Happy Camper for Friday, July 9, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Waimea Pier and the declining south swell are seen Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Volunteers with the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa and Surfrider Kaua‘i are enthusiastic about charging the beach (and paths!) in search of beach debris at Shipwreck’s Beach in Po‘ipu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The declining south swell Wednesday still has enough power to create a distraction from beach cleanup efforts at Shipwreck’s Beach in Po‘ipu by the combined efforts of the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa staff and Surfrider Kaua‘i (they co-sponsored the recent Kaua‘i Society of Artists Washed Up Marine Debris Art Show 2021).

Kudos to the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort &Spa and Surfrider Kaua‘i for providing the island’s visitors an opportunity to make the ‘aina a bit better than when they arrived.

Beach cleanups are fun, too, especially when Mother Nature provides distractions like the declining south swell (high-surf warnings were supposed to expire Wednesday evening).

The Kaua‘i Society of Artists Washed Up Marine Debris Art Show (Surfrider Kaua‘i sponsors this in honor of World Oceans Day!) artist Siobhan Thielen’s mind was already going crazy figuring out how to use the leash she found in the naupaka thicket, and Tim Leichliter of Ho‘omalu Ke Kai (don’t need to be big to have an impact) was doing the micro-plastics search.

Mahalo, Frank and Judy Cano (he said if Coco the Goldendoodle could write a book…) for offering their home for support services (like the use of the outdoor bathroom and charging a rapidly-dying cell phone) to people involved in the clearing of the Salt Pond Beach Park area by multiple governmental agencies.

Mahalo, too, Buna Leialoha, on offering some of those displaced Shelter-In-Place residents a nice bed and a roof (yes, there was rain Tuesday night)! As the Hyatt shirts state, “Lucky we live Kaua‘i.”


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


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