Happy Camper for Monday, February 8, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto/ The Garden Island

    The team of Rory Ellemar, foreground, and Aaron Tokuda return a ball against Phil Baclayon and Philip Eliana Saturday during a pick up pickleball match at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Liliana Estep, a pop-up vendor Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, said part of her proceeds would be donated to the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Barbara Ka‘auwai and Soul Januszewski show off Valentine’s make-it-and-take-it crafts Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i High School senior Edilyn Grace Marquez is proud of her first sale (it just happened to be one of her creations, too) Saturday during the Eternal Euphoria Kaua‘i Society of Artists’ Fundraising Art Showcase that featured Dr. Addison Bulosan on entertainment.

Emilia Knudsen was not planning on coming to Kukui Grove Center next Saturday because she has plans for the Valentine’s Day party for the residents of the Regency at Puakea Sunday.

But she changed her mind because between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon she, with the help of Soul Januszewski, created 80 Valentine’s Day cards, enough for each of the residents in the retirement and assisted-living facility in Puhi. Now she is looking at making at least 80 lei for the party when she shows up this weekend.

Spam and flower centerpieces for Valentine’s Day? Tese Lugo said she’s been getting orders for those as well as Vienna sausage and flowers. She was busy making creations between shoppers Saturday at the Valentine’s Pop-up (Cyndi Ayonon was busy with the Beat Athletica people at the Wehi Surf pop up Saturday, too, but made it to congratulate Kaua‘i High School senior Edilyn Grace Marquez on her Eternal Euphoria (Trysen Kaneshige did the caligraphy!) art showcase, where proceeds benefited the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank. Pop-up vendor Liliana Estep said part of the proceeds from her sales also benefited the KIFB.

A one-stop for Kaua‘i Senior Softball at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a turned into a full plate as Daniel Hamada (he said since he saw me, we have a new U.S. president and a pandemic!) was among the field of tennis players who shared the courts with pickleball players, including racquetball champion Philip Eliana, basketball coach Phil Baclayon and others. Kudos to Mark and Keri Cooper of Kaua‘i Skate ‘Ohana on hosting nearly 40 young skateboarders at a clinic on the basics!


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


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