Such A Beautiful Place To Live

I haven’t traveled enough of the world to be able to say with confidence what some of the most beautiful places are. But I suspect the Garden Isle is one of them. When National Geographic touts Kauai’s beauty, then it’s pretty safe to say they must be on to something, given the sheer number of places its writers report from. I like to remind myself of this, particularly on days when I’m moaning about the cost of rent or groaning about the sky-high price of groceries. And instead of bracing for blizzards as the Northeast is doing as I write this (hope all my friends stay safe and cozy), we only have to worry about whether we ought to bring a jacket with us when we head out at night …

Whale-watching is one of the many splendors we are granted in Hawaii. If you want to get more up-close-and-personal to these gentle giants, consider sailing with Captain Andy’s on Sunday (Feb. 8) as a benefit for Hawaii Children’s Theatre. Tickets cost $80 and will be donated to the nonprofit to help fund scholarships. Food and drinks will also be provided. The boat departs from Port Allen in Eleele at 9 a.m. and will sail on a 4-hour tour. Space is limited so contact Debra Blachowiak at 639-2437 or visit hawaiichildrenstheatre.com to reserve a ticket …

The ninth annual All Angels Jazz Festival is happening this weekend at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. The festival opens on Friday (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m. with ukulele musician, Jake Shimabukuro and vocalist Amy Hanaialii offering “A Tribute to Hawaii.” Shimabukuro will be joined by Noel Okimoto on drums and Dean Taba on bass. Saturday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m., blues singer and guitarist Eric Bibb along with Valerie Duke, former vocalist for the Glenn Miller big band, will perform “We Got the Blues.” Joining them will be New Orleans pianist and composer Matt Lemmler, Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums and Taba on bass. Tickets to each of the shows cost $40 in advance or $45 at the door, and are available for purchase at stmichaelskauai.org or at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church office in Lihue …

Music abounds this weekend as the Slack and Blues concerts will also take place Saturday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (Feb. 8) at 3 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott at Coconut Beach. Presented by Kuleana Music, the concerts will feature Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues Band as well as Pancho Graham, Pat Cockett, Kester Smith, Roger Glenn and Bobby Igano. In addition, slack key master Ledward Kaapana will perform, as well as 12-string player Mike Kaawa. Tickets can be purchased at kuleanamusic.com or brownpapertickets.com/event/904575

High school sophomores and juniors interested in developing their leadership skills are invited to apply for the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp. Up to 30 participants will be selected to participate in the free camp, which will be held Feb. 27 through March 1 at CCC Camp at Kokee. Attendees will learn a variety of skills, including teamwork and effective communication through activities like friendly competition. To apply, visit rylakauai.org. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 10. Contact Dick Olsen, Kauai Rotary assistant governor, at 634-8703 or kauai.sailor@gmail.com for more information …

Upcoming training courses for the Community Emergency Response Team will occur in Lihue and Kilauea beginning this week. Lihue classes start on Thursday (Feb. 5) and will be held every Thursday through March 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kauai Fire Department headquarters. Kilauea classes start Feb. 17 and will be held every Tuesday through March 24 at Kilauea Neighborhood Center. CERT is a disaster and emergency preparedness course taught by firefighters and free to the public. For more information visit kauai.gov/cert

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