Happy Camper for Wednesday, September 4, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Manny Igaya has arrived aboard his side car-equipped ride. Actually, Manny announced the arrival of the Sons of Kauai motorcycle group whose appearance was anxiously awaited by the younger keiki at the Lihue United Church of Christ Labor Day Breakfast whose proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kauai and the church’s historic building fund.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Tony Ricci, president of the Garden Isle Racing Association, gets ready to do his test run for the Gary Saiki shoot out at the Labor Day Races at the Kauai Raceway Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    You had to go early to the Lihue United Church of Christ Labor Day Breakfast to catch Dr. Monty Downs doing his thing with a guitar and harmonica at the Lihue Parish Hall.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Danika Braun catches her breath after her Junior Dragster clocked a 7.95 Elapsed Time during the trials at the Labor Day drag races.

After all those days (and weeks) of no-rain, where did the Sunday rains come from, Tony Ricci of the Garden Isle Racing Association wanted to know. The afternoon showers that blew down from Koke‘e only briefly interrupted the two-day event that was dedicated to the late Gary Saiki through the Gary Saiki shoot out.

Courtney Brock said this was Kayde’s only second time racing, and the Junior Dragster is starting to “get the hang of what is supposed to happen,” and Christopher Silva doesn’t mind being second to his brother Christian (he got first, Saturday night!) because he’ll be on the field, Friday night with the Kauai High School football team (they’re celebrating Homecoming, this week!). Kainalu Tanaka was another Red Raider football player helping Devin Almarza in the pit area.

Kudos to Tito Villanueva and Angel Acorda on getting the 18th Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce golf tournament off and rolling, early Labor Day morning! Laurie Yoshida (they’ve got the Fall Festival coming up, Oct. 21) said this is the second year the tournament is being hosted by the Chamber’s Foundation.

Mayor Derek Kawakami was still feeling the effects of The Kauai Marathon, but trooped on down to the Lihue United Church of Christ Labor Day Breakfast where he could enjoy Dr. Monty Downs who was on stage for his gig…you had to go early to enjoy the doctor’s guitar and harmonica performance.

Okay, we’re back to the Kauai Interscholastic Federation fall schedule…air riflery, or girls volleyball?


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


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