Facebook Founder’s Kaua‘i Frolic

Rotary Club volunteers clean up Niumalu Beach Park for the Boys & Girls Club | Photo courtesy Justin Kollar

Rotary Club volunteers clean up Niumalu Beach Park for the Boys & Girls Club | Photo courtesy Justin Kollar

MidWeek Oahu columnist Tom Moffatt says Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan recently explored the island and hit the beach for some surf … They were later spotted enjoying Bubba’s hamburgers and smoothies …

YWCA of Kaua’i is honoring exceptional women leaders at its upcoming fifth annual Na Wahine Alaka’i O Kaua’i award luncheon May 23. The event recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of honorees Claudia Brown (of Home Birth Kaua’i), Nancy Golden (of Child and Family Service Hawaii) and Stacy Ricciardi (of Boot Camp By Stacy). There is still time to sponsor the luncheon, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaua’i Beach Resort. Tickets cost $50. To purchase, call 245-5959 …

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH)-Lihu’e outreach will be the recipient of the Weinberg Friends Program grant in the amount of $10,000, donated on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kaua’i to support BGCH’s Lihu’e Clubhouse renovation project.

Mahalo to the dozens of volunteers who helped clean up the Niumalu Beach Park area April 27 as part of the effort. BGCH serves more than 100 children in after-school homework and tutoring assistance, sports programs and leagues, community-service projects, health and life skills, arts and culture and career development.

It also provides outreach to Lihu’e Court Townhomes, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Kaua’i High School. Tina Albao, administrative support for Kaua’i BGCH, said, “This is one of many projects we hope to accomplish in an islandwide coordinated effort to secure resources for our youth of Kaua’i.” Mail donations to: BGCH P.O. Box 143, Lihu’e, HI 96766 …

Ace Hardware (HouseMart) representatives (from left) Douglas Duarte, Scott Iwasaki, Tony Keale, Gail Kamitaki, Randy Ching, Guy Kamitaki, Dean Tsuyemura, Troy Taylor, Martin Hussey; Shari Ogata, Pioneer Ace; Matt Rogge, Tim Yamasaki, Ken Balla, Frank Cronin | Photo courtesy Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network

Ace Hardware (HouseMart) representatives (from left) Douglas Duarte, Scott Iwasaki, Tony Keale, Gail Kamitaki, Randy Ching, Guy Kamitaki, Dean Tsuyemura, Troy Taylor, Martin Hussey; Shari Ogata, Pioneer Ace; Matt Rogge, Tim Yamasaki, Ken Balla, Frank Cronin | Photo courtesy Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network

Mahalo to massage therapist Melanie Lemay, who recently found and saved a badly injured honu at Polihale by calling Coast Guard and DLNR. Lemay said the honu had a cracked shell, which she believes was from a boat. “It was looking injured and having a hard time beaching … I immediately saw the hole in the shell with traces of blue paint around, clearly by a boat.” Lemay and friends didn’t leave the honu’s side for two hours, until the Navy came with a DLNR marine biologist to the rescue …

Anyone interested in sharing their ideas on how to transform the South Shore into a walkable, welcoming and healthy community is encouraged to attend the Po’ipu Road Design Workshop May 10, 11 and 13. Sponsored by Kaua’i County and Get Fit Kaua’i, the aim of the workshop is to develop Po’ipu Road so that it’s safe and meets the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, people with disabilities and motorists. Walkable communities experts Dan Burden and Michael Moule will facilitate.

The workshop will consist of two walking audits and three meetings to allow for maximum participation:

* May 10, 3-4:30 p.m., Po’ipu Shopping Village

* May 10, 6-8 p.m., The Shops at Kukui’ula

* May 11, 10 a.m. to noon, Koloa Elementary School

* May 11, 2-4 p.m., The Shops at Kukui’ula

* May 13, 5-7 p.m., The Shops at Kukui’ula

If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, call Lee Steinmetz at 241-4978 or email lsteinmetz@kauai.gov at least five days before the event …

Good Samaritans helping a honu with a cracked shell at Polihale get help

Good Samaritans helping a honu with a cracked shell at Polihale get help

Registration has begun for the Keiki and Junior Lifeguard Programs. The free programs are designed to teach ages 8 to 17 ocean-safety and lifesaving skills. Additionally, they cover drug awareness, physical conditioning and competition. The Kaua’i Keiki Lifeguard Program is available to children ages 8 to 12 who can swim and run 50 yards nonstop. The weeklong keiki program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

* June 3-7 at Salt Pond Beach

* July 8-12 at Hanalei Beach

* July 15-19 at Kalapaki Beach

The Junior Lifeguard Program will be training for its 10th consecutive year as state Junior Lifeguard champions. The program is open to youth ages 13 to 17 who can swim and run 100 yards nonstop. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

* June 3-7 at Salt Pond Beach

* June 17-21 at Lydgate Beach

* June 24-28 at Po’ipu Beach

* July 8-12 at Hanalei Beach

* July 15-19 at Kalapaki Beach

The injured honu at Polihale | Photos courtesy Melanie Lemay

The injured honu at Polihale | Photos courtesy Melanie Lemay

Applications are available at all lifeguard towers across the island and at Kaua’i Fire Department headquarters at Lihu’e Civic Center Piikoi Building, 4444 Rice St., Suite 315. A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate must be attached to the completed registration form. Registration is limited to 50 youths per site. Participants should bring their own lunch, sunscreen and a towel to the training daily. Program sponsors include the County of Kaua’i, Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, Kaua’i Lifeguard Association and many generous businesses and individuals. For more information, or to request special assistance or an auxiliary aid, call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984 or 241-4168…

Local Ace Hardware (HouseMart) stores have donated $36,722 to the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network. The donation ranks the Hawaii Ace Hardware stores among the top Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals markets in the nation, at No. 15 out of 170 markets in North America. Hilo Ace Hardware came in at No. 7, with $6,409 in donations, and Kaua’i Ace Hardware in Lihu’e at No. 23 with $3,106 in donations.

The average donation per Hawaii location was $1,266, more than double the national average.

Representatives from the 29 Ace Hardware stores statewide, as well as from Ace Hardware Foundation and national management, gathered for a ceremony last month to present the gift to Kapiolani. The money was raised at various events throughout 2012, including a dealer-led golf tournament in July and a Race for Miracles campaign with Stanley Tools. The year of giving culminated in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Icon campaign, which highlighted the story of Hawaii’s 2012 champion Cody Sugai, a young boy treated at Kapiolani for an arteriovenus malformation. To learn more, go to CMNHospitals.org

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