Getting All Choked Up In Puhi

Leadership Kauai class of 2015 (from left): Keiko Puu, Laura Ryan, Stacey Gillette, Daryl Date, Dr. Addison Bulosan, Jay Lagazo, Darlene Schneider, Jeff Anderson and Carmel Legacy | Photo courtesy Addison Bulosan

Leadership Kauai class of 2015 (from left): Keiko Puu, Laura Ryan, Stacey Gillette, Daryl Date, Dr. Addison Bulosan, Jay Lagazo, Darlene Schneider, Jeff Anderson and Carmel Legacy | Photo courtesy Addison Bulosan

Is anyone else in Puhi choking on the massive amounts of smoke billowing into their homes from some unknown source recently on a regular basis? I’m not talking about your backyard barbecue, which doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m talking full-on clouds of smoke. As the sun was rising a few weeks ago, you could see a giant white cloud blanketing the entire lower half of Haupu Mountain range. This is 2015, and there is no reason to burn anything in large quantities like that around other people (including children), especially while they sleep (it usually happens in the wee hours of the morning), hoping it’ll go by unnoticed. Backyard burning was banned in 2012, and I’m saddened that as our population grows on the island (and on the planet), we still aren’t considering how our actions affect others …

Kaytlen Akau is one of two state recipients of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Photo courtesy DOE

Kaytlen Akau is one of two state recipients of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Photo courtesy DOE

Leadership Kauai hosts a free movie night Saturday (Feb. 28) evening at Kekaha Faye Park softball field. The featured film will be the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Addison Bulosan, a student in Leadership Kauai 2015 class and a chiropractor in Lihue, says it’s a great way of offering something “fun and safe” for Westside families to do on the weekend. The movie starts promptly at 7 p.m. with popcorn, drinks and other food items available. More than $200 worth of goodies will be given away between 6 and 7 p.m. Visit the Leadership Kauai Facebook page for more information …

A comedy by critically acclaimed writer and performer Ann Randolph takes the stage Thursday (Feb. 26) at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Pacific. The one-woman show, Loveland, will be performed by Randolph, who also gave a sold-out performance last month. David Gardener of Princeville says this additional performance is intended for those who couldn’t get in for last month’s show. Tickets purchased in advance cost $20. Visit brown-papertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006 for more information …

Congratulations to Kaytlen Akau (13) of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, who was honored for her outstanding efforts in giving back to the community. She is one of only two students across the state selected as 2015 winners of Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Her voluntary activities include teaching dance to keiki ages 3 to 10, serving as a junior leader supervising children in a county parks and recreation enrichment program, participating with her family in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and as a Girl Scout, assisting with a walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association. She will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May, where she will join other top state honorees for four days of national recognition events. Ten students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2015 …

Saltchuk Hawaii Companies presents a check to CFS Hawaii. Pictured are (from left) Glenn K.Y. Hong, Natasha Lagmay, Novelyn Hinazumi, Michael Chappelle, Kim Acierto, William Harrington, Dory Farias, Wanda Kau-Shibata and Pat Rosa | Photo courtesy Saltchuk

Saltchuk Hawaii Companies presents a check to CFS Hawaii. Pictured are (from left) Glenn K.Y. Hong, Natasha Lagmay, Novelyn Hinazumi, Michael Chappelle, Kim Acierto, William Harrington, Dory Farias, Wanda Kau-Shibata and Pat Rosa | Photo courtesy Saltchuk

Child and Family Service recently received a $10,000 donation from Saltchuk, a family-owned and -operated business. The money will support the organization’s teen programs on Kauai. Novelyn Hinazumi, director of Kauai programs for CFS, says the donations will go a long way and will help Kauai keiki grow into mature, healthy adults …

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