Happy Camper for Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Mark Jones (his uncle is Elmer’s Farm, the vendor with long social distancing lines at the Puhi Park Produce) shows off the yellow watermelon sample that sold out in the first 15 minutes at the return of The Kaua‘i Culinary Market at the Shops at Kukuiula, Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Apoli Sagucio and Chef Felipe Mares of Eating House 1849 set out hot-off-the-grill yakiniku with brown soba and namasu, Wednesday during the return of the Kaua‘i Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Culinary Market shoppers Stephen Ventura, Leo Ortiz, and Errali Perez “cruise” under one of the monkeypod trees, Wednesday during the return of the popular farmers market to the Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Danielle Brocke and Lia Nishikaura of Kiwi Roots had their signature bento to go along with specialty sauces, Wednesday during the return of the Kaua‘i Culinary Market, a partnership between the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau and The Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Usa (note the “U” “S” “A” spelling) Meephol of Meephol Farms sets up mangoes for the return of the Kaua‘i Culinary Market, Wednesday afternoon at The Shops at Kukuiula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The one millionth Tree of Aloha planted by former First Lady Jean Ariyoshi during the 1985 Koloa Plantation Days to commemorate the Kanyaku Imin, or first immigration of the Japanese workers in 1885, welcomes the virtual Koloa Plantation Days crowds, Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Da Bruddahs, Gilbert Cambra, Kaeden Fernandez, and Roy Pacleb, cruise on the access road, Wednesday at the Kukuiula Small Boat Harbor.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Nadine Riso shows off a copy of the painting done by Christian Riso of the Jean Ariyoshi-planted One Millionth Tree that is in full splendor across the road from their Christian Riso Fine Art and Framing shop in Koloa, Wednesday.

Nadine Riso of the Christian Riso Fine Art &Framing Gallery (yes, they’re open next to Sueoka Store!) was looking for the link to the virtual crowd (the Koloa Town boardwalk would’ve been teeming with people — especially on the day of the parade and ho‘olaule‘a! — during Koloa Plantation Days)…check out the virtual get-together, Saturday!

Kudos to Pillare Mukai (Stacie Chiba Miguel must’ve been caught in meetings) and Char Jensen (she had to do temperature scans on all the vendors) on the successful return of The Kaua‘i Culinary Market (the county’s sunshine markets return to its traditional 3:30 p.m. start time as well) at The Shops at Kukuiula where shoppers and vendors wore face masks and adhered to social distancing (so that was what all the tape marks on the ground meant)…too much excitement for Florence Toyofuku (grandma Isobel Storch of Lanipu Farms was there with a full offering); John Rivera and Friends are now in the Palm Court (did you see the virtual Chef’s Demonstration that would be part of Koloa Plantation Days with a plantation days-style preparation?).

Usa Meephol was thrilled with her location, and Mark Jones (he said it even feels like there’re more people shopping!) had his yellow watermelons wiped out within minutes of the market’s opening.

The Kaua‘i Culinary Market is a partnership between the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau (yes, Terry Gordines was representing Johnny Gordines) and The Shops at Kukuiula.

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Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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