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Happy Camper for Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo to Father Arlan Intal, Lillian Vierra, Marina Pascua, Shelley Gerardo, and all the St. Raphael’s Church ‘ohana on a great Joy of Christmas experience (hurry, only two more weekends left to take it in!) at the oldest Catholic church on Kauai … it’s amazing how history can become so beautiful.

Happy Camper for Monday, December 2, 2019

Laurie Ho of the Kauai County Farm Bureau said all of the vendors at the Kauai Community Market (and the Kauai Culinary Market) are small businesses. as the market at Kauai Community College joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Small Business Saturday.

Happy Camper for Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hats off to Mary Margaret Smith and all the many hands that came together, including Mark Oyama and the volunteer crew from Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering on a great Kapaa Interfaith Association Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday that included an interfaith service at the overflowing All Saints Episcopal Church and Preschool (that’s where the home delivery was taking place, too).

Happy Camper for Friday, November 29, 2019

The turkey is pau (hope there’s some left for turkey sandwiches), and kudos to the Salvation Army and the Kapaa Interfaith Association on hosting great community feeds (Chef Johnny Saguid said the diners were hungry so put a lot on the plate) in Hanapepe, Lihue, and Kapaa (that one was on Thanksgiving Day!).

Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Chili — choice of beef, vegan, or chicken — with all the dressings make for a wonderful aroma (especially when topped off with a serving of Akamai Juice), said North Shore Lion Gary Pacheco.

Happy Camper for Monday, November 25, 2019

What’s a little wind and rain? At least there was no thunder (that would’ve been disastrous for the First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II football semifinals) in the National Weather Service forecast for Saturday.

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 24, 2019

The students at Koloa School just “brought what they could” and the students of the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School got help from Vice Principal Deena Fontana and Jonel Elias (how can the water go off right at the start of the collection?) and the student council in sharing food (more than half a ton!) because they are “Grateful” … kudos to Holo Holo Charters (was a nice chance to catch up with Dan Sargent of McBryde Resources and Trinette Kaui of A&B Properties) on their first food drive.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 22, 2019

The holidays are definitely here, as Edwin Vea (he was helping Karin Panui of Mailelani’s at the Kekaha School craft fair last week) hosts his own Beach House Restaurant craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more than 60 vendors (that’s bigger than the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Media TV event, where Karin was one of about 40 vendors!)

Happy Camper for Monday, November 18, 2019

Nope, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami didn’t make it to the obstacle course, where everyone was anxious to see how he would do against the never-ending supply of Wilcox Elementary School students who competed against celebrities, including Kauai Fire Department Deputy Chief Kilipaki Vaughan (he was even distracted by tossing fuzz balls in the Not In My Backyard game!) and the KFD crews, Kauai Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck and the KPD crew (Paul Applegate said he lost count of how many kids beat him in that course).

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Kudos to Franci Davila, Trysen Kaneshige, Seth Womble and the many, many hands (did you get yours involved?) on a great ‘O Au Keia, A Healing Mental Health Art Show, that found life in the former Sports Authority space (Kukui Grove Center had the Vance Pascua mixed martial arts experience there last week). Carol Yotsuda was getting worried her Garden Island Arts Council board was going to leave her alone to disassemble the environment, and Trysen amassed a nice collection of artists for a nice “street” flavor, and Joanne Parongao had to get the Tsunami Taiko ensemble involved.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Junior Leones was participating in the annual Veterans Day service for the first time as he joined Nate Paleka (he’s related to Kapaa High School’s Calvin Paleka) and Makoa Ibaan on the caretaker team (great job getting the place readied for the service!).

Happy Camper for Monday, November 11, 2019

Kenny Ishii was supposed to meet a film crew at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College in Puhi Saturday, and Amy Chun was visiting with friends who are on Kauai for the robotics competition at Kukui Grove Center.

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 10, 2019

Congratulations to Kapaa High School junior Dana Murata (she’s No. 1!) and Zylan Pa-Conant on medalling at the Billy Tees Hawaii High School Athletic Association bowling tournament at Kauai Bowl at Rice Shopping Center in Lihue Thursday and Friday.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 8, 2019

Congratulations to Stephanie Iona, Laurie Yoshida, state Senate President Ron Kouchi and the big ohana of people who coordinated the visit of Hawaii’s first lady Dawn Ige and a lot of state senators to Waimea High School for a closer look at the makings of the ‘Aina Pono for 2020 farm-to-table food program.

Happy Camper for Monday, November 4, 2019

Kudos to Isobel Storch and the Friends of the Kapaa Public Library on the successful installation (Florence Toyofuku had a lot to write about in her journal) of the book exchange, street-side of the Kapaa Public Library (did you check out their fire ant detection kits?).

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 3, 2019

Angela Ventura (she’s back following some months working at an Alaskan restaurant!) was thrilled when The Great Pumpkin (he didn’t walk on water, too!) visited the Kauai Gynmastics bridge set up in the trunk of a Jeep during the Trunk or Treat event at Kukui Grove Center on Halloween Thursday.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 1, 2019

There was no witches’ brew, where were the croissants, and did you see that Sugarloaf (pineapple) Jack O Lantern at The Kauai Culinary Market, a partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau and The Shops at Kukuiula?