Rejuvenating Reverie At McBryde

Vote for your favorite nonprofit, such as Kauai Humane Society, in Subaru's online contest. Photo from Subaru Hawaii

Vote for your favorite nonprofit, such as Kauai Humane Society, in Subaru’s online contest. Photo from Subaru Hawaii

Meandering among monkeypod trees draped with colorful orchids at McBryde Garden in Lawai Valley is a cherished activity I recently was lucky enough to indulge in, thanks to Jon Letman and Janet Leopold of National Tropical Botanical Garden. I love this South Shore treasure and am grateful to know there is such a beautiful escape just a short car ride away. There’s nothing like a little time spent in nature to rejuvenate a soul …

For each new 2014 or 2015 vehicle it sells through Dec. 31, Subaru Hawaii will donate $250 to Hawaii nonprofits, including Kauai Humane Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii. This is the fourth year of its community-based “Share the Love” sales campaign. The public also is encouraged to vote for their favorite participating nonprofit organization on Subaru Hawaii’s Facebook page facebeook.com/SubaruHI. The nonprofit with the most votes will be awarded an additional $5,000 …

Deborah Ullman and Bradley Klontz recently were recognized by Hawaii Psychological Association for their distinguished contributions to mental health services and psychology. Ullman was granted the 2014 Daniel K. Inouye Award for Advancement of Psychology in Hawaii by a non-psychologist, and Klontz won the Significant Professional Contribution Award for a Hawaii psychologist who made significant scholarly contributions and achievements in the field. They both were honored at a ceremony at Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Bill Arakaki, Kauai Complex Area superintendent, says he’s grateful for their commitment and dedication to school behavioral health services …

More than 30 associates from Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas volunteered at Boys & Girls Club last month to help complete a variety of projects, including gardening and landscaping, to refresh and enhance the nonprofit’s Kapaa Clubhouse facilities.

Some of the Westin Princeville volunteers who spruced up the Kapaa Boys & Girls Club. Photo from Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Some of the Westin Princeville volunteers who spruced up the Kapaa Boys & Girls Club. Photo from Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The volunteerism is part of the resort’s effort to contribute to projects that motivate employees to make a positive impact on the community and was part of “Together as One,” Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ two-week global volunteer campaign …

The Garden Island‘s food writer Marta Lane has released the latest version of her book, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants 2015 — An Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island. She will host a series of cocktail parties around the island to celebrate its launch “just in time for the holidays.” The new book has been updated and is “meatier” than the last, with a number of new additions accompanied by photos from her husband, Midweek Kauai‘s Daniel Lane. Tickets for the book-launching events cost $35 and include an autographed copy of the book, pupus and one drink at one of the restaurants highlighted in the book. The next celebration is Friday (Dec. 5) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Tiki Iniki in Hanalei. On Dec. 10, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., a reception is scheduled at Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa, and also Dec. 19 at Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill in Koloa from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Visit tastingkauai.com for more information …

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