LIHUE — Megan Nii, director for the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School Creative Arts Program, said the American flags waved by the students during the Veterans Day parade kept going seen then unseen.
“The students used them all the time,” Nii said. “They kept putting them in and out of their waistbands.”
LIHUE — Edie Ignacio Neumiller of the Zonta Club of Kauai was especially excited at the Zonta Club’s recent meeting at the Regency at Puakea.
“It came in,” Neumiller said. “The ‘Zonta says NO’ banner came in time for the meeting. This will help with our social media ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign.”
The banner symbolizes the Zonta Club of Kauai joining the Zonta International campaign “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women,” which starts on Nov. 25 and continues for 16 days.
LIHUE — Kids can earn money, recognition on the floor of the state House of Representatives, and a chance to mingle with legislators through a statewide contest running now through Jan. 31.
And to get there, they can create sculptures, videos, posters and drawings, or write essays.
HANAPEPE — The Hanapepe Colts finished with three wins and two division titles Sunday during the Kauai Pop Warner Football League games contested under intermittent showers at Hanapepe Stadium.
Ryson Waalani took the first snap in Hanapepe Colts Junior Varsity’s first possession and peeled off 35 yards along the sideline for a touchdown.
A water line shutdown on Lala Road in Lihue led to the closure of Kauai High School for the rest of the day starting at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
The move was “a precaution and to ensure the health and safety of the students and staff,” according to a state Department of Education press release.
LIHUE — In light of recent scam alerts, the Kauai Police Department is reminding residents and businesses to be aware of potential scams.
Recently, a report was made of a caller impersonating the Friends of Kauai Fire Department, a nonprofit organization that raises money for KFD. Chief Robert Westerman was told by a Waimea resident that someone had attemped to call and ask for money on behalf of the nonprofit. However, this is not the proper way donations are accepted.
Upcoming Veterans events
Veterans Day observance
Nov. 11 (Saturday), 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Kauai Veterans Cemetery, Hanapepe. Contact, Ed Kawamura Sr.
Vietnam Veterans 50th Commemoration
Nov. 11, 5 to 10 p.m., Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, advanced sign-up and fee required, Contact, Ed Kawamura, 652-6706
Approval of additional Agent Orange presumptive diseases expected soon
Food is one of the fundamental needs from birth. Less than two centuries ago, production of food in the beautiful islands of Hawaii only consisted of hunting, harvesting and farming. Usually it would take a long time before these foods arrived at the dining tables of families.
LIHUE — Water levels in November could be five inches higher than usual during the highest tides of the year, according to University of Hawaii experts.
That’s from scientists at the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience at the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center, who have been monitoring water levels with the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.
• Failure to appear: 2:00 p.m., Siefert, Brandon Noel, 45, male, Hanapepe.
• Unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle 1, criminal property damage 4: 11:00 p.m., Barba, Irenio Reyes, 59, male, Kekaha.
• Hiilei Lazaro-Chandler and Jordan Baptista greeted their first child, a boy, Jaizen Keonikai Kahokuokalani Baptista, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, on Oct. 20, 2017, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
• Allison Arakaki and Lance Okasaki greeted their second child, a girl, Mila Keiko Okasaki, weighing 7 pounds, 7.3 ounces, on Oct. 21, 2017, at Wilcox Medical Center.
Ann Millison Luckett
Ann Millison Luckett, 78, passed away on Oct. 13, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born May 30, 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by daughter Alexa Maxine Luckett, father Clark Millison and mother Maxine Millison.
People won’t give up vehicles, so plan accordingly
The update of the General Plan includes Housing/infrastructure and Transportation, which are two of the issues that must be addressed.
Some people who join Kauai Chorale can’t read music. They might not be able to sing all that well, either. Perhaps this is their first time being part of a community vocal group.
Yet, when it comes concert time, you know one thing: It’s going to be a great show featuring song, a little dance and some comedy, too.
“It always comes together,” said Virginia Shepherd, a longtime accompanist of the Kauai Chorale. “She pulls everybody together.”
HANAPEPE — Treasures from the Bishop Museum have landed at Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project’s headquarters, and Sunday is a chance to help get the building ready for display.
“The lobby, it hasn’t been painted since we moved in here six years ago,” said Lisa “Cali” Crampton, of KFBRP. “It’s looking dingy with red dirt, and from all the street traffic.”
LIHUE — The number of homeless students has decreased statewide.
Over 3,000 students in Hawaii were estimated as homeless at the beginning of the 2017 school year, down by about 500 since last counted in May, according to data from the Department of Education.
The amount of homeless students on Kauai is estimated at 180 kids. Six percent of the state’s homeless students attend Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea schools, according to the recent analysis.
LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department recognized School Resource Officer Bobby Thompson as the Employee of the Month during October’s Police Commission meeting at the Piikoi Building.
The Administrative and Technical Bureau honored Thompson for his outstanding investigative work and prompt action that led to the arrest of three male adults and the detainment of three male juvenile suspects in a criminal property damage and burglary incident at Waimea High School.
WAIMEA — “You’ve got to love this,” Bradley Chiba, president of the Lihue Baseball League, said Sunday. “We (the Lihue Dodgers) weren’t here last year, but we made it this year.”
