Happy Camper for Monday, December 2, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Naveah Silva enjoys her crunchy waffle dog as Lezlie Yaris gets an order from Sumiko Amulacion Saturday during the Kauai Handworks Craft Fair at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sumiko Amulacion and her family are surrounded by bags of the kettle-popped morsels at the Kauai Handworks Craft Fair at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Carol Yotsuda (she’s one of the original vendors at the Kauai Handworks Craft Fair) offers bonsai tips (on a kid-sized budget) to Royal and Roux Ridings Saturday during the 40th annual craft fair at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Laurie Ho of the Kauai County Farm Bureau, center, shows off some Small Business Saturday bling with James and Hannah Huang of Glory Farm during the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chloe Viernes, representing Elmer’s Farms, left, and Cindy Lin of Lin Farms work on haku pieces at the Heavenly Haku tent during Small Business Saturday at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College in Puhi.

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    Marissa Tanji of Monkeypod Jam shows off a jar of Italian marinaded ulu that is a finalist in the Good Food awards contest in San Francisco. The company’s pickled holo fern is another finalist.

Laurie Ho of the Kauai County Farm Bureau said all of the vendors at the Kauai Community Market (and the Kauai Culinary Market) are small businesses. as the market at Kauai Community College joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Small Business Saturday.

Marissa Tanji of the Monkeypod Jam said the Lawai factory (they love their Seven-11 neighbors!) was hosting a make-it-and-take-it cookie gathering among other exciting activities. Over at the market, Marissa showed off their Italian marinated ulu that was announced as a finalist in the Good Food (in San Francisco) Awards competition, along with the company’s pickled holo (fiddlehead) fern.

The vendors at the 40th annual Kauai Handworks Craft Fair at the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria Saturday also fall in the same class of small businesses. Tamra Martin (she even did special Wilcox colors on a Home cap for the recent ‘Ohana Day) had her Home apparel and stickers, and the waffle dogs being offered by Lezlie Yaris and Austin Cruz were crispy and ono (Maito Cuenta said he accepts samples).

Sumiko Amulacion of Sumiko’s kettle-popped corn is still in Waimea Canyon Middle School, but well on her way to a business path, as she helped her parents dispense the ono morsels at the craft fair, and who was the first one at the craft fair who said we could use some tables (and coffee) to catch up with all those people who you never see until you go to the craft fair?

OK, it’s time to go check out the culinary offerings at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Christmas tree-lighting ceremony that starts with food sales at 4:30 p.m. today in Kapaa!

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

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