COVID cases continue to climb

LIHU‘E —The Kaua‘i District Health Office Saturday reported two new positive cases of COVID-19. The current number of active cases now stands at 7 as several individuals were recently released from isolation. The cumulative total of cases to date is 40.

Bikes are in vogue during pandemic

LIHU‘E – These days Lihu‘e resident Romie Mabyni can be found pedaling around town, biking around his home near Wilcox Elementary School or over to the 7-11 store for a cold drink.

West Kaua‘i Lions Club installs officers

HANAPEPE — The West Kaua‘i Lions Club will greet its 83rd anniversary in November with a new slate of officers that was installed during its Wednesday meeting at the Wong’s Chinese Restaurant in Hanapepe.

Happy Camper for Sunday, July 5, 2020

No big gatherings is the message officials encouraged for the Fourth of July as Hawai‘i records more new COVID-19 cases…great time of do those quiet neighborhood walks (Brian Atendido found a pueo, but had no camera, and what new safe beach did Sabrina Bodon find? John Feagans is still trying to get back from Japan — his new re-scheduled date is now in August!).

Surfrider tests Ke‘e water

KE‘E — Citizen scientists with the Kaua‘i branch of Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force have tested the water at Ke’e beach and said Saturday the water tested clean.

Public works announce lane closures

PO‘IPU – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Ala Kinoiki will be closed from July 6 to July 17 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road reconstruction work from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, weather permitting.

Council takes aim at affordable housing

A little known bill is currently making its way through our County Council: A bill that will exempt developers from the need to build affordable housing for an entire decade: Bill 2774. As we prepare for the upcoming County Council elections, this affordable housing 10 year exemption is being proposed by Council Chair, Arryl Kaneshiro and KipuKai Kuali`i.

Lyrics of Aloha – July 5, 2020

“This song is so, so timely of what is happening in America. I wrote this song in that was sung by 350 young people known as the Continental Singers, directed by Cam Flora at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on July 4, 1976 — America’s 200th Birthday. I hope you like it.”

Obituaries for Sunday, July 5, 2020

• William Manantan • Remigio Lagrimas Dela Cruz • Lourdes “Lori” Veronica Maglinti Alisna • Gustavo Alfredo Albuja Orellana Sr. • Ludovico Corpus Bautista • Nathan Nalei Naumu • Barbara Vail Wilkes • Gladys S. Hashimoto • Douglas Tirso Cruz Aviguetero • Bradyn Ken Hoff

The old Kapaa Mom & Pop Urabe Store

Kenzo Urabe (1898-1971), the founder and proprietor, along with his wife, Shizue Urabe (1903-1959), of Urabe Store – a Kapaa landmark on Ulu St. for many decades until it closed in the mid-1990s – was born in Japan and immigrated to Kauai with his parents, Katsutaro and Chika Urabe, in 1899.

Meet ‘ekaha ku moana, Hawaii’s Black Coral

We all have seen the beautiful black coral necklaces that have been sold in Hawaiian jewelry stores but this coral species is not black! Only the coral skeleton is black but the actual live coral is bright orange or tan in color.

Kaua‘i Filipino Women’s Club awards 4 scholarships

The Kaua‘i Filipino Women’s Club and President Barbara Green awarded four, $1,000 awards, including a special award to the University of Hawai‘i Foundation to assist a student wishing to return to school during the COVID-19 medical crisis.

Births for Saturday, July 4, 2020

• Enson Hikaru Higa • Otto Felix Benjamin Graybosch • Moaniani Lehua Lee • Waianuhea Sanoe Lee • Ainsley Lanakila Kealapomaikai Nawai • Everly Kelahau Akahakuihuialohaai Nawai • Zoe Mei Diaz

Sailing graduates have fun in the sun

“They love being out on the water,” said Shale Shore, president of the Kaua‘i Sailing Association Friday during graduation-day festivities taking place at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.