Happy Camper for Friday, April 17, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    No face masks for fruits and vegetables needed as vendors set up for the Wednesday version of the Puhi Park Produce at the Grove Farm park located across the road from the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    An unidentified Puhi resident, appropriately garbed in compliance with emergency rules, celebrates not having to cross Kaumuali‘i Highway to enjoy fresh vegetables at Puhi Park Produce Wednesday.

Bill Spitz (he referred to Mayor Derek Kawakami’s archive footage to create his fabric face mask because his order didn’t make it for Wednesday afternoon) said this COVID-19 has thrown his lifestyle totally off, not being able to have breakfast at Kukui Grove Center. One thing that has returned is the farmers’ market, as Grove Farm hosted the Wednesday version of Puhi Park Produce (kudos, Nikki Ige, on increasing the vendors from the original 19 to 28, and the promise of more to come Saturday when it opens at 10 a.m.).

Nope, Florence Toyofuku (“Can I help sell, Nana?”) was not there with “Nana” Isobel Storch and Lanipo Farms (“Maybe later,” Nana Isobel said), and it’s been a while since we saw Ursa Swift of Midnight Bear Breads from The Biggest Little Town.

Edwin Vea (now you know it’s a real shopping event) said Karin Panui and her Mailelani’s sewers have filled “thousands of fabric face mask orders,” and he’s still getting texts for more.

Miguel Christman has cold brew at Puhi Park Produce, too.

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