Happy Camper for Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Kailana Pagtolingan, Jessie Pagtolingan and Aloha Kaneakua greet guests at the temperature-check station Saturday during the Kaua‘i Youth Football contests at the stadium at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Park in Kapa‘a.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Orion Macafee (the next Midnight Bear Bread cub) and Ursa Swift get in some shopping after selling out of their supply Saturday at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Your order, please. From left, Randy Lee, Parker Reed and Jackie Lee greet shoppers from inside the Live Fire Pizza Kaua‘i mobile oven that made its first appearance Saturday at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “We won!” Chef Jakki Nelson of Kaua‘i Nectar talks about Fast Company taking the latest Nawiliwili Yacht Club Gene Well Series race from behind her table at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Elena Camat of Kaua‘i Gourmet Pretzels had packages of assorted and huckleberry flavors when she made her first appearance Saturday at the Grove Farm Market in Puhi.

The Grove Farm Market was a happening place Saturday in Puhi, said David Hinazumi, who kept everyone honest in the surging crowd of shoppers that ended up in lines leading to the food trucks.

And where was all that smoke, Ferdinand Dosono? Yes,we know, Isaiah Dosono is the president of Kaua‘i Kim Chee, Ferdinand is just the chef, like Glenn Hayakawa of Haole Girl Island Sweets, who had some ham croissants across the Kaua‘i Churros tent (didn’t have time to see what new creations they had last week).

Welcome to Randy Lee and the ‘ohana at Live Fire Pizza Kaua‘i (Jackie Lee even made deliveries to some of the vendors who couldn’t wait), which made their first appearance at the weekly farmers’ market, where Randy said they’ll give it a try for a couple of weeks to see if they can balance getting back to Kapa‘a where a lot of people plan on pizza for Saturday-night dinner.

Kudos, too, to Elena Camat of Kaua‘i Gourmet Pretzels, who had special huckleberry pretzels inspired by Washington state, on her first appearance at the Grove Farm Market, where Nikol Nonaka was pretty much wiped out of everything (Dean Nonaka said it was pretty busy) except some containers of cinnamon toast (nope, this is not your grocery-store variety), and even if Ernie Domingo wasn’t there, no lilikoi cookies.

Jakki Nelson had time between customers at Kaua‘i Nectar to talk about Fast Company taking that last Nawiliwili Yacht Club race. There’s still one more race in the Gene Wells Series, this Thursday, and the season ends at the end of the month.

Adam Coyaso of Kaua‘i Coconuts was going crazy because his meat picker broke and he had to tend to Junior, and it was a good thing there were no dogs around so Mini Me could snooze under the pickup. Adam said Christine is not feeling well so the food truck opening is getting pushed back. Get well soon, Christine. We want to see Mini Me by that Crossfit place next to McDonald’s.


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

  1. Randy Lee, Carabella's Pizza October 4, 2021 3:08 pm Reply

    Mahalo for the shout out, our business name is Carabella’s Pizza LLC. Not Live Fire.

    Randy and Jackie Lee
    Carabella’s Pizza, LLC

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