Kaua‘i Kids Working For The ‘Aina

At least 20 youths from Kaua`i have landed spots on their home island working for the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program.

They trained for a week on Oahu to work with organizations where they’ll learn life skills, earn college credits, a stipend and an educational award while helping to restore and preserve Kaua`i’s natural resources at sites that are not always accessible to the general public.

Hands-on opportunities include invasive species removal and management, native outplanting, wetland restoration and trail maintenance. The youth also will gain cultural knowledge and a greater appreciation for Hawaii and its natural resources.

The program teaches the importance of conservation while helping enrollees develop vital life skills and become the next generation of natural resource managers.

This summer’s chosen ones from Kaua`i include Emilie Bierly and Shawna Blackford, Lihue; Austin Furumoto and Keone Mattos, Kekaha; Kai-Lukas Lydgate, Michaelyn Alalem, Sarah Faraola, Makana Ledesma Kelly Bynum, Mason Chock Jr., Eden Wynd and Meagan Morel, Kapa`a; Rachel Mahuiki, Hanalei; Rodney Chew, Kekailani Pau, Marcus Shimogawa, Kai`oli Brun and Falefia Moe, Kalaheo; Kamakana Haumea, Wailua; and Anastasia Chase, Anahola …

On the subject of youth and the great outdoors, Pat Durkin, former county lifeguard and superb waterman is once again gearing up for the North Shore Junior Lifeguard for girls and boys ages 8 through 13, starting Monday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at Hanalei Bay.

With an average of one drowning per month in our waters, it’s important for our youths to be akamai in the areas of personal safety, recognizing aquatic hazards, conditioning, and responding to ocean emergencies.

Durkin includes traditional beach and surf activities such as using beach flags, run-swim-paddle sports, the use of rescue tubes and surfboards, and rip current awareness.

Call 651-SURF, or e-mail info@kauaijuniorlifeguard.com …

The St. Regis is getting a name for jazz. Following the June 3 annual Red Clay Jazz Festival put on by the Kaua`i Concert Association comes notice that live jazz is a continuing feature on Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring “Treysara” Trey and Sara Thompson, Rick Avallone and Tony Rodarte plus special guests on occasion.

Check out treysara.com and myspace.com/treysara …

Princeville at Hanalei Community Association will host a free Concert in the Park for we the peeps on Saturday, July 10 at 4334 Emmalani Drive – where the library and community center area buildings are, according to April McGinnis, admin assistant for the association.

Look for cars. Bring something comfy to sit on and your kokua is requested in being on time for the start of the music at 3 p.m. You’ll recognize some of our island’s favorite musicians: Garrett Santos & Friends, Treysara and more.

Pupu will be available for purchase from the Westin, St. Regis and Ono-Oh Yeah, as well as beverages, ice cream and temporary tattoos, for a small fee. Call 826-6687 for more information …

For all the Hawaiian music fans out there, break up the week with some great local musicians playing Island favorites! July picks are as follows:

Mondays: Ivo Monroe Miller at The Lemongrass Bar & Grill in Kapa`a, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesdays: Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales & Coco Kaneali`i at Tahiti Nui in Hanalei, 6-9 p.m.

Wednesdays: Shilo Pa and Friends are at Duke’s Barefoot Bar & Grill in Nawiliwili during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thursdays: Mike Young at The Casablanca Restaurant in Po`ipu 7-9 p.m.

Fridays: Cindy Combs at The Hanapepe Café 6-9 p.m. …

Lana Coffman has become enamored with line dancing in the past five months, and says, “It’s fun, and surprisingly, you do get a workout. I didn’t think you could, but you can get sweaty and cardiovascular doing it. My 13-year-old niece Keri Silva and I have been taking these classes since they began. It’s fun, aerobic and an easy way to develop dance skills and coordination.”

Line dancing starts again July 14 through KCC Continuing Education. Sign up by calling 245-8318…

Heads up! Saturday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to noon, Maluhia Road – that lovely winding lane with its beautiful and famous rows of swamp mahoganies we call the tree tunnel that leads to the South Shore – will close for a community cleanup organized by the Po`ipu Beach Resort Association in preparation for the coming Koloa Plantation Days to be held July 17-25.

Motorists heading to the South Shore may use Oma`o or Koloa roads – slow down and be kind to your island neighbors along those populated roads, and “T’anks, eh?” from PBRA to you in advance for your kokua …

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