Kauai is a place for transitions. People come from all over the world to see spectacular beauty and realize the island’s ancient lessons moving in their lives. Locals are quick to recognize this tectonic shift, communing in acknowledgment that all are part of a larger, subtler transformation, even when those evolutions are involuntary.
It’s Wednesday evening at the Waimea Public Library, and the quiet space practically hums with felicitous anticipation. The internationally-recognized musical duo, Kupaoa, is preparing to present a 45-minute set in honor of the Waimea branch’s summer reading program, Libraries Rock.
For weeks, a group of children has been working diligently to bring a little magic to Kauai. “I’m so excited to play the lead this year. It’s one of my first leads that I’ve been,” said Rayna Shafter, 13, who is playing the title role of Belle in Hawaii Children’s Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”