Happy Camper for Monday, July 8, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Nowah Doepke creates a glass piece while waiting for the music to start outside The Glass Shack during First Saturday in downtown Kapaa.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Leo Tangatailoa plies his woodcarving trade along the sidewalk during the First Saturday at downtown Kapaa.

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    Melanie Hartshorn (no wonder it’s called Aunty M’s Paradise Pies) gets a savory pie ready for a customer, fresh from the fryer, on Food Truck Row at the First Saturday gathering in Kapaa. And we don’t have to wait until the Bandwagon (Jeremy Hartshorn is her son) Battle of the Bands.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Abi Admaff gets her Ethiopian food (she said it’s really popular on the mainland!) ready for customers during the First Saturday along Food Truck Row at the First Saturday gathering in downtown Kapaa.

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    Phil Worwa (aka Santa in Paradise) celebrates not only Canada Day (got that, Bev Brody?), but a champion disc golfer from Canada during his travels at First Saturday gathering in downtown Kapaa.

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    Virginia Abaoag of Kaumakani separates the shoots from the stems from her long beans while waiting on The Kauai Bus at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College Saturday.

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    Eliza Fuimaono and Jade Panoi peer from the Pineapple Express food truck at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College Saturday after doing all those fried musubi at the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky.

Priscilla Simao is learning the ropes after being in Rice Camp (she loved the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky fireworks!) for just one month — those Westside kupuna catch the 7:30 a.m. Kauai Bus in time to be able to shop at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College on Saturday, and then catch the bus (they clean their vegetables while waiting) home for a day of shopping.

Eliza Fuimaono of the Pineapple Express food truck (they’re in front the Gather FCU, Kapaa, Monday through Friday) was running on her last handful of fried musubi (gotta get ‘em early!) at the Kauai Hospice Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fundraiser at Vidinha Stadium Thursday (she said she was the absolute last food vendor to be selected), but made more for the First Saturday event in Kapaa. Eliza is living her dream of having a food truck (they opened with the Earth Day event at Kauai Community College) to give back to the community by doing soup kitchens for the church, and now trying to find ways to help kupuna.

Noel and Sachi Brooks (nope, they don’t do orchids anymore) got a chance to sample Abi Admaff’s (she got help from Penny!)’s Ethiopian food (yes, Jessica, they do vegetarian too!) that Abi said is real popular on the mainland, and what a great way to wash everything down with some Joshua Fukino kava.

Santa was trying to disguise himself with a Canada T-shirt (Bev Brody said July 1 was Canada Day!), but who can miss Santa in Paradise, who was cruising past kumu hula Kehau Kekua, who was waiting patiently for the Anahola Thai, and Ferdinand Dosono of Kauai Kim Chee scored when he got permission to get a slip from the Filipino plumeria from the paniolo (hey, isn’t that the theme of Koloa Plantation Days?).

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

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