Happy Camper for Monday, December 24, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dancers with the Aloha Dance Studio perform to the holiday light show at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Bill Marciel and his ohana lay out the grinds on the lawn of the Historic County Building while waiting for the Festival of Lights to open. The festival will light up one more time, Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Elvrine Chow of Heavenly Haku explains the kadomatsu New Year’s decorations to shoppers at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Johnny Gordines, left, and Chef Martina Hilldorfer of Kauai Community College congratulate Angela-Rhey Ventura, Sean Austin and Phenny Prado on their silver medals earned at the American Culinary Federation Culinary Salon competition on Oahu last week.

Congratulations to Kauai Community College culinary arts students Angela-Rhey Ventura, Sean Austin and Phenny Prado on winning silver medals during the American Culinary Federation Culinary Salon competition last week on Oahu! The three students were doing culinary demos at the Kauai Community Market (it was definitely a Super Saturday!) at KCC, with products donated by Kauai Shrimp and the Kauai County Farm Bureau.

Elvrine Chow had the kadomatsu out for New Year’s, and she’ll have more this weekend, too.

You never know who you’ll meet when filing stories from Hofgaard Park (they’re one of the few places where there are picnic tables readily available), where the red-haired Saint Nicholas was on hand with Aunty Lilikoi chiffon pie (mahalo, Kendall Andersland!).

The dancers with Aloha Dance Studio did their final holiday performance Saturday to go with the Kukui Grove Center light show. But Melissa McFerrin-Warrack said Wally Nishimura will be doing ice carving following the Thursday market for the encore light show.

The Bill Marciel ohana has a new tradition — paina (the smoke meat was ono!) at the lawn of the Historic County Building while waiting for the Festival of Lights (they open for one last time Saturday!) to open. Kylie Moniz was there, and so were a lot of kiddies who totally loved frolicking under all those lights.

Merry Christmas, Kauai! Be safe!

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

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