Happy Camper for Monday, September 6, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele and his family, including wife Maria and daughters Namaka and Iolana, look for easy-to-handle dragonfruit from a vendor during the Grove Farm Market Saturday at the park next to Grove Farm headquarters in Puhi.

  • Courtesy of Laurie Ho

    Happy belated birthday to Maurina Borgatti, left, and hauoli la hanau to Edie Ignacio Neumiller, right, who celebrated their with lei po‘o from Bev Pang, second from right, and dinner at JO2 with Christine Wong, second from left, and Laurie Ho, center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sonya Emura of Kaua‘i Churros grinds out a batch Saturday while sons Makoa and Makani wait to sugar the cooked morsels during the family’s first outing at the Grove Farm Market at the park next to Grove Farm’s Puhi headquarters.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Graci Brooks and Karen Herrera of Aloha Ginger Beer get a chance to catch their breath between shoppers Saturday at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ferdinand Dosono of Kaua‘i Kim Chee tends to a bunch of kalbi ribs and Javalana organic corn during the Grove Farm Market Saturday in Puhi.

Happy birthday, Edie Ignacio Neumiller, whose retirement allowed her to have not one but two special meals on her birthday — the first being lunch with Sheryl Grady at The Plantation House by Gaylords, and the second being a belated happy birthday Maurina Borgatti meal at JO2 with Laurie Ho, Christine Wong and Bev Pang (she made all the lei po‘o). And, happy birthday, too, Sharron Weber of Tire Warehouse, who was probably hard at work somewhere.

Lilikoi? No, the lilikoi cookies (gotta go early if you want these or the half moons) at Nichol Nonaka’s table were gone, but Sonya Emura of Kaua‘i Churros (congratulations on the firm’s first appearance at the Grove Farm Market!) had lilikoi-flavored churros waiting to be cooked.

U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele got to bring his family over (mom Maria told daughters Iolana and Namaka to “run under aunty’s tent” when a shower blessed the family’s appearance at the Grove Farm Market, where Ferdinand Dosono (he shares his Kaua‘i Kim Chee kitchen with the Kaua‘i Churros people!) had his grill flaming under kalbi ribs and organic corn.

OK, this is it — the last chance to catch Meilin Vitale-Vae and Meri-Mine Clarke and the Missing Polynesia (where did that yellow line come from?) crew before they pack up their pop-up next to ParTea (check out their recyclable straws for the bubble drinks) at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

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