Ocean awareness poster contest open to all students

The Kinolau O Kanaloa poster contest encourages aloha for the ocean. The student art contest focuses on celebrating the kinolau (bodily forms) of Kanaloa (Hawaiian god of the sea) and is open to all Kauai students. The artwork will be on display at Kukui Grove Center from Feb. 9-18.

Gabbard’s office to offer 1-on-1 assistance with federal issues

Three federal agency assistance sessions will offer Kauai constituents the opportunity to get individual assistance with federal agency matters. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Kauai Outreach Liaison, Kaulana Finn, will be available for one-on-one federal casework assistance during the sessions.

Sustainable projects funded

The county Office of Economic Development announced last week that it will be providing funding of $432,701 to 29 projects or activities that support sustainable economic development for Kauai County.

County leaders reflect on 2017 accomplishments

With 2017 now past, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. and some Kauai County Council members took time to reflect on accomplishments over the past year. Breaking ground on the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center is at the top of the list for Carvalho, who said it took a lot of energy and commitment from the community and dedication from all levels of government.

Feral pig population holding steady

They are mainstays for luaus and centerpieces in photos, reminiscent of a few characters in movies and just as destructive as their cartoon counterparts. They are feral pigs on the Garden Island.

One month without plastic

Asha Shea-Triggs has a wooden bowl and spoon that she loves to use for acai treats. Her mother, Lana Shea, is constantly on the lookout for packaging that is biodegradable. The Hanalei woman and her 10-year-old daughter generally take steps to minimize the amount of waste going into Kauai’s landfill, but kicked their efforts up a notch after watching friends complete a month-long, plastic-free dining challenge.

Standing up for human rights

Women stood up for their rights on Saturday, and their voices were heard loud and clear. Several hundred supporters, including men, women, children and dogs, gathered at the intersection of Ahukini Road and Kapule Highway in Lihue, waving homemade signs and cheering to bring awareness to important issues. The Kauai event was held in support of marches around the nation on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Navarro among hospitality award-winners

One Kauai High School educator was recently recognized for her hard work preparing students for careers in hospitality. Business teacher Charlene Navarro received the Hospitality Educator of the Year Award when Hawaii’s hospitality industry honored the best-of-the-best of its employees at the 28th annual Na Poe Paahana (The Hard-Working People) Awards, in Waikiki earlier this month.