Happy Camper for Sunday, January 26, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Alice still got it — Alice Parker demonstrates to Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami that she can undo the lid to the collapsable water container she received from the mayor Friday at Lihue Gardens Elderly Housing.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lisa Pontes of Reyn Spooner at The Shops at Kukuiula shows off the red version (they have blue too) of the Year of the Rat shirt that sits atop the latest ocean-life creation (it looks like it’s appropriate wear for visiting the Kauai Ocean Discovery center).

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tessie Miguel, 5, is ready to meet the Chinese lions during the Chinese New Year celebration that was part of The Shops at Kukuiula’s Flavors of Kukuiula gathering Friday.

Did you get your Year of the Rat shirt yet?

Reyn Spooner (they even had special Christmas shirts!) in The Shops of Kukuiula had their shipment out Friday for people (Eric Johnson should’ve taken a break at Keawe Roots where some of his classmates were enjoying a pre-Chinese New Year meal) welcoming the Lunar New Year during the monthly Flavors of Kukuiula (TFlatz came in from Honolulu for the event like Emily (not short) Tall, who helped Stacie Chiba-Miguel (her daughter Tessie was ready for the Chinese lion — the big one couldn’t make it because it was participating in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation qualifying swim meet — with her good luck red and lai see).

Deja Vu had a lot of the Chinese lanterns decorating the front, and two of its Miss Deja Vu came out to offer lai see to the lions when the pair passed in front of their store, and The Dolphin sold out its Chinese beef in less than an hour…Kung Hee Fat Choy!

Kudos to Joanne Parongao, coach Beau Acoba (he’s still trying to get the Island School soccer teams to be the TGI Team of the Week) and all those Tsunami Taiko people on doing such a great job for the thousands of people who filled The Shops.

Kudos, too, to Alice Parker (Mango must’ve been inside), who was one of the lucky kupuna who got a visit from Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and Patricia Gonsalves Friday with those collapsable water containers to store water in case of emergencies.

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

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