Happy Camper for Monday, February 4, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary volunteer Lani Tamanaha-Broadbent goes over some of the material on the whale exhibit at the OceanFest Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kumu Sabra Kauka blesses the room housing the life-like, inflatable humpback whale Friday night to open the OceanFest that continues each weekend at Kukui Grove Center through Feb. 23.

Kumu Sabra Kauka didn’t only do the blessing to open up the 2019 OceanFest. She was also one of the panelists on the Nualolo Kai restoration discussion. Kudos to Jean Souza (she just got back to work following the government shutdown!) and Malia Nobrega-Olivera on pulling this year’s event together with the help of Melissa McFerrin-Warrack and David Sosner.

What a great feeling to be in the company of all those Ocean Count site leaders — Mike Kano, James Yamamoto, Marga Goosen, John and Mary Jane Burger, Lani Tamanaha-Broadbent — who all were out volunteering with the life-life, inflatable humpback whale, that moves to the Lihue Public Library today.

Congratulations to all (!!!) our Kauai Interscholastic Federation athletes who performed well at their various state competitions! Kapaa Athletic Director Greg Gonsalves came right off the plane from Oahu to catch Alakai Gonsalves in action on the Clem Gomes Gym floors with news that the Kapaa girls paddling team had earned their second state second-place finish, earning their honor by less than a second.

Mahalo to Shirley Simbre-Medeiros (she was all excited that all the KIF teams made the finals!) for keeping us abreast of the paddling news…Kauai boys finishing seventh, and Waimea mixed team getting fifth!

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

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