News Briefs for Thursday — February 02, 2006

• Sierra Club hiking North Shore

• Wildlife guide published

• Charter commission meeting set

• Relay For Life meeting Tuesday


• Non-Hawaiian quilts on display

• Hopkins anwers arthritis questions

Sierra Club hiking North Shore

Leaders of the Kaua‘i chapter of the Sierra Club plan a moonlight beach walk, an easy two miles from Ha‘ena to Ke‘e and back, on Sunday.

There will be views of Makana Mountain, the sunset along Na Pali Coast, and the return trip by moonlight.

Call Kathy Valier, 826-7302, for time, exact meeting location, and more information.

The Feb. 11 event is also a sunset, full-moon event, with the possibility of seeing some humpback whales, from Kealia Beach to Kuna (Donkey Beach).

It is an easy-to-moderate, 3.5-mile trek, with a sunset along the wild Eastside coastline, ending with the full moon rising.

Call Judy Dalton, 246-9067, for time, exact meeting location, and more information.

On Feb. 12, the hike is a strenuous, eight-mile event on the Ili‘ili‘ula trail, starting along the Wailua River North Fork ditch system trail to scenic spots along Ili‘ili‘ula Stream.

The trail affords fantastic views of Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale, waterfalls, and an abundance of native plants, Sierra Club Kaua‘i leaders said in a press release.

Call Bob Nishek, 332-5158, for time, exact meeting location, and more information.

It’s only four miles, but the Okolehao Trail on the North Shore is strenuous, and is the subject of the Feb. 19 hike.

Participants will hike up along the crest of a ridge running up Hihimanu, and will enjoy sweeping views of Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Valley and Wai‘oli Valley.

Call Karen Tilley, 335-5423, for time, exact meeting location, and more information.

The last hike this month is Feb. 26, to Waipo‘o Falls in Koke‘e State Park, a moderate, 3.5-mile route with spectacular Waimea Canyon views and a wonderful waterfall at trail’s end.

Call Allan Rachap, 742-1001, for time, exact meeting times.

Wildlife guide published

It is fitting that the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is the backdrop for one of the first Hawai‘i book-signings for a new book on viewing Hawai‘i wildlife.

Author Jeanne L. Clark is coming to Kaua‘i for a Feb. 13 book-signing for “Hawai‘i Wildlife Viewing Guide,” with the session at 1 p.m. at the lighthouse.

Officials from Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Watchable Wildlife Project announced the publication of the “Hawai‘i Wildlife Viewing Guide,” which they said in a press release offers a unique perspective on watching and protecting the amazing diversity of wildlife that inhabits the Hawaiian Islands.

Clark will join members of the Hawai‘i Watchable Wildlife Steering Committee and Jim Mallman, executive director of Watchable Wildlife, Inc., for the book launch of the “Hawai‘i Wildlife Viewing Guide.” To RSVP for the book-launch event, call 1-808-783-2612, or e-mail

For more information about the Hawai‘i Watchable Wildlife project and the “Hawai‘i Wildlife Viewing Guide,” visit

Charter commission meeting set

The next regular meeting of the Kaua‘i County Charter Review Commission is Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the Lihu‘e Civic Center Mo‘ikeha Building first-floor conference room.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide input. To check out the meeting agenda, log on to the county’s Web site at, and navigate to the “What’s Happening” section.

For more information, call Edie Ignacio, 241-6646.

Relay For Life meeting Tuesday

There will be an American Cancer Society Relay For Life team-captains’ workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal Church parish hall in Lihu‘e, at the corner of ‘Umi and Hardy streets next to the Lihu‘e Public Library.

Those interested in participating should gather 10 friends and co-workers, begin fund-raising now, then celebrate hope for a cure at Kaua‘i’s Eighth Annual Relay For Life on May 6, overnight, at Hanapepe Stadium, American Cancer Society officials said in a press release.

Proceeds benefit Kaua‘i families, along with lifesaving research, advocacy and education.

For a team packet, to become a business sponsor, or other information, call 245-2942, or visit

Team packets are now available.

The ACS office is also on the campus of St. Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal Church.

American Cancer Society leaders on Kaua‘i also have information on free worksite wellness programs.


The Garden Island corrects errors of fact in news stories. If you notice an error, please contact us at one of the numbers listed below.

• On page A3 of the Wednesday paper, an incorrect date was listed in the story about the free heart lecture offered by grandmaster Hong Liu. The event is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Qi Center at the old Immaculate Conception School site in Isenberg Tract subdivision in Lihu‘e.

Non-Hawaiian quilts on display

Currently on display at the Kaua‘i Museum is an exhibit of non-Hawaiian quilts in the main gallery, though some of them have Hawaiian themes.

Artist and instructor Rosella Roach, who teaches free quilting classes at the museum on Rice Street in Lihu‘e each Wednesday, also has at least one of her works, “Sunrise on Lahaina,” in the exhibit.

Also up at the museum is a show of watercolor works by the mother-daughter team of Nancy Forbes and Joanna Carolan, in the Mezzanine Gallery.

Both exhibits will run through next month. For more information, call 245-6931.

Hopkins anwers arthritis questions

Dr. Heather Hopkins of Wilcox Health (Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic) offers answers to questions about hip and knee arthritis Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the hospital conference room, states a press release.

For those with sore, stiff and aching hips and knees, Hopkins will share information on the latest treatments, medications and procedures that can provide relief and keep them moving.

She will also offer information on natural treatment options, the latest information on how to deal with arthritis in the hips and knees, and how those suffering can help themselves to feel better.

This special session is sponsored by those at Wilcox Health and the Arthritis Foundation, with assistance from an educational grant from Genzyme officials.

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Hopkins is a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist), and practices at the Bone and Joint Center at Kauai Medical Clinic in Lihu‘e.

She has an extensive background in non-surgical orthopedics, and has special interests in master athletes, geriatric orthopedics, carpal tunnel syndrome, and outpatient rehabilitation.

For reservations and more information, call the Arthritis Foundation toll-free at 1-800-462-0743.


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