Happy Camper for Wednesday, January 5, 2022

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Risa Clemmons stacks her rambutan harvest “just like how they do in Thailand” Monday during the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    People take advantage of the improving weather conditions to shop, COVID-19-safety compliant, at the Pau Hana Market Monday afternoon at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

The weekend rains and inclement weather appear to have spared the farmers who brought out bunches of fresh produce and fruit Monday to the Pau Hana Market, a partnership between the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau and Kukui Grove Center at the Lihu‘e mall.

Laurie Ho said she’s hoping the produce is strong enough to withstand mold that always appears to infect produce following heavy rain (no, we had wind, too, so it should be OK).

Risa Clemmons, Wirat Farms and even Dang’s Farm brought out tomatoes that were nonexistent during last week’s outing following Christmas, and Laurie wanted to know if anyone smelled the durian or jackfruit?

Kenny Ishii also made a rare appearance (gotta go, need to pay Risa for the tomatoes). And mahalo for the rambutan (Laurie said Risa were stacking ‘em like how they do in Thailand). Kenny said he’s moving his family to Florida for better opportunity. He even bought a condo and has it rented out until the ‘ohana gets there. Let’s see, a local tropical franchise in a market that is gigantic when compared to Hawai‘i? Good luck!

The rain may have eased up, but there was water (it’s called condensation) on the Bernice Hundley Gym floor so the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation girls basketball game was called off due to safety concerns.

Dr. Monty Downs said there was water on the floor of Farrington High School gym following last week’s Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Division II football championship game, but it didn’t matter since the state champion Kapa‘a High football team just played basketball most of the night.

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

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