Happy Camper for Wednesday, January 15, 202o

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    Former maintenance worker Joe Peacock utilized colors from the Kauai Ocean Discovery to change up the ‘2020’ signage at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono and Consulate General Koichi Ito are offered drink refreshments by Sandi Kato-Klutke and Ann Hashisaka, Sunday while David Iha and Mabel Hashisaka look on during the reception for Kono at the Kauai Beach Resort.

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    Volunteer Michael Shintani watches as Finnegan and his mom, Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, experience the virtual reality section of Kauai Ocean Discovery, Sunday during the second day of the new center’s operation at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Danity Shackan, Siante Auwae, and Rilee Anama add hula to the musical presentation by the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band, Saturday during the Aloha Keiki Fest at the Kauai Veterans Center.

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    Frank Cruz and Nick Castillo have fun performing alongside the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band, Saturday during the Aloha Keiki Fest, a fundraiser for the KMSCUB and its participation at the Heritage Music Festival.

Kudos to Mary Lardizabal and the Kapaa Middle School Choir Boosters on coordinating another successful Aloha Keiki Fest Saturday that served as a fundraising effort for the KMS Choir and Ukulele Band’s participation at the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., this spring.

Candace Boxer of Ono Pops (Chinese New Year is coming up, Jan. 25!) had a visitor, Lisa Pascucci of California, in tow to experience the local event showcasing the keiki talent from Kauai’s elementary and middle schools (Kay Mones and the Get Fit Crew had those fancy light-up shoes!), and state bowling girls champion Dana Murata joined her mom, Collyne, as one of the craft vendors along with Sumiko’s (the Amulacion ‘ohana!) who brought along their waffle dogs to go along with the kettle popcorn.

Kudos also to Art Umezu, Robert “Mick” Mikkola, Halley Baran, Nelson Batalion and the Kauai Beach Resort ‘ohana for coordinating and presenting a reception welcoming Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono and his entourage that included Consul General Koichi Ito on Kono’s official business trip!

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Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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