Primary election coming

With the 2020 primary election less than a week away, the Office of the County Clerk Elections Division reminds voters to mail or drop off ballots as soon as possible, or vote in-person at the Voter Service Center located in the first-floor conference room of the Lihu‘e Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building.

West Kaua‘i Community Plan nearly done

The 20-year West Kaua‘i Community Plan spans 225 square miles encompassing Kekaha, Port Allen, ‘Ele‘ele, Waimea and Hanapepe, as well as the plantation camps of Numila, Kaumakani, Pakala Village and Ka‘awanui Village.

Building a stronger community

When the anticipated crowd of more than 300 people seeking free food and respite from the COVID-19 and other economic and social hardships collected at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center Saturday, Child & Family Service through its Nana’s House in Waimea was one of the coordinators, serving as the registration point for those recipients.

How the unemployment tax impacts nonprofits

Two weeks ago in this space we discussed the unemployment tax and insurance system and how employers are likely to be hit with a significant and automatic rate increase at the end of this year.

Happy Camper for Sunday, August 2, 2020

Another round of kudos to Kirk and Tora Smart and the Strings of Joy ‘ohana for last week’s distribution of Kala ‘ukulele for Kaua‘i’s graduating seniors.

Births for Sunday, August 2, 2020

• Tyra Moana Taylor • Iokepa Kamaleiokalani Hezekiah Adric • Sophia Sunshine Howatt • Paloma Nahal Malchoidi • Wesley Kekoa Gradeck • Aretok Lather • Conrad Jay Clark

Houseless outreach set this week

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, in partnership with Women in Need and Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity, will be visiting county beach parks this week to provide outreach services to homeless individuals and families currently living in these areas.

Free mental health workshops on

Life’s Bridges Hawai‘i is starting a new series of specialized support groups for anyone dealing with the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first of these groups starting Monday at the Kapa‘a Missionary Church, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Waimea Public Library celebrates 70th anniversary

The Friends of the Waimea Public Library wanted to have a party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the library, but with operating guidelines based on COVID-19 could just offer rolls of Smarties candies to patrons.

Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

BERLIN — Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections.

Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers participating in rare weekend talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure reported progress on Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.