It’s Beginning To Feel Like Spring

A reminder of spring. Coco ZIckos photo

A reminder of spring. Coco ZIckos photo

Spring is a time for new beginnings. As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, I try to remind myself to enjoy the verdant Garden Isle as it blossoms with new life — a difficult task to accomplish in a culture that glorifies busy. This season, I hope I remember, if only for a moment, to pause and smell the flowers …

Kauai Humane Society‘s Spring Fund Drive is underway. If you have a soft spot for animals as I do, this is your chance to help make a difference. This organization does so much to help protect our furry and feathered friends that can’t speak for themselves. Visit kauaihumane.org to donate …

Kauai Marathon is partnering with National Tropical Botanical Garden to present the inaugural Roots ‘n Shoots Fun Run and Walk this weekend. On Saturday (April 4), NTBG will host the 5K fundraiser at Allerton and McBryde gardens. Participants in this one-ofa-kind event will check in at NTBG Southshore Visitors Center parking lot beginning at 6 a.m., and will be shuttled to the starting point at the beginning of the nonprofit’s Biodiversity Trail. The run begins at 8 a.m. Register at thekauaimarathon.com … Congratulations to Kauaibots 2465 team for advancing to the quarterfinals at the Central Valley Tournament in Madera, Calif., last month. Charlene Steuri, one of the team’s mentors, says their robot and drivers “performed beautifully.” Visit its website kauaibots.com for more information …

Kauaibots 2465 team in California at the Central Valley Tournament (from left): Christian Sandrowski, Thom Sloger, Logan Alcott, Elizabeth Makizuru, Nygel Melchor, Deanna Sloger, Lexa Mink-Flacco, Scott Libert, Tyres Caberto, Erin Rynda, James Massaro, Kenji Rutter and Brian Catlin | David Harris photo

Kauaibots 2465 team in California at the Central Valley Tournament (from left): Christian Sandrowski, Thom Sloger, Logan Alcott, Elizabeth Makizuru, Nygel Melchor, Deanna Sloger, Lexa Mink-Flacco, Scott Libert, Tyres Caberto, Erin Rynda, James Massaro, Kenji Rutter and Brian Catlin | David Harris photo

Easter is Sunday (April 5), and I believe it’s a cause for celebration, no matter what your faith may be. Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas presents its second annual Easter EGGstravaganza, a day of fun-filled activities for the entire family. It begins at 9 a.m. with Easter tote decorating, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 10, a water balloon challenge at 11, a bunny hop relay at noon, Easter flower pot decorating at 1 p.m. and eyelash yarn lei making at 2. In addition, the resort will host an Easter brunch. Call 827-8700 for more information …

Leila Nelson won the Kauai spelling bee and represented the island at the state competition | Photo courtesy Kapaa Middle School

Leila Nelson won the Kauai spelling bee and represented the island at the state competition | Photo courtesy Kapaa Middle School

Mental Health America of Hawaii‘s 10th annual Mental Health Awards Luncheon is slated for May 12 and will honor leaders in the state who have dedicated their services to improving the lives of those afflicted with mental illness. One of the honorees, Kathy Sheffield, will be recognized as an “Outstanding Family Advocate.” She leads National Alliance on Mental Illness Kauai chapter, which helps families with loved ones who suffer from mental illness …

More congrats go to Leila Nelson from Kapaa Middle School, winner of the District Spelling Bee, who represented Kauai at this year’s Hawaii State Spelling Bee held on Oahu last month. It takes tremendous courage to perform under pressure like that and I commend her for her ability to accomplish such a brave act …

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