Happy Camper for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaden Keep, celebrating his graduation Friday from Kaua‘i High School, is one of at least five (Sarah Tochiki was blowing at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery) Kaua‘i buglers sounding “Taps” Monday at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center during Kaua‘i’s participation in Taps Across the Nation.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tina Brun offers her blessings to Joe Brun by cleaning his headstone Monday at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Samantha Coloma (she graduated Kapa‘a High School in 2018) joins her mother Ella Bactad and some of the Verizon Kaua‘i team in placing lei on undecorated graves Monday at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mayor Derek Kawakami gets a photo with Hawai‘i Army National Guardsman Justin Hara for Justin’s dad Monday at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Yes, it was hot as heck Monday (Kahului, Maui hit 90 degrees), Mayor Derek Kawakami, but people endured the discomfort of wearing fabric face masks (Johnette Chun had a bunch more to offer, too) during the Memorial Day weekend — good job, everyone — Marly Madayag wants to keep the COVID-19 numbers at zero.

Kudos to Hawai‘i Army National Guard’s 1st Sgt. Cory Soares (he celebrated the graduation of one of his sons Friday during the Waimea High School alternative graduation at Kaua‘i Raceway Park in Mana) and his team of volunteers for placing all those American flags, and kudos to Ella Bactad and the Verizon Kaua‘i ‘ohana (yes, even those working remotely) on coming out to place the lei they made for those resting at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

More kudos to Sarah Tochiki for spearheading Kaua‘i’s participation in Taps Across the Nation, where according to Kaden Keep (he’s an Eagle Scout who graduated from Kaua‘i High School Friday), Sarah blew at the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery, one of at least five buglers was at a lighthouse, and he was at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center, where at 3 p.m. (Johnette was keeping track on the smart phone), everyone enjoyed a moment of silence before taps was blown while Paula Schultz videoed the Kaden performance for uploading to where?

Definitely a virtual moment.


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


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