Happy Camper for Monday, June 22, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    They are hard, not soft. A tray of (sweet) onion haupia created by Mayette Loseto is on display Saturday at Puhi Park Produce.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jojo Anacleto is motivated to work on his classic Camaro Z28 when he checks out Harvey Maeda’s classic car Saturday at the YMCA of Kaua‘i pool parking lot in Puhi before the classic cars and motorcycles drive-by at the Regency at Puakea.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sharon, Raiden and Bobby Paik peer out from “Da Jalopy” Saturday when the Paik ‘ohana joined the classic cars and motorcycles drive-by at the Regency at Puakea in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pam Arroyo of Regency at Puakea and resident Olive Franzman enjoy being outside during the classic cars and motorcycles drive-by Saturday in Puhi.

Onion haupia (not the soft kine, the hard kine) is the most popular dessert in the Philippines, said Mayette Loseto during the Saturday run of Puhi Park Produce in the park adjacent to Grove Farm Co. headquarters, where the GF guys got a Father’s Day bye, so no quick tent for the ladies.

Kudos to John Copeland, Harvey Maeda, Pam Arroyo and Kailee Mu on making lemonade out of the pandemic by hosting a drive-by for the kupuna at the Regency at Puakea. “Have I ever asked to ride the jalopy?” Raiden Paik asked. He got to cruise with Sharon and Bobby Paik in the classic pickup, and mahalo to Regency at Puakea for providing cookies for all the cruisers.

The rumble of the drive-by (they were really good balancing the traffic in the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School roundabout) even attracted Kaua‘i Community College Chancellor Joseph Daisy, who was out on his morning walk along Nuhou Street, and it was a good feeling to see all those kupuna happy to be able to get outside.

Kudos to Christina Ensman, Roberta and Kent Zarbaugh, and all those Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry members for hosting that breakfast-in-a-bag Father’s Day distribution, where everyone was thrilled that Patsy Hamada (she heads up the sewing ministry) was able to come out and provide face masks for the dads.

More kudos to Bradley Chiba and the Lihu‘e Baseball League on getting their first Mustang division games going at the Lihu‘e County Park. Yes, people were social-distancing.

OK, Isobel Storch (she said Florence Toyofuku was thrilled with being able to have a Shirley Temple drink in Kapa‘a Thursday) of Lanipo Farm is waiting on her machine that will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program clients to get goodies from her table at the farmers’ markets. That should happen this week.

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

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