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Happy Camper for Monday, September 7, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pathitta Panyamee of Taworn Farm shows off the white (her favorite) and red dragonfruit Saturday at Puhi Park Produce in the park adjacent to Grove Farm headquarters.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Keiko Napier of Japanese Grandma’s cafe in Hanapepe has both arms full of produce, including fresh ginger she picked up for a crab demonstration, Saturday at Puhi Park Produce in the park adjacent to Grove Farm headquarters.

Carolyn Lum said the dragonfruit are going off at the Puhi Park Produce, where Pathitta Panyamee of Taworn Farm (she loves Ono Pops too) had both the white (her favorite) and red varieties for shoppers to select from.

Bill Spitz had an unexpected surprise with the arrival of his Hanalei Taro poi. He bought one and got one free. Bill got a late start on the Saturday market because of a phone call, so had to walk in the heat.

Keiko Napier of Japnese Grandma’s cafe in Hanapepe was doing a crab demonstration and was able to get all the material she needed, including fresh ginger with the tops still on and tropical flowers for enhancement, at the farmers’ market. Even Kaua‘i Community College Vice Chancellor Margaret Sanchez was standing in line at the Elmer’s Farm truck. Unfortunately, the ae‘o were missing, only students arriving for the Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre Saturday classes.

Kudos to Misty Silva of the United Public Workers, which teamed with the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch for a Labor Day food distribution, where Dr. Addison Bulosan (he had a Rice Street face mask on) and Mike Dandurand — both candidates for the Kaua‘i County Council — were helping move food and still able to tell people about the car show and movie in Hanalei Sunday. Kudos, too, Wes Perreira, Lee Remigio, and Michelle Panoke, on coming out on Saturday to help with the distribution. Those who didn’t go missed out on the Goteborg (that’s good food, Wes said) that Teresita Tagudin can serve up real fast. Virgie Sagisi and Angel Acorda were also serving up stuff, while coach Clarence Sales had his entire family helping.

Happy Labor Day, Kaua‘i.

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

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