Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sharon Grapham and Ashton Varner do the social-distance thing at the Kaua‘i Housing Connect outreach at ‘Anini Beach Park. In the background are June Munoz and Jeanne Raposas.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Richard Stevens, Pua Kaohelaulu‘i and Duquesa Padamada of the state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office wait on Cynthia Chiang to show up at the Kaua‘i Housing Connect outreach at ‘Anini Beach Park.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jason Visitation of Spectrum moves his truck to another monkeypod tree for decorating Monday as the Festival of Lights gets ready to turn on Thanksgiving evening at the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

Kudos to Ashton Varner of the County Housing Agency and the Kaua‘i Community Alliance (mahalo, Melody Lopez of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i) on hosting the second Kaua‘i Connect (this should be a community event rather than just for the homeless…oops, forgot that this is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week).

Kudos, Elizabeth Freeman and Manu Fonua for getting the troops (Tovi Boiser of HawaiianTel.com is a new face) out to decorate the trees on the lawn of the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e. What? No inside displays? One of the installers said the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center inmates are going to miss having their creativity shine, and Janice Bond said this weekend they bring out the trees that will be in front of the Historic County Building’s front. All this gets turned on, officially, Thanksgiving Day.

Capt. Rod Green (he’s the Marine Corps League commander, too) represented the Kaua‘i Police Department at the outreach, but not before going on the radio to let people know this year’s Toys For Tots (lots of people need some aloha because of COVID-19) kicks off at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center on Black Friday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Chyenne Beach, Michelle Panoke, Melissa Ragasa and Tish Ruiz (Michelle was guarding her key) were doing Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch outreach and remind people that Safeway (yes, the Hokulei Village Shopping Center in Puhi and Waipouli Kaua‘i Village stores) are doing a Rice-giving rice drive from Friday through Sunday. You don’t even need to go anywhere, just get the bags at the store.

OK, happy Wednesday, everyone! Roll with A-L-O-H-A.


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


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