Category: Kaua’i Coverstory

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Missile Man

With North Korea capable of striking Hawaii, PMRF’s missile defense program is of utmost importance. Meet the man in charge, Capt. Bruce Hay Drunken aliens leaving zigzag contrails over Hawaii is just one of the many stories Capt. Bruce Hay has debunked during his term at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). The evening after missiles […]

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Bringing The Crown Home

It had been more than four decades since a Kauai titleholder brought the Miss Hawaii crown to the Garden Isle — until Stephanie Steuri did so last month. The Kalaheo resident, who intends to use the scholarship funds she also won to become a veterinarian, next competes for Miss America Sept. 14 Stephanie Steuri exudes […]

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Get In The Swim

Namolokama Canoe Club hosts its eighth annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge July 26, with two distances for the big folks and two races for keiki. It’s been named one of the top 100 open-water swims in the U.S., and last year more than 300 people took the plunge Hanalei Bay is Gregg Kravitz’s gym. The […]

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Shep Steps Into The Spotlight

On Shep Gordon’s first night in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he got hit in the face by Janis Joplin. He had checked into the Landmark Motor Hotel without knowing that it was a low-key gathering place for the rock elite. Gordon was relaxing in his room when he heard what he thought were […]

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Help When The End Is Near

When her husband of 60 years, Turk Tokita, was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Emi Tokita turned to Kauai Hospice. ‘They were so kind and gentle’ in helping them navigate their final days together, she says It wasn’t easy for Emiko Tokita to say goodbye to her beloved husband of nearly 60 years, 94-year-old World […]

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It’s All About Opportunity

At the age of 10, Eduardo Topenio went from riding water buffalo in his grandfather’s rice fields in Pangasinan, Philippines, to the bright lights of the United States. “Waikiki was buzzing, and everything was huge,” recalls Topenio, who today is president of Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce (KFCC). It was 1970 when his family immigrated […]

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Dancing For Her Queens

Nicole Ishibashi, a Waimea High alum, wowed the crowd at Merrie Monarch and placed in the top five in the Miss Aloha Hula competition, dedicating her dance to Queen Emma and Queen Kapiolani Nicole Nalani Ishibashi’s dreams came true in 2012 when she stepped on stage at the Merrie Monarch Festival. “I think it’s every […]

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For The Health Of It

Having lost her father too early to diabetes, Marla Silva of Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii strives to make Kauai a healthier place. Marla Silva had a difficult time watching family members struggle with health issues to which many Native Hawaiians sadly succumb. Her father, Moses K. Keale Sr., who was pure Hawaiian, was an OHA trustee […]

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The Gift Of Hope

Whether it’s serving youths at Hale Kipa or in the Love The Journey program, or serving coffee at the adjacent Plantation Coffee Company, Melinda Montgomery is all about offering education and hope to Kauai youths Melinda Montgomery has the heart of a social worker and the spirit of an entrepreneur. She not only is program […]

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Leading Women

Priscilla Badua, superviser with the state Department of Human Services, along with kumu hula Leina’ala Pavao Jardin and county managing director Nadine Nakamura will be honored at the YWCA’s Na Wahine Alakai Women’s Leadership Award dinner Saturday evening The YWCA is committed to empowering women, and this weekend, for the first time, it will pay […]