Counties, the TAT is now your problem too!

For many years, the counties and the state have been bickering about how much support from the state’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) they should get to help fund county infrastructure.

Restaurateurs take a chance

Johnny’s Wingz ‘N Tingz Sports Bar and Grill, a full-service bar and restaurant with plenty of food, is a new restaurant located in the old Trees Lounge building, was inspired by a man’s love for his wife and his wife’s love for chicken.

Old Koloa Town Market busts out

KOLOA — “We’ll have a piece of Fried Chicken,” the couple said to Arlyn Perez of Kaua‘i Family Cafe, described as a “Filipino food eatery, as Perez undid the lids concealing a wide variety of food offerings, including finger foods like Spam Musubi to a vegetarian stew with octopus, Saturday as the clock hands teased 4 o’ clock.

YAMACHIKA: State Auditor facing a whack job

The House Speaker’s office recently released an unflattering report on the State Auditor. It faulted the Auditor’s Office for appointing executives without proper experience and said the move contributed to “delays and untimely reports,” and other actions that were “not in complete compliance” with the provisions of the Hawai’i Constitution governing that office.

Big Monster Sushi and Thai opens in Lihu‘e

Meephol and her family recently opened the doors to Big Monster sushi and thai following the absence of Little Thai Kitchen that was a regular at the Kaua‘i Community Market.

Beware the return of the Frankenbill!

Most of us have heard of “Frankenstein,” a novel written in 1818 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The story’s protagonist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, created a creature by assembling bits and pieces from cadavers and then bringing it to life using some unexplained method. (Mad scientists have to have their trade secrets!)

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.

Farmers’ market, craft fair Friday

WAIPOULI — Chef Judy Capertina of Haole Girl Bakery will be joined by at least two farmers Friday when the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort opens the farmers’ market phase of their farmers’ market/craft fair from 3 to 5 p.m. in the resort’s parking lot.

Chamber’s Kokua Card promoting safety, savings

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau the Kaua‘i Chapter of the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association created an opportunity for small businesses to reach visitors directly through their new Kokua Card program and the chamber is now accepting applications from now until Mar. 29.

Sheraton and The Cliffs gear up for April 5 reopening

KAPA‘A — Hotels on Kaua‘i that are not apart of the county’s enhanced movement quarantine aka “resort bubble” are gearing up for April 5, when the county returns to the state’s Safe Travels Program.

Time for a blessing

The overnight rains subsided and fingers of sunlight poked through the heavy clouds hanging over the Wailua coastal plain Friday morning.