Happy Camper for Monday, July 12, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Carrie Laatsch and Emilio Ruiz-Romero of Resilient Roots bring their unique flours and mixes to the Grove Farm Market in Puhi for just the second time Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Ruth, Mia and K of Ku Makani are ready to provide COVID-19 support Saturday at the Laukona Park vaccine clinic in Hanama‘ulu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Mo‘olelo Murals’ Bree Blake, Bethany Coma and Holly Ka‘iakapu keep working to finish the storefronts on Kress Street in time for the Kress Street event coming up during the Admission Day weekend.

Carrie Laatsch had a craving for peanut butter cookies Saturday, but didn’t know where Tip Top Cafe or Kokoro Kawaii was (Nikol Nonaka said it’s all family beause mom is a Nonaka!).

Nikol was sold out of a lot of stuff during the Grove Farm Market Saturday, and Carrie and Emilio Ruiz-Romero were at only their second outing in Puhi with their range of flours, powders and mixes. Maybe we’ll see a connection and have some Nikol Nonaka baked goods using some of the Resilient Roots flours.

Emilio (remember him as one of the lesees of the Corteva Agriscience greenhouses?) said the powders, flours and other items are available at Wailua Market and Healthy Hut, but he needs to come to the market to make everything available for the Lihu‘e area.

‘Ele‘ele School student Carmila Udarbe — her teacher Bethany Coma is one of the Mo‘olelo Murals artists! — and her mentors Basilio “Bunga” Fuertes and Roy Miyashiro did a bang-up job distributing the wide variety of seedlings Saturday in front of the Gather Federal Credit Union ‘Ele‘ele branch, where Maya Tayal of Hale ‘Opio scored on some starts for their children’s garden.

The Mo‘olelo Murals artists are scheduled to repair the damages to the mural on the walls of the Salt Pond Beach Park main pavilion later this week, and kudos to the county Department of Parks &Recreation for opening up the park for day use only (no camping!).


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


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