News Briefs – Jan. 10, 2006

•Variety of speakers planned at Rotary

•Last meeting on bike path is coming

•Coaches sought

•Hongwanji services scheduled

•Garden director speaks

•Whale-watching hike planned Sunday

Variety of speakers planned at Rotary

Members of the Rotary Club of Kauai plan a club assembly meeting on Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. at The Terrace Restaurant at Kauai Lagoons, states a press release.

On Jan. 20, the guest speaker is Gregory Meyers of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Kaua‘i office.

The featured speaker for the lunch meeting on Jan. 27 will be Dick Olsen, discussing the topic of “Harnessing the Atom.” The featured speaker for the lunch meeting on Feb. 3 will be Makana Chai, speaking on Hawaiian healing techniques.

The charge for the buffet lunch is $14. For more information, please contact Judith “Judy” Lenthall, 246-3809.

Last meeting on bike path is coming

The last of three public-information meetings for the Kapa‘a-to-Kealia portion of the planned coastal bike and pedestrian path from Kalapaki Beach to Anahola will be held on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Kapa‘a Middle School cafeteria on ‘Olohena Road.

The final project design will be presented, and construction issues will be discussed at this meeting, states a press release.

This project is part of the county’s proposed Nawiliwili to Anahola shared-use path.

The Kapa‘a to Kealia section will extend from Lihi Park near Pono Kai Resort in Kapa‘a, to Ahihi Point in Kealia.

An equestrian trail is planned along a portion of the path.

Coaches sought

Leaders of the Lihue Pop Warner Association are now accepting applications for tackle and cheer head coach positions for the 2006 Pop Warner season.

Anyone interested in applying for a head-coach position in the Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Midget divisions, should contact association President Gracie Grace at 635-5517.

The deadline for turning in applications is Jan. 30.

Hongwanji services scheduled

The Rev. Thomas Okano, director of the Buddhist Study Center, is the guest speaker at a Hoonko Service on Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission on Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘ia.

“Memorial Service for Our Founder Shinran” is his topic.

On Jan. 22, at 9 a.m., the Rev. Midori Kondo of the Lihue Hongwanji Mission discusses “Changes: Do We Like Change?” at the Family Dharma Service.

On Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., a Family Dharma Service will take place, Kondo is the speaker, and a New Year’s Party follows.

All are welcome at all the events, she said. For more information, please call 245-6262, or e-mail lihuehong@verizon.net.

Garden director speaks

Chipper Wichman, director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, will speak on new developments in the gardens on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the NTBG Education Center at the end of Papalina Road in Kalaheo.

A potluck dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.

Both functions are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by leaders of Na Lima Kokua, or the helping hands of NTBG, which is the NTBG volunteer group, states a press release.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Whale-watching hike planned Sunday

On Sunday, leaders of the Sierra Club Kaua‘i chapter have planned a Maha‘ulepu whale-watching walk, along a three-mile, moderate route on the South Shore.

Organizers hope to see lots of whales and turtles there this time of year, they said in a press release.

Cars will be shuttled for a leisurely, one-way hike. Please call Allan Rachap, 742-1001, for more information.

On Jan. 21, a four-mile, moderate hike, along and above Larson’s Beach on the Eastside is scheduled.

Participants will walk a path along a beautiful beach, and uphill to a breathtaking vista, organizers said in the release.

Some beach clean-up activities will be done on the return leg. Please call Karen Tilley, 335-5423, for more information.

The final January hike is Jan. 22, a moderate, eight-mile trek up and down Kalepa Ridge in Hanama‘ulu.

Participants will enjoy sweeping coastal and valley views along the ridge which continues to the Sleeping Giant (Nounou) range from Wailua River to Hanama‘ulu. Call Kathy Valier, 826-7302.

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