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Life is still far from “back to normal” on Kaua‘i, even though shops, beaches and restaurants are starting to reopen. Thankfully, our number of active COVID19 cases on the island is holding at zero.

Markets start reopening

KAPA‘A — The County of Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development is announcing the reopening of the Hanapepe and Kapa‘a Sunshine Markets.

Groundbreaking for Pua Loke

LIHU‘E – The County Housing Agency, in partnership with Ahe Group, held a groundbreaking for the Pua Loke Affordable Housing Project in Lihu‘e last week attended by eight individuals exercising social-distancing procedures and wearing masks.

Emergency grants to farmers

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Agriculture has issued a second round of grants totaling an additional $200,000 under the COVID-19 Emergency Farmer Relief Program, to assist farmers, ranchers and growers who have experienced financial damage.

Seal found dead was pregnant

HA‘ENA — The Hawaiian monk seal found dead on Ha‘ena Beach in late April was pregnant, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Reserve a Friday meal today

PO‘IPU — Reservations for the second mass-meal distribution are currently being accepted at, or by calling 639-5083 for a hot, nutritious meal that will be distributed drive-thru Friday at Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort starting at 11 a.m.

Statewide flyover set for Thursday

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Air National Guard and 15th Wing Active Duty Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will be flying over Wilcox Medical Center at just about noon on Thursday, part of a statewide flyover salute to all frontline workers battling COVID-19, as well as those staying at home to “flatten the curve of transmission” of the virus.

Download reading sets for free today

LIHU‘E — A Kaua‘i start-up, Reading Wave, is giving away two sets of movement- and play-based reading lessons on Tuesday, May 12. The digital e-books are available to download for free on their website,, for anyone with kids ages 3 to 8.

KSA plans ‘Washed Up’ art show

LIHU‘E — The second annual marine debris art show at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery in Kukui Grove Center has been reinstated and is now accepting submissions for the exhibit.

Learn about king tides

LIHU‘E — The year’s highest tides, known as king tides, will be returning again this summer and an upcoming May 20 online webinar will help interested citizens train on how to document king tides and add to a growing body of data that helps document coastal impacts and changes in Hawai‘i.

Programs, resource for kupuna to keiki

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, our local non profits, community leaders, and local/state government have mobilized resources to support the most essential needs in our county. Some of those resources are listed here, including programs for everyone, from kupuna to keiki.

Caregiver training course

LIHU‘E — The Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting a free, online flagship caregiver training course on Friday, May 22, entitled “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease” from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Matteo Romero wins statewide essay contest

Matteo Romero, a fourth-grader at Kahaleo School, is the county and state winner in the annual Kaua‘i Association for Family and Community Education’s 2020 Character Counts! essay and art contest.

Births for Sunday, May 10, 2020

• Kia‘i Wyatt Kapilioha Kamoku • Rylie Jane Talburt • Selah Jo Talburt • Zoey Juliet Tamaoka • Quinn Mieko Tamaoka • Haunani Puamohalaokeanuenuelani Kanahele • Adrienne Adele Gilliam • Naia Faye Ashbaugh

Roadwork set in Lihu‘e, Kapa‘a

The county Department of Public Works announced that GP Maintenance Solutions will conducting roadwork in the Molokoa Subdivision in Lihu‘e on Wednesday, May 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in the Wai‘ale‘ale Subdivision in Kapa‘a Thursday, May 14, also from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., all weather-permitting.

Money for college students

Kaua‘i Community College is starting the distribution of the federal Cares Student Emergency Aid, according to an announcement this week from Dr. Joseph Daisy, KCC chancellor.