Happy Camper for Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    County Managing Director Michael Dahilig, right, joins members of the county’s Employees’ Council in checking out the contents of back-to-school bags distributed Wednesday afternoon in the Vidinha Stadium parking lot.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jason Fujinaka of the county Department of Water, right, helps stuff back-to-school items into Project Wet Hawai‘i bags Wednesday afternoon during the county Employees’ Council distribution in the Vidinha Stadium parking lot.

It would’ve been nice to have been one of the 1,300 employees of the County of Kaua‘i Wednesday when Mayor Derek Kawakami and Managing Director Michael Dahilig (that giant chess set would be nice for checking out the new menu — it’s got something for almost everybody at TGI — at the Kaua‘i Beer Company) joined members of the county’s Employees’ Council in distributing school supplies to children of county employees.

Kaleo Carvalho said he’s thinking about alternative Halloween festivities (nah, we got our own because Averie Soto surprised us all Tuesday by returning to work after being laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic). Stay tuned. COVID-19 can’t stop Halloween (any ideas about alternatives for those popular Christmas parades?).

Kudos to Joell Edwards and Malama Kaua‘i on the phs two of their food (fresh produce to help local farmers) distribution that now happens on Wednesday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, where Manager Lenny Rapozo was helping clear the tables after all those packages moved out in less than an hour. Definitely a sign of need.

Face masks (they go naturally with Halloween) are like slippahs. You never know how much you need them until you need them. Kudos to State Farm Insurance Agent Darrellyn Lemke for donating more than a hundred to Wilcox Elementary School. Now, who’s taking care of the other schools that will be welcoming students (yes, they’re more than 5 years old) who always seem to “forget” where they put their masks.

Happy weekend — we already dodged Hurricane Douglas.

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

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