Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sherry and Mark Lauer and Joy and state Senate President Ron Kouchi greet guests to the Caring for Our Community free meal and food giveaway Saturday at Waimea Canyon Middle School.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i County Council hopefuls Dr. Addison Bulosan, Bernard Carvalho Jr., Arryl Kaneshiro, Billy DeCosta, Jade Wai‘ale‘ale Battad and KipuKai Kuali‘i oblige Jackie Kanna with a photo Saturday during the Caring for Our Community free meal and food giveaway at Waimea Canyon Middle School.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Yoshi (Sandi Kato-Klutke said it’s actually ‘Yoshito’) L’Hote and his ‘ohana set up the ‘Aina Ho‘okupu fresh produce table Saturday during the Caring for Our Community free meal and food giveaway at Waimea Canyon Middle School.

The free Caring for Our Community meal and food giveaway was a perfect platform for the Kaua‘i County Council hopefuls (there’s at least 22 of them) to get to meet the community, or let the community meet them, since the event was not a virtual event and people could meet each other in person, like Yoshi L’Hote (Sandi Kato-Klutke said it’s “Yoshito”), who along with his ‘ohana is the face of the ‘Aina Ho‘okupu CSA (community-sourced agriculture) boxes (those iced watermelons looked especially appealing in the hot Waimea sun) that have been popular all over the island.

And of course, there’s Mark Lauer of Pepsi (Sherry Lauer and Raynette Malama of Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital were helping too), who donated a bunch of bottled water enough for more than the one-hour crowd. Kelvin Moniz was able to get all that food out and still make it up to Koke‘e (he said it was cool and nice compared to the Waimea heat), where his ‘ohana waited for the plum season to start. Oh, yeah, it was also trout fishing (by lottery only).

OK, if you haven’t registered to vote yet, today and tomorrow the county clerk’s office is offering drive-thru voter registration (if you didn’t get that signature notification card earlier, you need to register) before the ballots for the primary election are mailed out starting July 21. You need to vote by Aug. 8.

And, check out the Canon live stream Thursday to find out what everyone’s been getting excited about — the R5 (and the R6, and a bunch of new glass). Sony and Nikon are soon to follow.

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

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