Happy Camper for Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Stephanie Samante of the Safeway at Hokulei Village Shopping Center in Puhi recruits shoppers to get COVID-19 vaccinations at the store’s pharmacy while working a cash register. The pharmacy is open from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island Island

    School seniors Jaden DeSouza, left, signed a letter of intent to run cross country to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and Olivia Lutkevich is off the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and received a congratulatory certificate from U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele Monday at Island School in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Bob Kajiwara of the Kaua‘i Community College Learning Resource Center, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Margaret Sanchez and Chancellor Joe Daisy get an inside look at Hale Malama that is set up inside the LRC Monday on the opening of the Food and Goods Pantry program at KCC.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Alaska Airlines passenger Margy Dunn even has her Spam face mask as she talks about the pre-check procedure with Happy Taito and Chailan Kanahele after her trip to Kaua‘i from Seattle Monday when Kaua‘i re-joined the state’s Safe Travels program.

Yes, Safeway Pharmacy at both the Kaua‘i Village Shopping Center in Waipouli and the Hokulei Village Shopping Center in Puhi now offer COVID-19 vaccine.

Stephanie Samante has been doing a great job of recruiting potential vaccine candidates (she did a whopping dozen vaccines Tuesday), and even helped pass the time for a shopper at the Starbucks shop. This is another option now that everyone over the age of 16 who wants a shot is eligible.

Melanie Okamoto was one of the vaccine checkpoint workers at the Lihu‘e Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, and Tina Albao of the Boys &Girls Club of Hawai‘i got to leave early because the food distribution was rescheduled for next week.

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele, who has been making the rounds on Kaua‘i. How did they end up with a crowd for the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce virtual meeting?

And kudos to Pat Gegan and his Island School class for having such a broad range of topics for discussion with the congressman (kudos to Olivia Lutkevich on getting special presentation from Kahele on her acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland).

Jaden DeSouza signed a letter of intent to become a Gael at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California on the same day Olivia got her congressional certificate, and others were not forgotten, as Keith Burgess asked about setting up a youth running league for those high-school students who were deprived of their running (track and field included) season because of the pandemic. Go, daughter Emma Burgess (she’s a Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champion, too).

Now, it’s off to see coach Darryl Date and the youth boys volleyball league that kicks off at the Kaua‘i Christian Fellowship Southside Sports Center. Mahalo for the invite, Larry Rivera, but duty calls!


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


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