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Kaua‘i Academy of Creative Arts offers year-round classes

For years the summer months have meant learning and laughter through the arts. Participants are appropriately acknowledged by the Academy’s “The Kids of Summer” logo. Now this well established arts program has expanded from an exclusively summer schedule to one that addresses the adoption by Kaua‘i public schools of a year-round schedule.

The academy is offering a four-week summer program and strengthening the afternoon and intercession series so that young people may continue to have in-depth artistic experiences with professional artists, materials and tools.

The year-round schedule begins with a March intercession workshop for students grades five through 12. Local artist Penny Nichols will teach a three day “En Plein Air” (outdoor) arts intensive at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawa‘i Valley.

For more information on the Kaua‘i Academy of Creative Arts upcoming arts intensive or any of the visual and performing arts programming, e-mail info@Kauaicreativearts.org, call 346-7586 or visit Kauaicreativearts.org.

School collaborative

tsunami evacuation drill

9:45 a.m, March 7

The purposes of this collaborative drill are to give each school the oppportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the individual evacuation school’s plan with a total shutdown, the timing of how quickly and safely all walking and driven students can reach the designated evacuation site which would be at least 100 feet from the identified inundated danger zone, and observe what possible bottlenecks may be created as each heads towards the Koke‘e and higher ground areas.

The schools involved will be Kekaha Elementary School (319 students), St. Theresa School (150 students), Kula Aupuni Niihau a’ Kahealani Aloha School (46 students), Kekula Niihau o’ Kekaha School — 40 students — a total of 555 students, plus staff.

Others expressing interest in observing this collaborative effort are the police and fire department personnel, Kaua‘i Civil Defense, PMRF, Hawai‘i State DOE and NOAA which is asking to bring television media from Oah‘u to cover this event.

A follow-up evaluation meeting will be held March 10, at 9 a.m. in the Kekaha School cafeteria. If you have further questions, please call Jason Yoshida, principal of Kekaha School at 337-7655 or Bobbie at 337-9135.

The bigger picture is if the Kekaha population of 3,500 to 4,000 people all had to evacuate, most of them would be heading for Koke‘e’s higher ground. When the island was a plantation community, block captains were assigned to make the alert and plantation trucks were available to transport the people to safety. The community needs to be informed of an updated Civil Defense plan for the populations threatened by tsunami disasters.

General Education Development test in March

General Educational Development testing will be conducted by the Kaua‘i Community School for Adults in early March. Passing the GED can lead to a state of Hawai‘i high school diploma. For more information, and to sign up for the test, call the KCSA Office at 274-3390.

Recycle your phone books and help the schools

As new phone books arrive, what do you do with the old ones? The answer is: recycle them.

Your Island Pages is working in cooperation with Garden Isle Disposal to maximize the number of old phone books recycled. Some 95 percent of all the phone books recycled are collected within one month of distribution of the new books.

Every participating elementary school is eligible to win cash prizes and the program is adjusted for the size of the student body in relation to number of books collected so that any school has a chance of winning.

Recycling efforts on Kaua‘i in the last four years has resulted in the collection of over 150,000 pounds of phone books and saved over 1,250 trees. A phone book can be recycled up to six times, and some of the products made from recycled phone books include paper, egg cartons, roofing material and animal bedding. Just 20 years ago there was only one curbside recycling program in the United States. By 1998 there were 9,000 recycling programs and 12,000 drop-off centers. The program will run until March 1.


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