Happy Camper for Friday, March 27, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Wes Perreira of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i branch, left, and Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, right, each accept $2,500 donations from Taylor Shigemoto, second from left, and Mel Chiba, second from right, of Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union Tuesday to help get food to Kaua‘i’s people during the COVID-19 crisis at the newly-opened Hawai‘iUSA FCU customer outreach office at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A wind-blown wave spews plumes of spray at a surf break known as Ammonia’s in Kalapaki Bay Tuesday, generating high-surf advisories for east-facing shores. The advisory is in force for 8-to-12-foot surf until this morning, when wind speeds are expected to start falling. However, the passage of a low-pressure system will bring the potential for more substantial rainfall and possible thunderstorms starting today.

All of the Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union off-island staff has gone home (great employment opportunities now for those needing COVID-19 opportunities) to tend to their respective families during these “unprecedented” (borrowed from government, health, and business officials) times. The credit union presented donations to all of the food banks in the state to help ensure that no one goes hungry while riding out this little bug.

Annette Bolf of the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort was supposed to help the Kaua‘i Hospice (what’s going to happen to the annual Concert in the Sky?) with proceeds from the resort’s Table 53 (the real name is “You Dine, We Give”) proceeds, but that event has been “postponed” (another popular COVID-19 term) until the RumFire restaurant (that’s where Table 53 is located) opens back up after the bug runs away from Kaua‘i (come on, people — listen to Mayor Derek Kawakami. He wants it gone, too).

In the meantime, get some stress relief from all those on-air personalities (yes, we need the news, but helpings of Frank De Lima’s “Corona, Corona” helps with stress relief, too).

Finally, mahalo Sarah Blane, Alden Alayvilla (and yes, Kim Tamaoka, who is anxiously waiting on her babies!), Coco Zickos, Beth Tokioka, Jason Fujinaka, Jonell Kaohelauli‘i, and Cynthia Chiang (haven’t seen her since they closed The Kaua‘i Community Market) for keeping the news conduit open and flowing. We love you, all. Even if we missed the Prince Kuhio holiday (kudos to Kimo Perry and all those Royal Order of Kamehameha members for not letting us forget).

Stay safe, stay well.


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

  1. Marvin Goya March 27, 2020 12:59 am Reply

    Dennis take pics with people 6 feet apart instead of shoulder to shoulder rubbing up on each other, then. We might believe you better. If you want to help Derek, then enough with the “quotations”. That implies “its all a hoax, but lets play along”.

    But i give you points for ripping the lid off the truth. That there are many “employees” on Kauai who are flown in and aren’t from our island. If you do business on Kauai you should hire Kauai and that’s it. Let the others get a job on their own islands and stay there. Less traffic, more housing. Competing with tourists, snowbirds and hippies is bad enough. Now we gotta compete with people from islands bigger than ours, wow hows that work on kauai live on oahu, but rent a place here too. Greedy much? Stay on Oahu! Sorry not sorry!

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