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Happy Camper for Monday, September 21, 2020

Yes, Hamura Saimin is closed for renovations, but if you swung by Friday afternoon, whoa. Anson Lardizabal, “the furloughed musician,” scored on a big slab of sirloin, and Paula Jepas (she says her last name very differently from how it’s spelled) had details of the Y. Hata &Co. virtual fishbowl that already had two winners despite just being launched. Just gotta get lucky and see that Y. Hata &Co. truck (is that the same one Hailee Garcia drives?) parked somewhere. Paula said they’ll be in Waimea in early October. To enter the weekly virtual fishbowl drawing, text your name to 808-431-1704.

More virtual happenings are in the air as the Center for Spiritual Living launched its “fun raising” virtual telethon with Charles Woolfork and the Rev. Patrick Feren originating from its East Kaua‘i Professional Building offices in Kapa‘a (RoseAnne Jones was doing her stint watching the phones early).

And even more virtualosity, as Ray Nitta discussed the 88 shrines at the Lawa‘i International Center, where the missing images and icons are in the process of being replaced after being collected at the home of Molly and Brian McKenzie. Ray and Diane Nitta were helping the McKenzies receive completed work from Kaua‘i artists like Wayne Zebzda, who brought over Carol Bennett’s piece and Kimberlin Blackburn was waiting with Ray to see the pieces done by Carol Yotsuda and Sally French (she’s got a piece in the 35th Annual ART Kaua‘i that opens this Fridy, Sept. 25, at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at Kukui Grove Center).

Once the pieces (there’s even one from Thailand) are installed, Ray said the Rev. Kohtoku Hirao will bless the entire hillside and they’ll consider doing a virtual tour. Definitely need to go visit the hillside once everything is installed.


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

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