Happy Camper for Friday, March 13, 2020

Keaka Kuikahi got to come see her sister when HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union opened its Kaua‘i branch community outreach office Monday adjacent to Kaua‘i Bakery at Kukui Grove Center.

Keaka is from the Big Island branch, and got to help (if you get hired by the new office, who knows, she might be your trainer too) open the Kaua‘i branch that will serve as the book-redemption center for the Spring (break) Reading Challenge (you can also pick up signup sheets if you missed the Read Across America event).

Karl Yoneshige, HawaiiUSA FCU CEO, said he was here last year when he presented Wilcox Elementary School teacher Natsumi Yamasato (STEM Night coming up soon) with one of six Teacher of Promise awards that the credit union has been sponsoring for about 10 years. Karl is good friends with Mel Chiba, and they were enjoying lunch (Stacie Chiba Miguel had to be there too) as part of the opening.

Stacie wants to make sure you know that the Flavors of Kukui‘ula benefiting the 2020 Kaua‘i Visitor Industry Charity Walk kicks off today from 5 p.m. at The Shops at Kukui‘ula. You can never go early enough for parking.

And, this is a good weekend to visit Anahola and meet the families who make up that community during the 10th annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day that opens from 11 a.m. at the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands of Anahola Beach Park. Just look for the tents, or follow your nose to the source of the ono food. The county’s mobile stage will probably be there, too.

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, so Melissa McFerrin-Warrack of KGC is offering free family-friendly keiki activities Sunday from 1 p.m. (after church). Hmmm, four-leafed clover cookies to decorate?

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

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