Peace, baby

Leland Pappert was feeling the peace and harmony Sunday afternoon.

Taking a stand

When Sabryn Rudinoff visited Anini Beach a few weeks ago, she planned to just spend the day “chilling.”

Let’s drink to that

KOLOA — Robert Weist is one of the original investors in the Koloa Rum Company. Wednesday morning, he smiled with pride as he took part in a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at its new site in Koloa.

A race to remember

Shortly after finishing his 11th Kauai half marathon on Sunday, Gerald Pacheco was standing at the post-race celebration, cold beer in hand, proud smile on his face.

Can’t stop now

POIPU — K.J. Daubert is 4 years old but, already, he’s following in the footsteps of his father and his grandmother.

‘An inspiration’

“Five, four, three, two, one.” As the countdown ends, Meynard Enriquez and John Villanueva step in unison over a speed bump in the road, then continue walking.

Ready to run

POIPU — The 11th annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon is Sunday, but before the starting gun sends about 2,000 runners on their way, there are other running-related activities.

They’re not playing around

HANALEI — Josh Comstock didn’t mince words when asked why he joined about 20 volunteers in removing the old playground equipment at Hanalei School on Sunday.

10 reasons — and a few more — to love the Kauai Marathon

In the six years I have run the Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon, I have found a lot of reasons to love this event. There are been many highlights, and low-lights, too, but as race day closes in on Sunday, here’s 10 reasons, and a few more, that make this one of the best runs in the country.

United, ‘mauka to makai’

Kalohe Kapu was standing on the shoreline, carrying the Hawaiian flag, as he watched the paddle-out begin Sunday at Pine Trees on Hanalei Bay.

Marathon messengers

LIHUE — Chelsea Smith-Wishard graduated from Kauai High School and went to Pepperdine University in California on a scholarship.

‘Soul Surfer:’ A story with heart

“Soul Surfer” is a terrific film. Compelling story, wonderful scenes, outstanding cast. It wasn’t a huge box-office smash when it came out in 2011, but it should have been. From the opening scenes of the Hamilton family and a young Bethany Hamilton to the closing scenes where we see a collage of scenes of Hamilton surfing, this film tells a story that some might find too good to be true, but it is.

State OKs 5th medical pot dispensary

The Hawaii State Department of Health has approved a second medical cannabis retail facility for Oahu licensee Aloha Green Apothecary. The facility, 2113 Kalakaua Avenue, Unit 103, in Waikiki, passed its final onsite inspection Thursday.