Let music open your mind

As a journalist and music aficionado, I’ve been fortunate to have had unique opportunities to interview many professional musicians and local performers, from international rock ‘n’ roll hall of famers to talented middle-school band directors.

This memoir is a real learning experience

Aloha readers! It has been a little while since we reviewed a biography and we know there are readers out there who especially love biographies! If you loved “The Glass Castle,” then you will love this book as well!

Garden Fair, Scouts share soggy space

Hundreds of people braved the showers that blanketed Kauai Saturday during the annual Garden Fair hosted by the Kauai County Farm Bureau and the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

A blame game starts among princes

K-pop made history when Seo-hyun for Girl’s Generation, Red Velvet, Baek Ji-young and veteran singers Lee Sun-hee and Cho Yong-pil held a concert in Pyonyang, North Korea, on April 1. Up to 1,500 North Korean fans, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, his wife Ri Sol-ju and sister Kim Yo-jong, who previously attended the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, were all in attendance.

Walking and rolling at MS Sunset Stroll

More than 250 people showed up to demonstrate their support for the battle against multiple sclerosis Saturday during the annual MS Walk and Roll (it’s called the MS Walk elsewhere) at Kapaa Beach Park.

Vegan potluck, lecture slated

Michelle Lemay will give a free Vegan Society of Hawaii presentation, “Dispelling Vegan Myths, Kauai Style,” at 4:30 p.m. May 6 at Sun Village clubhouse behind Wilcox Medical Center in Lihue.

Tales of Twain and his time in the islands

Aloha readers! Another nice surprise this week! Just when you thought you knew everything about Mark Twain! Author Bettye Oliger Fox presents us with a fascinating, easy-to-read biography of this unforgettable figure of American history’s time in 1800s Hawaii, “The Privilege of Man is to Dream: Mark Twain’s Visit to Hawaii.”

Betta late than never

Liz Hahn is passionate about breeding better bettas. “Fish are another way to help people to become more human,” the Waimea woman said. “To see all living creatures as part of the same world we live in. Not as an object or a color, something to decorate their house with, but something that can be a part of their family.”