It’s Wednesday evening at the Waimea Public Library, and the quiet space practically hums with felicitous anticipation. The internationally-recognized musical duo, Kupaoa, is preparing to present a 45-minute set in honor of the Waimea branch’s summer reading program, Libraries Rock.
It’s probably not an exaggeration to say most people in America, and many beyond, know the story of Bethany Hamilton. Born and raised on Kauai, she was surfing at Tunnels Beach in 2003 when she lost her left arm in a shark attack at age 13. It wasn’t long before she courageously returned to surfing and went on to become a professional surfer and, today, remains among the world’s top surfers. Her comeback and her faith have been chronicled in several books and a major motion picture, “Soul Surfer.”
The B-Rad Foundation hosts the second B-Rad Festival on Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Old Kealia Store. This is B-Rad’s largest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going directly to the expansion and continuation of keiki programs, as well as preserving and boosting their monthly coastal beach cleanups and stewardship projects.
Three new drams series will start this week. Starting tonight, “Let Me Introduce Her” is a mystery, thriller and romance series starring Jo Hyun-jae, Kim Jae-won and Nam Sang-mi. “Wok of Love” will end Monday night and a new series, “Still 17,” will start Tuesday. “Your Honor” is the new series after “The Undateables” ends this Wednesday.