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Happy Camper for Friday, May 5, 2023

Safina Sandblom, of the Waimea High School girls volleyball team, said losing the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation title to Island School on her birthday was the worst day ever.

Coming to cheer the Menehune men on Tuesday (Coach Tori Kagawa said it was David “Kaio” Tsuchiya’s mom’s birthday) helped soften the feeling, when Waimea took the boys volleyball trophy in five sets. Congratulations, Coach Tori and the Menehune!

Kudos, Jerry Jona, Sean Magoun and all those Voyagers on hosting a great championship game! The consolation on losing is that brothers Michael Fitzgerald and Mark Fitzgerald won’t have to worry about which state tournament to participate in. Good luck at the state tennis championships!

Don’t forget, this weekend (Friday and Saturday) is the Hawai‘i High School Rodeo Association state finals at CJM Country Stables in Po‘ipu (the road is definitely going to be smoothed for this event), and state golf for girls starts on Monday, followed by the boys on Thursday, at Wailua Golf Course.

In the meantime, Saturday is the 110th anniversary of the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse. Reservations are needed for entry. Sign up at It’s after the Visitor Industry Charity Walk that starts as early as 6 a.m. at Vidinha Stadium. Lighthouse Day is a great opportunity to see the lighthouse illuminated for one time in the year.

Happy Boys Day! The Kapaia Foundation koinobori are up and flying in remembrance of how 600 people living in Kapaia celebrated Boys Day (makes for great Christmas card photos, and it’s free). Originally called “tango no sekku,” Boys Day was a wish for male children to grow into healthy and prosperous adults. Children’s Day was adopted to celebrate children’s happiness, well-being and progress growing up, on this day.
Source: The Garden Island

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