Talking Story with Marco Engquist

Marco Engquist is a paramedic. He came to Kauai over four decades ago, and spent his first year on the island naked in a cave. He tells the story like this:

Alleged shooter sentenced

A Lihue man was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday for charges related to a shooting at Salt Pond Beach Park last year.

Retired police chief Darryl Perry claims harassment

LIHUE — Retired Kauai Police Department Chief Darryl Perry is asking the County of Kauai to pay him $2 million in damages due to what he described in a claim filed against the county last month as “a nine-year vendetta of continuous harassment.”

KPD assistant chief Mark Begley reinstated

LIHUE — One of the Kauai Police Department’s top-ranking officers was reinstated last week after a seven-year absence that began amid a heated dispute involving several senior KPD officers, multiple county attorneys, the Police Commission and the mayor.

Kuleana case dismissed

A Fifth Circuit judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this year against Carlos Andrade, a retired history professor who recently bought four kuleana land parcels on Mark Zuckerberg’s property for just over $2 million.

Fire burns 500 acres

POIPU — Firefighters on Wednesday afternoon were still battling the remnants of a brush fire that started more than 24 hours before in Mahaulepu.

Coco Palms property to be sold

The former Coco Palms resort property is being sold, according to an executive with a Utah-based real estate developing group overseeing the long-delayed construction project aimed at restoring the iconic hotel.

Appeal denied in infant assault case

The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals recently upheld the conviction of a Wailua woman sentenced to five years in jail for beating an infant to the extent that his brain protruded through the base of his skull and emergency room medics had to cut a hole in his cranium to relieve pressure caused by internal hemorrhaging.

Fighter pilot remembers

“A colonel friend of mine — he’s dead now — but he came over there and flew my wing. And we were over Munich — saw two JU-52s takin’ off. I told him — Turkey Wilson was his name — I said, Turkey I’ll take the first one you take the second one. So I rolled over from about 20-25,000 feet. I had that 51 (P-51 Mustang) going just as fast as it would go, you know. And the guy took off, stuck his gear up, psshhhhwww, off he went.

Petition questions commission decision

LIHUE — A petition requesting the county planning commission reconsider its recent decision to shut down a Koloa water bottling company has garnered support from dozens of Kauai residents who say the business was denied land-use permits without justification.

Andrade buys all four kuleana

LIHUE — Carlos Andrade, a retired history professor and partial heir to several small land parcels on Mark Zuckerberg’s North Shore estate, outbid a group of his distant relatives during a court hearing on Tuesday, purchasing all four of the contested lots for just over $2 million.