Happy Camper for Monday, November 4, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kapaa Public Library librarian Lani Kawahara is reflected off the pane in the new book exchange that was put online Friday in front of the library.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Elsie Wilcox Elementary School Principal Corey Nakamura, left, welcomes the Osaki Creative Group and Ben Franklin/Ace representatives Allie Kuritani (she’s from Seattle), Dana Young and Kurt Osaki to the launch of the Kindergarten Graduation Program.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Leslie Uri, perched atop her convertible fronting the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Band, waits on the Veterans Day Parade to start.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sarah Tochiki, leading the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Band during the Veterans Day Parade, will be one of the wahine celebrated by the YWCA of Kauai during the 11th Na Wahine Alaka‘i O Kauai Awards, Friday, Nov. 15 at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Mark Perriello, Patrick Ono, Fred Cowell, Michelle Emura and Dickie Chang of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce represent during the Veterans Day Parade through Kapaa town Saturday.

Kudos to Isobel Storch and the Friends of the Kapaa Public Library on the successful installation (Florence Toyofuku had a lot to ‘write’ about in her journal) of the book exchange, street-side of the Kapaa Public Library (did you check out their fire ant detection kits?). Lani Kawahara (hope Greg Nitta is feeling better) said the book exchange is not for returning library books. Use the regular depository for those. And the library’s staff will be monitoring the facility for the variety of adult and children’s titles that will be available for ‘Take a book, Leave a book!’

More excitement in Kapaa as the annual Veterans Day Parade (kudos to the Kauai Veterans Council — Russel Maeda, Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, Ed Kawamura Sr. and the host of other veterans — and the Kapaa Business Association — they had First Saturday that night, too!) on a great gathering, where Josie Pablo had the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital honoring its veteran residents by being in the parade — Lalaine Rabaino didn’t want to drive the bus so parked it at the beach park and ran all the way back to the start.

Kudos to Bob and Ken Kubota for being “on top” of the whole thing and opening to accomodate all those parade people who came early to get their parking space…Coach Rob was on an errand to pick up more stuff from Esaki’s Produce.

More kudos to Kirby and Tyler Yates on hosting that free baseball clinic for both younger and older youth at Vidinha Stadium baseball field Saturday, where the Kauai Youth Football was hosting its weekly Fall Season football games.

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

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