Happy Camper for Monday, May 4, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Liliana Burley works on Nana’s birthday Saturday helping with herb seedlings at the Ka‘apuni Nursery booth during the Puhi Park Produce at the park near Grove Farm headquarters.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Derek and Aika Drenskey of Hanalima Bakery took advantage of the bakery being closed Saturday, so made their appearance with some baked goodies at the Puhi Park Produce near Grove Farm headquarters and their shop.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Suthat “Dang” Promnonsri of Dang’s Farm (yes, they’ll be at the Wednesday The Shops at Kukuiula pop-up farmers’ market, too) was one of the Grove Farm lessees at the Puhi Park Produce that Mayor Derek Kawakami thanked for their collective food contributions during his Saturday video update.

Kudos to Bruce Baumgartner, Rocky and Dely Sasaki and all those Calvary Chapel hands on having a prayer space for the sold-out Friday Domino’s pizza pickup (er, drive-thru). Virtual is alright, but is not a substitute for the real thing.

The same could be said for Police, Pastors &Platters (nope, no pancakes — Portuguese sausage and eggs for this go-around), where having Tim Mira cranking out the COVID-19 appropriate tunes and lines eased the wait in the line of cars that started even before everything was set up and snaked all the way to past Costco from Puakea Golf Course. Kudos to Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck, New Hope Lihu‘e Senior Pastor John Cabello and all their many hands who came out to help Saturday. Was very nice to be able to work with KPD Sgt. Darla Nonaka (she gets her daily fix at Hanalima Bakery before getting to work), officer Bobby Thompson (nope, no Kaua‘i Police Activities League flag football), and all the other officers, again.

Mahalo Kelvin Moniz, Rizalde Tolentino (even Leona Perez got to bring her ‘ohana through the line) of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank for the nice gallon of milk and box of cereal surprise for the PPP diners, and Melissa McFerrin-Warrack was able to squeeze in volunteering at the eggs-and-sausage breakfast and still make the Puhi Park Produce, where Nana beat a hasty retreat on her birthday after leaving granddaughter Liliana Burley to work at the Ka‘apuni Nursery truck, and Ada Koene got her dose of Vitamin D.

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