Happy Camper for Monday, May 11, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Christina Ensman, Florence Tavares and Lori Ingram, all part of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe box team at the Breath of Life Church at Rice Shopping Center in Lihu‘e, send Mother’s Day blessings to all Saturday during the special Mother’s Day food distribution.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, left, and Wes Perreira of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i branch, work together to collectively put out at least 500 food boxes during the first of four County of Kaua‘i food distributions, Saturday at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Michelle Correa, Melanie Okamoto and Mikela Rapozo are ready with part of the food packages given away Saturday during the first of four County of Kaua‘i food distributions, the first held at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot in Lihu‘e.

Kudos to Pastor Tom Iannucci, D’Lissa Iannucci (Pietro’s meatballs without the pasta is akin to Hamura’s noodles without the dashi — it’s a package), Christina Ensman, and all those Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child team from the Breath of Life Church at Rice Shopping Center in Lihu‘e for taking the time to bless the community with a special Mother’s Day drive-thru distribution.

That was just part of the Saturday excitement that included the Puhi Park Produce that teemed with so many Mother’s Day shoppers (Candace Boxer really went to town with all those flowers of Ono Pops) that we could only find Chili, the Max Klutke Jack Russell terrier (Max said it’s a rat dog), who was enjoying all the excitement in the nice weather. We couldn’t find Bill Spitz, Sandi Kato-Klutke norLaurie Ho.

Greg Askew of Ono Pops said this week is Hospital Week (last week, Uncle Lovesy was giving away free Uncle’s shave ice to teachers and nurses for their salutory days), and yes, Larry Feinstein (don’t know where Jim Guerber was), the world will definitely not be the same after Russell Haluapo (he just put together that food ride for the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i branch, last Sunday!) decided to leave us — in his own unique Russell H way!

Kudos, Mayor Derek Kawakami (Sparky the Kaua‘i Fire Department mascot was a perfect compliment to directing all that traffic), Cynthia Chiang and the other state Department of Health (was a thrill to see Lauren Guest outside the county Emergency Operations Center) workers were swallowed up by the backlog during the first of four County of Kaua‘i food distributions (mahalo to Battalion Chief Sol Kanoho and the Kaua‘i Police Department’s Ale Quibilan — he was helping at Police, Pastors &Platters drive-thru food giveaway too — for the kokua). See you Saturday in Hanapepe.

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

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