Happy Camper for Monday, December 21, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Isabel Crippen, Lulana Kennedy and Margaret McLeod serve up hot chocolate at the free ‘Ohana Night event at the Grove Farm Museum in Lihu‘e Friday evening.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Alexis Hernandez, Courtney Contrades, Dayna Agustin and Jaevyn Navarro have fun waiting for the next car Saturday during the Kaua‘i Filipino Community Council/Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch food distribution at the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Julia Santos and Ha‘aheo Taylor fuel up on candy canes after their climb on the Pali Climbing Wall Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, where the wall is there through the end of the month.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Santa elves Hot Cocoa (yes, she has roller skates) and Snowflake have time to kick back before sanitizing for Santa’s next appointment at Santa’s House at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jason Poloi gets ready for the “Polar Express” showing Saturday at the Rice Street Business Association drive-in movie event benefiting the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall parking lot in Lihu‘e.

Santa as Elsa of Disney’s “Frozen” fame? Do they even make dresses in that plus size? There were Santa sightings galore during the final weekend before Christmas rolls in Friday.

Santa surprised Paul Horner and the Grove Farm Museum ‘ohana night (nope, too threatening weather for Scott Johnson to bring out the trains), where Sharron Weber definitely showed up for some of the free hot chocolate (goes real good with those Mabel Wilcox — she was definitely smiling in that glorious sunset — cookies).

Santa trucked that cart laden with giveaways during The Shops at Kukui‘ula Super Saturday (free Lappert’s breakfast?), where Arianna Taylor got to hear Santa’s stage saga following her last Koloa Hurricanes’ game, and Ema and Caden Miguel were more interested in frolicking in the snow (what? If we had a mister going, that would’ve been Saturday night bath).

Kudos to Kaua‘i’s two food banks on the holiday food distributions — Kelvin Moniz said it never rainbows (let alone rain) in Kaumakani, and Wes Perreira was balancing traffic at the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center in Puhi before watching the popcorn (Chyenne Beach is high tech about scanning the oil for its nutritional contents) at the Rice Street Business Association drive-in movie, where families of the Lihu‘e Baseball League (yes, Bradley Chiba and Wes, we remember Buster and Yuta Matsumura baseball) could extend their day outing in the park.

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

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