Category: Feature

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The Benefits Of Music In Schools

Studies show students who learn music do better in other subjects. After nearly 20 years teaching music at Kapaa Middle School, Mary Lardizabal can attest to that Music programs often are the first to be cut from public school curriculum because of financial restraints, but not at Kapaa Middle School. Its program is still going […]

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Powering Up

Under the leadership of David Bissell, KIUC will produce half of Kauai’s daytime energy needs through renewable sources by next year. And there are plans for more Kauai is well on its way to harnessing half its energy needs from natural resources in the next five years. It’s an ambitious goal for Kauai Island Utility […]

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Sharing The Culture

Sean Chun uses traditional Hawaiian practices to help others heal mind, body and spirit, and he is on a mission to share this ancient knowledge with a select few so that they, too, can assist others in achieving well-being. “He’s the total package. He’s amazing,” says Kaniho Giminiz, one of Chun’s students. Chun is passing […]

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Planning Kauai’s Future

County planning director Michael Dahilig and long-range planners (pictured at left) Lea Kaiaokamalie, Marisa Valenciano and Marie Williams are actively looking at how to make Kauai a more liveable island Owning a home on Kauai is a pipedream for a significant portion of the island’s population. In fact, 60 percent of the housing inventory is […]

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All About Bots

High-schoolers from across the island team up in Kauaibots, and they’re impressing the competition here and on the Mainland Robotics isn’t just about building robots. The Kauaibots program teaches students valuable lessons, such as critical thinking and how to work together as a team. It even helps teens build their confidence and provides them with […]

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The Coast Is Clear

She nearly quit the challenging Coast Guard Academy, but now Rear Adm. Cari Thomas is at the helm of Coast Guard District 14 According to Center for American Progress, women make up 59 percent of the college-educated, entry-level workforce, but only 14.6 percent of executive officers and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. Opportunities […]

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New Life For Mahelona

Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (and its sister facilities on Kauai) was practically bankrupt until Scott McFarland stepped in last year and led an amazing financial turnaround Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH) is approaching its centennial anniversary, and like a phoenix rising from troublesome financial ashes, the state facility has a reason to celebrate the coming […]

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A Longs Story Short

The new Longs in Kapaa is more than twice as large as the old store, and offers a drive-through pharmacy. It opens Sunday. It’s hard to miss the slick, brand-new Longs Drugs in Kapaa fronting Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach. The upgraded appearance and central location have employees eager to show off the […]

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Help For Kauai’s Feathered Friends

Native seabird populations that once covered the entire island have plummeted tragically in recent decades. “You’re looking at only a shadow of what used to be,” explains André Raine, Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) coordinator. Raine spends his days perched atop mountain ranges only accessible by helicopter studying the behaviors of the critically endangered […]

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When Disaster Strikes

Whether it’s a hurricane, fire or flood, the Red Cross is there to help when hope is gone. American Red Cross recently bid farewell to its Kauai County director, Keri Russell. Though the news came as an unfortunate surprise for some, Russell’s efforts to step up volunteerism in the community will not soon be forgotten. […]