Happy Camper for Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Employees from the Kaua‘i Medical Group and Wilcox Medical Center get together for a final dose of outdoors before heading back to their jobs Thursday following the Air National Guard flyover.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kelvin Moniz and Rizalde Tolentino of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank set up food packages that will be packed into contributed shopping bags from Hawai‘i’s credit unions Thursday during the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club associates’ food distribution.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chip Bahouth, Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort general manager, signs off on the $10,000 award to the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank from the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i Chapter COVID-19 Relief Fund Friday during the HLTA Charity Walk meal distribution, where 2,000 chili macaroni meals were distributed at the Po‘ipu property.

Samira Siale of Enterprise Rent-A-Car was able to break out of the COVID-19 isolation Friday to join the ranks of volunteers serving up more than 2,000 chili macaroni meals at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort in Po‘ipu (they started doing meal distributions for their associates’ families during the Easter weekend), where Morgan Lopez of the Hawai‘i Lodging &Tourism Association Kaua‘i Branch (she was wearing the Lions Club cap Thursday during the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort &Beach Club food distribution) took sponsorship of the event to result in 2,000 meals being distributed.

Even Bob and Lenore Klass (gotta think of an alternative Memorial Day, Bob) braved the waiting line of cars for the free meal that must have been better than the Pillsbury Bake-Off, since the event distributed every available meal Wednesday morning.

Mahalo to the Hawai‘i Air National Guard for doing the state-wide flyover in tribute to the frontline health-care workers. It was a perfect opportunity to bring Fred Cowell of Kaua‘i Coffee (the visitor center is opening?) into town. Michelle Emura of the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee took advantage of checking out the crowd, and Patrick Ono of Matson even came up the hill to check out the excitement.

Faith Campbell of Wilcox Health had her hands full trying to orchestrate the orange-shirted (and orange sunglasses, no less) troops into a giant “W” (if you missed the memo and did not have orange, you became a spectator) in response to the flyover.

We appreciate you, Wilcox Medical Center, Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital, and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. And all the first responders. Happy Police Week and Police Day, Chief Todd Raybuck and the entire Kaua‘i Police Department.


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


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