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Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Artist Toni Wagner is thrilled that her ceramic pieces, including the saimin bowl and clocks, found new homes for the holidays after being sold at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists 2020 small works Big Show exhibit now showing at the KSA gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Justine Lopez-Henry welcomes shoppers to Small Fry Kaua‘i at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, where Small Fry Kaua‘i and Keiki Book Club (featuring Usborne Books and More) will be hosting a pre-registration-required Santa Storytime (they’re getting help from Kaimade Milk Cookies) Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., and a mini market pop-up featuring some Kaua‘i small businesses like Sweet Shop by the Sea, The James Gray Creative, Akela’s, guava girls, Luly+Mc and more.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pau Hana Market vendor Mayette Loseto shows off the tropical arrangements she’ll have at the market for the remainder of the year Mondays at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    No, these are not samples (samples not permitted under the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines), but a display of the ulu-flour-based cookies being sold by Bella Ziest a the Monday Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e as a fundraiser for presents for keiki attending the Monday, Dec. 21 Keiki Christmas at the Kapa‘a Community Food Pantry at The Kaua‘i Store.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Toys For Tots drive-by drop box is manned by the newest Kaua‘i Fire Department firefighters Sunday at the COVID-19 testing site at Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a. The tent will also be out Sunday at the testing at Hanapepe Stadium, and the following week at testing at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

Santa in Paradise’s wings have been trimmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He is not able to make his many appearances during the holidays to meet children and families who wait all year to visit the jolly icon of Christmas.

“I get sad not being able to do the magic of Santa like before COVID,” Santa (aka Phil Worwa) said during the virtual reverse Lights on Rice parade, where he was escorted by Miss Kaua‘i Filipina Tiffany Sagucio. “I can perform on the back of the truck in the driveway.”

Santa does get to join Ron Wiley on KQNG Radio Saturday starting at 9 a.m. after a California resident successfully bid for an hour with Ron — The Santa Hour.

Saturday is also the Small Fry Kaua‘i event with its mini market pop-up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, featuring some of Kaua‘i’s small businesses. Small Fry Kaua‘i (they’re in KGC too) and the Keiki Book Club (with Usborne Books & More) will host a Santa Storytime (with Kaimade Milk Cookies) from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required because of the limited seating and the need to observe social distancing and wear face masks.

Kay Koike came in from the Westside to look for the ulu-flour-based cookies being sold by Bella Ziest (who said they need chocolate chips?) as a fundraiser for keiki attending the Monday, Dec. 21 Keiki Christmas at the Kapa‘a Community Food Pantry (they’re located inside The Kaua‘i Store). Lourdes Torres of Sustainable Boost (it’s their flours) made sure Laurie Ho (Amy Chun went home early), Bill Spitz, Melissa McFerrin-Warrack (she loved the ulu cookies) and the Pau Hana Market crew all had samples.

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

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