Happy Camper for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Coach Dick Ueoka and Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League president Teddy Arroyo observe social distancing while talking story during the preparation of 1,500 bentos that were distributed Sunday from near Grove Farm headquarters in Puhi to two other sites.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Somen Sunday carload of diners follow the signs being held by Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina’ala kane dancers in Hanapepe (recognize Kaua‘i High School basketball player and previous Queen Lili‘uokalani Master Keiki Hula Luke Hunadi? It’s still scheduled).

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Grove Farm’s coach Beau Acoba and King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School Principal Jason Yoshida distribute free face masks Monday following another session of grab-and-go meals, on the Hanama‘ulu campus.

Lenny Rapozo is the luna for Da Ditch Gang (yep, even Kelson got his chance to clean ditch, too) that is still around and helped the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League cut Spam and hot dogs (Teddy Arroyo said even Kaua‘i High School football coach Jason Apilado and his crew came to help) for the big bento distribution (kudos to all the KPWFL ‘ohana on a great, ono event) over the weekend, where the flavor of the preparation got to have seeped into the bentos.

Of course, the Pop Warner Wescon (former Western Commissioner Mel Rapozo was helping, too) Regional Volunteers of the Year — Ginny Agena and Teddy — were there with sleeves rolled up, and pleasantly surprised when Coach Dick Ueoka (nope, no Waimea Alumni and Friends Foundation golf tournament or lu‘au this year) wearing the “wrong color (there was no right color).” Ueoka is one of the founders of Pop Warner football on Kaua‘i, and is waiting for a window to meet Kaua‘i legend Ron Wiley (I believe he already met Dickie Chang in person).

Kudos to Kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin, Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala (hard to recognize everyone with all those face masks on), and Ann Hashisaka of Kaua‘i Kookie for taking up the suggestion of Soup Elves Laura Kawamura and Faith Soto (did the Kaua‘i Coffee Visitor Center open yet?) on serving up somen for the group’s final SOUPER (er, Somen) Sunday in Hanapepe, where Randy Francisco (yep, he visited the KPWFL bento distribution, too) is getting ready for the Japanese Grandma’s meal distribution for the Waimea High School graduates.


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


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