Orsatelli selected for conference

This summer, one student from Kauai will join outstanding middle school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience. Rayven Orsatelli from Kalaheo has been selected to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C.

Kuhio to be widened, resurfaced

A section of Kuhio Highway is scheduled to be improved, thanks to $700,000 released by the Department of Transportation.

Talk Story: Kahanu Tsukiyama

Musician Kahanu Tsukiyama was born on Oahu and moved to Kauai at the age 18 when offered a job at Wailua River on the Fern Grotto boat tour nearly 42 years ago.

Time for slacking

Slack key is one of Hawaii’s greatest musical traditions. The finger-picking guitar style called ki ho’alu literally means “loosen the key.”

Pedaling to the workplace

LIHUE — More than 50 people biked to work Friday, with groups from Kapaa and Puhi meeting in Lihue during Bike To Work Day.

Many bicycling to work Friday

There are benefits to bicycling, says Kauai Path’s Tommy Noyes. One is improved physical health. But that’s not all. “Mental acuity and balance are all enhanced by bicycling,” he said. And there’s always the chance to talk story while peddling, too.

Young student farming goes west

Waimea Canyon Middle School students are really growing. The school’s agriculture program for grades six through eight is helping students gain an understanding of agriculture, learn about career opportunities, participate in project-based experiences and expand leadership skills.

Lotus Gallery closing May 31

After nearly 18 years on Kauai, The Lotus Gallery of Fine Art is closing. The gallery located in Kong Lung Center on Kilauea Road was founded by Tsajon and Kamalia von Lixfeld in November 1999 as an outlet for their jewelry designs and Asian art.

It’s a grand night for singing

Tuesday is a grand night for singing! That’s the day Island School’s three choral ensembles, together comprising the Island School Chorus, will take the stage in the Jasmine Ballroom at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort to present their 10th annual spring concert. “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” is the chorus’s most ambitious concert yet, showcasing 120 students in fourth- through 12th-grades.

Music-makers matter

Music makes a difference in people’s lives, and so do musicians. This weekend, there were at least two different benefit concerts on Kauai that raised funds for the island’s flood relief and recovery. Musicians like Jack Johnson of Oahu traveled from Oahu, and others traveled from as far as the Caribbean, such as members of legendary reggae band The Wailing Souls, to share their support.

The Wailing Souls on Kauai

Reggae superstars from the island nation of Jamaica are not only helping Kauai recover from recent floods by sharing their uplifting message but also by donating a portion of concert proceeds to support flood relief.

Saturday’s sold-out concert to aid disaster relief

Local musicians are putting on a concert with 100 percent of the net proceeds directed to the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, as well as other local organizations committed to the disaster relief. The benefit show, Kokua For Kauai, will take place Saturday, May 12 at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club and feature Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, Paula Fuga, Makana and other special guests.

Decline in homelessness

Kauai saw the largest decrease in homelessness in 2017 compared to the rest of the state, according to the annual Point in Time Count, which showed a nearly 10 percent overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the state compared with the same period last year.