Happy Camper for Sunday, October 25, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Wilcox Medical Center nurses from left Noemi Cortado, Arlene Luna and Dolly Ruiz avoid the Friday-night rush at Kalapaki Joe’s by ordering take-out and enjoying the meal at the Kukui Grove Center food court.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ed Kawamura Jr. finds the seat of the Scag riding mower too comfortable to end the coffee break at M. Kawamura Enterprises in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Joe Manibusan, Jackie Manibusan and Alfonso Murillo (his son is working on NirManaFest) get a break from directing cars at the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana food distribution at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kevin Taylan (he delivered the two bins of pumpkins Wednesday at The Shops at Kukui‘ula) of Esaki’s Produce shows how he converted the former cardboard shipping box holder into a pumpkin marketing stand.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Vicky Gouveia and Jean Astrero of Esaki’s Produce get a break in the fall display at the Kapa‘a produce wholesaler’s warehouse.

Wes Perreira and the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch ‘ohana are busy with two Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana food distributions, including the first one Saturday coordinated by the Kaua‘i Filipino Community Council (Miss Kaua‘i Filipina Tiffany Sagucio said she would be there in her gown and didn’t known if she was going to help distribute food, but showed up in street clothes and was put to work at the registration table) at the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center (it’s the people’s place, said Charlmaine Bulosan).

Tiffany was volunteering with the Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana pop-up food distribution in Kapa‘a — the apples came from Earl Kashiwagi and Esaki’s Produce, where Kevin Taylan (he was the deliveryman on the pumpkins Wednesday at The Shops at Kukui‘ula) converted storage shelves for vintage papaya packing boxes into a nice pumpkin marketing stand.

Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank joined Judge Randal Valenciano and other Kaua‘i football referees from the Kaua‘i Officials Association (was Chris Acoba and Da Kaumakani Boys there?) in hosting a food distribution in Kaumakani at the same time the last of the free pumpkin giveaways was taking place at Puhi Park Produce Saturday.

Kudos to Tiffany Dick and the Aloha Dance Studio Freaky Friday dancers (zombies coming this Friday), who keep getting more and more dressed up as it gets closer to Halloween at Kukui Grove Center. Melissa McFerrin-Warrack said Halloween will be celebrated all week with costume-contest entries being accepted, special dining specials (Wilcox Medical Center nurses couldn’t wait for the Kalapaki Joe’s specials after being closed for the COVID-19. They beat the Friday-night rush — even Oki Diner is open beyond 3 p.m. — by ordering take-out and enjoying themselves at the food court), and more.


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


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