LifeSongs concerts will support North Shore flood relief

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.

Let the sun shine

One vendor lamented the lack of the county’s Sunshine Markets in Lihue for the past two weeks. “In Lihue, we were closed last week because of the hurricane,” the vendor said. “The week before, we were closed because it was the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.”

Kang Woo runs; Chan Ki smiles

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.

Enjoying the farm fair

Chef Jason Sessions of the Nanea Restaurant at the Westin Princeville topped the 9th annual Kauai Coffee Celebrity Chef Cookoff for Charity, earning $2,000 for the Westin Princeville Foundation.

Doing something good with trash

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.”

Kupaoa’s music magic

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.

Riding the waves of life

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.”

Matcha and whimsy

Mimi Ishii has a magical twist on lemonade at Kapaa’s newest teahouse. The drink comes across the counter an iridescent blue and changes to a bright pink right before your eyes.