Happy Camper for Monday, January 14, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaniho Giminiz accepts a serving of kava from Josh Fukino of the Kava Lounge Saturday during the Ku‘i at the County on the lawn of the Historic County Building in Lihue. Fukino will have kava available today during the extension of the Kealia Farms market.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tommy Walshak, formerly of Texas, tends to a batch of grilling pork Saturday as part of the Cowboy Barbecue offering at the Ku‘i at the County event. Cowboy Barbecue is a new business doing its second big public appearance since starting two weeks ago.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Allen Kapali, experienced in wood turning and wood work, had never experienced ku‘i until he took in the Ku‘i at the County Saturday on the lawn of the Historic County Building in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Timothy Reis helps Elora Bray ku‘i kalo into poi Saturday during the Ku‘i at the County event on the lawn of the Historic County Building in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Greg Askew of Ono Pops described the scene as a Thai slide when Paula Ishida and Jacob Mininanong got a ride aboard an empty fruit carton equipped with a strap and pulled by Watchara Meephol Saturday at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Happy birthday, Michael! Monica Carle shows off a picture of son Michael (he’s celebrating his 25th birthday, today!) that was published in the Kauai Times newspaper 24 years ago when he was 1 year old.

Happy birthday, Michael Carle, who had a photo of himself published in the Kauai Times (how many of you remember that newspaper?) 24 years ago when he was 1 year old, said his mother Monica Carle.

More fun antics found their way to a Saturday marred with scheduling chaos due to the traffic snarl resulting from an auto accident near Halfway Bridge (Knudsen Gap). Greg Askew of Ono Pops was stuck in the mess for hours, and Ursa Swift of Midnight Bear Bakery made it to the Kauai Community Market late, but made up for it when customers who are normally greeted by a sold-out situation were privied to her selection of breads and other baked goodies.

Kudos to Josh Fukino, Pua Rossi-Fukino (she said 30 Kamehameha School keiki had to cancel out due to the traffic) and Mark Rossi on pulling together a successful Ku‘i at the County, where even Chad Schimmelfennig did not escape the traffic.

Allen Kapali was glad he read about the event because he always wanted to learn ku‘i (ever hear the popping that takes place when the starch is released from the kalo? It’s even better than popping those plastic packing sheets), and Albert Genovia could not resist breaking out his music.

The event was such a success, Josh said they plan on bringing that flavor to the Kealia Farms market, starting today from 6 to 8 p.m., where they will have kava and other cultural practices taking place with musicians providing old-style (i.e., Gabby Pahinui-era) music.

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

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