Happy Camper for Sunday, January 3, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Happy 2021 to the Jocelyn Barriga (she’s the Special Olympics Kaua‘i big cheese) ‘ohana, which got to the Friday fireworks watch party early to get enough room for the clan to be socially distanced and face masked at Vidinha Stadium in Liuhu‘e .

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch’s Jacie Smith and Tish Ruiz had the task of checking in all the cars at the sold-out fireworks watch party at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Bronson Aiwohi, John Mahi and Kawaiola Yaris — they’re known a ‘Oiwi — kept the sold-out audience hopping before the pyrotechnic display that was flown low because of the cold winds at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    ‘Oiwi, with from left Bronson Aiwohi, John Mahi and Kawaiola Yaris, take the stage ahead of the pyrotechnics Friday evening during the sold-out fireworks watch party at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Addison Bulosan and Nikki Cristobal check on the line of cars on Ho‘olako Street during the sold-out fireworks watch party Friday at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Happy 2021, Lexi Jones (no wonder KQNG Radio was on the air before ‘Oiwi) and Tiffany Sagucio (she’s waiting for the next Miss Kaua‘i Filipina so she can pass on her two-year reign) check out the crowd before ‘Oiwi launch its musical offering at the fireworks watch party Friday at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

Kudos to Dr. Addison Bulosan of the Rice Street Business Association, who coordinated with several local companies (Melissa Ragasa of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch was trooping Ho‘olako Street to pre-register all those cars that snaked close to Rice Street, and said even the County of Kaua‘i was a sponsor), including Corteva Agriscience, Electricians, Inc., and the Specific Chiropractic Center, to present the sold-out (Dr. Addison said 500 stalls in a socially-distanced parking format similar to the drive-in movies) event that welcomed 2021 in the cold (forgot how cold the wind can get because we haven’t had sports for almost a year now) winds of Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

Lexi Jones and Tiffany Sagucio (queens of the social media) were hopping everywhere trying to make sure ‘Oiwi and Zech were ready to launch the evening at the giant fireworks watch party (this must’ve been one of the rare pyrotechnic displays in the state) where part of the proceeds were shared with the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch (yes, Tish Ruiz does more than distribute food, and even Stacy Perreira had to pay to get in). What a great way to end the New Year celebrations.

‘Nuff said. Moving forward. It’s time to check out what’s coming up on the new year!

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

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