Category: Editorials

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Walking In An Opala Wonderland

I was appalled by the amount of trash left behind this year from the Lights on Rice Parade, an affair generously held annually by Rotary Club of Kauai. It has always created a massive litter bomb, but it seems to be getting worse. What exactly are we teaching our keiki about respecting the aina from […]

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Why Vandalize Keiki Playgrounds?

It baffles me why anyone deliberately would want to vandalize places where our keiki play. But that’s just what happened at Puhi and Anne Knudsen parks in recent months. Thieves removed sizeable portions of new synthetic turf on the playgrounds, which will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars to replace. I’m just happy there are groups […]

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Rejuvenating Reverie At McBryde

Meandering among monkeypod trees draped with colorful orchids at McBryde Garden in Lawai Valley is a cherished activity I recently was lucky enough to indulge in, thanks to Jon Letman and Janet Leopold of National Tropical Botanical Garden. I love this South Shore treasure and am grateful to know there is such a beautiful escape […]

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Thankful Especially For Health

There’s nothing like a blast of the flu to put a regularly healthy life into perspective. After a 24-hour bout of misery, I’m having a newfound appreciation for the health-filled life I normally enjoy. Funny how I take such things for granted until something like that hits me, reminding me of all I have to […]

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Feeling The Seasons Change

It was an unusually toasty October, and I don’t know about you but I’m glad cooler days and nights are finally here. I look forward to savoring the season as I delightfully embrace the chilly mornings with a hot cup of Joe and a cozy kitty, while the sun peeks over the horizon and graces […]

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Pickups No Place To Dispose Of Trash

Dear truck drivers who leave opala in the back of their pickups: Would you please consider finding a trash can instead? I understand it’s a slight inconvenience, but the aina would be ever-so-grateful for one less plastic cup or Styrofoam container flying out of your vehicle and onto its beautiful landscape. A good portion of […]

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North Shore Shuttle Service Debuts

Anyone who lives or has visited the North Shore knows that traffic has become a serious issue. More and more people are discovering the beauty of the Garden Isle, and our infrastructure is not prepared for it. By the time one project is finished (which often takes years), it’s already time to upgrade again. I […]

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Spooky Times On The Garden Isle

Beware the ghosts, ghouls and goblins that may be hiding under your bed this week. But don’t worry, they’re only anticipating their annual celebration of Halloween Friday evening — one of my favorite holidays as a keiki (which I’m sure had nothing to do with my sweet tooth). Whether you dress up or not, I […]

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Amazing Show In Sky Above Kauai

Was anyone else lucky enough to see the total eclipse of the moon during the wee hours of a Wednesday morning earlier this month? It was a magical moment and one I’m glad I didn’t miss, thanks to my fiancé. Though I may have been a touch annoyed to have my beauty sleep interrupted that […]

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No Vote, No Grumbling Allowed

I hope you’ve registered to vote by now. I never thought I’d be the one to preach this, but I’ve learned that you can’t grumble about the way things are unless you actually do something about it. The general election is right around the corner (Nov. 4), and there are many hot debates circulating in […]