Fighting for victims

Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar was recognized as the distinguished citizen of the year at the 24th annual Men’s March on Oahu last week.

Talk Story with Fran Nestel

Fran Nestel continues performing with the Kauai Chorale and in Kauai Voices. She recently returned from a singing tour to Cuba with Kauai Voices, sang a solo during the chorale’s production of “Carmina Burana,” placed third in her category at this year’s Mokihana Festival, and dances hula.

We’re hiring

Akita Enterprises was at the Career Expo 2018 Saturday at Kukui Grove Center, recruiting for bus drivers and assistants. “Do you want to drive bus?” Lihue resident Bernie Brown asked passersby.

One book, read book

“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss is 6-year-old Raiatea Skabo’s favorite book. The Kilauea School second-grader said she enjoys reading because it’s fun to sound out new words. She was at the Lihue Public Library Wednesday making books with her mom and friends at the second Reading Resource Fair.

Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run

A Kalaheo man was arrested Thursday morning on charges involving a hit-and-run accident that killed a 24-year-old Eleele man on Sunday. David Curry, 44, was arrested and charged with suspicion of being involved in an accident involving serious bodily injury or death, and has since been release pending further investigation, according to the Kauai Police Department.

Trade winds returning next week

On Kauai, it’s been hot and humid lately, and that weather pattern is expected to persist until trade winds return on Sunday. “The reason as to why it’s felt so hot and humid is because we’ve lost our trades,” said Melissa Dye, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Police seek ‘Jesus Bandit’

Richard Leibman is on the lam again, and the Kauai Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating him. Known to North Shore residents as the “Jesus Bandit” because he was often been seen sporting a long beard and wearing a robe, Leibman has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and a personality disorder.

Horsemanship camp offers healing

A passion for helping kids is why Karin Stoll started Healing Horses Kauai in 2001 and, next week, students will have the opportunity to participate in a horsemanship camp while they’re on break from school.

Youth movement

Tiger Lily Kaynor, 15, isn’t old enough to vote, but she said it’s important for younger people to become involved in politics because they have more progressive ideas.

Caught by surprise

Some Hawaii candidates were taken by surprise recently when they received fines for not reporting the cost of advertisements to the Campaign Spending Commission within 24 hours of the contracted purchase.

Man killed in hit-and run

A man was killed in what police said was a hit-and-run accident in Kalaheo Sunday night and a search is underway to find the driver and vehicle involved.

Gas storage facility to expand

The Gas Company LLC is gearing up to install 22 new liquid propane gas storage tanks underground at Nawiliwili Harbor, a project that will significantly boost Hawaii Gas customer reserves on the island.

You’ve got #$@&%! mail

A fight between two people who don’t like each other is how Kauai County Council Vice Chair Ross Kagawa described an email exchange earlier this year between him and a constituent.

Safer streets coming soon

Five years ago, after a series of workshops, the public sought improvements to the Kawaihau, Hauaala and Mailihuna roads intersections. In late 2020, construction is tentatively slated to begin.

Pension problems

The state of Hawaii’s pension plan is underfunded, and if the problem isn’t resolved the crisis could get worse.

Mock council, real issues

Residents got a taste of what the new county council might look like after the Nov. 6 general election at a mock county council Monday night at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Coco Palms hearing deferred

A hearing to determine probable cause of violations regarding permitting conditions of the Coco Palms development was deferred Tuesday at the Planning Commission meeting.

Flood victims’ recovery ongoing

It’s been months since historic flooding wreaked havoc on Kauai, but the impact of the flood-waters is still being felt by those living in the hardest hit communities on the island.

Executives to see pay hike

Some school officials are getting a raise thanks to a Hawaii Board of Education decision to increase of wages for the deputy superintendent, assistant superintendents and complex area superintendents.