Happy Camper for Monday, September 27, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Hayleigh O’Brien (she just got engaged!) of California, Elshae Tanimoto, Bethany Coma and Abie Coma take a break from browsing the 30 vendors at the craft fair Grove Farm added to its Saturday Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Artist Attalia Alverdes and daughter Averilah (where was the other daughter helping?) of Pineapple Expressions show one of Attalia’s recent small Kaua‘i creations that has proven to be a good seller. Pineapple Expressions was one of about 30 Kaua‘i Made vendors participating in the special craft fair that was added onto the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Special Olympics and Unifield Bowling Team assistant coach Melissa Iida, right, presents the quintet, including from left Ana Munoz, Lisa Laureta, Randelle Lee and Carleen Yamamoto who qualified for the USA Games in Florida In June 2022. The quintet earned special exemption to be able to practice Saturday at the Lihu‘e Bowl.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Hanapepe Colts 10s cheer squad includes, from left Kateighlee Caogaos, Maileia Arbilera, Charlotte Olores-Long and Alexia Clark. Here they take advantage of an official hydration break to put down their face masks so they can enjoy water from their personal flasks Saturday during the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League games at Hanapepe Stadium.

It appears that more than Sam Pratt, Noelani and Paul Pomroy and Sharon Sahara liked having the craft fair addition (30 vendors!) to the Grove Farm Market lineup on Saturday in Puhi.

Kudos, Nikki Ige, Sharyl Lam Yuen and all those green shirts (sometimes, they wear orange, sometimes gray…depends on the memo) for adding all those Kaua‘i Made vendors (yes, Jock Goodman was there, too, near the University of Hawai‘i Master Gardeners. Nikki said they plan on doing it quarterly, the next one being in early December.

More kudos to the Walmart and Longs Drugs teams for setting up the special vaccine and flu-shot clinics where the Joto ‘ohana (yes, they were able to make the Grove Farm Market because they had the first appointments for the Longs Drugs drive-thru event). Karen Joto said she liked doing the appointment because it had all the vaccine options, although they were just going for the flu shot.

And, it was a lucky shot to have Waimea High School bowling coach Todd Ozaki at the market before the team’s first practice after getting the green light on high-school sports. No red-flag notices posted anywhere. Coach Keiko Sagawa-Pananganan said the first Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation bowling match is Oct. 21, with the season continuing for six weeks after that, ending the week of Thanksgiving. Keeping the fingers crossed for continued decline in the number of positive cases.

Melissa Iida, the Special Olympics bowling team assistant coach (the head coach is from O‘ahu) had her team that qualified for the USA Games in Florida getting exempted to be able to practice Saturday at the Lihu‘e Bowl.


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


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