Happy Camper for Friday, December, 13, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Olivia Ballard and Ezkiel Higashi have a conversation in the yard of the Historic County Building Monday during the blessing of a new fire truck assigned to the Kauai Fire Department’s Lihue station.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Even Oscar the Grouch loves Christmas in the Wilcox Medical Center lobby, becoming one of the decorated trees on display.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Cilla Stephenson, Kassundra Dasalia, and Desiree Duclayan (she liked the one with the Ono Grinds Kanak Attack!) enjoy one of the Christmas trees on display in the Wilcox Medical Center lobby.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ayako Takahashi, in red Kiwanis shirt, left, helps Key Club members Hershel Weiner and La‘i Viernes unload turkeys at The Salvation Army Lihue Corps on Tyler Navarro Day Wednesday afternoon.

Tyler Navarro (he has a day named for him by the Key Clubs because of his philantropy of giving food to The Salvation Army from his high school days!) was talking about the B-52s, and if he didn’t add “baby roaches that bite” no one would’ve known what he was talking about when he (and Kiwanis member Patrick Ono, who helped the effort with a Matson contribution!) and Key Club representatives (they were due to go help at the Friends of the Justice Center Christmas party taking place at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, but adviser Dorene Kimoto had some non-food items to add, too) stopped off to deliver their annual load of food (and money contributed by the Kiwanis Club of Kauai) to Capt. Bill Simon (The Salvation Army is closed on Wednesday!).

Simon just happened to be cleaning up the Lihue Corps rooms for the big toy (there’s still time to visit the Hawaii Medical Service As sociation representatives and the Marines at Walmart to donate to Toys for Tots!) distrib ution coming up.

Ayako Takahashi, attending Kauai Community College from Yamaguchi University, Japan, is a real Kiwani, said Cheryl Shintani (she had the Kiwanis bears and honeybees to add the finishing touches). Takahashi lost no time helping unload the frozen turkeys and even the big (not the 12-to-20-pound variety) bags of rice.

More holiday giving can be found in the Wilcox Medical Center lobby, where one of their decorated trees (it’s best enjoyed in the evening when you can visit the cafeteria for a healthy snack) has a box for new socks that the tree claims is one of the most needed items by homeless people.

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

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