Happy Camper for Friday, November 26, 2021

Mahalo to the Kaua‘i High School Key Club for shopping for all those turkeys and hams to the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank so families would have some holiday foods to celebrate the holidays!

Happy Camper for Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021

Happy anniversary, Pau Hana Market! Sonya Emura and her sons Makana and Makoa (he discovered the macadamia nuts from Dr. Francis Takahashi of Miki Macs Honey) of Kaua‘i Churros are back, much to the delight of market shoppers (one said it’s a mess, but worth every bit, and Jean Souza — no, she’s still not working — said she loves how Sonya has her two sons working).

Happy Camper for Monday, November 22, 2021

Wouldn’t it be nice? A Salvation Army Red Kettle at one, maybe two of the vendors at the Grove Farm Market (Sharyl Lam Yuen was showing the ropes to Marlene Duarte, who was experiencing her first market with Grove Farm!) would make a good pairing with the Toys For Tots (Bill Souza and Jacee Perreira are building up that stockpile) collection tent.

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 21, 2021

Kudos to Melody Lopez of the Kaua‘i Community Alliance for chairing this year’s Project Connect that provided people with housing insecurity a wealth of resources and services for getting on more-secure footing.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 19, 2021

Keiki and their families taking advantage of the state Department of Health vaccine clinic for COVID-19 doses for keiki 5 through 11 scored when the Po‘ipu Pickers showed up to entertain on Wednesday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Watermelon radish is the name of that fancy white radish that’s pink on the inside, Amy Chun! Amy loves to make pickles with them — they’re available at Wirat Farms at the Pau Hana Market at the Kukui Grove Center — because they leak the pink color into the brine (doesn’t always need to be salty?).

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 14, 2021

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.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 12, 2021

There were no whales to be seen, but a whole bunch of Rabbits and Turtles were at the Ahukini Landing park, spinning through the park to take a break and enjoy the high clouds and the setting sun (gotta hurry to make it back to the Mo‘ikeha Building parking lot by the time the sun sets…it’s going down before 6 p.m., now).

Happy Camper for Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

Happy Veterans Day! Janice Bond said the East Kaua‘i Lions Club will be waving American flags in front of the Kaua‘i Veterans Center on Veterans Memorial Highway this Thursday.

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 7, 2021

There were a lot of numbers swirling around the Kukui Grove Food Court before everyone settled on “21” — Happy Birthday, Diane Ebinger who spent her special day lunching with her family Friday, where Ronnie Matsumura and Ernie Domingo of the Kaua‘i Senior Softball league (Ernie said the new season starts in January, right after Christmas) had former Kaua‘i Chief Ale Lumosod (he had a special game ring for 15 years from a mainland tournament), and who was that gentlemen who rushed over when someone dropped his walking cane…low key aloha.

Happy Camper for Friday, November 5, 2021

Capt. Rod Green of the U.S. Marine Corps League said they’ll be collecting for this year’s Toys for Tots starting Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center on Veterans Memorial Highway.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Unfortunately, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmed there won’t be the annual Arbor Day sale at the Pua Loke nursery because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the construction of the new building taking place at the nursery site.

Happy Camper for Sunday, October 31, 2021

No, it’s not a haunted house, said Trineen Lopes and Shannon Pabo of the Kaua‘i Community College Cognitions program (they’re still waiting on the return of the Lights on Rice holiday parade!).

Happy Camper for Friday, October 29, 2021

Chef Glenn Hayakawa still doesn’t know how to make pie (the pumpkin pie croissants looked good, and does avocado and turkey come in a pie?) at Haole Girl Island Sweets (they’re at the Kukui‘ula Store, too!) during the Pop Up Farmers Market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula.

Happy Camper for Monday, October 25, 2021

Kudos to Stephanie Iona (did it take as long as the Pau Hana Market giveaway?), Warren Haruki and all those Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League elves (they were helping last week at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center, too) on cranking out more than 200 pumpkins on Saturday during the Grove Farm Market in Puhi. Mel Rapozo (wife Patsy Rapozo was helping with the KPWFL crew!) had photos of his Warren Haruki tomatoes that were starting to get color.

Happy Camper for Sunday, October 24, 2021

Joni Ito said the Girl Souts from Troop 964 were anxious to help distribute pumpkins on Friday because they haven’t been out since the COVID-19 came to Hawai‘i.