Happy Camper for Monday, October 11, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Laurel and her Hamura Saimin crew crank out a lot of excitement, and flying saucers, Saturday during the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market on Kress Street.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Eric Rita, Karen and Warren Rita talk football Saturday during the Grove Farm Market in Puhi, where Carabella’s pizza wagon was cranking ‘em out as fast as the oven could handle.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Jen Robinson, Sharon Sahara and Katy Finney of the Westside catch up on community happenings when they ran into each other Saturday during the Grove Farm Market at Puhi Park.

Maybe we gotta figure out how to livestream when the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation football season kicks off next Saturday when Kapa‘a travels to Hanapepe Stadium to meet the Waimea Menehune.

Eric Rita said he has to do video for the Menehune because Garret Agena is out of town, and Warren and Karen Rita are still waiting for tickets to spring open because despite being related to Waimea coach Kyle Linoz, they still don’t have tickets.

They were only some of the people taking advantage of an open Saturday before the KIF takes over a lot of the week starting next Saturday.

Elena Camat of Kaua‘i Gourmet Pretzels was super busy since she did a full morning’s stint at the Grove Farm Market before packing up and setting up on Kress Street for the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market, where Angela Hoover of the Girl Scouts found a pumpkin (they’re going to have more on Saturday in Kekaha, Tisha Ruiz of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch said. Tisha and Melissa Ragasa said they’re were really orange) that people could add the magic potion to and make the pumpkin puke (choice of color dependent on the palette of food colors).

Sonya Emura and her Kaua‘i Churros crew discovered the original wok is still the best (and fastest) way to crank out those tasty morsels hot out of the cooker. Sonya switched from that new cooker used at the Grove Farm Market back to the wok before setting up at the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market, where Lexi Jones was learning the ropes. Gotta run all over the place with lights like Crystl Apeles, and who said this was the perfect time for the Lihu‘e Bar B Que Inn to open?

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

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