Happy Camper for Sunday, April 7, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauai Community College chefs Martina Hilldorfer and Steven Nakata draw huge audiences with their liquid nitrogen ice cream Friday night during the Wilcox School STEM Night.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Micah Matsunaga demonstrates virtual reality on his dad’s shirt using an iPad (they even did the audience survey using the iPads) during the Wilcox School STEM Night Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Akemi, right, Sara Miura and Kyla Koerte of Deja Vu Surf Hawaii volunteer to help extract DNA during the Wilcox Elementary School STEM Night Friday.

Kudos to Kalaheo School’s Annalisa Rivera for coordinating a successful Beach Day at Puolo Point, Salt Pond Beach Park (great job coordinating all those professionals, Jean Souza and Malia Nobrega-Olivera!).

Congratulations to Caryn Sakahashi, Al and Amy Sugano (Carol Kanna was able to get one of those fancy brassia/oncidium specimen that Al said will last through Mother’s Day), Neill Sams, and all those winners from the Garden Island Orchid Society’s Spring Fantasy orchid show and plant sale (that was a great stopping-off point on the way home from Beach Day) that wrapped up Saturday afternoon.

More kudos to Principal Corey Nakamura and the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School staff on another great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Night that went off with the help of numerous community partners and volunteers!

Sara Miura (she had her Deja Vu team volunteering after doing the color run last week for the Kauai Special Olympics — no yellow shirt this time, Akemi? Was extracting DNA hard?), and Chuck Brady (no Kauai Interscholastic Federation volleyball for Cheryl Brady) arranged to have Lori Shimoda of Chaminade Univesity having her team transform the keiki into “scientists” working with Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club fats.

Brent Mizutani, Leila Kobayashi (Koloa School has one coming up soon), Sherry Gonsalves (congratulations on being named Kauai District Principal of the Year!) and a lot of other state Department of Education leaders mingled through the crowd to glean ideas on how to have this work at their respective schools.

So, when is that kamikon event?

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

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