Happy Camper for Monday, June 1, 2020

Rhonda Cabelo said the one nice thing about Police, Pastors & Platters at the Puakea Golf Course is how the event brings all the people together — living together, working together and getting through this COVID thing.

Happy Camper for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Beth Haddock said the curbside microphone installed by John “The Big Guy” Belliveau of A/V Kaua‘i last year is coming in real handy since Pietro’s at the Po‘ipu Shopping Village reopened after being shut by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bell buoy that drifted from California to Kaua‘i

In September 1925, The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper published an account of a bell buoy that had broken from its moorings off the California coast over 30 years earlier and had drifted more than 2,500 miles until it reached Kaua‘i.

Happy Camper for Friday, May 29, 2020

Face masks and social distancing can’t stop the Aloha in the face of COVID-19 as we see Cyndi Ayonon and her Zonta Club of Kaua‘i sisters (Edie Ignacio Neumiller is safely working remotely!) more now than if COVID never happened…

Births for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

• Wynter Rose Caialyn Ka‘ehukaiokalani Parraga • Jemma Emiri Alayvilla • Lexi Emiko Alayvilla • Ryzleigh Ka‘aumoana Pomaika‘i Naka‘ahiki Paku-Torres

Happy Camper for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Yes, it was hot as heck Monday (Kahului, Maui hit 90 degrees), Mayor Derek Kawakami, but people endured the discomfort of wearing fabric face masks (Johnette Chun had a bunch more to offer, too) during the Memorial Day weekend — good job, everyone — Marly Madayag wants to keep the COVID-19 numbers at zero.

Happy Camper for Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day brought out a lot of people to the Puhi Park Produce (Kaua‘i Police Department Sgt. Darla Nonaka said the farmers’ market was busy when she stopped to visit Hanalima Bakery for bread en route to the Police, Pastors & Platters breakfast at the Puakea Golf Course).

Happy Camper for Sunday, May 24, 2020

Congratulations to the nearly 600 high school graduates who persevered and persisted through 12 years of education through school. Kudos to soccer coach Ramon Semblante on the graduation of son Nicholas from Waimea High School (kudos, Menehune Project Grad, for spearheading a great alternative graduation. Kaua‘i Raceway Park never looked better, Tony Ricci. Tori Kawaga got to drive coach Zenda Octavio (she had a son graduating too) down the quarter-mile that was carpeted with flowers from a flower drop by Air 1 to open the morning.

Happy Camper for Friday, May 22, 2020

Kudos to Darryl Low and the Coconut Marketplace on the re-opening of the twice-weekly farmers’ market Tuesday that featured a new concept in food trucks — the Y. Hata & Co. truck that brought some of its Value Plus Kaua‘i Store “restaurant packages and bundles” to the public, led by Paula Jepas, the Y. Hata Kaua‘i manager.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Lenny Rapozo is the luna for Da Ditch Gang (yep, even Kelson got his chance to clean ditch, too) that is still around and helped the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League cut Spam and hot dogs (Teddy Arroyo said even Kaua‘i High School football coach Jason Apilado and his crew came to help) for the big bento distribution (kudos to all the KPWFL ‘ohana on a great, ono event) over the weekend, where the flavor of the preparation got to have seeped into the bentos.

Happy Camper for Monday, May 18, 2020

Mahalo for the prayer, Anna Munos, Mariana Munos and Ellane Kato (small is definitely powerful), who were among the greeters doing mobile prayer Saturday during Police (Facebook Live works, KPD Chief Todd Raybuck), Pastors & Platters, where Sgt. Darla Nonaka “volunteered” a group of men in blue to dispatch platters to the houseless encampment at Lydgate Park.

Eyewitnesses to the Hanapepe Massacre of 1924

On the morning of Sept. 9, 1924, a brief-but-furious, hand-to-hand fight broke out at Hanapepe between as many as 200 striking Visayan sugar workers and 40 policemen that left 16 strikers killed and nine wounded, with four policemen also killed and two wounded.