Happy Camper for Friday, August 9, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Sam Potter catches his breath while classes at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School view his video on the Mauna Kea protection during the CKMS 20th anniversary special education breakouts.

Sam Potter is one of the students in the first classes that started when Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School opened its doors 20 years ago. Kudos to Debra Badua and her staff on the great special educational opportunities that celebrates the future by looking at the past.

Potter is now a videographer who finished an impactful video on the Mauna Kea and Thirty Meter Telescope situation that was part of those educational presentations. He had other video pieces, but this one was very relevant and students could associate with because of its ongoing developments.

Looking ahead, Friday is the last bon dance for the 2019 bon season when the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosts its bon dance in the hospital’s front lawn area with foods available for purchase from 5 p.m. (Chef Carla Dusenberry is having the EnG yellow truck offering nishime, shoyu chicken, sushi, Deoja and Gandule Rice, and more), and the traditional pronto pups, Flying Saucers, andagi, and assorted baked goods will also be available.

The Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko welcomes the dancing with a special performance at 7 p.m. followed by the traditional bon dances.

Over at The Shops at Kukuiula, Stacie Chiba-Miguel welcomes Mom’s Night Out to benefit Kumu’s Cupboard as its back to school special event, and don’t forget to check out the free “Reiwa Gannen: Beautiful Harmony” event with Nicole Sakurai, Art Umezu, and others at the Happiness Planting Center, Saturday from 11 a.m.


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


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