Happy Camper for Wednesday, May 24, 2023

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Beach House Craft Fair coordinator Edwin Vea, second from left, welcomes the Magyar and Gaona families from California and Texas to the oceanside event with nearly 50 vendors on Sunday in Kukui‘ula. Vea said the families come year after year and spend a lot of kala — as in “money” — on Kaua‘i.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Hula Sistahs from left Kanani Kaye, Leslie Scales, Priscilla Naihe, Honu McCullen, Teri Kahaunaele, Cindy Rodriguez and Carla Contrades (they even have papale by Tetu Kame‘enui) wait for their Da Wonton Shack orders at the annual Hula Ho‘ike presented by the Kamanawa Foundation with Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza and Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani, on Sunday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    After craving lychee for the entire day, the Allen family, from left Sherilyn, Anesia, Aisena and Ken, of Reno, Nevada, find not one, not two, but three bags of lychee at the Monday Pau Hana Market, a collaborative effort between the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau and the Kukui Grove Center, at the Lihu‘e mall.

Congratulations, Chelane Weaver, on being selected as the pa‘u princess representing Kaua‘i when the King Kamehameha Celebration takes place June 10 starting with the King’s Parade at 10 a.m. on Rice Street (watch for the traffic advisories!).

Chelane was at the annual Hula Ho‘ike presented by the Kamanawa Foundation and Kumu Hula Kapu Kinimaka Alquiza and Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani trying to fundraise for her pa‘u unit that includes Kaytlen Akau, Breeze Pavao, Keone Tango, Kekoa Tango, Rydge Nuesca, and Nancy McMahon (it’s not inexpensive to have a pa‘u unit!), by soliciting donations for a drawing for a quilt created by Teresa Nero. The drawing will take place on June 3. For donations, call Nero at 808-651-5138.

Kumu Hula Troy Lazaro (he said “Mahalo!” La Lei ho‘ike was sold out at 900 seats at the Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort Lihu‘e) was among the many well-wishers on Friday at the Waimea High School graduation.

There was too much rain to stop at the Hanapepe Friday Art Night, but it didn’t matter, because Sumiko’s and Holly Ka‘iakapu were some of the vendors at the Sunday ho‘ike, along with Morgan Lopez and Pele Jele, who brought along some of the Hapa fish art. Muriah Moises of Lawakua had her lei available, and welcome Da Wonton Shack with Mary, Wes and David (wasn’t he a cook with Dani’s?), who normally are found at the Aloha Market on Thursdays at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens South Shore Visitor Center in Kukui‘ula. On Saturday and Sunday, they’re parked near Discount Variety on Weliweli Road in Koloa.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 808-245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


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