Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 26, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Jeff and Cindy (she wants to do an SUP around Kalapaki Bay and up the Hu‘uleia River!) Haigh of California work to complete the Mele Kalikimaka sand sculpture before Santa’s arrival to Kalapaki Beach, Christmas Eve.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaupena Kinimaka of the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club greets the Kanaka Santa who arrived for a visit at Kalapaki Beach aboard a double-hulled canoe on Christmas Eve.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Paula Rudinoff, her sister Eve Boranian of California, and family including Chloe Rudinoff, Holly Rudinoff, and Sabryn Rudinoff are among the throng of beach goers doing Santa Watch on Christmas Eve at Kalapaki Beach.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    A crowd of people line up to view the 22nd Annual Festival of Lights during the final weekend before Christmas at the historic County Building. The Festival of Lights will have a final showing, Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. before closing until next year.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Festival of Lights docent Kiara Wetherington of the Kapaa High School Key Club talks about the Mermaid Kingdom to guests at the historic County Building.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Morris Unotoa family, including Lilia, Morris, Mo, Eli, Kamaile, and Keala, enjoy a stroll on the beach walk fronting the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club following Sunday brunch.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Ida Leasiolagi of Unique Sweets prepares a batch of dessert, Sunday at her shop located in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center.

Welcome back, Jeff and Cindy Haigh! Jeff creates those fabulous sand sculptures at Kalapaki Beach (happy holidays to Morris Unotoa’s family who was cruising the beach walk following Sunday brunch)! Jeff is planning another display for the New Year’s (how about Chinese New Year?) that should be up by Monday.

Kudos to Hoku Watersports (mahalo, Greg Davis for the voice mail!), the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club (mahalo to Kaupena Kinimaka for the heads-up), and Malama Mahaulepu for coordinating Santa’s visit (Eve Boranian of Sacramento, California, was thrilled when she confirmed the arrival with a phone call to Hoku) aboard a double-hulled canoe paddled by a host of keiki.

Jeff was just finishing up his “Mele Kalikimaka” sculpture, getting the help of Ariana, Leland and Joseph Nagel of San Francisco as the canoe pulled ashore, and Dr. Kelly Robb (she knows where all the happening events are) got to celebrate Matias Pfeffer’s first Christmas with mom Stephanie.

Kudos to Ida Leasiolagi of Unique Sweets (they’re in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center near the ABC Store) who was able to start work later because it was Sunday, and because she had a large order to fill over the weekend.

Elvrine Chow had her kadomatsu arrangements available for the New Year’s at the Kauai Community Market, and she’ll have more Saturday ahead of the New Year to welcome the gods of good fortune.


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


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