Happy Camper for Sunday, November 14, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The waxing moon is greeted by Venus as it emerges from a cloud bank Sunday evening.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Veterans Council commander Gen (ret.) Mary Kay Hertog stops to chat with Paul Endo of the East Kaua‘i Lions Club Thursday during the clug’s flag-waving campaign for Veterans Day outside the Kaua‘i Veterans Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Helena Cooney (she helps Janice Bond with the Kapa‘a Lions Club, too) gets some action, outdoors Thursday while flag-waving with the East Kaua‘i Lions Club in front of the Kaua‘i Veterans Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kudos to Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery caretaker Junior Leones for keeping the grounds clean and safe — not just for Veterans Day, but every day he’s on the job!

Happy Veterans Day, and kudos to the many hands and hearts that got together to celebrate and thank the nation’s Armed Forces soldiers, overcoming the COVID-19 rules and restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and its variants.

Kudos, too, to Junior Leones who takes care of the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetary. Junior ensures the grounds are kept clean and safe, not just for Veterans Day, or Memorial Day, but for each day he is on the job. Be nice, people…he has to clean up all the Veterans Day decorations after they become unsuitable for the job they were tasked to do.

Mahalo, Gen (ret.) Mary Kay Hertog for making sure all the loose ends were tied during Veterans Day when groups were spread out between the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery and the Kaua‘i Veterans Center…the cold water sure tasted good. Ask John Baxter of the Pacific Missile Range Facility who joined the East Kaua‘i Lions (they’ve been busy donating things to all kinds of groups, everywhere!).

OK, time to get ready for the turkey. Elizabeth Freeman of the Festival of Lights said they plan on turning on the illuminated displays at the historic County Building on Thanksgiving night…and Dr. Addison Bulosan of the Rice Street Business Association invites people to light up the streets on Rice Street, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. before the turkey comes out of the oven.

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Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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