KIFB gets community help

NAWILIWILI — Thursday was a day to reload for the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, which wrapped up its day with contributions totaling more than $4,000 from two organizations — Kaua‘i Coffee Company and the Kaua‘i Paramedics Association.

Kouchi remains Senate president

HONOLULU — The state Senate recently announced new changes to its leadership and committee assignments, though Lihu‘e resident Ronald D. Kouchi remains Senate president.

Backhoe, lifeguards, firefighters assist during flood event

LIHU‘E —Earlier this week heavy rains inundated the island causing some localized flooding in streams and rivers. At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in response to the rising Hanalei River, made preparation to close the Hanalei Bridge.

Aloha Ginger Beer offered in Lihu‘e

LIHU‘E — Aloha Ginger Beer, a non-alcoholic beverage company on Hardy Street in Lihu‘e across from the Lihu‘e Civic Center, started from humble beginnings and a passion to help local farmers and businesses throughout the pandemic.

Water outage at Kalepa Village Thursday

HANAMA‘ULU — Residents at Kalepa Village apartments in Hanama‘ulu woke up on Thursday morning to low water pressure. After an initial investigation, the county Department of Water notified property managers of a leak on Kalepa Village property.

Mielke-Suizu crowned Miss Kaua‘i Veteran

LIHU‘E — Taylor Mielke-Suizu, daughter of Bradley Suizu and Deyana Mielke, was installed as the Miss Kaua‘i Veteran 2021 Wednesday in a brief ceremony before the Kaua‘i Veterans Council board t the Kaua‘i Veterans Center.

Hole-in-one for Henriques

WAILUA — Patrick Henriques, of Kaua‘i, hit his first hole-in-one on Jan. 15 at Wailua Golf Course during the Kana O Kaua‘i Golf Club tournament. Henriques’s accomplishment came on the 158-yard 7th hole, using a Adams Golf 6 hybrid 1/2.

VOICES: Kupuna need assistance in crisis, too

In response to the article by Stephanie Shinno in The Garden Island, Jan. 17, 2021, titled “A crisis within a crisis,” I would like to commend the county agencies, County Council and nonprofits that have joined together in the effort to house the homeless.

Happy Camper for Friday, Januar 22, 2021

Kudos to Chip Bahouth and the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort ‘ohana on providing food packages for its employees in partnership with the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration announced Thursday the suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters for 60 days, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.

Democrats ask ethics panel to investigate Sens. Cruz, Hawley

WASHINGTON — Seven Democratic senators on Thursday asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the actions of Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump administration had pulled back from.

Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

WASHINGTON — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year.

EU leaders agree to keep borders open, want to limit travels

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc’s top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths.

Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic

NEW YORK — Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40% at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts over the past year.