Boy Scouts launch first Space Jam

LIHUE — A young person from this island could be the first person to set foot on Mars, if they are prepared, said Denny Anderson, the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America Kauai district executive.

Kumu’s gets ready for teachers

LIHUE — School is not open until Aug. 1, but that did not stop the phone calls from teachers, said Elyse Litvack, president of Kumu’s Cupboard, Tuesday morning.

‘99+1 Holes’ helps juniors

LIHUE — A hundred holes of golf in a single day. Registration for golfers attempting the feat during the “99+1 Holes” is currently being accepted by the Kauai Junior Golf Association as a fundraiser.

Heroes among us

LIHUE — Jason Peralta was glad he didn’t leave Clem Gomes Gym at Waimea High School on May 9.

Happy Camper for Monday, July 8, 2019

Priscilla Simao is learning the ropes after being in Rice Camp (she loved the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky fireworks!) for just one month — those Westside kupuna catch the 7:30 a.m. Kauai Bus in time to be able to shop at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College on Saturday, and then catch the bus (they clean their vegetables while waiting) home after a day of shopping.

Ada Koene – Talk Story

A fifth-generation rancher’s daughter, a spunky 4-year-old, and the mass of shoppers at the Kauai Culinary Market. How do you talk story with the author of a book designed to portray the life of a 10-day celebration that pays tribute to the people and places that made Koloa what it is today?

Happy Camper for Sunday, July 7, 2019

Kudos to all (!!!) the organizers of the three major Fourth of July celebrations — the Freedom Fest (mahalo, Tom Clements and Sara Sexton, and Mel Rapozo had the right idea — rent a cottage!), the Kekaha Fourth of July celebration (kudos Sam Bustillos, Darryl Kua and company — the West Kauai Methodist culinary offerings — they come to Lihue for the Lights on Rice holiday parade! — are a tradition), and the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky (great job, Tricia Yamashita, who balances between being the acting executive director and the concert event coordinator!).

Concert in the Sky yields winners

Ricky Carveiro’s mom had to show picture identification to Ron Wiley Thursday during the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky at the Vidinha Stadium soccer fields.

Swim Kauai Aquatics group ‘small, but mighty’

HONOLULU — Swim Kauai Aquatics had just three swimmers competing at the Hawaiian Senior Championships on Oahu. “This was a small, but mighty crew of Tyler Tanaka, 15, Kamaira Silva, 14, and Chloe Inouye, 12,” said SKA coach Curt Colby. “Being that you have to be 12 years old to participate, this was Chloe’s first time at this event, and she proved herself determined and ready, as she swam against collegiate swimmers from the University of Hawaii, swimmers from the mainland, as well as Olympic swimmers from the island of Palau, who were coached by former SKA coach Billy Brown.”

Vierra, Apeles-Erikson tandem champions

Kalani Vierra and Krystil Apeles-Erickson are confirmed as the world champions in tandem surfing, according to Tiffany Rabacal-Harper, the International Surfing Association co-president.

Having backyard fun

The Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America was not recruiting Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

Happy Camper for Friday, July 5, 2019

Sharleen Andrade Balmores (she’s The Rancher’s Daughter!) is the sixth generation of a Kauai paniolo ‘ohana, and is ready to start the Paniolo Heritage celebration that comes with the Koloa Plantation Days (they start the celebration early with the annual Tree Tunnel cleaning, July 13, and Movies in the Park at the Poipu Beach Park, July 12!).

Silva holds off Medeiros challenge

POIPU — Two points separated Casera Silva and Kim Medeiros following the most recent Kauai All Girls Rodeo Association event, Sunday at the CJM Country Stables in Poipu where Casera emerged as All Around Cowgirl.

Kauai celebrates the Fourth

KEKAHA — Charlie Numazawa was ready to snack, Thursday morning during the Kekaha Fourth of July celebration at the Faye Park.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Larry Rivera (nope, no Charlie Perreira, here) said he didn’t get to Kauai Kau Wela until “the big show,” Friday night, and could still make the Dickie Chang (congratulations on 25 years of Wala‘au with Bruce Smalling!) shindig (Happy Canada Day, Bev Brody!) at the Kilohana luau pavilion where June Jones made a trip to Kauai to congratulate Dickie.

King tides bring new sand

HANAPEPE — The King tides are supposed to peak July 2 and 3, but the effects were already being felt days prior at the Salt Pond Beach Park.

Papa A‘u wins in weather

NAWILIWILI — Papa A‘u survived not only the challenge of the five-boat field, but also the heavy rain and “fluky” wind to capture the fourth race of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Invitational Series, Thursday.

Vonda and Willie take Akiyama crown

LIHUE — Vonda Aki teamed with Willie Aki to win the Second Annual Vance Akiyama Memorial Tournament, Saturday at the Kauai Bowl Center in the Rice Shopping Center.