Festival Dedicated To Aunty Loke

The late Aunty Loke Perreira and husband Charlie when they were honored as Living Treasures | Amanda C. Gregg photo

The late Aunty Loke Perreira and husband Charlie when they were honored as Living Treasures | Amanda C. Gregg photo

This year’s Anahola Prince Kuhi’o Festival is dedicated to the memory of Aunty Loke Perreira. Born and raised in Moloa’a, Aunty Loke spent her life close to the sea. She was an advocate for native fishing and gathering customs, as well as access to coastal resources both in her own practices and political activism …

I recall driving behind an obviously intoxicated driver in Wailua Homesteads on New Year’s Eve a few years back. I passed a police officer and called Kaua’i Police Department dispatch, hoping they’d contact the cop I’d passed and have him pull over the drunk driver, getting this fool off the road. Instead, I was put on hold while driving behind this swerving car, and then was asked to continue following it until a police officer could be dispatched. It was a dangerous, frustrating experience. So I was happy to learn KPD is offering a couple of new ways to exchange crime information. Thanks to a Web-based application, anonymous reporting of crimes now will be as easy as texting some deets from your cell phone. “Our department continuously strives to be more transparent, and these tools allow us to exchange information with the public in a way that’s convenient for them,” Kaua’i Police Chief Darryl Perry says. “At the same time, it engages and empowers citizens to help police in creating safer communities.” The first application, Tip411, enables the public to submit anonymous crime tips to police through a smart phone app. Those who own an Android or iPhone can download the Kaua’i-specific app “KPD Tip” via Google Play or the Apple App Store. By downloading the free app, users can report crime tips anonymously through the app itself or via text message. To send an anonymous tip via text message, text the keyword “KPDTIP” followed by the message to 847411 (Tip411). The public is reminded that these tools are not intended for emergency use or to file an official police report. To file a police report, contact Police Dispatch at 241-1711 …

A screenshot of KPD’s new crime map highlights Image from County of Kaua‘i

A screenshot of KPD’s new crime map highlights Image from County of Kaua‘i

Some lucky teenager is going to get a wicked-cool, all-expenses-paid trip to Boston thanks to local musician Will Lydgate and the Berklee Kaua’i Scholarship Fund. The winner will receive full tuition, round-trip airfare and housing to attend the Berklee College of Music “Five-Week Summer Performance Program” July 6-Aug. 9 in Boston. The scholarship is open to Kaua’i residents ages 15-18; applications are due by April 5. To apply, make a short YouTube video – the whole video should be no more than five minutes in length – of yourself demonstrating your performance or song-writing abilities. Include in your video a short description of yourself and why you think you should be selected as the winner. Send a link to your video and contact information to kauaischolarship@gmail.com. Funding for the scholarship is provided by the Berklee Kaua’i Scholarship Fund, and travel is sponsored by Kaua’i Concert Association. For more information, email kauaischolarship@gmail.com or call Lydgate at 651-0302 …

“It was like a little bit of Kaua’i on Oahu,” said one participant in the recent Wanderlust Festival at Turtle Bay on the North Shore – four days of yoga. Among those drawing a crowd was Rob Lentestey of Kaua’i, who wowed folks with his yoga moves while balancing on a rope suspended between palm trees …

After 10 drownings in Kaua’i’s ocean so far this year as of this writing, people are searching for ways to do more and create greater awareness of how dangerous the ocean can be. With more education and awareness, hopefully fewer lives will be lost in our powerful seas. The Rotary Club of Kapa’a is completing a project that it hopes will make a difference. Using funds from the Rotary Club of Kapa’a Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, KLA and with the support of Lihu’e Airport, a newly revised and edited water-safety video will be displayed on 55-inch high-def LED displays at baggage claim areas and will run continuously. The installation by Island Signal and Sound is under way at both baggage claim areas. The video, subtitled in Japanese, includes the latest water-safety information, such as how to use rescue tubes. It also directs viewers to kauaiexplorer.com for water conditions, and the iPhone application for Kaua’i Beach Guide, which provides real-time beach conditions. Dr. Monty Downs, ER physician and president of Kaua’i Lifeguard Association, notes, “This video is really a huge attempt at what we have to do better: to get people to be more aware of the problem and educate people what to be aware of at the beaches.” A blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held April 10 starting at 11 a.m. at Baggage Claim B in Lihue Airport …

Rob Lentestey does yoga on a slackline at the Wanderlust Festival. Nathalie Walker photo

Rob Lentestey does yoga on a slackline at the Wanderlust Festival. Nathalie Walker photo

The Pu’uwai Canoe Club spring and summer youth paddling program will begin April 1 at Wailua River Beach Park. Practice is twice a week from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Brian Curll for more information at Bcurll@aol.com or 635-6311 …

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, at 4364 Hardy St. in Lihu’e, offers a Maundy Thursday special service March 28 at 7 p.m., which features music in the Taize tradition, with flutist G.G. Shanley. A soup supper precedes the service at 5:30 in the parish hall. The church also hosts a Unique Good Friday Observation March 29 at 7 p.m. The themes of this holy day are many, varied, deep and profound. Participating artists include pianist Henry Adam Curtis, soloist Mary McDermott, Aki Conquest with taiko drums along with flutist John Dumas, vocalist Alan Van Zee, the St. Michael’s Choir directed by Randy Leonard, vocalist Karen Dickinson, hula dancer Pua Rossi Fukino with guitarist Mark Rossi, and actress Delia Valentin. Following that, the church will host a Jazz Easter Eve Candlelight Vigil Saturday (March 30) beginning at dusk (about 7 p.m.) The candlelight service features the traditional lighting of the Holy Fire, the lessons read by candlelight, the chanting of the Exsultet by Father Bill Miller, special musical selections performed by vocalist Peggy Lake, saxophonist Chris Bush and pianist Curtis. Sunday’s Festival Easter Day services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. There will be a breakfast at 9:15, an Easter champagne brunch at 11:15 in the church parish hall, and an Easter egg hunt for keiki at 11:30 next door to the church. Bring bells to ring during services. For more information, call 245-3796 or go to stmichaelskauai.org

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