Happy Camper for Friday, November 15, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami greets a Kekaha School student during a combined Walk to School event with St. Theresa School in Kekaha Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Carol Yotsuda effect comes into play during the set up for ‘O Au Keia, A Healing Mental Health Art Show, Wednesday in the former Sports Authority space in Kukui Grove Center.

There is still time to take in ‘O Au Keia, A Healing Mental Health Art Show that opens at 5 p.m. today in the former Sports Authority space at Kukui Grove Center. Trysen Kaneshige will be there along with Seth Womble (they finished the octopus on the Kiibo Restaurant building!) and it should be a trip to see these artists do live body painting (artist Michelle Pimental from “next to New York” said she was a live body-painting model before developing into an artist. Who is she going to work on?).

Other artists participating in the second art show (the first one was in May at Ha Coffee) are the Joyful Noise taiko drum ensemble, Aloha Africa, Juno Apalla, DJ Mateo, Val Faford and others. Just go check it out!

Larry Manuel said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami (he was pleasantly pleased to discover green among the Kekaha School students) was putting on miles because he was at the community meeting Wednesday night and got up early Thursday to participate in the combined Walk to School Day with the Kekaha Elementary and St. Theresa schools. Hope Lee Steinmetz got to text pix to Bev Brody (Miss Canada is in Florida) on what she missed out on.

Kudos to Kekaha School Principal Marilyn Asahi and St. Theresa School Principal Wendy Castillo on getting the hundreds of students to participate in Kekaha School’s first-ever Walk to School!


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


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