Happy Camper for Monday, March 9, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Victoria Yokotake of Halau Hula o Hanalei performs a hula in tribute to Prince Jonah Kuhio, pictured behind her, Saturday at the Kaua‘i Museum in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Michael Gmelin, Joyce Nakahara and Carolynn Lum (she enjoyed Belle reading to the keiki) enjoy lunch following a busy morning of “Read Across America” Saturday at Kukui Grove Center while, behind them, Brenda Turville Biehler of Showtime Characters (they’ll be back this Sunday, March 15, for St. Patrick’s Day festivities) starts disassembling the library scene.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pauline Street shows off her “Hawaiian Welcome” and “Mele e ke kai” pieces at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists’ Spring Show when the exhibit opened Saturday at the KSA gallery in Kukui Grove Center.

What? You missed the Prince Kuhio event at the Kaua‘i Museum (kudos to Chucky Boy Chock, Liyah Kama Drake [Kaylyn has her Third annual Keiki Fun Day and Burn Out Suicide event coming up Saturday, March 21 at Kapa‘a Beach Park…keiki day starts at noon, and the fire knife dancing starts at 6:30 p.m.] on a great presentation) where kupuna Ihi Kaneali‘i narrated the story of Kuhio, liberally enhanced with mele and hula performances from kumu hula Naomi Yokotake (Kaliko Santos of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs said she’s the president of ‘Ahahui Kiwika Hawai‘i o Mo‘ikeha Hawaiian Civic Club) and Halau Hula o Hanalei (was nice to see Koko Kaneali‘i and coach Mits Yokotake — and Aunty Vicky — outside of Kapa‘a High School boys basketball)? For those who need to see this, the group will present again on Tuesday, March 18 at the Princeville Public Library starting at 5 p.m., at the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort &Spa (this is one not to miss) on Friday, March 20 starting from around 9:30 a.m., and at The Cliffs at Princeville Monday, March 23, starting at 4 p.m.

Pauline Street spent the morning dancing with Halau Hula o Hanalei, and still had time to check out the opening day of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists’ Spring Show, where she has two pieces hanging at the exhibit that runs through Friday, March 27 (that’s the day after Prince Kuhio was born).

Carolynn Lum and Melissa McFerrin-Warrack (she was supposed to check out Women In Theatre that night) missed out on the Kaua‘i Community Market because they were smashed at the Read Across America gathering, where keiki got to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday.


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


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