Happy Camper for Friday, March 5, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shereen Ho‘opi‘i, right, and some of the Lili‘uokalani Trust ‘ohana get the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families food boxes ready for the agency distributors during the sixth round of distributions, at the trust complex in Lihu‘e Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Artist Aren Blake checks out “Goats and Roses” at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery during entry day for the KSA Spring Show that opens today at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

Congratulations to Padraic Gallagher (are you at Bikes on Rice coming up March 9?) and the Kaua‘i American Red Cross on being acknowledged by Mayor Derek Kawakami during the launch of March being celebrated as Red Cross Month.

This extends to all the volunteers beyond Kaua‘i Hero Steve Soltysik (he rode his electric cruiser to the event) and Kaua‘i Volunteer Jed Somit, because it is the effort of everyone who adds to the overall impact.

March is also the month we celebrate Girls Day, Hinamatsuri to the Japanese — the third day of the third month —(congratulations, coach Orlando Anaya, on the new mo‘opuna!), where Kaua‘i Bakery had cute Girls Day boxes with mochi, cupcakes, and what was that round thingie? March is also Women’s History Month, and the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women is hosting an essay contest on women who inspire greatness.

A reminder that State Farm’s Eric Kaneda is partnering with the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank for a one-day food drive Saturday at the Times Supermarket at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sarah Tochiki will bring something new to the shopping center today from 5 p.m., when the Kaua‘i ‘Opio Keiki Orchestra program violin students will do the KOKO Stroll to open the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Spring Show, where Sarah has a specially-painted violin offered as part of the KOKO fundraiser.

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

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