Kauai is a place for transitions. People come from all over the world to see spectacular beauty and realize the island’s ancient lessons moving in their lives. Locals are quick to recognize this tectonic shift, communing in acknowledgment that all are part of a larger, subtler transformation, even when those evolutions are involuntary.
History and real drama happened in the Korean peninsula this past week as families separated by the Korean War were reunited after 65 years. Parents in their late 90s and early 100s met their children in their 70s in Kumkangsan Resort, on the eastern coast of North Korea.
If there is a book title that’s appropriate considering the author, it’s this one: “Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, of course, Surfing.” And the author? Laird Hamilton.
Trash washes up on Kauai’s beaches daily, said Kilauea artist Abigail Boroughs. “I’m doing something good with this trash,” Boroughs said. “Some of these pieces I’ve had for years, like this buffalo in the“Flood” piece. I’ve had that for a while, and when the floods happened, it just fit in.”
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.”