Happy Camper for Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy retirement to Dave Jordan of Friendship House after serving more than 25 years as the great helper of many “Friends!” Kudos to Melissa McFerrin-Warrack and Malia Nobrega-Olivera on opening “The Ocean Around Us” despite the federal government shutting down!

Births for Sunday, January 21, 2018

• Maileah Alessia Kuuleilani Moulton Dela Cruz • Karsen Kana‘i Kawaiola Peahu • Ka‘ikenakekaimalu Lamaku o kana‘auao Alcos Hoomanawanui • Hanulei‘a Zaya Kau‘ilani Konapiliahi Ku‘ualoha Maehata Navor • Melton V. Gamayo III • Bailey Kehaulani Bartholoma-Stewart

Talk Story with Thomas Iannucci

Thomas Iannucci started the year off right, he says with a smile, by releasing his first full-length album, “Makana.” The 25-year-old Christian rapper from Eleele calls it some of his best music, and he beams with pride as he talks about the songs, the talented people who worked with him, and his high hopes for its success.

February is the month to celebrate women, girls in sport

February 7 is the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and the theme is “Play Fair, Play IX.” Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on gender. It is a concise law — just 37 words — that has greatly expanded opportunities for females in sport, authored in part by the late U.S. Rep. Patsy T. Mink of Hawaii.

Happy Camper for Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mahalo to Debra Badua and her Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School staff on hosting the Kauai Complex Area Spelling Bee (and mahalo to Brent Mizutani, Leila Kuboyama and the state Department of Education ohana for the coordination) Thursday night (yes, there was Kauai Interscholastic Federation junior varsity soccer, too).