New strategies for business owners

On May 8, Divine Planet business owners Mike McGinnis and Sonja McGinnis opened their doors for the first time since they were forced to close due to the pandemic and, since then, their sales have been about 5% or 10% of what they were before businesses were closed.

Wedding photographer gives back

Mallory Roe, a professional photographer and creator of Vows With Views Photography, is still in business after 100% of her bookings from mid-March though the end of August were canceled or postponed.

Stephanie Steuri now a veterinarian

On May 9, local girl Stephanie Kainoa Steuri, an Island School graduate of the class of 2011, earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Tennessee, and was honored with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award for Small Animal Surgery.

Signs of hope

Signs of hope are posted in front of homes on Kawaihau Road across from St. Catherine Church in Kapahi that read “You cannot be replaced” and “Suicide is not the answer.”

Loop Road still closed

WAILUA HOMESTEADS — The Keahua bridge at Loop Road is still closed, and state officials are working with an engineering company on the final estimation of the cost to fix it.

Making ‘Massive Masks for Kaua‘i’

When the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the need for masks throughout Kaua‘i and the rest of the state, Kaua‘i residents Kris Hunt and Morgan Lopez joined forces, creating the organization Massive Masks for Kaua‘i (MM4K).

Four students embody Aloha ‘Aina

LIHU‘E — Four Kaua‘i graduates, out of a statewide total of 20, landed on the list of the Aloha ‘Aina Leadership awards, which recognize high school seniors as emerging leaders who embody the spirit of aloha ‘aina leadership in their school communities.

Nourish Kaua‘i program feeds ohanas in need

On Wednesday, Nourish Kaua‘i, a service project spear headed by Crossroads Christian Church’s community outreach director Karolyn Freuler served 635 hot meals and gave out 204 USDA farmer’ s boxes to 165 families, 90 houseless individuals and about 40 kupuna at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapahi with a group of volunteers.

Kauai High convoys for commencement

On Friday afternoon, Kaua‘i High graduates and their parents and families lined up their decorated cars at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, patiently waiting to convoy in style before heading home to watch a virtual ceremony televised on K5 and Hawai‘i News Now.

Road repairs continue as usual

The state Department of Transportation is poised to identify shovel-ready projects on Kaua‘i and other islands should more federal funding be directed toward the Highways Division during the pandemic.

Addressing abandoned vehicles

LIHU‘E — With the help of a special task force moderated by County Councilmember Mason Chock, the county is hoping for a low report on abandoned vehicles on Kaua‘i this year.

Creatively giving back

Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank recently got a check for more than $600 and a Kaua‘i resident has a stack of gift certificates to local businesses, thanks to a t-shirt-design contest held by Heather Singleton, owner of the Aloha State T-Shirt Co.

A grand opening

LIHUE – Kaua‘i beaches are reopening on Friday, according to a Wednesday announcement by Mayor Derek Kawakami, who has also announced an extension of the mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers through June 30th.

Ten Kauaians receive scholarships

The Kaua‘i Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced its 2020 scholarship recipients, awarding $8,000 in scholarships to 10, four-year college/university recipients and community college/ vocational school recipients.

Local distiller producing hand sanitizer for community

Hanalei Spirits, a private distiller known for its local-inspired rum, ‘okolehao, dark rum and vodka, is now producing hand sanitizers for the community to purchase online and in selected stores around the island.