Happy Camper for Monday, February 3, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Friday was the last day of Mu’umu’u Month, and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami invited county associates to celebrate by wearing mu’umu’u to work, joining those who participated with his surfer look.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “The Boss,” aka Mochi-Celeste, is hard at work in the Talk Story Bookstore un Hanapepe Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Joan Gold Cypress came from Eugene, Oregon (go, Ducks!) to sign copies of her book “The Nap Rap” that is also the name of one of her poems put to music by her family. Looking over her shoulder is a life-sized Stitch model at the Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Yuriko Justus of Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe shows off a Hawaiian version of Mochi-Celeste’s (she’s Da Boss!) book that also includes stickers (they’ve gone through more than a thousand since launching) and other gift goodies from the “western most book store in America” Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    ‘Ele‘ele School students Braxton Pilila‘au, Bryson Nagamine, Kailua Kahalekomo-Schmidt, Noa Rosario, Kanani Kahalekomo-Schmidtand Kanani Rosairo can’t wait for the doors to the ‘Ele‘ele School STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Night to open Friday.

Leaving town early on Friday (just trying to get ahead of those traffic snarls) for the Westside (it was ‘Ele‘ele School STEM Night — kudos to Mahea Contrades-Brun and all those community partners on another great event) has its benefits, like a quick stop at Hanapepe’s Friday Night Art Walk, where they’re starting earlier and earlier. Even Greg Askew of Ono Pops was there early, with some Chinese 5 spice (Pastor Jim Merritt was at Science at the Mall in Kukui Grove Center with the Civil Air Patrol, which had a flight simulator set up, and said the Chinese New Year has been extended to Feb. 14. Yikes, that’s opening night for the Kauai Quilt Show).

Mochi-Celeste (yes, that’s her name) is 17 years old and already has a successful book (Yuriko Justus said there is even a Hawaiian version) about Da Boss (of Talk Story Bookstore) being able to bing the bell whenever she’s hungry. This I have to see, Ed Justus! Mahalo to “Da Other Boss’” (aka Soup Lady’s granddaughter Ku‘u Breen) “worker” Reggie Vigilia, for the super-ono ginger cookie and snickerdoodle snack, and Brandon Nagamine wasn’t making malasadas because he and grandpa Brian Nagamine were taking in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Night.


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


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