Happy Camper for Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dinah Chow, Ann Croydon, Chel Hauser, Marina Koechel and Cheryl Mills take over the photo booth backdrop at the Thank You for Being A Friend Kaua‘i Animal Welfare Society fundraiser Saturday night at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort near Hanama‘ulu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Roy Buduan, Jovita Lagoc, Jorienda Johnson, Gloria Acain, Ann Wooton and Holly Comisap kept students, keiki and everyone else hopping with their Zumba presentation Saturday during the third Waimea health fair coordinated by the Waimea High School health academy on campus.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Taking a breath from the Saturday craziness, the sun paints Kuhio Highway ahead of a weather system that has forecasters calling for deteriorating conditions and the threat of heavy rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding starting Sunday night and lasting through Tuesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Gutsy Okada comes off the Zumba line following his Saturday morning workout during the third community health fair coordinated by Waimea High School health academy students at Waimea High School’s athletic field on campus.

Coach Natalie Mata should’ve had some of those good-luck succulents with the Menehune girls when they traveled to the state girls’ basketball tournament last month. Coach Natalie was among the volunteers helping coach Keiko Sagawa-Pananganan (bowling’s going to be here before you know it) and the Menehune health academy coordinate the third Waimea health fair for the community. Great job keeping activities out there to distract from all the toilet paper, sanitizer madness!

Gloria Acain had the “Boss” shirt on, but Jorienda Johnson (remember her from that Zumba fundraising event at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ a few years back?) was the real boss, leading all those Menehune students, keiki and more (even Gutsy Okada got in a few stand-and-leans) that poured out of the Clem Gomes Gym for the morning workout that beat the chill from the overnight Koke‘e winds.

More kudos to and the Kaua‘i Animal Welfare Society on keeping the excitement alive with their “Thank You for Being a Friend” fundraiser Saturday night at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort (that parking lot was super full — is that saying something?), where Ne’keya Gusman (the first time we saw her was at a First Saturday event in Kapa‘a where it was rainy and windy) joined the tall lady from Soul Fire and the music by Gypsy Spice to keep the place hopping. Even the Darcie and Lana mother-daughter team from the Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a was there.

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

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