Happy Camper for Sunday, January 31, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A drop-knee boarder gets barreled by an Ammonia’s break in Kalapaki Bay Thursday during the wind-enhanced swell that produced waves of up to 10 feet on east-facing shores.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A female surfer is obviously pleased with her ride at the Ammonia’s break in Kalapaki Bay Thursday, milking the whitewater while a drop-knee boarder shreds a break behind.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Eric (he likes the egg fruit, too) and Sharlene Young get ready to wrap up their market offering of everything from farm-fresh eggs to papaya Thursday at the farmers’ market at The Coconut Marketplace in Waipouli.

The birds at the farmers’ market at the Coconut Marketplace (they meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays) in Waipouli had a change of diet Thursday when uncle Nelson Ka‘ai switched out the fresh coconut for papaya seeds. So, what’s on tap for the next market?

Eric Young (he and Sharlene are perennial regulars at the market. Remember Hong Kong Cafe?) said he likes the sweetness of egg fruit (yes, he had more than a handful to sell).

More than a handful of surfers, including one female, took advantage of the wind-enhanced surf at Ammonia’s in Kalapaki Bay Thursday when the wind produced surf reaching heights up to 10 feet, and were powerful enough to create barrels for the lineup. There is clear sailing (Steve Read was missing the lack of sailboat racing during the winter) until Tuesday when another front comes to visit, according to the National Weather Service.

Kudos to Kurt Akamine, Kaulana Finn and her “team” at Kaua‘i Adult Day Health on hosting the 38th annual Awards Celebration in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic…rules and regulations keep people from entering the Kress Street entrance at Hamura’s Saimin (did you see that fancy caligraphy on the sign?). Gotta hit the handicapped ramp instead.

Congratulations to Michael Ellis for being named KADH Man of the Year, Nancy Smith for receiving the KADH Woman of the Year honor, and Fusako Harada for being named Aloha Spirit Award (Larry Rivera says “Aloha Begins With Me”), and if the wind wasn’t so strong, it would’ve been a nice stop to check out that fancy hibiscus in bloom at the Lihu‘e Christian Church.

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

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