Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Work on the planned Target store moves to the outside as workers disassemble the roof of the former Big KMart store at the Kalapaki Joe’s end of Kukui Grove Center, an area that was previously known as the Kukui Marketplace.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    It is not a figment of your imagination as Hana Yankowitz, daughter of Diana and Jerry of the Pau Hana Market who is home for the holidays, leads the opening customers by ringing the cowbell signaling the start of the market at Kukui Grove Center Monday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mayette Loseto answers the New Year’s call for onions Monday as she bundles green onions for a supermarket order between customers at the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank enjoys a reverse drive-thru Christmas, a present from Pastor John Cabello of New Hope Lihu‘e, Monday at the KIFB Nawiliwili warehouse.

Kudos to Kelvin Moniz and the anonymous donor to the credit unions’ food drive for providing all those gift cards to Kaua‘i Special Olympic athletes.

The donor even asked Kylie Moniz (he was a national power lifting champion in 2006) to help him with workouts. Pastor John Cabello of New Hope Lihu‘e (they’re planning another food distribution in January) topped the Monday morning with a drive-thru Christmas for Kelvin.

Kudos to Elvrine Chow (we waited for Cynthia Chiang to show up, too) and her brother Hank Zevaat on the great kadomatsu (Mayette Loseto is delivering the one for Cyndi Ayonon — she extended her stay from accepting a Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union contribution to the Zonta Christmas Fund) that was available for shoppers at the Monday Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center. Just make sure it’s already installed because, according to Elvrine, you’re not supposed to do it on the 29th and 31st (that means you had to do it today to be ready for New Year’s).

Janice Bond (she finished her quarantine from being an Electoral College elector for the presidency) was waiting patiently for hers. And it’s no figment when Hana Yankowitz got to do the cowbell signaling the start of the market, where a lot of people were looking for the New Year’s foods. Stephen Fujii even got a kadomatsu while waiting for Sylvia to finish gallery-sitting, and Ron Wood almost forgot he had to pick up his.

Happy New Year, Kaua‘i! Stay safe and stay well!


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


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