Happy Camper for Friday, March 20, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Storm clouds arrive Wednesday afternoon at The Shops at Kukui‘ula to an empty parking lot.

Curfew? Marc Valentin of KQNG Radio Group said he doesn’t remember ever going through one of these. Social distancing? A lot of things are changing (almost instantaneously, too). Rose Anne Jones, the Kaua‘i Society of Artists’ treasurer, said the current Spring Show reception is canceled, and instead they are planning on announcing the People’s Choice via social media.

Her husband Robb (he’ll be doing social media camerawork for another group) said Richard Diamond was planning a fundraiser for much-needed uninsured dental work, but had to cancel that, reverting to live streaming. You can watch a replay of that event by visiting cslkauai.org.

Down at The Shops at Kukui‘ula, there is no weekly Kaua‘i Culinary Market (it’s on hold for at least two weeks), and a lot of the restaurants are no-dine-in status, and some are closed (even Stacie Chiba-Miguel and Pillare Mukai’s offices are dark). There is an enhanced entry process for The Clinic at Po‘ipu (Christine Myrval had to stop for malasada Thursday at the Kaua‘i Bakery [no more than six people at a time] because their normal visits to the long-term-care facility are now kapu).

Nawiliwili Yacht Club Commodore Fred Styer said all NYC-sponsored events are on hold until the health people wave the green flag, and Roberta Yanagawa of the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission said the Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha) Day celebration and the 2020 bon dance schedule (got this, Josie Pablo?) are called off.

What? No Warren Perry? Kimo Perry of the Royal Order of Kamehameha reminds everyone that there is no Prince Kuhio protocol Saturday. Groups who have already prepared ho‘okupu can drop them off at Prince Kuhio Park in Kukui‘ula today.


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

  1. sarahsmyles March 20, 2020 7:24 am Reply

    Marc Valentine doesn’t remember a curfew? Really? We had one after iniki, Marc. There was a curfew, absolutely when the national guard came to enforce it. Why would you say such a thing when you know it is not true? Shame for printing that. There absolutely was. They also stopped price gouging as well. Was Marc Valentin not here during Iniki? I thought he had been here longer than that.

    Change the name to Unhappy Camper, maybe?

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