Happy Camper for Monday, September 16, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kapaa High School’s Alaka‘i “Ala” Gonsalves takes the outside line among the leaders, including Voyagers’ James Pratt, Christian Carrington and Eli Ibbs, during the first Kauai Interscholastic Federation cross country meet at Waimea High School Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauai High School special teams’ Kaylee Alapai follows her point-after boot Friday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation football game against Waimea at Hanapepe Stadium.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Lihue Raider Flag receiver waits on a pass during warmups while waiting for the Kauai Youth Football fall season to launch Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium.

Haley Zina had never played volleyball until she went to a volleyball camp, said her father Paul Zina. Haley is one of those young high school students who make a splash on the Kauai Interscholastic Federation sports arena. Paul Zina said Haley wanted to try out for the Menehune team, and he was surprised the little “firecracker” made the junior varsity squad as a libero.

Similarly, Keith Burgess, the Kauai High School trainer, wanted to know what Emma Burgess (she topped the 16 age group for the half marathon at the Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon at the beginning of this month too!) had for breakfast after she took the overall top finisher spot for the girls at the KIF cross country opener.

Kauai High School cross country coach Fred Sasan said Brennen Corregedore had never run before, but the young runner was the top boys finisher for the Red Raiders, finishing fourth overall in the midst of the top four Voyagers (Charles Woolfork is crossing his fingers for another Voyager boys’ victory — that would be their third consecutive!).

Wayne Watanabe’s service was scheduled for Saturday morning, but Kapaa Athletic Director Greg Gonsalves made the trek to Waimea to watch Alaka‘i “Ala” Gonsalves finish tops for the Kapaa men before adjourning to Kapaa for the services.

The Kauai Community Market was a good stopping point as Josie and Jaime Pablo (she’s got the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital breast cancer walk coming Oct. 4!) noticed the special traffic pattern set up for the trail run in Omao Saturday, and Aletha Thomas of Monkeypod Jam had to check out the Aloha Ginger Beer (congratulations to Karen Herrera and Casey Paul!) that had its first day at the Saturday market.

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

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