Happy Camper for Sunday, January 5, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Nobue Watanabe, a resident at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, center, spends time with her daughter, Debbie, and son-in-law Mike Ogden, Friday at the Kukui Grove Center food court.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Emilia Knudsen shows off her Keiki Dough she started as a school project at the Friday Night Art Walk in Hanapepe.

Happy First Friday as people (Bob and Lenore Klass said there were more people than usual) spent the first Friday of 2020 lunching and talking at the Kukui Grove Center food court.

Among the people enjoying the food court, Elsie Bayot and Lovelynn Yadao had a busload of residents from the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital enjoying lunch, many of the residents being joined by other family members for a real party atmosphere (too bad Josie Pablo didn’t have the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital people there — that would’ve been a real party!).

Elsie said KVMH always bring the residents out Friday, not necessarily to Kukui Grove, but some place other than the hospital.

The Rev. Dr. Alan Akana (wait until he finishes his Hawaiian Caper painting) was waiting for his sandwich and got to spend time at the final day of the Small Works, Big Show exhibit of the Kauai Society of Artists at Kukui Grove, where Nicole Street (she sold a piece from this show!) and her Huntington Beach, California visitor were gallery-sitting. Jock Goodman (he said the last time he went to Ke‘e for big-wave photos all he ended up with was wetness) was picking up his artwork because he had to work Saturday.

OK, it’s time to get ready for the opening of Kauai Ocean Discovery, Jan 11.


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


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