The Dodgers were one of four teams, an increase from the two teams at last year’s tournament, from the LBL participating in the Second Tournament of Champions T Ball tournament presented by the Hanapepe Youth Baseball League at the Waimea Athletic Field.
Sam (or is it George?) Oki of Sacramento, California, came to the Kauai Community Market straight from the airport because he didn’t want to miss John and Daphne McClure from Moloaa Bay Coffee (and Chocolate). Sam (Mrs. Sam was already gone shopping) had a print of the real Amber McClure he shot (yes, Anna Baudouin, he shoots with one of them dream Sony cams) at the coffee fields. Sam is here because he’s taking photos of his daughter getting married.
Ann Millison Luckett
Ann Millison Luckett, 78, passed away on Oct. 13, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born May 30, 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by daughter Alexa Maxine Luckett, father Clark Millison, and mother Maxine Millison.
KAPAA — Cyber-smarts can prevent computer viruses and keep confidential information private, especially in Hawaii.
“We need to catch up, because we’re a big tourist industry hub,” said Tracy Fu, account manager for SANS Institute, who helps cyber-security teams create training plans nationwide. “It’s really easy for your personal information to get stolen when you’re traveling. So it’s good for our local businesses to start making them aware of this.”
Few discussions of Trump’s proposed tax changes go beyond whether it favors the wealthy or the middle class (apparently we no longer have lower class or poor). Governing, I believe, requires a vision for what the country, its peoples’ lives, and the economy should look like in years to come. Not all tax savings are beneficial. Form a vision for the future first, and then find the gumption to pay for it.
Hoping for better candidates
Great! Now the people of Kauai have two Rapozos to choose from. And neither of them will be receiving a vote from me. One of them has no personality and the other one is in charge of our county parks. If that’s an indicator of how he’ll run our island, I’ll pass. I would vote for Glenn Mickens over these two. The mayoral race is going to get pretty interesting, folks. Stay tuned …
• Tara McCoy and Sean Ramirez greeted their baby girl, Keziah Lilialanaikawai McCoy-Ramirez, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, on Oct. 19, 2017, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
• Savannah Kupihea and Brandon Leong greeted their first child, a girl, Piper Ke‘akalaweloikalalea Kupihea Leong, weighing 5 pounds, on Oct. 20, 2017, at Wilcox Medical Center.
POIPU — The Ala Kinoiki (Poipu Bypass) Road will be closed from Maluhia Road to Poipu Road 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday for the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run.
Three races, a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K will be held.
The closure is being conducted by the Kauai Police Department.
LIHUE — “I made it!” J.Q. Smith said Saturday under the shade of a monkeypod tree at the Historic County Building. “I’m 91 years old, and I wanted to march in the parade.”
Smith, a U.S. Marine, will turn 91 years old on Nov. 10, the same date as the U.S. Marine Corps’ birthday.
LIHUE — Puaala Akui-Ramos and Cheyley Jacobs are members of the Kauai Lynx girls basketball team.
But even though they were wearing their team jerseys and joined by their teammates Saturday afternoon, shooting hoops wasn’t on their radar.
These 11-year-olds were focused on filling shoeboxes with gifts for boys and girls around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child.
“It brings a lot of happiness to kids,” Aku-Ramos said.
“It’s fun to be part of this and help other kids,” added Jacobs.
Changing careers is challenging, especially when your job interview is nationally televised.
Andrea Healey has worked as teacher and marketing coordinator for St. Catherine’ School for six years.
Now she is seeking a career change to real estate after applying for companies such as Sotheby’s International Realty and Coldwell Banker Makai Properties.
“I’m not the only person on this island who needs a kick,” Healey said. “So I made a change in my career.”
Dr. Michael Lutwin said they even had veterans going out to get packages of candy to contribute (not buy back) to the Halloween Candy Buy Back event after learning that the “bought” candy would be sent to Armed Forces overseas.
LIHUE — The Red Raiders fell short of reaching the state finals.
No. 2 seed Kauai High School lost to Damien Memorial, of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, in the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank Football Championships-Division 1 state tournament.
The Red Raiders were beaten by the Monarchs, 13-10, Saturday afternoon at Vidinha Stadium.
Halloween may be over, but we still have lots of scary stories!
Once upon a time there were several companies that were audited by our Department of Taxation. The companies and the department didn’t agree on what was owed. They spent several years and millions of dollars in a heated court fight that went to the Supreme Court of Hawaii and went back down to the Tax Appeal Court, which then rendered a judgment to establish the amount of general excise taxes due for calendar years 2000 to 2011.
• Three counts of criminal contempt of court: 8:10 a.m., Valente, Lancaster Bryden, 28, male, Hanapepe.
• Failure to appear: 9:14 a.m., Akeo, Rusty Pomaikai Kawai, 26, male, Wailua.
• Assault 3: 1:05 a.m., Wootton, Daniel, 30, male, Sydney.
• Criminal contempt of court: 10:16 a.m., Gomes, Lance Kamuela, 31, male, Kalaheo.
