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Happy Camper for Monday, May 22, 2023

Bubble gum lei, fabric and palaka? Ribbon lei la‘i. Those fancy money lei and crowns that were not available from vendors on the way to graduation (good thing the rain decided to let up!). Maile Castillo got to use the foyer at the historic Waimea Theater to vend her offerings (didn’t sell out like Kimberlynn Salons, who was down to her last exotic lei la‘i with graduation still more than an hour out) as a fundraiser for her son Kahi, who needs to get to the Keiki Hula contest on O‘ahu and to the Rose Bowl as a member of the All-Hawai‘i Band (is this the same one being coordinated by Kapa‘a High School Music Director Catherine Paleka?). Kwailan Obrero was celebrating the return of no COVID restrictions after several years of not being able to sell lei at graduation ceremonies!

What? Fried pumpkin? Fried banana, sweet potatoes, and even kalo? Dang’s Farm started doing value added to their normal produce offerings at the Grove Farm Market Saturday mornings in Puhi (good thing everyone was sleeping in following Friday graduation…no crowd for the Nonaka Farm Half Moons tent. Dean Nonaka was not scheduled until after the Grove Farm Market, and Coach Kell Nonaka was busy at the north Vidinha soccer fields with the Kaua‘i Soccer Association championships and playoffs!


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 808-245-0453 or
Source: The Garden Island

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