Happy Camper for Sunday, July 19, 2020

  • Courtesy of Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association

    Happy birthday to Dr. Monty Downs, president of the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association and a longtime advocate of preventing drownings and other water-related, life-threatening mishaps. Here, he celebrates at Wilcox Medical Center with a rescue tube.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    St. Raphael Church Youth Group angels Natalie Tadaje and Nikki Tapucol wait for cars to get to their food-distribution station Thursday during the church’s monthly food distribution.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rebecca Carnate (she belongs to the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i and the East Kaua‘i Lions Club) inherits the Zonta sign caretaking responsibility from Lacey Love Thursday during the food distribution at the Sheraton Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach in Waipouli.

  • Leona Perez / Special to The Garden Island

    Photo Boy Scouts from Troop 148, sponsored by the Lihu‘e Christian Church, from left Kamekona Thompson, Shayne Shibuya, Masao Fontana and Nalu Kay, are joined by Chris Wong, a Hawai‘i Army National Guardsman and an Eagle Scout from Troop 148, Thursday in helping at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach food distribution for its furloughed workers and their families, in Waipouli.

Happy birthday, Dr. Monty Downs, who celebrated his special day Saturday. Are we having a party at the Wilcox Medical Center’s Emergency Room for the occasion? Happy birthday, Keith Fujimoto, who got an early-morning bike ride to Nawiliwili Harbor (anyone see that fancy new sign in the jetty wall parking area?) Thursday. That’s the same day as the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Rum Series Race that Wesley Hayashi watched as the Delta Airlines jet come cruising in over the fleet of boats.

Kudos to Chris Machorek, Jaye Gayagas-Youn, Barbara Gusman and all the Sheraton Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach partners for hosting a food and meal (go, chef Lucas Sauter, who got help from the Hawai‘i Army National Guard — they get to eat Kaua‘i Kookie food) distribution for the resort’s furloughed workers. WalletHub states Hawai‘i had 88,774 unemployed people in June.

Laurie Ho (she had to go visit Marina Pascua for Family Community Education matters, too) represented Johnny Gordines (he was stuck on O‘ahu) of the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau, who came to check on Tina Brun and the St. Raphael Church (are we going to have the Christmas light show?) pantry program distribution. Mahalo to Chyenne Beach for the heads-up on this one that featured more than 150 families getting food packages. Tina said they’ll do it again Aug. 20.

Happy Sunday. Finish those state taxes. Hawai‘i tax day is Monday.


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


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