News Briefs for Sunday, October 15, 2006

• TGI County Council forum all set • Domestic violence awareness week kicks off today in Lihu‘e • County Council candidates to address North Shore issues at Tuesday night forum • Columnists wanted • HWH rep goes to Washington

TGI County Council forum all set

All but one of the 14 Kaua‘i County Council candidates have confirmed their appearance at The Garden Island candidates’ forum Thursday night.

Council chair Kaipo Asing has yet to respond.

Ron Wiley of Kong Radio has also agreed to emcee the event, which will be broadcast live and uninterrupted on KQNG 93.5. The forum is also being videotaped for later broadcast.

Doors to the Veteran’s Center in Lihu‘e open at 6 p.m., with the forum set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Pupus and refreshments will be served. The “Town Hall” formate is designed to accomodate the large number of candidates.


Domestic violence awareness week kicks off today in Lihu‘e

YWCA’s Week Without Violence starts today with a day of remembrance at the Old Courthouse in Lihu‘e. The organization will raise a banner that will hang across Rice Street all week to promote domestic violence awareness.

The family of Sandra Galas, the Westside woman strangled in January of this year, will make offering in name of their daughter.

Things get under way at 10 a.m. and go until 2 p.m., with local artist and musician Millicent Cummings providing the entertainment.

Throughout the day tomorrow at Kukui Grove and every day for the remainder of the week, art collected from YWCA survivors of violence and from the day of remembrance will be displayed.

Events continue throughout the week, so stay tuned to Page A2 of The Garden Island for more information.


County Council candidates to address North Shore issues at Tuesday night forum

The North Shore Council hosts a County Council candidates forum Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hanalei School cafetorium.

All 14 candidates have been invited to discuss topics directly affecting the North Shore communities.

“What’s important now is that residents hear each candidate’s positions on the specific concerns of North Shore residents before casting their votes in the general election,” Carl Imparato, president of the Hanalei-Ha‘ena Community Association, said in a statement.

Imparato said because the North Shore does not have direct representation on the council, the forum is a must for residents to find out who will best act on their interests.

For more information on the forum, contact Charlie Bass at 826-1942 or cbass@ahonui.com.


Columnists wanted

The Garden Island is seeking columnists for the Westside and North Shore to contribute regional coverage. Send resumes and writing samples to Adam Harju, editor, at aharju@kauaipubco.com.


HWH rep goes to Washington

Maka‘ala Ka‘aumoana, executive director of the Hanalei Watershed Hui, will represent Kaua‘i at the Nonprofit Congress in Washington, D.C. tomorrow and Tuesday.

“Representatives from organizations nationwide are meeting for the first time to discuss issues common to us all,” Ka‘aumoana said in a statement. “As budgets are reduced and grant opportunities diminish, it is increasingly challenging for nonprofit groups to achieve their goals.”

Princeville Operating Company, Ching Young Shopping Center, Heli USA and several individual contributors helped pay her travel expenses.

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