Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Annika Newton and her mom Aletha Thomas Newton enjoy a quiet Monday afternoon lull in the Monkeypod Jam Lawa‘i facility where the beehive of activities take place.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Pietro’s Pizza ‘ohana, from left Il Yum, Pastor Tom Iannucci, April Villa Gomes, Thomas Iannucci and Ted Lee, get ready to push out pizza for residents in the ‘Ele‘ele public housing complex Monday afternoon.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    ‘Aina Makua was one of the first to get the Pietro’s Pizza straight out of the trailer-able oven Monday when Pastor Tom Iannucci and his ‘ohana visited the ‘Ele‘ele public housing project with pizza on the spot.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pastor Tom Iannucci shovels out the first of many pizzas Monday afternoon at the ‘Ele‘ele public housing project, where the Pietro’s ‘ohana fed residents in the neighborhood.

Monday was filled with aloha when Aletha Thomas of Monkeypod Jam got community-supported agriculture produce box orders.

She was surprised because those CSA box orders were paid for by different people on the mainland for delivery to local residents.

Talk about aloha. Mahalo, visitors. Aletha said she can understand the feeling shared by Sandy Poenheldt of The Right Slice, and Greg Askew of Ono Pops, who gets orders for local people who are “invested” from people who can’t come to visit right now. And don’t forget the Donovan Claytor ‘ohana of CG Print in the Lawa‘i warehouse, which distributed more than $50,000 to the more-than-200 small businesses who participated in the ‘ohana’s Give Kaua‘i Hope campaign.

More mahalo to Pastor Tom Iannucci and his ‘ohana for trailering the Pietro’s oven to the ‘Ele‘ele public housing project (watch out for the coals — the ground is not level) to feed pizza for all the keiki (D’Lissa and Dondi did a great job keeping the keiki occupied with rides and walks around the block) and their ‘ohana. Il Yum had experience from the Salt Pond Beach Park feeds, Ted Lee got to experience the field experience because he wasn’t working at the Po‘ipu Pietro’s, and April Villa Gomez needs to have classes on her social-media-video techniques.

Kudos to Dan Metsch and the Coconut Marketplace on the weekend drive-in movie experience that was totally sold out (Dan and his crew had one Friday night at Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea, too, and Gary Ellwood said Juno Apalla of the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center is getting excited, too). Hopefully, everyone “behaved” so we can have more.


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


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