Happy Camper for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The HGEA Relay for Life team is snug in their tent at the Relay for Life at the Hanapepe soccer fields…we’ve got another Relay for Life for East and North Kauai coming up, Aug. 10 at the Kapaa Beach Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Purple Palooza team at the Relay for Life had the right idea for hedging against the wind as they invite people to their special Cinco de Mayo (it’s on May 4!) fundraiser for the Relay for Life.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Becky Komaki of the HGEA Relay for Life team fires up a batch of (while supplies last) poi balls, safe against the ravages of wind and bouts of rain during the Relay for Life at the Hanapepe soccer fields.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Aloha Dance Studio luminary dancers are lit up by the Relay for Life stage prior to heading into the semi-darkness for their performance that led to the lighting up of the remembrances of those who didn’t make the fight against cancer.

There is only one word that describes the Relay for Life (organized and coordinated by Patti Ornellas — where was Melissa Ragasa? — Wes Perreira (he was the event lead), and all those volunteers who stepped forward for the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society — WOW!

Mary Williamson (she did it before, too) was having a blast “celebrating birthdays (Michelle Panoke just became a grandma a few days before Saturday!),” and Josie Pablo (she and her family were doing the March for Babies) said she always thinks about Elaine Morita when people talk about the Relay.

Coach Winston Ogata was asking about the Kauai High School girls golfers (Coach Alton and Sherry Amimoto — they’re usually hanging with the HGEA team — were out there in Princeville!), and Joni Ito got to do shuttle duty during the Survivors Walk (mahalo, Ora Tashiro for remembering our beloved Yukie DeSilva!) for those who needed the help making it around the circle of luminaria.

For those who missed it (was Pauline Ibia at the KIF baseball games?), there is another Relay — the Relay for Life for the East and North Kauai — coming up Aug. 10 at the Kapaa Beach Park starting at 3 p.m. (nope, it’s not an all-nighter like the one in Hanapepe).


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


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