State reaches 25 percent clean energy this year

HONOLULU — The Aloha State got a little greener in 2015, according to the 2016 Energy Resources Coordinator’s Annual Report released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Hawaii State Energy Office on Tuesday. According to the 91-page

Rare seedlings take root at NTBG nursery

There are only 40 Polyscias bisattenuata trees left in the wild and in two days, the staff at the National Tropical Botanical Garden multiplied that population by seven. “This is new territory,” said Ashley Trask, NTBG nursery manager. “It’s exciting to get

KIUC pushes for ‘Drive Electric Hawaii’

HONOLULU — Eight organizations have banded together on a mission to create more electric options in ground transportation in Hawaii, including the state’s Department of Transportation and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The campaign has been dubbed Drive Electric Hawaii. It

Six KIF girls find Pa‘ani podium

Six female wrestlers from the Kauai Interscholastic Federation finished on the podium at the Pa‘ani Challenge over the weekend at Punahou School on Oahu. Shanaya Marshall from Kapaa High School and Sarai Valdez of Kauai High School both topped the

Arrest log for Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

• Arrest log for Aug. 22, 23, 24, 2016 Aug. 22 w Disorderly conduct: 3:50 p.m., Ubaldo, Amy Diane Cordeiro, 35, female, Waimea. Aug. 23 w Two counts of prohibited acts relating to drugs, promoting a dangerous drug 2, promoting

Assault suspect set to go to trial

LIHUE — A man charged with 30 counts of sexual assault is preparing for trial. Tarey Low, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor for seven years, appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe recently for a status of counsel hearing.

Letter for Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

• County should not provide alcohol to golfers • When I first heard of this proposal to sell alcoholic drinks on a mobile cart so golfers could drink and bring in revenue to the county, I was very surprised. It seems

Let’s overcome fears and tackle mental illness

Recently, I taught my last class, in a series of 12, of National Alliance on Mental Illness Family to Family education class. During the wrap up, one of my students asked me why more people don’t sign up for the

Hawaiian Airlines CEO to visit Kauai

Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, will be the keynote speaker at the Jan.12 Kauai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Kauai Beach Resort. Dunkerley will talk about the airlines’ overall successes, its fares, investments, factors that influence

$13M in upgrades for Eastside resorts

KAPAA — If Ray Free didn’t own a timeshare, he wouldn’t go on vacation. “This is like being at my own home,” said Free, a timeshare owner at Pono Kai Resort in Kapaa. And with ongoing renovations and upgrades at

St. Raphael Church celebrates 175 years

KOLOA — More than 500 people gathered at St. Raphael Church in Koloa to mark the 175th anniversary of the “oldest Catholic Church on Kauai” Sunday. “The church holds about 410 people,” said Marina Pascua, who headed the church decorations

Marine biologist, student grow new coral

KAPAA — There’s another set of hands working in Katherine Muzik’s underwater coral garden named Mala Moana, or “Ocean Garden,” in Hawaiian. The site is in front of Hotel Coral Reef, just over 300 feet from shore, where Muzik has

Church at Koloa earns high praise

KOLOA – King Kaumualii, the last King of Kauai, provided a land grant to missionaries arriving in the 1800s. In 1834, missionaries established what we know today as The Church at Koloa. Recently, the church received community recognition as the

Happy Camper for Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Stacie Chiba-Miguel (more than two shopping carts of presents to wrap?!) said the Kumu’s Cupboard gift-wrapping station was the best, “really good,” because teachers were doing the wrapping. Kumu’s Cupboard, a nonprofit, gets ready to open its doors on Jan.

Permits needed for firecrackers

LIHUE — A permit from the fire department is required to purchase and ignite firecrackers on New Year’s Eve, according to the Kauai Fire Department. Dec. 30 is the last day to obtain a permit. “We urge everyone to exercise

Arrest log for Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Arrest log for Aug. 19, 20, 21, 22, 2016 Aug. 19 Violation of an order: 3:37 p.m., McKee, Crystal Lee, 34, female, Kekaha. Aug. 20 Abuse family: 7:25 p.m., Patton, Patrick Michael, 40, male, Kilauea. Aug. 21 Abuse family: 2:58

Letter for Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

• It’s hard to believe the news these days Did you hear that Donald Trump is selling Kauai to the Japanese and that Michelle Obama is really a man? Believe it or not, these stories were circulating the Internet. People believe

Obituary for Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

• Crescenciano C. Calpito Crescenciano C. Calpito Crescenciano C. Calpito, an 84-year-old male, Kapaa, passed away on Dec. 5 at Wilcox Health Center. Born on May 5, 1932 in the Philippines he was a retired public official in the Philippines. He

Christmas tree recycling is on

LIHUE — County officials are suggesting people recycle Christmas trees. “We encourage residents and businesses to do their part to recycle Christmas trees and divert green waste from the landfill,” said Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. “Recycled Christmas trees generate

A very Merry Christmas, indeed

The Garden Island/Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation Christmas Fund was able to bring a brighter Christmas to hundreds of families this year, thanks to generous donations that came from throughout the island. Since this year’s campaign began the day after

Talk Story: Timmy Teves

Since his younger days, Timmy Teves has always been fighting. He’d say, though, it wasn’t always for good reasons back then. Even if he meant well, it was those situations that became a detriment to his life. “(I was) doing