Hapalua much more than a race

Seven miles and change into the Hapalua Half Marathon on Sunday morning in Honolulu and I’m approaching the bridge over the Ala Wai Canal on Kalakaua Avenue.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

There is only one word that describes the Relay for Life (organized and coordinated by Patti Ornellas — where was Melissa Ragasa? — Wes Perreira (he was the event lead), and all those volunteers who stepped forward for the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society — WOW!

Births for Monday, April 15, 2019

• Berliann Tara Kaisha • Ezekiel Ikaikakealoha Kelekoma-Mamaclay • Amarah Jade Guira Menor • Makana Kapena Koko-Pedro • Jude River Makai Stoll • Lehina Ku‘uanelaokalani Kaluna • Everly Rae Brown • Ikaika Maka‘u‘ole Balai • Isaac James Vanterpool Jr. • Artiana Patricia Yoshikawa • Luna La‘ahea Kaluahine Lani • Mav Kekia‘iha‘aha‘aokalaniki‘eki‘e Allianic • Haloa ‘Alihikaua Stewart • Maxi-Zevyn Kaleookalani Yoshitomo Fernandez

Happy Camper for Monday, April 15, 2019

Mike Dandurand has been doing DJ duty with the March for Babies for a long time, too long to remember. Kudos to Juno Apalla on hosting a great event where about 200 walkers surpassed the March of Dimes fundraising goal, thrilling Pauline Togawa who flew in from Honolulu for the event.

Happy Camper for Sunday, April 14, 2019

What a novel idea! Kudos to Hale Opio on coordinating the youth health fair (Val Saiki had to pack up early since she was participating in the Wilcox Health diabetes expo Saturday) and talent show Friday night at Kukui Grove Center, where Kauai High School golf coach Alton Amimoto was having dinner with mom at Sone’s.

Noelani and Paul Pomroy

When May 1 unfolds, the Puna Court at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club will blossom with the color, fragrance and fabric of hundreds of lei for everyone to enjoy and experience. May Day is Lei Day.

Hawaiian Canneries Co. of Kapaa closes

Hawaiian Canneries Co., which cultivated pineapple on 3,400 acres scattered over 35 miles from Hanamaulu to Hanalei, and processed and canned its pineapple at Kapaa canneries, now the site of Pono Kai Resort, shut down in 1962 after being in business for nearly 50 years.