Happy Camper for Sunday, April 26, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Gianna Valenti, Stephanie Hall, Jonah Stein and Kristen “Mrs. Bobby V” Valenti have time to catch their breath between cars Friday afternoon during the Bobby V’s drive-thru fundraising effort for the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Vimal Singh, Shereen Ho‘opi‘i and Chris Molina are ready for those walking in to the food distribution Thursday at the Lili‘uokalani Trust site in Lihu’e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “No, we’re spread apart,” said Shereen Ho‘opi‘i, left, of Lili‘uokalani Trust Thursday during the food distribution in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Teresa and Randy Nero came up with a special COVID-19 fabric face mask they presented to Shereen Ho‘opi‘i and her Lili‘uokalani Trust crew for them to use during the food distribution Thursday in Lihu‘e.

The giveaway is when a worker at Mark’s Place wants to take your picture. Not only does Mark Oyama and his ‘ohana of Mark’s Place give a heaping helping of misoyaki fish as part of the kupuna special (yes, you need to be kupuna age) Thursday, there were those waiting to pick up their orders who got their photos taken, and the meal (for some, it lasted for the meal and a half, or more) was taken care of. Kudos to the angel(s) who “pay it forward” (it started from when Mark’s Place started the kupuna special) and take care of all those kupuna who are pleasantly surprised. OK, check out Mark’s Place website for menus for Tuesday and Thursday menu (from 9 to 10 a.m.).

And more pleasant surprises appear in the COVID-19 crisis when Teresa and Randy Nero (weknew Girl Scouts do more than sell cookies) gave Shereen Ho‘opi‘i specially-made COVID-19 fabric face masks that the Lili‘uokalani Trust ‘ohana could use when they hosted their second food distribution in Lihu‘e (next one is May 7 from 11 a.m.). Wes Perreira and Michelle Panoke of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i branch had to pick up the sign that was blown over by the wind.

Jonah Stein said he had to be at the Bobby V’s drive-thru Friday because it was a massive effort to help the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s effort at providing food for everyone during this COVID-19 emergency. Kudos to Bobby Valenti and his ‘ohana on a huge outpouring that left Kelvin Moniz speechless, and KIFB board member Cyndi Ayonon running Pepsi and bottled water to the cars (even Dickie Chang had an order to pick up) waiting on their orders.


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


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