One month without plastic

Asha Shea-Triggs has a wooden bowl and spoon that she loves to use for acai treats. Her mother, Lana Shea, is constantly on the lookout for packaging that is biodegradable. The Hanalei woman and her 10-year-old daughter generally take steps to minimize the amount of waste going into Kauai’s landfill, but kicked their efforts up a notch after watching friends complete a month-long, plastic-free dining challenge.

Standing up for human rights

Women stood up for their rights on Saturday, and their voices were heard loud and clear. Several hundred supporters, including men, women, children and dogs, gathered at the intersection of Ahukini Road and Kapule Highway in Lihue, waving homemade signs and cheering to bring awareness to important issues. The Kauai event was held in support of marches around the nation on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Navarro among hospitality award-winners

One Kauai High School educator was recently recognized for her hard work preparing students for careers in hospitality. Business teacher Charlene Navarro received the Hospitality Educator of the Year Award when Hawaii’s hospitality industry honored the best-of-the-best of its employees at the 28th annual Na Poe Paahana (The Hard-Working People) Awards, in Waikiki earlier this month.

Work at Lydgate Beach Park, sports fields set this week

Geotechnical work will be performed at Lydgate Beach Park on Monday and the adjacent sports fields from Wednesday to Friday to allow the county Department of Public Works Wastewater Management Division to evaluate subsurface soil conditions at each site.

Safadago trial continued

The jury trial for Cody Safadago, 46, who police allege caused and left the scene of an accident that killed a 19-year-old Kapaa woman, has been continued to May 21 at the request of the defense.

Births for Sunday, January 21, 2018

• Maileah Alessia Kuuleilani Moulton Dela Cruz • Karsen Kana‘i Kawaiola Peahu • Ka‘ikenakekaimalu Lamaku o kana‘auao Alcos Hoomanawanui • Hanulei‘a Zaya Kau‘ilani Konapiliahi Ku‘ualoha Maehata Navor • Melton V. Gamayo III • Bailey Kehaulani Bartholoma-Stewart

Belz takes over reins at KGEFCU

Monica Belz is the new CEO at Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union, following the retirement of Corinne King, who led the Lihue credit union for 10 years.

Community groups share $10K

Ann Hashisaka of the Kauai Kookie LLC was happy she came to the Kawakami building Friday morning. “I’m glad to be able to put a face to someone I’ve read so much about,” Hashisaka told Josie Pablo, representing the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. “You folks do so much for the kupuna.”

History is in danger of repeating itself

One of the U.S.’s first ventures into imperialism and colonialism was a mere 125 years ago: Overthrowing the Kingdom of Hawaii. The sons and daughters of missionaries stayed on and created vast wealth, controlling the lands, and with U.S. political and military might, taking it away from an indigenous culture that values community and in which land ownership was indeed a foreign concept.

Do Jin-myung is arrested; Jin-young is shocked

In less than three weeks, the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea, will kick off its ceremony. In a sudden change of events, North Korea will be sending not only their athletes, 230-member cheering squad, the 140-member Samjiyon Orchestra and, possibly, the famous North Korean version of a K-pop group, the 20-member, all-female-military Morangbong Band, created by President Kim Jong Un in 2012.

Talk Story with Thomas Iannucci

Thomas Iannucci started the year off right, he says with a smile, by releasing his first full-length album, “Makana.” The 25-year-old Christian rapper from Eleele calls it some of his best music, and he beams with pride as he talks about the songs, the talented people who worked with him, and his high hopes for its success.

TrumpTax, Part 2

One of the new, key components of Trump Tax is a provision important to the vast majority of small businesses. Practitioners may know it as the Section 199A deduction. Under Trump Tax, corporations that used to see a maximum tax rate of 35 percent got that rate slashed to 21 percent.

February is the month to celebrate women, girls in sport

February 7 is the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and the theme is “Play Fair, Play IX.” Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on gender. It is a concise law — just 37 words — that has greatly expanded opportunities for females in sport, authored in part by the late U.S. Rep. Patsy T. Mink of Hawaii.

Happy Camper for Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mahalo to Debra Badua and her Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School staff on hosting the Kauai Complex Area Spelling Bee (and mahalo to Brent Mizutani, Leila Kuboyama and the state Department of Education ohana for the coordination) Thursday night (yes, there was Kauai Interscholastic Federation junior varsity soccer, too).

Warriors edge Voyagers to stay atop standings

LIHUE — With the season starting to wind down, the Warrior boys put a little distance between themselves and the others on the standings. Kapaa High School’s varsity boys soccer team defeated Island School, 1-nil, Saturday afternoon at Vidinha Stadium.

Kauai’s Fuller, Foster safely into Round 3 at Sunset Open

The first Qualifying Series contest on the Hawaii surf season is off to a quick start on Oahu. The Sunset Open is just a QS 1,000 contest, but the competitors include some of the state’s best. Any event at Sunset Beach has more prestige attached to it than just points or prize money, so a lot of familiar faces still around during the North Shore winter season are in the field.

Red Raiders win at Senior Night

LIHUE — Kauai High School’s Bailey Perreira got her only basket with 45 seconds remaining in the game Friday night against Kapaa High School at the Kauai High School gym. Her late-game pair pushed the Red Raiders into the lead for the final time as the Warriors’ responding effort came up empty. Kauai High School’s Cici Tanicala, one of six seniors to celebrate Senior Night, hit the tail end of a charity pair with 23 seconds showing to lock up the 55-52 victory before a good-sized, enthusiastic audience.