Japan group visits Mahelona Hospital

The audience in the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital auditorium laughed when Saki Mizuno said she saw the ocean for the first time, and her favorite food is loco-moco.

‘Shrek’ shines

There are some things worth waiting for, and the costuming for “Shrek The Musical Jr.” is one of them. “The students’ costumes, the work being directed by Meleika Hilliard, won’t be ready until the week of the production,” said Jeremy Brown, Kilauea School music director, during an after-school practice.

‘Circus’ bowl for the kids

Samira Siale of the Enterprise Rent A Car team had the answers for the circus-themed bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kauai. “We had a horse ready to go,” Siale said of the costumed entourage. “We even had a lion cutout for a dog, but they would have had to stay outside the bowling alley, and no one would go outside to look at them.”

Happy Camper for Friday, March 9, 2018

Isobel Storch has chocolate persimmon (actually, she said it’s chocolate sapote) going in full swing, and not only the fruit (Melissa McFerrin-Warrack said it doesn’t have chocolate in it, but tastes like chocolate…great for those who want the taste of chocolate but are allergic to it), but also some baked goods to go along with it, at the Kauai Community Market.

Kalaheo pickleball players win hardware in Arizona

Four Kauai pickleball players — Leland Ibara, David and Theresa Della Lana and Tiffany Rae — were the only Kauai representatives at the 2018 Biltmore Cardiology Grand Canyon State Games, which wrapped up Feb. 25 in El Mirage, Arizona.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ashlei Thompson wanted to go to Princess Day, but brother Kamekona had ukulele practice with Mary Lardizabal because the Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band is getting ready to leave for the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, California.

There he blows!

How do you sail a boat — let alone a trimaran — inside the social hall of a church? Leave it up to Boy Scout Kamalei Berg of Troop 148, sponsored by the Lihue Christian Church, and his crew of scout volunteers to host the Kauai District Regatta, Trimaran Series, Saturday at the Lihue Christian Church social hall.

Kauai gymnasts get hardware in Las Vegas

Jack Leonard, owner and coach for Kauai Gymnastics Academy, said the Level 6 and Level 8 teams earned first andsecond places respectively during the team competition at the Las Vegas Mega Meet that wrapped up Sunday at theWestgate Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

KIF athletes trying for states

Kauai Interscholastic Federation athletes opened their track season by trying for qualifications to the HawaiiHigh School Athletic Association state meet Thursday evening under windy conditions at the Vidinha Stadium.