Happenings for Sunday, October 6, 2002

• Chicks Who Rip • Po’ipu: Families up, honeymooners down • Cancer Society has new location • MV Infinity calls twice on Nawiliwili • Mutual-fund basics seminar is set, free

Chicks Who Rip

wins retail awardChicks Who Rip Clothing Company, retail stores with locations at Waipouli’s Coconut Marketplace and near the Kalaheo fire station along Kaumuali’i Highway, is the Kaua’i Retailer of the Year as chosen by the Retail Merchants of Hawaii.

The merchants’ association’s 2002 conference and Ho’okela Awards program, honoring outstanding retailers, is set for this Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.

Po’ipu: Families up, honeymooners down

Half of all visitors to Po’ipu surveyed in July and August said they intended to stay only on Kaua’i, according to a representative of the Po’ipu Beach Resort Association. Over half (54 percent) of the 350 parties that responded to the survey came from California, compared to 45 percent in the summer 2000 survey.

In 2002, more booked their reservation via the Internet, 15 percent versus 10 percent in 2000. Honeymooners made up only 10 percent of the total this summer, down from 16 percent in summer 2000. Family groups were way up, to 46 percent from 28 percent two years ago. In addition, 41 percent of Po’ipu’s visitors booked a complete package including airfare, up from 35 percent two years ago. Summer-time visitors this year were a little wealthier, with 38 percent bringing in over $125,000 a year in household income. August 2002 also brought more shoppers, snorkelers, kayakers, surfers, and helicopter riders.

Cancer Society has new location

The Kaua’i office of the American Cancer Society has moved, from Kuhio Highway in Kapaia to the campus of St. Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal Church in the heart of Lihu’e. The new location is on the second floor of the church building, next to the Lihue Public Library.

The phone number is the same. For patient services, to volunteer in the office, or to help with the October Gala, please call 245-2942.

MV Infinity calls twice on Nawiliwili

The 965-foot-long cruise ship MV Infinity makes two port calls at Nawiliwili Harbor this week, tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 7, and again Friday, Oct. 11, scheduled to arrive both days at 7 a.m., and depart each day at 6 p.m. This Saturday, Oct. 12, both the 965-foot-long Norwegian Star and 959-foot-long Carnival Spirit are scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m., with the Star departing at 5 p.m., and the Spirit scheduled to leave at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the 720-foot-long Statendam calls, scheduled to arrive at 6:30 a.m. and leave at 2 p.m.

Mutual-fund basics seminar is set, free

Ruben Rea, the Edward Jones investment representative at the company’s Hanama’ulu office, hosts a free seminar, “Mutual Fund Basics,” at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Island School behind Kauai Community College in Puhi. Covered topics will be how to identify different mutual funds, exploring advantages and disadvantages, and more. Please call 632-0351 for more information.

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