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Happy Camper for Sunday, November 15, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Daniel and Heidi Degracia spend time with puppy Savannah while waiting on food Thursday during the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana pop up food distribution at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Koloa and Kalaheo serve together as Uli‘i Castor of St. Raphael Church and Clarissa Emayo of Holy Cross Church share a distribution tent Thursday during the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana pop-up food distribution at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Christian Lardizabal waits to add his thank yous while mom Mary Lardizabal thanks the community for support of Christian’s Eagle project during the dedication of a mural at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center on Veteran’s Day on Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Volunteer Stacy Ricciardi waits for the next car while Zonta Club of Kaua‘i former Spirit Awardees Rebecca Carnate and Laycie Love ensure the Zonta Spirit sign is shown with current Spirit Awardee Regina Carvalho Thursday during the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s turkey distribution at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

Yes, we are aware of the tremendous support Mary Lardizabal (she’s a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 168 sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church) provided son Christian Lardizabal on his path (the mural dedication was only the first step, Mary said) to earning the Eagle Scout award.

The support includes not only the personal motherly coaching, but making sure the volunteers were fed, getting all the lei and grab-and-go lunches ready, and tying up the loose ends like thanking Todd Fuerte for coming up with a keepsake poster, and more. Kudos, Mary, along with the efforts of the numerous volunteers who helped lift the wings of the soon-to-be Eagle.

More behind-the-scene kudos to Tammy Cabacungan of Alu Like for getting the kupuna to the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana pop-up food distribution (the last one is coming up Friday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e), and still having the energy to play traffic director with her American flag. We need to get her, Kate Veatch, Emily Manuel and Tish Ruiz (no way is she going to lose her key again) together for a spirit and energy rally.

Hats off, too, to Morgan Lopez, who did the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch distribution and the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank turkey (and fixings) distribution with just minutes to spare between the two events.

And, leave it up to Laycie Love (she was at the Veteran’s Day mural dedication, too) of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i, for making sure the “Zonta” Spirit Award sign wasn’t just safe. She teamed up with former Spirit Awardee (yes, Laycie was a former Spirit Awardee, too) Rebecca Carnate (she found out Dahlus Hood graduated Kaua‘i High School with her son) to make sure the sign showed up with current Spirit Awardee Regina Carvalho (yes, former Mayor and County Councilmember-elect Bernard Carvalho was helping, too).

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

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