Happy Camper for Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pronouncer Jan TenBruggencate, standing far right with back to camera, gets the field of spelling bee contestants familiarized with being on stage during the Kauai Spelling Bee at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School cafeteria in Puhi Thursday.

Kudos to Mayor Derek Kawakami on installing the Express Line, and the number system of servicing for the Department of Finance Motor Vehicle Registration division! Perhaps a similar situation could take place when lines form at the camping sites stations so patrons can take a number and go visit the DougOut instead of waiting in the lines.

Kudos to Brent Mizutani, Bill Arakaki and the other state Department of Education Kauai Complex Area people on coordinating another successful Kauai district spelling bee! Sean Doi had a ringside seat and was running his video — perhaps for an upcoming “Shining Stars” episode? Mahalo to Debra Badua for getting the stage lights turned on so the contestants wouldn’t be in the dark, and mahalo to pronouncer Jan TenBruggencate (he helped coordinate the Lihue Business Association forum on how the news get presented, coming up Jan. 24, too), and judges April Shigemoto, Debbie Higuchi and Michael Depoe!

The inflatable, life-sized humpback whale is the latest victim of the partial government shutdown — it won’t appear on Kauai after all. Officials said the library appearances and student field trips have all been scrubbed. The training for new volunteers for the Jan. 28 Ocean Count was also canceled.

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

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