Happy Camper for Monday, May 13, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    More fun is in store for the 2020 Kauai Visitor Industry Charity Walk, promises the leadership team of the Kauai walk, Saturday at the north Vidinha Stadium soccer fields.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lillian Watari (how many years a Golden Slippa award winner?) shows off her prize after raising more than $32,000 singlehandedly for the Kauai Visitor Charity Walk, Saturday in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jacob Vogelgesang (with birthday crown) and some of the other members of the leadership team for the Kauai Visitor Industry Charity Walk are subjects for paparazzi Saturday during the announcement of Jacob’s birthday at the charity walk.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Florence Acain, from left, The Salvation Army Lt. Shawn Keoho, Irenia Edrada and Filipina Garabilez celebrate completing the three-mile Kauai Visitor Industry Charity Walk in Lihue Saturday.

Happy birthday, Jacob Vogelgesang, who celebrated his birthday on the same day as the Kauai Visitor Industry Charity Walk, where Stacie Chiba-Miguel even coordinated the first-ever Rubba Slippa Drop with Hawaii USA Credit Union (love the new colors for Gather Federal Credit Union!).

Congratulations to Susan Metivier on beating out Renae Hamilton of the YWCA of Kauai (how much did the Keller Williams golf tournament come up with?) for the tie-breaker (nope, nobody’s slippa dropped into the bucket). Stacie said the slippers that weren’t claimed will be donated to Kekaha School (actually, all the schools can use footwear, er slippahs, for students whose footwear give out during the school day).

Kudos to Terry Bonilla and her Hertz Rent A Car team that grew from the March for Babies event. Terry said the “Hertz Heroes in the Neighborhood” is just getting started…go, Hertz! Lt. Shawn Keoho of The Salvation Army Hanapepe Corps had a whole crew (how many days in a row are we going to see Samantha Bostick?), including kupuna Florence Acain and Irenio Edrada.

And Samira Siale and her Enterprise crew (how about mouse team shirts for next year?) was stuck in an area where only walkers could access. She had to rush off to help husband Tyrus Siale (no wonder Kleve Zarbaugh was soloing at the Kauai Lifeguard Association tent) with the Kauai World Challenge taking place on Kauai’s Southshore (how was that surf?) ending at Salt Pond Beach Park.

OK, time to go check out the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital bon dance (Josie Pablo had her Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital residents out for the charity walk for the first time, too!) coming up Friday night from 6 p.m. (can’t wait for those andagi benefiting Kauai Special Olympics).


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


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