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.
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.
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.
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.
While one entangled humpback whale was freed from nearly 300 feet of line off the coast of Maui on Jan. 12, another is still trailing debris after response teams lost track of it on Jan. 4.
“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.”
“Where are we supposed to go?” Strangers posed the question through open car windows in Kapaa’s standstill traffic Saturday morning, about an hour after the state issued an incoming missile alert.