Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dana Kalmey of New York has been following the journey of Kalani Vierra and Krystl Apeles Erickson for the past three years while working on a documentary for the champion tandem surfing team.

Happy Camper for Monday, July 15, 2019

Happy belated birthday to Ms. Hawaii United States Amanda Smith, who celebrated her birthday on July 4! She was so busy with engagements she missed out on the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky. But she broke away Saturday to help with the Back to School Bash (kudos to ALL the organizers — it’s a good thing Mryvie Buster has a loud voice — on a highly-successful event!) where she did a variety of chores, including helping distribute the free backpacks of school supplies.

Meet lau’ipala the beautiful Yellow Tang

The Hawaiian name for this fish, lau‘ipala, means “yellow leaf,” and they only occur in large numbers in Hawaii. Sometimes these fish can be seen in such large schools that people can see them from the beach and it looks like gold flowing over the coral reef.

Hanamaulu School Principal Carlotta Stewart Lai

Hanamaulu School Principal Carlotta Stewart Lai (1881-1952) — one of the first African American women to make their home in Hawaii, and Hawaii’s first African American school principal — was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of African American clergyman, attorney and civil rights leader Thomas McCants Stewart and Charlotte Harris Stewart.

Happy Camper for Friday, July 12, 2019

Bon dances resume after a week’s rest to celebrate Independence Day. This week’s dances move to the Kapaa Jodo Mission (does that mean that Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital will have some of their residents present since it’s just down the hill, and has Mike Teruya returned from his European trip?) where the Rev. Kosen Ishikawa will be presiding over the short bon service acknowledging our ancestors.

Bills aimed at better health

LIHUE — The American Heart Association applauds the passage of Act 138 and Act 153, signed into law by Gov. David Ige following the 2019 state legislative session.

The amazing benefits of mango

Mango is also known as “the king of the fruits”. It is high in nutrients, with a unique flavor and taste. It’s one of my favorite fruits, besides watermelon and plums! Right now it’s high season in most mango-growing countries, with the mangos that began flowering in the spring now bearing delicious fruit.

Happy Camper for Monday, July 8, 2019

Priscilla Simao is learning the ropes after being in Rice Camp (she loved the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky fireworks!) for just one month — those Westside kupuna catch the 7:30 a.m. Kauai Bus in time to be able to shop at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College on Saturday, and then catch the bus (they clean their vegetables while waiting) home after a day of shopping.

Kamehameha’s failed invasions of Kauai

In 1796, Kamehameha I, then the conqueror of all the Hawaiian Islands, except Kauai and its satellite island of Niihau, launched his first invasion of Kauai from Waianae, Oahu.

Ada Koene – Talk Story

A fifth-generation rancher’s daughter, a spunky 4-year-old, and the mass of shoppers at the Kauai Culinary Market. How do you talk story with the author of a book designed to portray the life of a 10-day celebration that pays tribute to the people and places that made Koloa what it is today?

Happy Camper for Sunday, July 7, 2019

Kudos to all (!!!) the organizers of the three major Fourth of July celebrations — the Freedom Fest (mahalo, Tom Clements and Sara Sexton, and Mel Rapozo had the right idea — rent a cottage!), the Kekaha Fourth of July celebration (kudos Sam Bustillos, Darryl Kua and company — the West Kauai Methodist culinary offerings — they come to Lihue for the Lights on Rice holiday parade! — are a tradition), and the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky (great job, Tricia Yamashita, who balances between being the acting executive director and the concert event coordinator!).

Happy Camper for Friday, July 5, 2019

Sharleen Andrade Balmores (she’s The Rancher’s Daughter!) is the sixth generation of a Kauai paniolo ‘ohana, and is ready to start the Paniolo Heritage celebration that comes with the Koloa Plantation Days (they start the celebration early with the annual Tree Tunnel cleaning, July 13, and Movies in the Park at the Poipu Beach Park, July 12!).

Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Larry Rivera (nope, no Charlie Perreira, here) said he didn’t get to Kauai Kau Wela until “the big show,” Friday night, and could still make the Dickie Chang (congratulations on 25 years of Wala‘au with Bruce Smalling!) shindig (Happy Canada Day, Bev Brody!) at the Kilohana luau pavilion where June Jones made a trip to Kauai to congratulate Dickie.