Happy Camper for Monday, January 4, 2021

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    Alan Lorenzo is the Oki’s Box Lunch blessing, said Barbara Oki. Alan gets up at 4 a.m., catches the bus to Safeway and then comes to Oki’s, where he does whatever is necessary.

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    From left, Manuel Mendez, Rico and Paul Fotti of Gypsy Spice liven up the New Year’s weekend with Latin and jazz numbers Saturday at the Kukui Grove Center food court in Lihu‘e.

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    “Santa went back to the North Pole,” said Anna, right, who joined Elsa in safeguarding Santa’s sleigh on Candy Cane Lane Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    Kaila Albarado-Rita, Brandie Aguinaldo, Dawn Serapio, Dawson Franco and Keahi Mattos have an impromptu reunion outside The Game Stop Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    “Just because we want to get into the New Year’s spirit,” said Macee Martinez, who was distributing free floral arrangements Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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    Richelle Cabalona of Pau Hana T’s is ready for 2021 at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

Macee Martinez was the demonstration of the New Year’s spirit Saturday, as she distributed free floral arrangements created by herself and her aunt to shoppers at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

Pau Hana T’s is also ready for 2021 with its fancy Hawaiian greeting, “Hauoli makahiki hou,” outside the door, welcoming shoppers into the world of Kaua‘i Life, It is what it is, and more.

Santa may have left Candy Cane Lane, but his sleigh is still there, and Elsa and Anna of Disney’s “Frozen” fame came to watch over the sleigh. Yes, you could hear the Latin sounds of Gypsy Spice over the shopping-center speakers, and who turned off the pipe to climbers at the Pali Climbing Wall that will be at KGC for just a couple more weeks before heading to Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea.

So, what was the secret, Adam Coyaso, who had a crowd at his fresh-coconut tent Saturday at Puhi Park Produce? Those were residents, not visitors, and Johnny and Terri Gordines of Tropical Flowers Express (he was eyeing that gorgeous cauliflower at the Glory Farms table. It’s amazing how fast the mizuna can grow in a week’s time) were ready to resume their New Year holiday happenings.

OK, time to go check out the Sustainable Boost table at the Pau Hana Market at KGC at 3 p.m. today.


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


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