Bus passes to be available at stores

Starting on Thursday, June 21, Times Supermarkets will be selling monthly Kauai Bus passes at its Big Save and Times Supermarkets islandwide. Monthly Kauai Bus passes will continue to be available for sale at Menehune Food Mart locations in Kilauea, Kapahi and Kekaha.

Weekend of Buddhist teachings is coming

Tibetan Buddhist teacher Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche is returning to Kauai for a weekend of teachings. Khentrul Rinpoche will reveal how people can enjoy greater well-being in their lives by sharing tools for transforming adversity at a weekend of teachings at The Courtyard Marriott in Kapaa July 7 and 8.

Federal money coming for ocean management

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this week passed the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2019. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) worked to include $1 million to preserve Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, more than $36 million to improve tsunami warnings, and nearly $30 million to protect coral reefs in Hawaii and across the country.

Man gets 25 years in prison

A Lihue man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday, plus a lifetime of supervised release, for four counts of manufacturing child pornography, in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Michael J. Terui, Lihue, will also be required to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to the offenses on Dec. 12.

Unemployment rate rises on Kauai

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Thursday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 2 percent, the same as in April.

HTA seeks funding requests

The Hawaii Tourism Authority today issued three Request for Proposals offering to provide funding support to qualified programs that will perpetuate Hawaiian culture, preserve natural resources and present community events in 2019.