Something About Majestic Trees

Ken Nishimura's Meth Project mural at Kapaa High. Photo courtesy Hawaii Meth Project

Ken Nishimura’s Meth Project mural at Kapaa High. Photo courtesy Hawaii Meth Project

I was saddened that one of my favorite trees on the island has seen its final days. The sweeping umbrella branches and gently rustling leaves of this monkeypod — that never failed to lift my spirits or lull me to sleep — were distressingly chainsawed limb by beautiful limb last month. Though I’ve been touted as a tree hugger, anyone who appreciates nature would have recognized the magnificence of this old tree. Unfortunately, it had become a safety hazard, and although I wish it could have been moved elsewhere, I’m not sure it was feasible, given its extensive root system. Nonetheless, it was a great reminder to me that the little things we often take for granted each day may not always be there the next …

Hawaii Meth Project is in full swing again this school year and was recently at Kapaa High School for its statewide installation of the “Not Even Once Mural Project” campaign. Ken “East 3” Nishimura created the pieces, which are displayed on campuses across that state to help spread the nonprofit’s message. Included as a top-level sponsor of the project is Kauai Marriott Resort. Visit hawaiimethproject.org for more information …

Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 Hawaii students to help them with their higher education costs. Among the students are Angelika Celia of Kapaa, who is attending University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Tanya Kalama of Lihue, who is going to Kauai Community College. The scholarships are provided to current and past Safeway employees and their keiki. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and apply for the funds through Hawaii Community Foundation

Safeway scholarship winner Angelika Celia Questin (center) with her mother, Celia Melchor-Questin (left), and Joy Miura Koerte of Kauai Leadership Council. Photo courtesy Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund

Safeway scholarship winner Angelika Celia Questin (center) with her mother, Celia Melchor-Questin (left), and Joy Miura Koerte of Kauai Leadership Council. Photo courtesy Safeway Hawaii Foundation Scholarship Fund

Storybook Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary by honoring its Chinese roots and hosting Narcissus Queen Brittany Lee and some of her Royal Court from Honolulu this weekend. They will be at the Hanapepe theatre for Art Night, Friday (Sept. 5), as well as Saturday (Sept. 6) from 6 to 9 p.m. to share their manao and talents. Authentic Chinese fortune cookies and moon cakes will be available. Visit storybook.org for more information …

If you’re a football fan — or just a Las Vegas fan — check out the weekly Football Fever contest in The Garden Island. Beat the best of five official “pickers” — Bill Buley and Nick Celario of TGI, Dickie Chang of Walaau, and Ron Wiley and Marc Valentin of KQNG radio — and you could win $200 each week, with a grand prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas. PS&D Tires/Napa Auto Parts is the presenting sponsor and the official ballot drop-off location …

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