Happy Camper for Friday, December 28, 2018

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The kadomatsu New Year’s decoration followed Elvrine Chow to the Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday. She had them at the Thursday Afternoon Street Fair at Kukui Grove Center, and one last time Saturday at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Victoria Gabriel of Reyn Spooner shows off the Year of the Boar shirt (it’s also available in blue) while the dog model (yes, it is now the Year of the Dog) still sports the Christmas shirt, and Tierra Gabriel mans the register at The Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sandy Poenhelt the pie lady, left, bids happy retirement to Helaine Perel before taking in the chef’s demo at the Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mark Jones of Elmer’s Farm (he’s trying to do peanuts again!) harvests a bag of micro veggies (he says this item does really well at The Kauai Culinary Market) for a customer at The Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jeff, Carson, Lauren, and Tristy Tara of California enjoy the aroma of cooking sliders before moving to the next level of the Kauai Culinary Market Wednesday at The Shops at Kukuiula.

Happy retirement to Helaine Perel of The Shops at Kukuiula (and to Val Rynda of FM97!), who was enjoying her final Kauai Culinary Market Wednesday, stopping to chat with Aida Dolfo, who had guests Jeff, Carson, Lauren and Tristy Tara of California in tow, enjoying the aroma of those sliders before hitting the next level.

Mark Jones of Elmer’s Farm (yes, they’re trying the peanuts again!) said the micro veggies are really popular at the Kauai Culinary Market, and Sandy Poenhelt of The Right Slice got to talk about their ono pie crusts (you should have seen the number of smartphone note takers).

Elvrine Chow had her brother’s kadomatsu New Year’s decorations available, and Jenn Ortal had her hands full taking care of all the customers who wanted her chop suey (pineapple, coconut, and what was that third flavor?) malasada-on-a-stick.

Kung Hee Fat Choy, Feb. 5 for the Year of the Boar, said Victoria Gabriel of Reyn Spooner, who still had the Christmas wear (it’s more than shirts, neckties, beach sets and even doggie shirts) on sale before celebrating Chinese New Year. She already has the Year of the Boar shirts available at The Shops at Kukuiula (Stacie Chiba Miguel said The Clinic will be starting urgent care Jan. 2!).

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

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