Happy Camper for Monday, March 8, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Students from the Kaua‘i Opio and Keiki Orchestra program are ready to disperse for the KOKO Stroll, a series of solo performances, Friday during the opener for the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Spring Show at Kukui Grove Center in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Megan Lawson, the music director of the Kaua‘i Opio and Keiki Orchestra program, keeps an eye on her son’s performance Friday during the KOKO Stroll opener for the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Spring Show at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Michaela Alcarez, one of the representatives to the State Spelling Bee from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, performs a warm-up solo next to the wall containing artistically-rendered violins for auction as a fundraiser for the Kaua‘i ‘Opio and Keiki Orchestra program, Friday during the KOKO Stroll that served as an opener for the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Spring Show at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tommy Noyes (he’s got the Bikes on Rice coming up Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Mo‘ikeha Building of the Lihu‘e Civic Center) helps move a sled of driftwood Saturday during the volunteer cleanup effort to remove the accumulation of debris from Morgan’s Pond at Lydgate Park in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dave Lister of FM Star 94.3 loads a large driftwood piece onto a pickup truck Saturday during the volunteer cleanup effort to remove the accumulation of debris at Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Park in Wailua.

David Braman is growing up — he’s not in the front row anymore — when the Kaua‘i ‘Opio and Keiki Orchestra program launched its KOKO Stroll that moved indoors because of the rain Friday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

David also did a rainbow rendition on a violin that’s being auctioned off (the QR code on the card available at the KSA Spring Show brings you to the auction page) as a fundraising effort for KOKO. The artistically-rendered violins, including the ones done by Sarah Tochiki (she said this is something she’s always wanted to do) and KSA artist JuliJana Pinnock are available for viewing at the KSA Spring Show that is open daily at the KSA gallery at KGC.

Michaela Alcarez (she was a spelling-bee winner at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Puhi and runner-up at the Kaua‘i District Spelling Bee) was one of the KOKO performers that thrilled Asaka Herman, John Balbin (we need a dance recital like this), and Jaelyn Belarde of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i Lihu‘e Clubhouse, who ended up doing dinner at Aloha Ramen beause it was that kind of weather.

Kudos to all those volunteers (Dave Lister said he invites Tommy Noyes on air at FM Star 94.3 at least once a month) who turned out in questionable weather (nope, it was OK until lunchtime) to help clean up the accumulation of driftwood at Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Park in Wailua (Marissa Purcel was being a hula parent for the Wallis Punua halau practice that was taking place outside the main pavilion).

Tommy is doing Bikes on Rice Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Lihu‘e Civic Center Mo‘ikeha Building. Come join the fun!

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

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