Happy Camper for Sunday, May 30, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    First Sgt. Ian Versammy and U.S. Marine Corps recruiter Anthony Guerrero present colors and a Memorial Day statement for the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific music ensemble Small Kine Friday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School’s Cindy Oshiro, Wanda Jerves and Lisa Lemi enjoy the last day of school Friday at Kalapaki Joe’s at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Braylee Ho‘okano and Elianna Yago enjoy the Keiki Korner play area that opened Friday at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union’s Ulu Kelekoma helps a client with her rental- and utility-assistance application Thursday during the in-person assistance at the Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Elsie Wilcox Elementary School fifth-grade students, from left, Jade Ann Parsonson, Kaimalie Kinimaka and Haylee Pia extend their Thursday caravan from the drive-thru graduation to the Nawiliwili Yacht Club races at the jetty wall parking area in Nawiliwili Harbor.

If this is Sunday, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific musical ensemble Small Kine (they have three unrelated Wilsons — Rachel Wilson, Derek Wilson and Dean Wilson) is performing at the Old Koloa Town from 3 p.m., near Sueoka Store.

Mahalo, Small Kine, which brought out the crowd (Janice Bond even gave away a red-white-and-blue lei to Derek Wilson), which got a first-class colors presentation and Memorial Day message from U.S. Marine Corps recruiter Sgt. Anthony Guerrero (Melissa McFerrin-Warrack said he’s related to someone at Famous Footwear) and 1st Sgt. Ian Versammy and the Kapa‘a High School JROTC color guard. Veteran Jim Jung got to enjoy dinner with his grandson, and apologies to Tom Clements for the crowd that wanted to check out Small Kine at Shenanigan’s.

Kudos, too, to Hawai‘i Technology Academy Kaua‘i Director Traci Sullivan, HTA teacher Florence Scott and the HTA eighth-grade humanities students on the launch of “We Are America, Too!” Friday afternoon, where the class was treated to a picture without face masks because it was done outdoors and semi-social-distanced! The book is available at the school’s office located inside the old athletic club building on Kukui Grove Street. Florence said they are working on trying to make it available online, but for now it’s only at the school.

More kudos to Teddy Arroyo, Michael Tresler and Kyle Linoz (Tommy Rita got in by helping with the team) on the resumption of 9-on-9 (two defenders are allowed to rush the quarterback) football at Vidinha Stadium, where Shereen Ho‘opi‘i (she’s a parent volunteer) of the Lili‘uokalani Trust is waiting to hear back from Malama Kaua‘i on the summer food distributions.


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


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