Trask Voices PBS Documentary

Congratulations to film-maker Teri Tico, who is at it again with another documentary, Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea, which she produced for PBS. The film was accepted into the Maui Film Festival last week for its June 12 world premiere at the outdoor Celestial Cinema, Wailea. Featuring Deputy County Attorney Mauna Kea Trask as narrator, the film tells the story of Native Hawaiians on the island of Molokai who are using ancient conservation methods to restore the island’s fisheries. It also features lifelong wait to see it …

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary‘s advisory council has announced eight primary and six alternate non-governmental members. The new appointees bring a range of experience to the council, which provides sanctuary managers with input and recommendations on its programs and management. The newly appointed Kaua’i County advisory council members are George Thompson and Nina Monasevitch (alternate). To learn more, go to hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov

Kaua’i Academy of Creative Arts will host a summer program June 17-July 12. Parents can enroll children for either a morning session from 8 a.m. to noon; afternoon session, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or all day from 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to encourage interest and development in the arts for all children of Kaua’i ages 7-14. The 2013 summer program offers various art classes that include tapa making, taiko drumming, acting and the art of improv, contemporary dance, photography and canvas painting. Go to kauaicreativearts.org or pick up a brochure from your local library. For more information, call 634-3409 …

Congratulations also to the exceptional leaders on Kaua’i who recently were honored at the Ho’okanaka Awards at Kaua’i Beach Resort. Leadership Kaua’i alumni and supporters selected Malia Chun, Helen Cox, Aletha Kaohi, Sabra Kauka and Kawika Winter as exceptional adult leaders, and Bryson Cayaban, Roby Ijima, Kellee Kikumoto, Darren Sagucio and Cassidy Yatsko as outstanding youth leaders. Ho’omaika’i! …

With the Junior World Qualifier for golf around the corner and Hawaii’s largest junior golf qualifier slated to take place June 6-7 at Wailua Golf Course, officials are putting out a call for volunteers to help staff the event. Approximately 130 junior golfers from around the state are expected to participate in the annual contest, including nine from Kaua’i. In addition, their families will come to the Garden Isle to provide support. Those who make the cut will go on to play in the prestigious Callaway Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego, to compete with junior golfers from around the world …

Congratulations to Kimberly Aguilar of Kalaheo, who was named to the Hardin-Simmons University President’s List for the Spring 2013 semester. Aguilar is one of 226 students to receive this academic honor. The President’s List is composed of students carrying 12 or more semester credits who have grades of “A” on all courses for the semester. Hardin-Simmons University, founded in 1891, is a private Christian liberal arts university and has been affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941 …

Happy to announce Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity‘s volunteer Spotlight award-winner for the month of May, Joe Nakaahiki, who was selected for going above and beyond in his efforts to support the Habitat mission. According to the nonprofit, his outreach to the Hawaiian community is invaluable, spreading the word to his neighbors who may be too humble to seek help with home repairs Kaua’i Habitat can provide. He also put the skills he learned repairing his own home to pay it forward at the Lowes Women Build event, acting as a mentor to lesser-experienced wahine volunteers. Mahalo, Joe … Speaking of which, Kaua’i volunteers joined women across the country to build affordable housing in their communities in recognition of National Women Build Week May 4-12. Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The volunteers worked hard to demo the interior of Ku’ulei and Kanani Beniamina‘s home in Kekaha. Representatives from Zonta Club of Kaua’i and the American Association of University Women were among the 20 volunteers at the site. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, go to kauaihabitat.org, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@kauaihabitat) …

Jeanne Russell, owner of Dolphin Touch Wellness Center, has asked Debra Jason of The Write Direction to present her marketing seminar, titled, “Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget,” June 20. Designed for business owners, coaches and freelancers, this two-hour program provides practical and creative ideas on how to spread the word about their products or services. Voted by MidWeek readers as the Best Wellness Center on Kaua’i in 2011, Dolphin Touch Wellness Center is owned and operated by Russell. For more information, go to dolphintouch.org

Lastly, following visits by stars such as Jennifer Aniston and the Kardashian clan, there had been reports of a fedora-wearing Jason Mraz lookalike in the Poipu area recently. Tom Moffatt of MidWeek Oahu says Mraz definitely was spotted at the St. Regis in Princeville …

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