• Escape 2: 1:52 p.m., Kolo, Kamoelii, Kanaka, 36, male, Anahola.
• Criminal contempt of court: 3:50 p.m., Kanoa, Ty Mervin, 36, male, Eleele.
EL Aina DaNine sits at a bus stop in Kapaa every day.
But she’s not waiting for the bus.
She lives there. This has been her home for the past year.
“Hi EL Aina,” shouts a woman, who waves from the passenger window of a passing pickup truck.
“God bless you,” DaNine yells back and returns the wave.
WAILUA — With the Kauai Interscholastic Federation paddling season just weeks away, one of Kauai’s paddling community members has reached out to the state with safety concerns.
During a youth paddling program practice in June hosted by local club Puuwai Outrigger Canoe Club, the paddlers had encounters with oncoming motorboats.
FIT FUND accepting applications for $10K in grants
PRINCEVILLE — The Kauai North Shore Community Foundation invites North Shore-based nonprofit organizations or programs to apply for a FIT FUND grant.
Two news items — one very large and one very small and, at first glance, not terribly related — emerged last week. One in Washington, D.C., and one in Lihue.
We’re losing the war on drugs
Big news! In case everyone hasn’t noticed, the “war on drugs” has been lost. Failed. Send up the white flag. Putting addicts in jail and having police and prosecutors dealing with this social problem has been an abject failure. The “Mexican Mafia” is running amok. The “Just say No!” and the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programs have been a complete flop.
HONOLULU — Waimea High School cheer squad finished third Saturday at the Zippy’s Hawaii High School Athletic Association Cheerleading state championships on Oahu.
Led by coach Roxanne Cardejon, the Menehune squad finished with 472.00 points in the Medium Division. The division was topped by Sacred Hearts pepsters who finished with 503.50 points and Kaiser High School who ended at 487.25 points.
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to help the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or the frailties of old age.
LIHUE — The Navy is taking another look at how training exercises are affecting the Pacific environment, and a meeting is set for Wednesday in Lihue to talk about it.
The Navy is updating the 2013 Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) with new data on marine mammal density and other new information.
KALAHEO — Tami Riley, Kalaheo School health aide, said the slippers from the Hawaii Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association came at the right time Thursday.
“I’m down to just five pairs,” Riley said. “I had a good supply when school started, but it’s gone down to my last five pairs.”
The slipper delivery by Gregg Pacilio and Theresa Wiederoder, both HAPTA members, represented the Slippah Collection hosted by Kauai’s physical therapists as HAPTA’s Physical Therapy Day of Service.
PUHI — The sterilization clinic at Kauai Humane Society is opening its doors back up to the public on Tuesday.
The program was temporarily suspended in April following the deaths of two feral cats in March, when it was decided the clinic needed more staff members to keep up with the surgeries.
“We’ve now completed our internal review of procedures and have hired the number of qualified veterinary staff we need to operate effectively,” said Scott Pisani, KHS executive director.
LIHUE — Kauai Community College student Angela-Rhey Ventura said all of her fellow culinary arts program students are participating in the Poipu Food and Wine Festival.
“We’re all involved doing something,” Ventura said. “The Culinary Club will be doing the Chef’s Demo Wednesday, and the rest of us are helping at the other events as well as at the Brunch, Poipu Style, at the Poipu (Bay) Golf Course.”
Ann Millison Luckett
Ann Millison Luckett, 78, passed away on Oct. 13, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born May 30, 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her daughter Alexa Maxine Luckett, father Clark Millison and mother Maxine Millison.
The gift of handwriting is its innate capacity to unify all expressions of yourself, body, mind and spirit, ultimately experienced as wholeness. The rhythmic, unifying, balancing, transforming, and harmonizing movements involved in handwriting are its active attributes, all related to wholeness.
On March 20, 1937, 12-year-old Kapaa Grammar School student Arthur “Jun” Saiki was standing on a bridge straddling Kapaa’s Waipouli Stream with a group of his young friends, watching a torrent of muddy storm water flow beneath him that had risen three feet, almost to bridge level.
Meanwhile, toddler George Kojima was playing upstream of the bridge on an embankment alongside the stream’s rushing waters.
• Simana and Matelda Fifita greeted their third child, a girl, Mele Fepaki Teu Katoanga He Lotu Fifita, weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces, on Oct. 15, 2017, at Wilcox Medical Center. Mrs. Fifita is the former Matelda Langi.
• Tehani and Jesse Bernhardt greeted their first child, a boy, Aksel Masaru Onaonake‘alaokamaileikalihau‘iaekauanoe Bernhardt, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, on Oct. 15, 2017, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Bernhardt is theformer Tehani Bernhardt.
Ezekiel Lau is setting quite a precedent when it comes to late-season drama. From last season’s qualification bid that required some third-party results from Kanoa Igarashi at Pipeline, to this year’s jump from 105th place all the way up to ninth in just two Qualifying Series contests, Lau has put himself in position to surf a sophomore season on the Championship Tour.
The wedding of the year took place last Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Seoul. The media has been calling it the Song Song wedding as actor Song Joon-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo tied the knot at the Shilla Hotel banquest annex Yeong Bin Gwan with an estimated 300 guests.