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Happy Camper for Wednesday, August 31, 2022

So, they don’t have Zumpa Ondo at O‘ahu bon dances? That’s their loss since Pam Arroyo of the Regency at Puakea made sure the lively ondo was on the schedule of dances when the Regency re-introduced bon dance following two, or three years of not having the popular event because of the COVID-19.

Jessica Clabo of Rainbow Wave Art enjoyed a full weekend of craft fairs (East Kaua‘i Lion Stephen Fujii said he almost didn’t make the Debbie Yanagihara craft fair at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center because he cleaned the Veterans Memorial Highway all the way to Rice Street. Yes, Jessica was there, too.), ending at the Wailua Creator’s Fair (Lighthouse Crystals had to take in the Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League at Vidinha Stadium) at the Hilton Garden Inn where Natalie Nishioka of Nataliearth got to fill in the vacancy…OK, what and where is the next one?

Melissa McFerrin-Warrack said Kukui Grove Center is doing a Pop Swap for the Labor Day weekend after having the chess tournament squeezed into the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery between the Hawai‘i Foodbank Food Drive Day activities.

And, how do you know which invasives to eat if you don’t know what invasives there are? There was a shopper at the Monday Pau Hana Market (where was that different-shaped tomato, Laurie Ho?) wearing an “Eat Invasives” shirt checking out all the different colored dragonfruit…did she find the tomatillos? Or, that unique cucumber (it’s seedless, and perfectly shaped) that Amy Chun said makes a great pickling cucumber with daikon.

Go check out the National Tropical Botanical Garden online auction ( that starts Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 7 to celebrate National Tropical Plant Week…not just hotel stays and pool passes, but some great plant-inspired artwork, and even live plants.


Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-0453 or at
Source: The Garden Island

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