Happy Camper for Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Jaime Arriola, Petronela Hendricks, and Wynde Thomas get together before grabbing more food for associates of Duke’s and Keoki’s Paradise, Wednesday during the food distribution at the Duke’s valet parking area.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Tom Pickett of Kilauea Bakery and Pizza has a ‘seedy’ fundraiser for the Kilauea School PTSA as Mike Smith leaves with his late lunch (or, is that an early dinner?), Wednesday in Kilauea.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Derek Kessler of Duke’s, and Derrick Iha of Keoki’s Paradise get a special Jaime Arriola-prepared to-go meal for the Kaua‘i Marriott’s engineering crew, Wednesday during the food distribution for Duke’s associates.

Wow! Throw a holiday (King Kamehameha Day observed, Thursday!), and things take off from the COVID-19 pandemic (is this Back-to-Normal?)…Kudos to Michelle Panoka (Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch) and Tina Albao of the Boys &Girls Club on their weekly distribution where B&G Youth of the Year Tavia Rapozo rolled up her sleeve to help take care of all those people in the morning blessings.

More kudos to Kelvin Moniz, Leona Perez (Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank) and Duke’s leaders Derek Kessler, Jaime Arriola, Derrick Iha who got help from the Morgan Lopez of the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association, Kaua‘i Branch, the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i (have you seen ‘The New Normal’ by Wynde Thomas at the Washed Up show?), and the Kaua‘i Filipino Chamber of Commerce (Cyndi Ayonon said Randy Francisco came in early, did his thing, and left by the time the food started flowing, Jaime even worked his magic with the Blue Marlin!

More pats on the back to KPD Sgt. Darla Nonaka and Chief Todd Raybuck on working through all those COVID-19 restrictions to prevent the spread for a unique and special 92nd Police Recruit Class graduation where eight new officers joined the ranks of “Kaua‘i’s Finest!”

Chief Todd will be with Pastor John Cabelo and the Police, Pastors &Platters crew, Saturday morning at the Puakea Golf Course (starts at 9 a.m. — don’t be late!), and if you hurry, Chantal Zarbaugh and her Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union volunteers will have a food distribution at the Kilauea branch (check out Tom Pickett’s “seedy” fundraiser for the Kilauea School PTSA!) starting at 11:30 a.m.

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