News Briefs for Thursday, April 6, 2006

• Larry Rivera and ohana perform Friday

• Construction scholarships available

• Help save three lives: blood drives coming up

• Corrections

• Young Democrats wants you

• Regional meeting set for Kilauea

• Academy of Creative Arts registering summer students

• WalkAmerica is Saturday at Lydgate Park


Larry Rivera and ohana perform Friday

Larry Rivera and Ilima Rivera Fernandes offer live Hawaiian entertainment, with hula and more, at the Aloha Friday on the Mall event at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Kukui Grove Center, center officials said in a press release.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

Also that day, state Department of Health representatives are on the mall for a smoke-free Friday event where smokers can get information about getting or staying smoke-free.

Aloha Friday on the Mall entertainment is sponsored by leaders of the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative.

On Saturday, the state Department of Education Parent & Child Fair is at the mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with children’s activities, educational opportunities, and more.

Every Monday, the farmers’ market is in the center parking lot near Sears from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., with local growers offering fresh produce, flowers, and more.

On April 14, Good Friday, a holiday for some workers and students in the public schools, an Easter fun day is scheduled, with lots of activities for the children.

Members of Limited Edition will be performing at center stage on April 14 at 7 p.m., during the Aloha Friday on the Mall event.

On April 15, organizers of the Kaua’i Visitor Industry Charity Walk have a kickoff event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The actual walk is May 20.

At the kickoff event, there will be fun and games, comedian Augie T, and more.

Also on April 15, from 2 p.m.

to 3:30 p.m., the first part of a karaoke contest is at center stage, with the winner appearing on the TV show “Hawaii Stars.” For more information on the karaoke contest, call Ben Beniga at 651-8851.

Also on April 15, members of the Kamehameha Middle School Choir offer a special performance at 5 p.m.


Construction scholarships available

The Contractors Association of Kaua’i’s scholarship committee announced in a press release that applications for the association’s annual scholarships are now available through counselors at Waimea, Kaua’i and Kapa’a high schools, Island School and Kahili Adventist.

Scholarship applications are also available at the Kamehameha School’s Kauai Regional office.

Up to $4,500 in scholarships will be presented this summer to college students or postgraduate students majoring in a construction-related field of study. Applicants may also be graduating high school seniors planning to major in a construction-related field.

For information call 246-2662.

Application deadline is May 1.


Help save three lives: blood drives coming up

Each Kaua’i resident can help save three lives in about an hour by giving blood at various Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drives around the island, a Blood Bank of Hawaii official said.

Upcoming drives are today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wilcox Memorial Hospital conference rooms.

Everyday in Hawai’i, hundreds of patients count on volunteer blood donors for their very survival, a Blood Bank of Hawaii spokesperson said.

Donors must be in good health, 18 years of age or older, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be able to provide a valid photo identification card.

To make an appointment or get more information, please call the Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966, or visit www.bbh.org.


CORRECTIONS

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.

• In the Hanamatsuri story that ran on the front page of the April 4 issue, the Rev. Noriaki Fujimori, the ceremony officiant, was associated with the wrong temple. Fujimori is the resident minister at the Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission.


Young Democrats wants you

Kauai Young Democrats are reaching out this election year to those interested in becoming politically active.

Kauaians ages 18 to 35 can come to a meeting Friday and meet the Hawai’i state Young Democrats chair Justin Woodson. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at 3920 Hunakai St., in the Ulu Ko subdivision, Lihu’e according to a press release.

At the meeting, Kauai Young Democrats will elect officers and representatives to the county and state conventions, discuss the direction and pace of the organization, and makeup of the county and state Young Democrats Web site.

Woodson, 29, will be the guest of honor. Woodson’s political career began in Southern California, where he interned for U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

Specifically, he worked on port security and high-end technologies in her Orange County district office. In the congressional office, Woodson organized phone banks and precinct walks during campaign season, as well as carrying out some data analysis.

From that experience he received a letter of recommendation and congressional recognition for his leadership.

In Hawai’i, he worked for state Rep. Mele Carroll as the representative’s legislative analyst. At the Capitol, his focus was on research, analysis, billdrafting, bill-tracking, and committee work.

At the Democratic Party of Hawaii headquarters, Justin is assistant to Chairman Brickwood aluteria.

Anyone wishing to attend this meeting may call 246-0174 for directions.

High-school students are encouraged to attend.

Wiki-wiki voter registration will also be available.


Regional meeting set for Kilauea

Officials in the administration of Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste have scheduled another in a series of regional meetings in several communities across the island, they said in a press release.

The meeting is slated for today at 7 p.m. at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center, for those living in Ha’ena, Wainiha, Hanalei, Kilauea and Princeville.

The last in the series of regional meetings will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m. at a location to be determined soon.

Information regarding this last meeting will be forthcoming.

The mayor and county department heads will be present at the meetings to discuss concerns relative to respective regional areas, as well as island-wide issues.

Additionally, there will be time for residents to ask questions.

For more information on the meetings, please contact county Community Response Specialist Catherine Stovall at 241-6398.


Academy of Creative Arts registering summer students

Kaua’i Academy of Creative Arts leaders are registering students now for summer classes, they said in a press release.

The program features 12 classes in visual and performance art and will be held at Island School in Puhi from June 19 to July 14.

From watercolor painting to airbrush painting, from martial arts moves and ballet to ceramics, and many things in between, the Kaua’i Academy of Creative Arts offers classes in all areas.

Whatever students may be in the mood for, there will be something to whet creative appetites at the Kaua’i Academy of Creative Arts this summer.

Professional artists such as Carol Culver, Laine Griffith, Limor Farber, and Jennifer Schwartz, to name a few, will be giving first-rate instruction during the annual four week program.

Morning and afternoon classes will be offered and scholarships are available to children ages 6 to 13 years old. Look for the new 2006 program brochure at all state libraries and Kaua’i schools.

Call the K.A.C.A. hotline at 346-7586 for more information.


WalkAmerica is Saturday at Lydgate Park

Anyone interested in participating in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica event may still register online by visiting www.

walkamerica.org, walk organizers said.

This year’s edition of the annual event is Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Lydgate Park, organizers said in a press release.

Now in its 36th year, the March of Dimes WalkAmerica takes place in 1,100 communities across the country, with nearly half a million walkers.

On Kaua’i, members of teams from over 35 businesses, organizations and families will take part.

Through March of Dimes WalkAmerica, residents of Hawai’i are helping those at the March of Dimes fight premature birth, which affects one in eight babies in America, and one in seven in Hawai’i.

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and many lifelong disabilities.

More than half the time premature birth occurs for unknown reasons.

For more information on WalkAmerica, call toll-free 1-800525-WALK (1-800-525-9255).

Information about the activities of the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter office is available by calling toll-free 1-800-272-5240.

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