Some safer swimming

Water quality is returning to pre-flood conditions on Kauai, according to newly released data from Surfrider’s BlueWater Task Force. “Little or no bacteria were detected at most surf sites around the island,” said Carl Berg, head of Surfrider BWTF. “Some of the bays still have high counts because of stream runoff.”

Finny Father’s Day Fun

Gordon Higa always finds someone to help during the Nawiliwili Yacht Club’s annual Father’s Day fishing tournament. Himself an avid angler, Higa first helped two youngsters from the Mainland participate when they did not have sufficient funds for the registration.

Absentee voting for North Shore

The Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division is initiating enhanced absentee mail voting services for registered voters of the North Shore directly impacted by the April flooding.

Lehua Island goes to the dogs

Two Border Terriers spent most of last week crisscrossing the rugged, hot, wind-swept terrain of tiny Lehua Island. Lehua is a State Seabird Sanctuary and the site of an intensive restoration project over the past nine months to protect seabirds by removing invasive rats.

Genegabuas is 60th Miss Kauai Filipina

Marli Genegabuas was crowned the 2018 Miss Kauai Filipina Saturday night before a crowd of more than 500 people who erupted in thunderous applause and cheering at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Kealia Mauka subdivision: Asset or assault?

The Kealia Mauka subdivision would include 230 empty lots for sale, from 5,600 to 7,300 feet square, on 53 acres on Kealia Road past the post office. If approved, agriculture land would be up-zoned to urban. The lots would be purchased by individuals or in multiples by contractors.

Happy Camper for Monday, June 18, 2018

It’s a good thing Sean Smith of San Jose, California, came to Kauai to judge cars, said Harvey Maeda of Kauai Classic Cars. Sean (he’s the grandson of Liz Kerns of Reno, Nevada) hatches and sells snake eggs (he should’ve gone to see Mark Bonilla of Jamba Juice so they could talk about hatching eggs).

Rat rod shows up on Kauai

Jerry Gugino is back, and brought back a rat rod to the 14th annual Dad’s Day car show coordinated by Kauai Classic Cars and Kukui Grove Center.

Incredibles 2’ smashes record with biggest opening ever for animated film

The Pixar superhero movie “Incredibles 2” made 14 years of anticipation worth the wait for Disney, as the follow-up to 2004’s “The Incredibles” smashed the record for highest animation debut of all time with an estimated $180 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canada, according to the measurement firm ComScore.

Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave

Lines of thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin on Sunday after overnight flash flooding washed out roads and highways, as a heat wave sent temperatures into the high 90s elsewhere in the Midwest.

Trump adviser says ‘nobody likes’ family separation policy

A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families.

Open goes beyond tough

Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer, was poised to run away with the U.S. Open. Instead, he and the rest of the field spent a wild Saturday at Shinnecock Hills chasing runaway golf balls.