Happy Camper for Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Group leader Tommy Noyes eases his group out to the Bikes on Rice family ride that started in the Mo‘ikeha Building parking area.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ashton Varner checks with group sweeper Ben Sulivan, left partially in view while Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck and ‘ohana get a feel for their equipment during the Bikes on Rice family ride starting at the Mo‘ikeha Building parking area.

  • Dennis Fujimoto /The Garden Island

    Kyle Raybuck babysits the family dog while brother Conner gets his equipment ready for the Bikes on Rice family ride starting at the Mo‘ikeha Building parking area.

Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck didn’t fool around Tuesday during the Bikes on Rice (it only happens once a month) family ride. He brought his entire ‘ohana, including the two family dogs (great dog carriers made for bicycles). Ashton Varner discovered her VIP bike is a veteran from the Nancy Budd days before she upgraded to a higher level of equipment, and was Dr. Randy Blake one of the group leaders?

The addition of the newly-installed “skate park” (that’s Austin Mitchell’s terminology) only added to the pau-hana excitement with its rhythmic growling of skateboarders sending off the bike riders. Great day for some pau-hana meetings with social distancing.

Kudos to Udi Gal and Jo Lesoine for completing the set up for the Big Blue Kaua‘i Local and celebrating the shop’s grand opening this weekend across Kuhio Highway from Java Kai in Kapa‘a.

And, if you’re looking for more excitement, Saturday lunch at Paniolo Santa Maria Style BBQ in Kapa‘a is a winner, with a portion of the pre-ordered meal benefiting the American Federation for Suicide Prevention Kaua‘i Chapter, where Kylynn Drake will be offering Honor Beads on a drive-thru basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Don’t forget, the Aloha Dance Studio Fall Festival starts today at 5 p.m. at Kukui Grove Center, with performances from its younger performers, games and family fun. It continues next Friday, and culmintes Friday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., getting bigger each time it happens.

And don’t forget to set the alarm for the free pumpkin giveaway in Kekaha that makes up for the annual Fall Festival starting at 9 a.m. at the H.P. Faye Park in Kekaha. Wes Perreira and the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch will also be doing one of its Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana food distributions, too. Hope you made your appointment.

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

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