Happy Camper for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Kathy Kovala is still rocking and rolling after all these years. She was hosting an open house (Barbara Gusman took the opportunity to try some Oki’s Box Lunch fried chicken) where she demonstrated and talked about the rock-and-roll technique she uses with watercolor…she’s got a series of classes this week at the Kauai Society of Artists gallery at Kukui Grove Center.

Barbara (she’s with the Courtyard by Marriott at the Coconut Beach) said getting hands-on with some of these events is great because she gets real life experience to help answer questions from the resort guests.

Welcome to Kauai, Subaru Nishide, Manaku Sanai, Chinatsu Kobayashi, and teacher/chaperone Kazuko Miura (Art Umezu said she’s got an ocean-view room) from Moriyama, Japan who arrived for a week’s visit, working and learning with Kauai High School. Art (he said the mayor’s office feels like he’s in an aquarium — ask Kaleo Carvalho about the mayor’s betta) had the group working right after coming off the plane.

The courtesy visit (mahalo to Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami for squeezing in the visitors) was a perfect opportunity to meet Robbie Melton, the director for the county’s Office of Economic Development, and Mayor Kawakami was superb with his ice-breaking card trick (nope, haven’t figured it out yet).

OK, now that Prince Kuhio Day is past, it’s time to check out the Fun Day Saturday presented by Kaylynn Drake (did anyone see her during the Kamehameha School Song Contest?) and her Kekua Aloha foundation Saturday at Kapaa Beach Park starting at noon.

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Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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