Happy Camper for Sunday, August 23, 2020

  • Courtesy of Regency at Puakea

    Toyo Nishida celebrates his 104th birthday with a celebratory cake and special candle, Thursday at the Regency at Puakea dining room.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Executive Chef Lucas Sautter sauces a rack of ribs with his barbecue sauce Thursday during the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Virtual Business After Hours.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach’s Ali Lahip, Jaye Gayagas-Youn, Chris Machorek, Barbara Gusman and Executive Chef Lucas Sautter spearhead the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Virtual Business After Hours Thursday at the Waipouli property.

Happy birthday, Toyo Nishida, who celebrated his special day Thursday with his Regency at Puakea ‘ohana (can’t visit because of the COVID-19 pandemic). Mahalo to the Regency ‘ohana for sharing the celebration with all of us on the outside.

Kudos to Chris Machorek, Jaye Gayagas-Youn (that Virtual Business After Hours was her bright idea), Barbara Gusman, Executive Chef Lucas Sautter and (finally had enough time to meet) Ali Lahip (is he related to that Lahip basketball player?) on a great Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Virtual Business Hours. Too bad the virtuals never had smell-o-vision or taste-o-vision.

Chris said the Hawai‘i National Guard has more than 70 troops housed at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach in Waipouli, and Barbara said Lucas takes care of them for three meals a day with a special Friday menu (the barbecue baby back ribs were on the plates of the troops last week). OK, can’t wait for the resort to open again so we can check out the Moa Moa Fish House and the Crooked Surf (they had some giveaway coupons during the Virtual Business After Hours).

Kellie Hines and her Biker Girls were helping with the Anahola food distribution (kudos to the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank and Ka Hale Pono), and Leona Perez was bummed she missed out on the bon dance bento offered by Mark’s Place Thursday.

In the meantime, Kay Hill got the West Kaua‘i Lions Club to help make the flying saucers at the Japanese Grandma’s garden that looked like it was mochitsuki time (hm-m, maybe she’ll do that for New Year’s?)…mahalo, Roy Miyashiro, for the “sample.”

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

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