Happy Camper for Friday, December 20, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Florence Toyofuku offers tangerine samples Wednesday during the Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School media students from left Katelyn Lopes, Aubrey Brichard, Jeanine Longboy and Amalia Abigania welcome guests to the fundraising breakfast at the school’s cafeteria.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sarah Tochiki, wearing the hat of director for the Kauai Community College musical ensemble and framed by the bassoon trimming by Gerogeanne Purvinis, has fun with Christmas during the group’s musical presentation at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tillie Koenig of Missing Polynesia is back at Kukui Grove Center from Friday through Monday in the space next to Times Supermarket.

Only four days remaining before Christmas, and things are popping. Tillie Koenig (she was working Sunday, and mahalo, Kevin Matsunaga and the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School media kids and parents, for having that energizing breakfast) was manning the Missing Polynesia pop-up that will is today through Monday at Kukui Grove Center before disappearing until the next time. Nicole Cowan was hosting a weekend-only Women In Theatre (they’re moving!) rummage sale, Sarah Tochiki (she was performing at the breakfast, too) had the Kauai Community College musical ensemble (yes, Mary Williamson and Nina Saraos on violin!) cranking out holiday music, and Dolly Kanekuni (the “Silver Bells” rendering with Commodore and wrestling coach Larry Richardson was chicken skin) had a bunch of her vocal students heralding the holidays. Mahalo, Liz Hahn (her Prius C is no more), for the hard-copy program.

Pat Iwasaki came to enjoy Jenny Nezbeda perform, and it’s a shame there was Kauai Interscholastic Federation soccer and girls basketball taking away from the holiday offering by kumu and aunty Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Halau Na Kaohikukapulani.

Florence Toyofuku was busy with grandma Isobel Storch of Lanipu Farms during the Kauai Culinary Market Wednesday at The Shops at Kukuiula (mahalo to Shannon Hiramoto for getting all those Garden Island Arts Council volunteers together; Carol Yotsuda found a new Monkeypod Jam favorite). Isobel said Florence (it’s not “Florrie” anymore, and she’s in “farm school”) has her own spending money now, a portion of sales from the tangerines she was offering at The Shops at Kukuiula. Plus, she learns how to count at the same time.

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

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