Kaua‘i selected for federal energy transitions program

U.S. Department of Energy has announced that Honolulu and Kaua‘i have been selected as part of the agency’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project and statewide electric vehicle group leaders are applauding the actions of Senator Brian Schatz, who has helped forward the initiative.

St. Catherine School principal out

KAPA‘A — Mary Ann Bode has stepped down from her role as interim principal at St. Catherine School in Kapa‘a following allegations of abuse and unethical behavior targeted toward teachers.

Pet animals, plant trees at KAEC farm

KAPA‘A — The Kaua‘i Animal Education Center hosts ‘Ohana Days the last Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Kapa‘a for families looking for some fun with live animals.

Reallocating money for tobacco cessation

A bill that will disassemble the state’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Trust Fund has passed through the Hawai‘i legislature and is now headed to the desk of Governor David Ige for a signature.

Eli Smart releases his first EP

With the support of his ‘ohana, Hanalei resident Eli Smart, now 21, left Kaua‘i four years ago after graduating high school to attend Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institution for Performing Arts in London.

CDC halts J&J vaccine due to rare blood clotting

Hawai‘i health officials are putting a pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine distribution until further notice following an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting a halt to all J&J vaccines.

Rapid ‘ohi‘a death spreading quickly

Since the first detection of a more-harmful fungal pathogen known to cause rapid ‘ohi’a death was discovered in December of 2020 in Koke‘e, the state Department of Land and Natural Resource Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee have cut down three infected trees.

Community input needed for State Parks

Conflicts between visitor and resident-use in Hawai‘i State Parks were main highlight of conversation from the first round of discussions relating to the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), currently being updated by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Divison of State Parks.

Kauai elementary schools back to in-person learning

HANAMA‘ULU — King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School’s Principal Jason Yoshida said they had 466 students returning to face-to-face learning with approximately 100 students still selecting distance learning yesterday.

“Stop Asian Hate” Rally on Saturday

LIHU‘E — The YWCA of Kaua‘i, Meyers & Meyers LLC, a law firm in Lihu‘e, and other community groups and businesses are joining forces this Saturday, April 3 for a “Stop Asian Hate” peaceful demonstration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Historic County Building.

Building internet capacity on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Last year, Hawaiian Telcom’s parent company Cincinnati Bell Inc., announced it was being acquired by Australian company Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in a $2.9-billion deal.

Heavy rains should ease soon

The National Weather Service ended the Flash Flood Watch for the island of Kaua‘i Tuesday afternoon, and weather experts say the heavy rain showers should be easing up over the next few days.