Happy Camper for Sunday, February 17, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rachel Buell of the Trinity University work crew helps Elizabeth Erb load a tray of paint during the Canadian university’s work tour at the Kauai Habitat for Humanity’s Eleele Iluna neighborhood.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A short-boarder gets some air off one of the Ammonia’s breaks Wednesday during the first day of the big east swell, on Kalapaki Bay.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Takeshi Komar of the Teen Chess Club offered by the Lihue Public Library gets silent discussion from Chad Badgett, an expert player — that’s one level below master — and Young Adult Librarian Sierra Hampton-Eng, also the adviser for the Teen Chess Club, during the Chess Challenge with state chess co-champion Damian Nash Friday afternoon at the Lihue Public Library.

Wind plus east swell always spells excitement at the Ammonia’s break at Kalapaki Beach, as comments such as “Did you get clearance from the tower?” and “Is that board short enough?” wafted through the gusty north winds from earlier in the week.

The cold weather (Milani Pimental said she got a photo of a rainbow ending at someone’s home at Eleele Iluna) pushed work details from outside to inside as team leaders Allan and Sylvia Kotanen of Trinity University in Canada moved to painting inside walls at the Kauai Habitat for Humanity’s Eleele Iluna neighborhood (some students could not escape intent to raise roofs and complete floors in two of the Phase II homes). Kudos and mahalo to the Canadians for coming over to help build affordable homes!

Lihue Public Library’s Young Adults Librarian Sierra Hampton-Eng said they have a Teen Chess Club that meets Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., led by Kauai High School student Takeshi Komar (he went up against state chess co-champion Damian Nash Friday during the challenge where Nash played against more than a dozen players, including expert-level player Chad Badgett, watched intently by Jan TenBruggencate).

And don’t forget, the Friends of the Lihue Public Library has its used book sale starting Friday (yes, it’s Feb. 22).

OK, time to go check out the American Culinary Federation’s 33rd annual breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at Kauai Community College!

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

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