Happy Camper for Friday, December 11, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Santa in Paradise (aka Phil Worwa) is lonely at Santa’s Hale that is ready for Super Saturday coming up Dec. 12 at The Shops at Kukui‘ula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mom Brooke Sugahara says they’re smiling behind the masks as Kaliko, Brooke and Sapphire Sugahara catch their breath at the Poipu Dolphin Wednesday following the opening surge at the farmers’ market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Stacie Chiba Miguel of The Shops a Kukui‘ula stocks up on her stash of Aloha Ginger Beer from Karen Herrera and Ayana Kemmler Wednesday during the farmers’ market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula. Aloha Ginger Beer is readying to open a shop in the area formerly known as the Lihu‘e Shopping Center Annex (you know, where Aloha Roastmaster and Troy’s are) this month.

Mahalo, Kealani and Cristiano Keoho, for coming to Kaua‘i and spending time with mom Capt. Shawn Keoho of The Salvation Army.It’s probably the best Christmas present she’ll get this season, just being here and staying healthy.

The Salvation Army, Toys For Tots and The Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund all need help and are encouraging people to stay safe by doing things virtually instead of in person. Edie Ignacio Neumiller said Keiko Napier, who is the Japanese Grandma of Japanese Grandma restaurant in Hanapepe, is donating 5% of food sales to the Zonta Club up to Dec. 15, and she’s also collecting new and unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots.

Kudos to Kaua‘i Fire Department Deputy Chief Solomon Kanoho on getting the graduates of the recruit class (Kaua‘i Police Department did its graduation Thursday) to help with the drive-thru Toys For Tots collection tent at the COVID-19 testing sites. It’s back to Vidinha Stadium this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you don’t need an appointment to drop off new and unwrapped toys.

Johnette Chun said the Christmas stockings and lists for kupuna Christmas wishes are ready to pickup at the Kaua‘i Police Department office near Chief Todd Raybucks’ office. The KPD is partnering with Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar’s office to try and fulfill kupuna holiday wishes for residents of the Lihu‘e Gardens elderly housing apartments. They invite anyone (yes, businesses are included) to help remember kupuna during this time of uncertainty.

If you need something to do, Saturday is a good day to cross the Hanalei River and visit the good Waipa Foundation (that poi on Thursdays sure hits the spot), which hosts a craft fair (face masks and social distancing) from noon to 4 p.m. That affords lots of time to get back across the bridge before it gets dark. And, it’s not supposed to rain, just be windy.


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


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