Happy Camper for Monday, February 15, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Good-fortune offerings are displayed by, from left Laurie Ho, Amy Chun, Terry Philips, Beverly Pang and Maurina Borgatti, representing the Pau Hana Market (there’s one today from 3 p.m. at Kukui Grove Center parking lot near Times Supermarket). Here they also tease Ah Lung the Chinese dragon led by Pua La‘a and the Dance Arts Yoga Academy Saturday at KGC in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Darren of the Soul Shrine Sonic Sanctuary tunes the gongs ahead of their special performance Saturday at the Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chelsea Januszewski has her own reasons for choosing the color purple as she packs a creation inspired by repurposing material from new building and construction projects Saturday at one of the pop-up stations using to-go Chinese food containers decorated for Valentine’s Day, at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

There wasn’t enough time to squeeze through the crowd that took in the 2021 Kaua‘i Quilt Show that opened Friday at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery located next to the shut doors of the Beauty Boardroom at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

Those shoppers were surprised with the appearance of Pua La‘a and Ah Lung, the Chinese dragon, whose life stemmed from volunteers from the Dance Arts Yoga Academy (they were heading to Moloa‘a and ‘Opio Ao later) and who disspelled any bad spirits lingering from 2020 and brought welcomed positive energy for the Year of the Ox.

That added to Emilia Knudsen’s success, where she recruited enough volunteers to share Valentine’s Day cards and lei to beyond the residents of the Regency at Puakea in Puhi. Her mom said Emilia would deliver cards for Wilcox Medical Center long-term-care patients (‘Ohana Pacific), Kaua‘i Hospice and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (she’s from the Eastside where the Kaua‘i Community Food Pantry is located in The Kaua‘i Store).

But it’s all right because Monday is a “quasi-holiday,” so there’s time to visit the quilt show that opens from 10 a.m., the final day of the multi-family garage sale in the Ulu Ko subdivision benefitting the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank (Liliana Estep said the check from last week’s special Lililana Designs shell jewelry sales is already in the mail, and she’ll figure out how much more came in over the weekend).

Go early to the Pau Hana Market before the ladies at Family Cafe sell out of the pancit and lechon roast pork (hmm, sounds good for dinner).


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


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