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• KCDM is a ‘treasure,’ say visiting Canadians
• Proud of former Kauaians and marching band
• KIUC, others came through for Koke‘e residents
• Use common sense when fishing around others
KCDM is a ‘treasure,’ say visiting Canadians
Our family visited your beautiful island for one week just after Christmas, and are now back at home in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Despite a fairly rainy week, we had a wonderful time and marveled at the spectacular scenery and landscape of your island.
One of the many highlights for our two boys, aged 10 and 6, was our visit to the Kaua‘i Children’s Discovery Museum (http://www.kcdm.org). The KCDM was the perfect spot for them to spend a few hours, especially when waiting out the rain. There were activities and exhibits to interest both of them.
They especially enjoyed solving the “maritime mystery” about a sailor’s journal. This involved using clues to find out who the author was. Some of the clues were factual and some were fictional, but it was great fun nonetheless! Each visitor who correctly solves the mystery gets to pick a key from a jar and try to unlock a large treasure chest filled with educational toys. Well, guess what? One of our family’s keys did indeed unlock the chest! James (10) still says his visit to the KCDM was one of the best parts of our vacation. More importantly, he says that the time spent unraveling the clues was more fun than actually winning the contents of the treasure chest.
We just wanted to let you know what a treasure (excuse the pun) you have on your island in the form of the Kaua‘i Children’s Discovery Museum.
We hope to return to Kaua‘i for a vacation at the earliest opportunity, and will always make a visit to the KCDM a part of our itinerary.
P.S. The treasure chest win yielded so many toys that we left some behind with a family that we met near the museum. Some of the remaining toys will find their way to needy children around the world via a donation to one of the many toy drives that operate in Toronto throughout the year, including the recent ones for the Indian Ocean tsunami victims.
Karen and Victor Figueiredo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Proud of former Kauaians and marching band
I am a member of the ‘Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club in Huntington Beach, California, and it was my kuleana to coordinate lunches for the All Kaua‘i Rose Parade Band on Tuesday, December 28 and Friday, December 31.
We offered to provide lunches to the band because we had done it for the past two years for Kamehameha High School and the All-Hawaii State Bands, and both times were rewarded with a sense of pride in the students, as well as much aloha from them and their leaders. The lunches are made and served by volunteers from our organization, who still feel a strong connection to Hawai‘i.
Anyway, this year because the Band was from Kaua‘i, I asked Roy Nishita, Kaua‘i High, ‘52, if his group of former Kauaians would like to do the Tuesday lunch. Of course they readily accepted not knowing how large the contingent would be and how much work the job would entail. But I knew no matter how big the project, they would not let the home-island Band down.
On Tuesday, it poured. I mean a deluge. In the Radisson Hotel courtyard under beach umbrellas, the Kauaians grilled hamburger patties for 350 people in the rain! While they cooked downstairs, upstairs in the hallway, the rest of their group prepared for the onslaught of students soon to come. With the help of Director (Larry) McIntosh, the former Kauaians kept the kids on schedule by serving the whole 350+ in about twenty minutes! What a group! ‘Ainahau O Kaleponi was hard-pressed to do the same for the Friday chili-and-rice lunch!
It was very heart-warming, and made us proud to see the Band look so nice and do so well in the Rose Parade. Very rewarding! Kaua‘i should also be proud of the former Kauaians and their Aloha spirit. They did a great job.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
KIUC, others came through for Koke‘e residents
From muddy, foggy Koke‘e, we would like to send out a huge, heartfelt thank you to some terrific people. KIUC’s (Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative’s) Kanani Malama, Timmy Medeiros, Hipolito Princena, Chris Acoba, Soni Tupou and Fred, Asplundh’s Greg Perreira, Tommy Duarte and Dennison Vidinha, State Parks’ David Tsuchiya, Shane Buesil and Louie Cordeiro and volunteers Rodney Taketa and Vance Ignacio.
The weather in Koke‘e at the end of 2004 and beginning of 2005 has been horrendous. Trees were coming down all over the mountain. Electric lines were stretched and broken. Electricity for two days was down. Through it all, pelting rain, miserable wind, never-ending branches and sloppy mud, these guys tirelessly worked, above and beyond their job descriptions, until the Lodge, the Museum, and the mountain had electric service again.
All of us at Hui o Laka and Koke‘e Natural History Museum truly appreciate all that you do, and we wanted the rest of Kaua‘i to know what a great help you were to us all!!
Hui o Laka and Kokee
Natural History Museum
Use common sense when fishing around others
Yesterday, there was a man who was fishing at Poipu Beach in front of the Waiohai Beach Resort. He was casting his line in an area where several children were playing in the waves and many people were snorkeling.
I reported him to the lifeguards but they said he was within his rights.
Well, that’s fine but what about the rights of the people who are trying to enjoy themselves.
There are many places to fish where there is no danger to others, and they probably offer better fishing.
Please! You may be in your rights but use your common sense.
Don’t impinge on the rights of others to have your fun.
Ku Kilakila made us proud
I don’t think we can say enough about the accomplishment of everyone involved with the Ku Kilakila band. All deserve praise: from the kids and their parents who were determined to make it happen, to the people who donated and bought and supported to help them do just that, to the organizers and designers of everything that made our unit extra special.
It took endless dedication, determination and discipline to pull it off but they did and they did it well. Seeing them marching that… what was it …. 7 mile route?
Amazing. And to do it in such nippy temperatures. Thanks for giving us a chance to be part of this experience.
You made us proud.
L. Ann Silva
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