Happy Camper for Friday, May 31, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sharleen Andrade-Balmores, aka The Rancher’s Daughter, right, is interviewed for a special project by Genevieve Foster, left, who gets help from Ada Koene (she’s working on a Koloa Plantation Days book project!) during the Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Waimea JROTC cadets Julienne Gawaran, Leslie Uri (wasn’t she at the Menehune graduation, too?), and Rhona-Lei Batacan are from the Westside because they knew where the shade was at the Memorial Day Service Monday at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Kauai Veterans Cemetery crew of Makoa Ibaan, Franklin Dureg and Andrea Abalos take advantage of the pavilion’s shade while disassembling following the Memorial Day Service presented by the Kauai Veterans Council Monday at the Hanapepe cemetery.

Another round of kudos to Mary Kay Hertog and her Kauai Veterans Council ohana (Ed Kawamura Sr. was on his annual floating lantern Oahu pilgrimage), U.S. Navy Capt. Vincent Johnson and the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands (yes, Tom Clements was there, too!), and the county’s Kauai Veterans Cemetery crew (it doesn’t take a special veterans’ event for them to shine. They do it every day!) on a great Memorial Day event Monday in Hanapepe!

You would have never known David Leong had his Waimea High School Band doing an event because the music was great, and even Roger Ridgley, Harold and Paula Rosa, and all those motorcycle riders showed up to honor and remember our great veterans.

Mahalo to Lt. Shawn Keoho for offering to shorten the wait in the refreshments line (Lions Charles Ortiz and Eric Nordmeier are thrilled people have heard about the Lions Fishing Derby at the Hanapepe River!), and kudos to everyone (Bob and Lenore Klass were not traveling so made the trip to the Kauai Veterans Cemetery!) for taking the time to pay their respects.

And, another big mahalo to Amy Green (got to meet her while she was talking with Ada Koene at The Kauai Community Market at The Shops at Kukuiula Wednesday) on that massive random act of kindness! Ada (she’s still working on that Koloa Plantation Days book with Melissa McFerrin-Warrack) was watching Sharleen Andrade-Balmores (sixth generation of ranching?) getting interviewed by Genevieve Foster (love the way she does her notes) for a special project during The Kauai Culinary Market (Ku‘u Breen was taking a break from gazpacho!).

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

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