Category: Good Neighbor

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Kaua‘i Voices: Singing For The Love Of It

Since its inception in 2011 with artistic director Randy Leonard, Kaua‘i Voices has become an independent nonprofit and has doubled its number of singers Singing brings joy to Randy Leonard. That’s why the oncology nurse dedicates so much of his time serving as artistic director of Kaua’i Voices. “It’s very human,” he says. “Vocal music […]

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A Love Of Quilting Has Guild In Stitches

Members of the Kaua’i Quilt Guild, going strong after 10 years, say they’re in it for the fun, as well as learning from one another Kaua’i Quilt Guild celebrated its 10th anniversary in June. The group has been going strong for more than a decade thanks to founder Linda Kobayashi’s continued service and dedication to […]

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Finding Adventure All Over Kaua‘i

There are few trails on the Garden Isle that Loren Johnson hasn’t hiked, and he’s happy to share them through the Kaua’i Adventure Club Loren Johnson, Kaua’i Adventure Club co-organizer, can out-hike anyone. “People assume because you’re a certain age that you’re ready for the front porch and your whittler,” jokes his friend and Kaua’i […]

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Working For The Love Of The Ocean

As chairman of the Kaua’i chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Robert Zelkovsky is dedicated to keeping our waters and beaches pristine The ocean is Robert Zelkovsky’s playground, which is why he works so hard to preserve it. “I love the ocean for my recreation,” he says during a recent interview at Lydgate Beach Park as […]

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Choosing Mediation Over A Court Date

Stacey Joroff is an attorney, but she volunteers her time as mediator, helping to settle cases without a costly and emotional trial Voluntary mediator Stacey Joroff helps people settle their disputes without having to go to court. The attorney-at-law dedicates a good portion of her time providing free assistance serving as a impartial third party […]

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The Angels In Kaua‘i Classrooms

You may not see any wings, but Ric Cox is an angel. Not only does the Princeville resident spend his free time tutoring North Shore elementary school students five days a week, he also donates money to the classrooms where he volunteers. This combination of generosity elevates him to “Angel” status in the program he […]

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The Giving Spirit Just Comes Naturally

Random acts of kindness, like smiling at a stranger or helping someone with their groceries, are simple things Pat Simpson encourages everyone to do. “Help someone other than yourself,” she says. “It’s a blessing.” The retired surgical technologist makes sure to complete at least one act of kindness every day. However, the volunteer extraordinaire contributes […]

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Thinking B.I.G. With Brain Injuries

Louanne Varholick volunteers to help those who’ve suffered brain injuries, which can result in a wide range of consequences and disabilities Powerful healing takes place when you know you’re not alone. That’s why clinical neuropsychologist Louanne Varholick spends so much of her free time as volunteer director of Think B.I.G. (Brain Injury Group) Kaua’i. The […]

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Kilauea’s Community Caretakers

The unofficial mayor of Kilauea and his sidekick help solve community problems and make life better for all Kilauea residents Gary Pacheco and Tom Pickett genuinely care about their community. That’s why they are volunteer members of Kilauea Neighborhood Association – an organization that helps address the North Shore town’s concerns and assists in alleviating […]

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The Plant Doctor Makes A Garden Call

Having a problem in your garden? You’re not alone, and Bob Nyvall is offering help Sunday afternoons at NTBG’s Visitor Center in Poipu Hawaii may be a tropical paradise, but it’s also a hotbed for plant diseases. “It’s like a Petri dish environment for pathogens to grow,” says plant pathologist Bob Nyvall. The part-time Kaua‘i […]