Happy Camper for Sunday, September 1, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Genevieve Anderson, on meeting U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz, reaches for a photo depicting her previous meeting with a USCG admiral during Schultz’s All Hands visit to Station Kauai. Anderson, who will celebrate her 102nd birthday in December, was one of the first ladies to serve with the Coast Guard.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A new shape on the horizon is a cameraman for OC16 perched atop a lift in the Vidinha Stadium parking lot Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    An unplanned scene for the benefit of OC16 television cameras during the Friday night lights football game at Vidinha Stadium is the awesome Lihue sunset.

Yes, the OC16 crews had time for Hamura Saimin (and pies before the plane left?) before the Friday night Kauai Interscholastic Federation football opener at Vidinha Stadium, where county Parks &Recreation Department Director Patrick Porter could breathe easier because no geckos perished in the light boxes to cause blackouts. Bill Arakaki would not miss this event, and mahalo to Kapaa High School for taking a moment to remember former coach Wayne Watanabe.

Kudos to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono for taking the time to present four medals to Chito Isonaga on Thursday between visits to the North Shore flood recovery and Kauai High School food pantry. Chito is one of our elder veterans, the other being Genevieve Anderson, who was thrilled by the visit from U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz and his wife during an All Hands trip to USCG Kauai Station.

More kudos to the Kauai Police Commission, Kauai Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck, and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami for acknowledging and recognizing the work of 10 KPD officers for policing and cleaning up Ke Ala Hele Makalae! The work done by these officers demonstrates the type of community policing done by all those who wear the KPD shield on a daily basis, so, again, kudos to Raybuck (his son Connor Raybuck was among the Island School air riflery shooters that opened the KIF season against Kauai High Wednesday!) and the entire KPD!

There’s still time to enjoy the long weekend as the Lihue United Church of Christ hosts its annual Labor Day breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Monday at the Lihue Parish Hall (that’s the one behind King Auto Center).

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

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