Happy Camper for Friday, November 8, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami; Kauai Police Department Assistant Chief Roy Asher, representing KPD Chief Todd Raybuck; and state Department of Education Kauai Area Complex Superintendent William Arakaki enjoy some fresh lemonade and fresh cucumber during a tour of the Waimea High School garden Wednesday.
  • Photos by Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    ABOVE: Waimea High School students wait in line for their lunches celebrating the ‘Aina Pono for 2020 farm-to-table food program launch in the school cafeteria Wednesday. BELOW: State Senate President Ron Kouchi, a Waimea alumnus, chats with other Hawaii senators during the Waimea lunch.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island Sandi Kato-Klutke (mahalo for that gorgeous Maui persimmon!) loads up on the Kauai Shrimp taco lunch during the ‘Aina Pono for 2020 farm-to-table food program launch at Waimea High School Wednesday.
  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island State Senate President Ron Kouchi chats with other Hawaii senators during the lunch celebrating the launch of the ‘Aina Pono for 2020 farm-to-table food program at Waimea High School Wednesday.

Congratulations to Stephanie Iona, Laurie Yoshida, state Senate President Ron Kouchi and the big ohana of people who coordinated the visit of Hawaii’s first lady Dawn Ige and a lot of state senators to Waimea High School for a closer look at the makings of the ‘Aina Pono for 2020 farm-to-table food program.

Principal Mahina Anguay had her Menehune students primed and ready to care for the VIP guests (they even took a side trip to visit Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital to pick up Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region CEO Lance Segawa before meeting up with Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and other Kauai dignitaries at the school), and what a pleasure to meet up with Robert Kanna and chef Mike Young of the Sheraton Kauai Resort, who worked alongside the Waimea culinary-academy students in preparing all those lunches. Kallen Wachi said when the students found out Kauai Shrimp was on the menu, everybody came to lunch.

Kudos to Coach Keli‘i Morgado and the Kauai Interscholastic Federation on hosting the Billy Tees Hawaii High School Athletic Association state bowling tournament. Kauai Bowl was hopping, and Harry Shigekane of Daddy O’s was even planning on getting some special bento packages ready for the hungry bowlers.

More celebrations are on tap when the Kauai Community Market celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday (it’s open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), where Cynthia Chieng has the Joyful Noise taiko ensemble performing to bring their joy to the market that is a partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau and Kauai Community College.

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

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