Category: Editorials

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The Good Places Tax Dollars Go

This week is cause for celebration, as another year of filing taxes has come and gone. By the time this is published, I will have submitted my paperwork, breathed a sigh of relief and perhaps indulged in a glass of champagne. Not because I am now less financially fortunate than I was before, but because […]

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Pleasant Surprises In Myanmar

This is the second in a three-part series. Flying into Myanmar, the last thing I expected was to fall in love … with a river. But that I did, with the mighty Irrawaddy. It wasn’t quite love at first sight, but it didn’t take long after sitting down at a riverside cafe in Bagan to […]

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Stores Promote Recycling Batteries

As I watch a garbage truck haul away yet another weekly heap of trash, I wonder why we aren’t more concerned about the waste we accumulate on such a regular basis. Sure, it’s out of sight, but it’s most certainly not out of my mind. All our treasured trinkets ultimately end up in a landfill, […]

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Myanmar Boat Ride Turns Into More

It is a country with two names, one historically familiar, the other not so much. It’s home to 135 different ethnic groups, some currently in a “peace process” with the government. Centuries of foreign sailors along its 400-mile coastline and traders along its timeless overland trails leading to five modern nations have left their genes […]

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Reasons For Optimism On Kauai

I can’t believe it’s already April. More than a year has passed since the supposed great “ending of the world” in December 2012, and things are still plugging along as they always have on this planet. I’d like to think progress is being made within our species, despite fear-induced theories and controversies that continue to […]

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Springtime On The Garden Isle

After weeks of gray skies and consistent rain, it looks like spring finally may have sprung. Although, by the time this is published, we could be back to another spell of windy, jacket-wearing days. Still, the promise of crisp, comfortable air and vivid colors prevails. The days of throwing on my swimsuit, grabbing an inspiring […]

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Aloha, Sam, You’ll Be Missed

A recent trip to Oahu still has me floating in the clouds. The city buzz is such a fun delight, and every time I return for a visit I find something just a little bit more endearing about my hometown. Food, fun and entertainment were part of the magical two day package I enjoyed with […]

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Springing Into A New Season

Spring is nearly here, as life “officially” starts blooming March 20. Chirping baby birds and flirtatious flowers offer reminders of just how precious life on this planet is. And even though we don’t have Mainland-style seasons in Hawaii, it’s always nice to celebrate new beginnings … Carolyn Larson, branch manager at Lihue Public Library, is […]

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Diving Into A Fun, Busy Weekend

Lots to share this week, so I’ll just dive right in … Funny men Augie T and Rex Navarrete will share the stage for the first time Friday (March 7) at Kauai War Memorial, in a benefit for the Typhoon Haiyan Philippines relief fund. Navarrete is a well-known Filipino-American comedian who has toured the world. […]

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Slow Going In Kapaa; Marta Moves

Two words: Kapaa traffic. That’s enough to make any resident cringe. And it’s getting worse. The more visitors grace the island with their presence, the more time kamaaina must endure in their vehicles. It makes me thankful I live and work in Lihue and rarely need to pass through Kapaa anymore because I know I’d […]