Virus impacts wedding industry

LIHU‘E — Wedding professionals across the state are reporting loss of business at the dawn of the June “wedding season,” and professionals on Kaua‘i are asking officials to start opening up the industry.

Drive-by parade graces Kaua‘i Care Center

Residents and their ‘ohana were treated to a parade at Kaua‘i Care Center on Thursday in which family and friends of residents drove by the venter with signs, balloons and decorated vehicles.

Rule 11 proposes outdoor team sports

LIHU‘E — Pending Gov. David Ige’s blessing, Kaua‘i County is hoping on June 1 to allow the reconvening of outdoor team sports, the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, the resumption of dine-in restaurant service, and the reopening of personal services, such as spas.

Two men, truck flip down hillside Sunday

KOKE‘E — Two Kaua‘i men are recovering at home after the emergency brake released on the pickup truck they were sitting in and careened over a cliff on Sunday near Sugi Grove in Koke‘e, according to an eyewitness.

Bursting with regrowth

‘ANINI — A Kaua‘i diver has reported a successful coral spawn on Kaua‘i, as well as new baby corals from about four inches wide to 12 inches wide in ‘Anini Bay.

Aquarium Fishing EIS rejected

HONOLULU — In a 7-0 decision Friday, the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) voted to reject an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed aquarium fishing in West Hawai‘i.

2020 hurricane season prediction: 2-6 cyclones

LIHU‘E — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting between two and six tropical cyclones in the Central Pacific hurricane region in the upcoming 2020 hurricane season.

Kawakami asks to reopen early

Mayor Derek Kawakami said Kaua‘i is aiming to reopen some businesses earlier than the timeline proposed Monday by Gov. David Ige, and his office is looking for the governor’s approval to do so.

14,000 counted on the beach

LIHU‘E — Lifeguards reported 14,000 people on Kaua‘i beaches on reopening weekend and in a Monday public address, Mayor Derek Kawakami reminded people that they could again close if people don’t follow the rules.

Phased reopening

Kaua‘i residents are back on the beaches and some businesses are open as the island enters its fifth week of zero cases of COVID-19, and residents are reentering a different world.

You can still celebrate your grad

Drive-thru diplomas are going to be the standard across the board for the Class of 2020, and though this year’s grads aren’t going to get the usual amount of pomp and circumstance at their ceremonies, there are still ways for us to make this time memorable for the Class of 2020.

Roadwork to continue in Waialeale Subdivision

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will continue with asphalt crack sealing roadwork in Kapa‘a on weekdays from May 18 to May 21, weather permitting.

Rainbow Class finds success with virtual connections

HANALEI — Starting the day with yoga is routine for the kids in Rebecca Hart’s Kaua‘i north shore Rainbow Class, but since the class has gone virtual, it’s a good way to get the wiggles out before it’s time for math.

Making a comeback

The waters in ‘Anini Bay are starting to clear after heavy rains in April clouded much of the bay with light sediment.

Welcome to Digital Saturdays

Today marks the beginning of Digital Saturdays, the one day a week on which The Garden Island newspaper is now available exclusively online.

New kind of litter

LIHU‘E — Gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment are starting to accumulate on Kaua‘i shorelines, as well as places around the world, and Surfrider Foundation’s local Hawai‘i chapters are joining the nationwide organization in a campaign to bring awareness to the fact that discarded PPE is adding to the plastic pollution on the world’s shorelines.

Open roads

LIHU‘E — Some state parks were reopened Wednesday for day beach use or hiking, with restrictions on “gatherings of any sort” according to a news release from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Easing restrictions

Both Gov. David Ige and Mayor Derek Kawakami announced coming relaxed restrictions on Tuesday, with Kawakami canceling the overnight Kaua‘i curfew and Ige announcing a list of businesses that can reopen on Thursday.

Protesting oppression

Moloa‘a resident Mike Kruska stood on the lawn in front of the Historic County Building on Friday, holding a sign that read “BANKRUPT. NO PENSION 4 YOU.”

Restructuring the emergency rules

LIHUE — You can fire up your nine iron or your nail gun on Sunday, May 3 due to a recent restructuring of Kauai’s emergency rules which allow, among other activities, construction and golfing to resume starting Sunday.