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Happy Camper for Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mother Goose and the Garden Gnome joined the Easter Bunny at Bunny Hollow Saturday during the Kukui Grove Center Spring Festival Fun.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kristyn and Sheldon Peralta of Bubbah’s Toy Box and Gaming Cafe welcome shoppers to their expanded location next to Spectrum at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e during the Spring Festival Fun Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shirley Simbre-Medeiros, left, and Ella Kimokeo (she’ll be helping Thursday at the Na Ho‘omaka Hou Pop-Up distribution at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center!) pick up lunch Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Girl Scouts Amber Mayne and Rikku Burns go cosplay after selling their allotment of Girl Scout cookies for this year, Saturday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Keahi 12’s goalkeeper Zion Lebanon’s ‘ohana bubble enjoys the Saturday Kaua‘i Soccer Association games from the comfort of dad’s truck bed outside the north Vidinha Stadium fields in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    ‘Ohana Motors Rebels second baseman Russell McCluskey makes a force play late in their game against Kawaihau Saturday at Puhi Park. One Rebel described the place as “Rebel Stadium” because McCluskey devoted a lot of energy, including getting a new mower and investing a lot of money, to turn the place from a seedy locale to a place where everyone comes to have fun.

Kudos to everyone, even Mother Nature, for making the effort at following the health and safety guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of that COVID-19 bug that’s been crimping everyone’s style for more than a year!

We’re still not out of this, so as Art Umezu says in his music video in production, “we still need to be vigilant and safe!”

The Easter Bunny (I believe he’s back for hana hou this weekend) was joined by not only Mother Goose, but the Garden Gnome at Bunny Hollow. Yes, kiddles, you needed to enjoy the air conditioning to see him.

And he didn’t run out of jelly beans at the Spring Festival Fun (kudos to Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, Jenny Ortal and her ‘ohana, and Denise Roberts and her KQNG crew — they even had Lexi Jones hopping around — on a great event where even Shirley Simbre-Medeiros came out of the Westside woodwork for lunch with Ella Kimokeo.

Kudos to coaches Kevin Devitt and Kevin Gusman (he broke away to congratulate Dawn Murata on signing to become an Upper Iowa University Peacock bowler!) on getting five weeks (has it been that long?) of youth soccer going at the north Vidinha Stadium fields in Lihu‘e.

No spectators allowed on the fields that are social distanced to just four instead of the pre-COVID seven pitches, and face masks everywhere! The youth (yes, even Island School coach Sean Magoun comes to watch, coach Kevin Devitt said!) play through May.

Finally, mahalo to all (Janice Bond was running all over town, but not quite fast enough!) those who listen to Ron Wood of FM97 (how did the Aloha Kia Lihu‘e A’s do?) and Ron Wiley of KQNG for putting the kabosh on The Happy Camper’s plans of trying to stay in the shadow of the stilted ladies (cosplay girls Amber Mayne and Rikku Burns got to meet them, too!) and the Easter Bunny.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or


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