Happy Camper for Wednesday, March 11, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Made Widana performs a dance depicting a warrior preparing for battle. He said this is the first dance they teach all young boys entering the field of Bali dance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Nezia Azmi performs a welcoming Bali dance, Sunday to welcome all — human and natural — to A Night in Bali at the St. Theresa School.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The delegation that brought A Night in Bali to Kaua‘i’s Westside obliges the audience with photos following its dance presentation, Sunday evening at the St. Theresa School. Shown are Melisa Orozco Vargas, Nezia Azmi, Malia Speetjens, Audrey Walker, Elizabeth Gannaway, Made Widana, Made Moja, Ketut Wirtawan, and Kirstin Pauka.

Kudos to Wendy Castillo and the St. Theresa School (Ursaline Munar needed to be there, too!) for hosting A Night in Bali that brought the delegation from the University of Hawai‘i Theatre &Dance, Asian Dance to Kaua‘i’s Westside…the hula mound was a perfect setting for the group’s presentation in the magic light of the Kekaha setting sun, and the price was right — no admission!

Ray and Diane Nitta came to visit director Kirstin Pauka who did taiko with them with Kenny Endo, and Maile Speetjens (she graduated from Kaua‘i High School) had a homecoming of sorts. Kay Koike left her camera home so she could “just be a spectator,” and Pineapple in Paradise did a surge of business before the evening chill set in.

On the other side of town, kudos to Chef Mark Oyama (he came home from Saturday night) for providing the Kiwanis of Kaua‘i a venue for their Steak Fry plate (and where was that spaghetti plate pick up?) that helped raise funds for Kiwanis scholarships, Sunday. A lot of the Kiwanis were doing double-duty because they were on hand, Saturday night during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua‘i Roaring 20’s bowling fundraiser (kudos to Nicole Cowan and her ‘ohana on another great event!) where Mark’s Place also provided the food (and service, and bowling team, too).


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


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