Happy Camper for Sunday, January 12, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    There is a lot more work to do, as Matt McIntosh, the lead designer for Kauai Ocean Discovery, keeps track of expenses Friday ahead of the center’s opening at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kate Thompson sets up the stars in the Kauai Ocean Discovery Friday in preparation of the center’s opening in Kukui Grove Center.

Allen Tom (he’s from Maui) has been waiting for about 20 years for the opening of the Kauai Ocean Discovery (it’s got special Sunday hours today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Kukui Grove Center.

Allen got in early so he could help finalize everything (Matt McIntosh was not at Starbucks!), Friday, and Jean Souza is already got a bunch of notes for today (the inflatable whale will be available for tours from noon to 2 p.m. at the space next to Deli &Bread Connection).

Mark Bonilla was busy taking in a Jamba Juice delivery, and the Keiki Korner was bustling with activity at the center due to the windy, rainy weather.

Kudos to the county Department of Parks and Recreation on launching the 2020 Hoopster Madness program, featuring the Mini and Junior Hoopsters, Saturday at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School covered play court.

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

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