Musical Changes At St. Regis

We are starving for more good music on Kauai, and I’m always disheartened when a group I enjoy is not at its regular venue. I recently received news from Trey Thompson of the jazz group Treysara that it no longer will be playing at St. Regis Princeville Resort because the hotel will shift its musical focus to all-Hawaiian. This is too bad because Treysara was one of the only reasons I visited the resort since it changed its name several years ago. Still, Thompson says he is grateful for the more than five-year gig there, and is looking forward to the next adventure. Plus, having some weekends off can’t hurt. I look forward to finding out who will host the band next …

Kirk Huffman recently was named Poipu Bay Golf Course‘s Employee of the Year for 2014. The pro shop clerk was nominated by supervisor Marsha Hermosura. He has worked at the course since 2008 and was one of Poipu Bay’s two semi-annual Aloha Spirit Award winners for 2014, alongside head mechanic Curt Fune. The nomination is based upon an employee’s exemplary characteristics, such as positive attitude and efficiency …

Kauai Fire Department‘s Ocean Safety Bureau recently developed new positions, which resulted in several promotions within the department. New captains are: Roy Yamagata, South District, Norman Hunter, East District, James Inghan, North District, and Randy Ortiz, Training and Prevention. New supervisors include: Anthony Kaipo Jaquias, South District, Kaleo Lopez, East District and Chad Listman, North District. Also, Gerald Hurd has taken a training position …

Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band is getting ready for an upcoming trip to Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif. Mary Lardizabal, the school’s music teacher, says it couldn’t have been done without the support of the community, including Hanalei Lions Club, which donated $500, and Sal Ochoa from Sal’s Salsa, who gave $100. To help support the 501c-3 organization, visit kmschoirandub.wix.com/kms-choir-and-ub …

This year’s Check-Out Hunger fundraiser garnered more than $250,000 statewide — a record for the Hawaii Foodbank annual campaign since its inception in 1994. Special thanks goes to Royden Yamamoto, district manager for Times Supermarkets/Big Save Markets, and Lesah Merritt, Safeway manager, as well as all of their employees for their efforts in support of the campaign … cocomidweek@gmail.com

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