The grounds of the YMCA Camp Naue in Haena were buzzing with activity Wednesday afternoon. Food and household items were trucked in and out, and helicopters arrived bearing supplies and then evacuating residents.
Lea Weldon was home in Kalihiwai with her two twins, just under 3 years old, when the thunder started booming about 1 a.m. Sunday. When the rains followed, the waters rose fast. “We usually have three hours before it starts flooding,” she said. For the next few hours, she kept watch on the weather. At about 4 a.m., the water was half way up her car’s tires.
Braving the rain and cool weather, about two dozen people from all over Kauai joined forces Saturday in support of science. “The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives,” said one march organizer, Nancy Kanna, with the Hawaii Alliance for Science.
The County of Kauai is planning on pursuing a lawsuit against the manufacturers, marketers and distributors of opioids. The lawsuit is reminiscent of lawsuits against big tobacco companies and, once filed, Kauai County will be the first county in the state to pursue this type of litigation in the fight against the opioid crisis.
In Hawaii, women earn about 80 cents to every dollar a man earns. For indigenous Hawaiian and immigrant women, that percentage drops even more.