Cornell’s Albatross Cam Returns

I love animals. I especially love baby animals. That’s why I’m excited to start watching this year’s newborn Laysan albatross that Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s bird cam will follow from birth to fledge. Kauai Albatross Network volunteers will log in hours of monitoring the cameras so that the world can watch every precious moments of the chick’s life, just as they did for Kaloakulua last year. Check out this week’s Newsmaker on Page 14 for more about our famous birds …

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with Sooyun Kim on flute, Matthew Lipman on viola, Chad Hoopes playing violin and Dmitri Atapine on cello — performing works by Mozart, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Ernst von Donanyhi — will be back on the Garden Isle Saturday (Jan. 17) at Sheraton Kauai Resort in Poipu. Doors open at 3 p.m. and guests will be treated to pupu and a no-host bar. Pre-concert entertainment is by Kauai Chamber Flutes. Proceeds go to the 2014 Kauai United Way annual campaign. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit events.r20.constantcontact.c om/register/event?oeidk=a0 7eaak9kgy7d2006bf&llr=78 cssleab …

Diabetes sufferers could learn more about managing their condition by attending a workshop sponsored by the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs. The six-week series, “Diabetes Self-Management Program,” begins Tuesday (Jan. 13) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Lihue Civic Center, Piikoi Building, conference room. The program originally was developed in 2008 by Stanford University Patient Education Center, and will cover topics including appropriate use of medication and monitoring blood sugar level.

“We are more like coaches,” says Johnny Yago, a DSMP facilitator. “The answer to someone’s question often comes from other participants.”

Registration is required. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Yago at 241-4470 or jyago@kauai.gov …

Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry (left) and Deputy Chief Michael Contrades (right) honor Detective James Kurasaki with the officer of the month award for December | Photo courtesy Kauai Police Department

Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry (left) and Deputy Chief Michael Contrades (right) honor Detective James Kurasaki with the officer of the month award for December | Photo courtesy Kauai Police Department

Investigative Services Bureau nominated Kauai Police Department Detective Jimmy Kurasaki for his work over the past three decades, and he was recognized as the department’s Officer of the Month by Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry and County of Kauai Police Commission at December’s commission meeting. Kurasaki retired last month as the most senior member of the department and served in a number of roles over the years, including evidence custodian and patrol sergeant. He is best known for his work pioneering sexual assault investigations. KPD also bids farewell to Ale Quibilan, assistant chief of Investigative Services Bureau, and Kathleen Langtad, KPD’s dispatch supervisor, who both are retiring after more than three decades of service …

The 40-voice auditioned choral ensemble Kauai Voices will perform songs about love — the good, the bad and the ugly — from musicals including West Side Story and Chicago Friday and Saturday (Jan. 16 and 17) from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Contact Melissa Mojo at 822-0545 for more information …

In honor of the traditional time of year from November to February when Lono, god of agriculture and peace, rules the land, Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Paani Makahiki is slated for Saturday (Jan. 17) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kapaa Beach Park. It’s free and will have 10 featured games, including ulu maika and kukini. Visitors and kamaaina age 5 and up are invited to participate. Other activities include cultural demonstrations, and there will be a craft fair and food available …

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