A third of Hawaii families struggle financially

Many Kauai residents are struggling to make ends meet. Among them is Gilbert Medeiros, a Vietnam-era Army veteran. Growing up in a plantation camp and working since the age of 12, Medeiros was employed as a mechanic and machinist. He worked as a licensed driver for Kauai Freight, Rego Trucking, Garden Island Disposal and finally Thronas Concrete for more than 30 years before taking early retirement.

Minimum wage goes up

Hawaii’s minimum wage jumped from $9.25 to $10.10 per hour starting the first day of the new year. Entry-level employees will benefit most from the 85-cent increase, while some small businesses may experience negative financial impacts.

Man drowns off Hanakapiai

A man reportedly drowned Tuesday afternoon on the North Shore. The roving lifeguards of the Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau, firefighters and the KFD helicopter were dispatched to an area offshore of Hanakapiai Beach, where a man was reported to be about a quarter of a mile from the beach in rough surf, according to a county spokesperson.

State probes why not all phones got bogus alert

For 38 minutes on Saturday, millions of Hawaii residents and visitors feared for their lives as a message flashed across their cell phone screens stating there was an incoming ballistic missile and they needed to find shelter. For others, though, life went on because they didn’t receive the warning.

38 minutes of peace set this Saturday

In response to Saturday’s frightening experience for people in Hawaii of a false missile alert, one Hawaii resident is calling for 38 minutes of peace at 8 a.m. this Saturday. The goal is to seek immediate shelter in love and compassion. “We’re inviting people to stop and focus on creating peace within themselves, in their homes and for the world,” said Najda Maria.

Kauai remembers MLK in song, dance, speech

The Hawaii Government Employees Association joined efforts of the Kauai Island Labor Alliance, and the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai each hosted events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

‘Ku‘i at the County’ is Wednesday

“Ku‘i at the County” is not a protest, said Pua Rossi, a Kauai Community College Hawaiian studies instructor. “Ku‘i kalo is poi-pounding,” Rossi said. “We have a group of cultural practitioners and kalo growers coming together on the front lawn of the Historic County Building to ku‘i kalo.”

KPWFL names top scholars

The Kauai Pop Warner Football League took time to honor its top football and cheer program scholar-athletes during the league’s annual Scholastics Banquet Saturday night at Wong’s Restaurant in Hanapepe.