Happy Camper for Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dave Hubbard of Lihu‘e Missionary Church is happy the food distribution by the combined efforts of the Lihu‘e Lutheran Church, Lihu‘e Christian Church and Lihu‘e Missionary Church ran out of food after people started lining up at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center from before 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Doug Haigh, coming in from Hanama‘ulu for his weekly pickup at the Puhi Park Produce, said a Kalena Park work day is Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Elyse Litvack, founder of Kumu’s Cupboard teachers’ resource center, said she’ll be back at Kukui Grove Center on Saturday, April 24, with Teacher Appreciation Day and Mother’s Day cards. In the meantime, people are able to order the fundraiser cards through the Kumu’s Cupboard website, kumuscupboard.org.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Robert Tamura and Colin Wilson take advantage of the Saturday sunshine and calm winds to enjoy the Puhi Park Produce.

Kevin Gusman of the Kaua‘i Soccer Association said the cars were lined up outside the Kaua‘i Veterans Center before 6:30 a.m. when he came to set up the north Vidinha Stadium fields for the day’s soccer action.

Dave Hubbard was pleased the 130 bags of food prepared through the combined efforts of Lihu‘e Missionary Church, Lihu‘e Lutheran Church and Lihu‘e Christian Church were a hit, everything moving out before 8 a.m. (the scheduled start time was 9 a.m.). He said just beause people are starting to go back to work does not mean they don’t need food. Their hours are getting cut, there’s that first paycheck that is yet to come, and there is no other immediate help.

Ella Kimokeo was not a happy camper after coming in from Koloa only to see the girls waving people on because the food was all gone. Instead, she waited for Shirley Simbre-Medeiros to finish primping so they could have lunch somewhere.

Colin Wilson said it’s been at least a year since he had a chance to walk Kukui Grove Center (Elyse Litvack of Kumu’s Cupboard was there with her greeting-card fundraiser), so took advantage of the weekend quiet to catch up on who’s open, who’s not, and what else is new.

Colin was at the Puhi Park Produce (they got the vendor entrance all nice after all those weekends of rain and mud!) along with Doug Haigh, who came in from Hanama‘ulu for his stash of fresh stuff (what? No giant won bok at the Nonaka Farm tent?). Sabrina Bodon’s Saturday-night menu got a strong helping from Hannah (yes, James was there, too) of Glory Farms, and Mayette Loseto, who is vendor No. 31, with many other vendors now accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) cards for payment.

Ferdinand Dosono said he didn’t have time to call the Wailua Meat Company for the loco moco that’s been hopping out of the tent almost as fast as he can flip the burgers. Next week, he said. At least he’s got the buns from Passion Bakery, and Tyler Gage (he’s with the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students and their Pueo Gardens mini-business that’s only been there since last week) said next week ghost pepper salt will be one of the offerings.

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

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