Happy Camper for Friday, December 4, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative President and CEO David Bissell, second from left, celebrates the groundbreaking of the Anahola Service Center with, from left, Anahola resident and County Councilmember Kipukai Kuali‘i, Robin Danner, Liberta Albao of the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association and Homestead Community Development Corporation, and Rhonda Fu, Dennis Neves and Erna Kamibayashi of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Wednesday in Anahola adjacent to the solar farm.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Commission Commissioner Dennis Neves, Rhonda Fu, and Erna Kamibayashi join Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Anahola Service Center Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sunset marks the end of another day at the Pikake Street and Nawiliwili Road intersection Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Festival of Lights is reflected in the accumulation of water from the recent rains at the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e Wednesday.

Congratulations to David Bissell and the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative ‘ohana on the groundbreaking of the Anahola Service Center that was made possible through the partnership and cooperation of the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association, the Homestead Community Development Corporation and state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Beth Tokioka ordered to-go lunches from the neighboring Anahola Marketplace (she didn’t realize they supply some of the health-food stores), and Dennis Neves took time off his volunteering to attend the celebration (Kaua‘i-based businesses will get bid awards for the $9 million project). What an awesome demonstration of keeping the money at home.

This is a badly-needed shot for the island’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

Moving along, Santa and Mrs. Claus make their appearance in the Santa Bubble at this weekend’s Festival of Lights (it turns on around 6 p.m. nightly at the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

And because today is the first Friday in December, Dr. Addison Bulosan said the bands start playing at 6 p.m. at The Specific (chiropractor) offices for the virtual Lights on Rice parade. Ho‘ike Community Television is working with the Rotary Club of Kaua‘i (is there going to be an Old Sugar Mill Run?) to offer a collection from previous years’ Lights on Rice parades and related festivities.

Santa is also figuring how to be safe from the COVID-19 at Kukui Grove Center (where is Candy Cane Lane?), and over in Waimea, the lights have been turned on with no fanfare because of the pandemic. Now, who’s going to vote for this year’s winners with no Waimea Christmas Lighted Parade?

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

1 Comments
  1. steven December 5, 2020 1:21 pm Reply

    Before we celebrate. Let’s not ignore the abomination of the solar farm in Anahola. Did anyone consider it should be moved back further from the highway? Stop spending money on junk mailing and start getting feedback.


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