A year in review

While the year of 2016 was full of ups and downs, of hope and sadness, of life and death, the aloha spirit proved to be strong. In selecting The Garden Island’s top stories of the year, we tried to focus

Kauai’s most memorable moments

Another year has come and gone. Along with it, we gain a year’s worth of memories — glorious victories, crushing defeats, but most importantly the pride of competing. Kauai has seen plenty on its gridirons, courts and fields. In those

Lihue Airport in line for $18M

LIHUE — About $18 million worth of improvements and upgrades to Lihue Airport is slated to be completed by the end of 2019, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation. “HDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, accessible and

New Year’s Eve celebration set

The Poipu Beach Resort Association is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration tonight at Poipu Beach Park. The fun-filled family event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. It includes a movie in the park

Obituary for Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

• Irene H. Sacramed Irene H. Sacramed Irene H. Sacramed, 91 years old female, of Kapaa, Kauai passed away on Dec. 26, 2016, at Garden Isle Healthcare. Born on March 14, 1925, in Kauai, Hawaii she was a homemaker. She

Kalalau Trail, Napali Coast State Wilderness Park closed today

A popular North Shore trail is closed today because of weather conditions, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks.  Because of flash flooding conditions at Hanakapiai Stream, the Kalalau Trail and Napali Coast State Wilderness

Kauai residents share meeting with Japan Prime Minister

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept repeating, “Tabuse, Tabuse,” even while he walked among the crowd at the Welcoming Ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center, said Mabel Hashisaka. “He found out that his grandfather came from the same place —

Kauai residents voice concerns, optimisms with ferry system

It’s been almost 10 years since protesters rallied against the Superferry in Nawiliwili, but some Kauai residents have their reservations and optimisms about an interisland ferry system that may reemerge, pending a state study. The opinions of Kauai residents TGI

Resort donates $16,000 to Kauai United Way

POIPU — Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Scott Giarman and Lynette Medrano-Stine represented the Kauai United Way, receiving a check of more than $16,000 Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. The presentation capped the “Holiday Giving” for

Soriano nails buzzer-beater

WAIMEA — Two seconds left on the clock, and the Menehune had one last chance at a game-winner. On the inbounds pass, Menehune junior forward Joel Soriano received the ball and launched a shot from just inside the three-point line

Princeville to update entry, repave roads

PRINCEVILLE — The entrance to the Princeville at Hanalei resort community will get a new Hawaiian landscaped feature as well as rebuilt roads under projects announced by Princeville Development Company’s president and CEO, Jeff Stone. Stone’s firm, The Resort Group,

Free public lecture series set

LIHUE — The National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Community College present the first in their joint 2017 free public lecture series “Seeds of Thought” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria. Join Professor Maile Andrade

SKA places 11th at Hawaiian State Age Group Championships

With just twelve athletes, Swim Kauai Aquatics totaled 132 points to finish 11th overall at the Hawaiian State Age Group Championships held on Oahu recently. “Overall, an excellent showing by our SKA athletes with many personal best times and seven

Dental plan targets students

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education and the Hawaii Dental Association have established a Memorandum of Agreement to promote oral health by teaching students proper dental hygiene techniques and providing information about access to free dental health services.

A prom night experience for people with special needs

POIPU — Every teenager deserves a prom night. Lihue Missionary Church, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, will be hosting its second “Night to Shine” prom night on Feb. 10 for those with special needs. One of 350 churches

Community Market

PUHI — Yawadee Yadao likes succulents. Her love is the basis of the latest offering at Hale Botanic, the newest addition to the Kauai Community Markets. The succulent offerings — either singly or in combinations as potted gardens — were

MLK Day walk slated

LIHUE — The annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will take place at the Lihue Neighborhood Center at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Participants will walk around Isenberg Park, with the theme “Inspiring the Leaders of Tomorrow.” The celebration

Bond an example of a strong elector

When it was revealed last week that one of Hawaii’s electors voted for Bernie Sanders, a lot of eyes turned toward Kauai’s Janice Bond. It was Bond, after all, who declared her support for Sanders at the state convention earlier

Happy Camper for Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

What a game! Congratulations to coaches Bronson Bautista and Dino Pabre on their efforts to keep the Kapaa and Waimea boys fighting to the final buzzer, and congratulations to Joel Soriano on taking that inbound with just two ticks showing

Book would make Mel proud

Aloha and Happy Hanukkah! We have the perfect last-minute-gift for you (or your Jewish friends)! “Haikus for Jews: For You, A Little Wisdom”, by David M. Bader; literally where East meets West! A haiku, as you likely already know, is

Letters for Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

• Finish roundabout, plan better Finish roundabout, plan better Why isn’t the roundabout by Safeway finished? It would be a great service to the community so that you don’t have to break the law or go out of your way to