the itchies,” and kudos to Josie Pablo (she’s the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region recreation director) and the entire Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital ohana on a great Christmas party for its residents and their families Friday evening (yep, it got moved from the daytime so everyone could come).

Mahalo to Rob Kubota of Pono Market, who got grandma’s house “all glitter” while his son, nephew and nieces made homemade craft-style bedside ornaments for the residents, and Gary Smith and the Kilauea Social Club (Donna Gushiken said the Kilauea Christmas tree is up at “the stone building!”) kept the place hopping with their unique Christmas caroling that even included steel guitar accompaniment.

Mayor Derek Kawakami (Monica Kawakami was looking for the tree they decorated with the campaign committee) did not miss the event this time, and Wilma Chandler, Rose Manago and Grace Delos Reyes made the event despite spending the morning with the Kauai Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 2018 annual recognition luncheon at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu (you gotta go check out their Christmas decorations!).

Elsie Bayot of the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital activities staff made the trip over from the Westside to help despite having plans to participate in the Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday, and Josie said “the final big activity for the year” doesn’t end with the party, as they planned to have the residents enjoy the Shinbuyo Kai presentation Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

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

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