‘Appreciate’ is AJA opener message

Leighton Ottoman represented the Makaweli Indians in accepting the Kauai Americans of Japanese Ancestry baseball league championship trophy for the 2017 season, and Jason Nakata and Shawn Ogata of the Indians were recognized as the league’s Most Valuable Players Sunday at Vidinha Stadium.

Eleele School’s tree wins

Again last month, the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club in Lihue invited public school students to decorate Christmas trees in the hotel lobby. People voted for their favorites, and seven schools received money from the resort. The top vote-getter was Eleele School, followed by Elsie Wilcox Elementary School and King Kaumualii Elementary School.

Happy Camper for Monday, January 8, 2018

After several weekends of holiday activities, life was dumped onto the high school and adult sports arenas (even community events like the Resolution Run — kudos to Brian Curll and Tommy Noyes for keeping people in the know about this inaugural event! — had sporting overtones).

Kekaha reads

Teachers, more specifically elementary-level educators, are an important part of teaching keiki to become good citizens. Led by Principal Marilyn Asahi, the Kekaha School staff was recently thanked for its work with students by a catered breakfast from Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering, sponsored by Deja Vu Surf Hawaii, at the school.

Raiders hold off Menehune

Kauai High School’s Kaimani Tecson finished with 18 points and Christian Manera added 13 points Saturday night as the Red Raiders held off a strong Waimea challenge, 46-42, before a crowd that nearly filled the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea.

Talk Story — Lexi Jones

Lexi Jones wants “big guns.” Jones, an on-air disc jockey during the weekends, recently competed and took the championship for the bikini division at the 2017 NPC Kauai Cup Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini Championship held at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Happy Camper for Sunday, January 7, 2018

The real world craziness starts up again following the holiday celebrations as Mark Perriello of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce was joined by state Rep. James Tokioka, state Senate President Ron Kouchi and Kauai County Councilmember Mason Chock in celebrating the Kekaha Early Literacy Project at Kekaha School.

Kapaa gets first win, beats Waimea

WAIMEA — With just six ticks remaining on the game clock, Kapaa guard Jaliyah Casem banked the first shot and teased thetwine with her second foul shot Friday night at the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea.

War Memorial closed

The community stage isn’t scheduled to reopen until June 30 due to an asbestos removal project.

Shigemoto leads KHDC

Tom Shigemoto has been elected president of the new Executive Board of Directors for the Kauai Housing Development Corp. during its annual meeting, Dec. 20.