Happy Camper for Sunday, May 9, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Award-winning musician Paul Togioka entertains during the Outstanding Older American awards distribution Thursday. The event was led by Kealoha Takahashi and the county Agency of Elderly Affairs.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Central Washington University Distinguished Alumni family Jean, retired Brig. Gen. Myron Dobashi, Mary Falatea Dobashi and coach Corey Dobashi (last game of Kaua‘i Youth Volleyball was Saturday night!) are honored by Gov. David Ige, Mayor Derek Kawakami and U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Made crafters from left Jenn Ortal, Kala‘ea Lake and Liliana Estep visit during a down period at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e Friday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    No virtual meeting here, as the Kaua‘i County Council, including from left former Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., KipuKai Kuali‘i, Luke Evslin, Billy DeCosta, Felicia Cowden, Council Chair Arryl Kaneshiro and Mason Chock get a photo with one of Kaua‘i’s Outstanding Older Americans during the drive-thru awards pickup at the Lihu‘e Civic Center.

County Councilmember Billy DeCosta (he said his missus’s favorite time of the year is NFL football!) was ecstatic about the lights at Vidinha Stadium turning on Friday night for the inaugural Kaua‘i youth football games (kudos to coaches Teddy Arroyo, Michael Tressler and Kyle Linoz — he gets full ‘ohana support, too! — for spearheading the effort to enable the island’s youth a way to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes!). Billy was the stadium announcer, and if it was not so exciting on the field, a trip to “heaven” (the press box) to see his spotter would’ve been in order.

Kudos to Pam Arroyo, Jojo Kawamura, Shereen Ho‘opi‘i (another Lili‘uokalani Trust U.S. Department of Agriculture food distribution coming up May 18) and all the super wahine for keeping the gates honest and providing a pan pizza and Gatorade for the players and coaches!

This is the kind of Mother’s Day effort that demonstrates the value of mothers all over. Melissa McFerrin-Warrack of Kukui Grove Centerwas celebrating not only the appearance of a dozen Kaua‘i Made pop-up vendors (state Department of Education Kaua‘i Area Complex Superintendent Paul Zina and Myrvie Buster of Garden Island Federal Credit Union were thrilled to discover Anuenue Washburn, who happened to have Mother’s Day gifts on hand Friday) at KGC, where Steve Dubey brings some Mother’s Day jazz to the food court today, where three artists (what’s the name of that road?) are exhibiting at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery.

And kudos to National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center Director Toby Koehler and his ‘ohana on launching the Aloha Market (yep, many of those Kaua‘i Made vendors were there, too!), Thursday with Taiko Kaua‘i. Chcck them out Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (the lotus is still blooming!).

Happy Mother’s Day, Kaua‘i! Stay well and stay safe!


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


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