Happy Camper for Friday, July 2, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Ati Mervin, Stephanie Brown of Gather Federal Credit Union (she won one of the giveaways!), and Jillian Kelekoma of AirMethods enjoy the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i second quarter pau hana event at the Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Debbie Tuzon and Margaret Lovett take advantage of lunchtime to work on lauhala-weaving hat projects at the big dining table at Warehouse 3540 in Lawa‘i.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Melissa Roxburgh of the local Beet (at Warehouse 3540 in Lawa‘i) welcomes shoppers to find the grape-like cherry tomato that’s grown in the greenhouses leased out by Dow Agriscience, and other locally-produced products, from her guest services entrance.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Jasmine Tamanaha of Hawaiian Airlines, Sherry Sanchez Holcomb of Marriott Beach Club, Samira Siale of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i and Richard Love and Anne Marie Jordan welcome guests to the HLTA second quarter pau hana event Wednesday at the Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Pono Kai’s Arnold Pablo, Peter Sit and Steven Pimental celebrate Peter’s retirement following 21 years of service Wednesday during the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i second quarter pau hana event at the Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort in Lihu‘e.

Happy retirement, Peter Sit, of Pono Kai, who capped his final day at work after 21 years of service by attending the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i pau hana event at the Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort in Lihu‘e.

Kudos, Samira Siale, Paul Toner, Sherry Sanchez Holcomb, Marc Bennor and the support staff ‘ohana! This is one of the rare outings to the Royal Sonesta since the COVID-19 shut down the island.

Kudos, too, to Mayor Derek Kawakami, Kaua‘i Fire Department Chief Steven Goble, Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall Manager Lenny Rapozo (they said he was in the office because the air conditioning was on), and the convention hall support staff for hosting the first event (who forgot their vaccine record or negative test?) in the facility since COVID-19 closed everything, and congratulations to all 30 of the KFD members who were promoted!

Kudos, too, to the men and women and their families of the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands for being treated to a performance by The Cherry Cherry Band at Shenanigans during this Fourth of July weekend. Mahalo, Steve Kelly, for the nice email and, yes, we miss the group that pays tribute to Neil Diamond, Bob Seger, Bad Company and jazz and country greats. We need to get past this COVID-19 thing so we can enjoy Cherry Cherry in person!

“We love Kaua‘i, Thomas Nizo, and all those great people who put these concerts together, because we could not attend the Waimea Town Celebration this year,” Steve said.

Have a safe weekend!

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

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