Happy Camper for Sunday, August 2, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Aaron Swink of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources helps Jean Souza (she can’t be there because the Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery center is still closed) with handing out the free marine-mammal grab-and-go learning kits Friday outside Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “I can learn,” said Waimea High School Class of 2020 member Chelsty Lacerona Friday as he picked up a Strings of Joy ‘ukulele package for himself and a friend at the historic Waimea Theatre (did you get your temperature screened?).

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Eli Smart uses an acoustic bass as he accompanies Maluhia Castillo on a Kala soprano ‘ukulele Friday during the Strings of Joy distribution for Waimea and Westside school Class of 2020 members at the historic Waimea Theatre.

Another round of kudos to Kirk and Tora Smart and the Strings of Joy ‘ohana for last week’s distribution of Kala ‘ukulele for Kaua‘i’s graduating seniors. There’re more than 750 of them, and kudos to all those contributors for making this a special year for the seniors. Denise Kaufman (she’s one of the Island School’s founding mothers) was helping Maile Bryan and Tora unload all the instruments at Kukui Grove Center on the way to Waimea.

Thomas Nizo was checking to see that the Westside seniors got to mind their p’s and q’s with the COVID-19 screenings at the historic Waimea Theatre. Too bad Gina’s at Yumi’s was too early for the Friday-night saimin opening.

Mahalo, Michelle Young and the Friends of the Waimea Public Library for the Smarties (didn’t need to wait on Halloween) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Waimea Public Library that fell on Aug. 1. Too bad there’s COVID-19 in the air — people would love the break from all that Westside afternoon heat.

And kudos to Jean Souza and Aaron Swink (he said trout fishing was really good, this year — I know, Cynthia Chiang called to ask if we needed any) on getting the grab-and-go learning kits (it’s learning kits, not back to school, Steve Soltysik).

Don’t forget, opening day for The Koloa Early School is Monday (don’t forget your face masks), and opening day for Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i is Tuesday (bus service doesn’t start until Aug. 17).

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

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