Happy Camper for Monday, July 15, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Ibia ohana is out in force Saturday while waiting to register for the Back to School Bash at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Louisa Tanigawa, from left, and Nathan Marugame lend their support to Brandie Aguinaldo, who volunteered with the Wilcox Heath crew Saturday during the Back to School Bash at Kukui Grove Center. The trio used one of their hookups to spend the night in Lihue after taking in the Kapaa Jodo Mission bon dance Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ms. Hawaii United States Amanda Smith beams in the humid Saturday sunshine at the Back to School Bash at Kukui Grove Center. Smith, who celebrated her birthday on July 4, will be competing for the Ms. United States title in August.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Miss Kauai Filipina royalty Gwyneth Abela, Tiffany Sagucio and Isabel Gampon pose between volunteering at the Back to School Bash Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Namolokama paddlers Alana Goo-Frazier, Kristin Foster (they’re also Bradbury Girls!), Lu Ribau and Lynn Ham Young come through the glory tunnel after winning the women’s open fours canoe race Saturday at the Koloa Regatta contested at Hanalei Bay. Namolokama presents the Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge July 27 as a fundraiser.

Happy belated birthday to Ms. Hawaii United States Amanda Smith, who celebrated her birthday on July 4! She was so busy with engagements she missed out on the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky. But she broke away Saturday to help with the Back to School Bash (kudos to ALL the organizers — it’s a good thing Mryvie Buster has a loud voice — on a highly-successful event!) where she did a variety of chores, including helping distribute the free backpacks of school supplies.

Louisa Tanigawa (she’s everywhere!) used her hookups to spend the night on the Eastside so she could be sure Brandie Aguinaldo (she also volunteered at the Mayor-a-thon) could be on time to volunteer with the Wilcox Health crew at the Bash, where Nicole Cowan and her Big Brothers Big Sisters crew (they’ve got a big Mark’s Place “Perfect Pairings” shindig coming up Aug. 30 at the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club, too!) were having fun alongside the Hawaii Children’s Theatre (they’ve got Rising Stars opening Thursday followed by “Frozen Jr” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!) volunteers.

Kudos to Brittany Noelani Brackenridge of Primerica (keiki ID stations can get very busy!) and Van Skoubis of Cool It (they were helping at the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky, too!) for joining the list of partners who help keiki get school supplies (Judy Cano said most of the supplies given away are on the schools’ lists), and coaches Mel and Marissa Purcell could even get their family to the event (there were a lot of Kauai Police Activities League flag-footballers who made it, too) despite hosting seven-a-side football at the Kauai High School field.

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

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