Happy Camper for Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Fifty gluten-enriched portions? Are those the little one to three page “tiny stories” Tony LeHoven (didn’t he race yachts before?) has in his “Brain Food for the Starved Mind?” that’ll be available when LeHoven goes to the Talk Story Bookstore for a book signing in Hanapepe on Friday (it’s the start of the weekend eve for The Year of the Rabbit) during the Hanapepe Art Night (which means the signing starts at 5 p.m.)

Happy Camper for Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

It’s a new year (yes, Chinese New Year is Jan. 22 — mark your calendars!), and a bunch of new things happening at the Downtown Lihu‘e Night Market on Kress Street that was held for the first time in 2023, with Bronson Aiwohi welcoming guests with his Hawaiian stylings, and a new market manager.

CRITTER: Why do our humpback whales breach?

Humpback whales migrate to Hawai‘i from Alaska in the fall and stay in the warm waters of Hawai‘i for several months until spring to give birth and mate. Whale watching tours are extremely popular especially in January, February and March when the whales do a lot of breaching. It is exciting to see these giant creatures launch completely out of the water and come crashing down with a big splash!

ISLAND HISTORY: The Hawaiian sugar plantation newspaper era – 1919-83

From 1919, when Kaua‘i’s Hawaiian Sugar Co., aka Makaweli Plantation, first published the “Makaweli Plantation News,” Hawai‘i’s original sugar plantation newspaper, until 1983, when the Waialua Sugar Mill plantation published its final edition of the “Waialua Sugar Scoop,” a total of 55 Hawaiian sugar plantations published their own in-house newspapers.

Happy Camper for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

Congratulations to Kaua‘i High boys varsity basketball coach Ipo Yoshioka (is that his chicken hekka recipe at the Red Raider food booth?), and Kapa‘a High School boys varsity basketball coach Kamahala Kauhane on directing not one, but two exciting games in a span of just three days.

Beautifying Kilauea through mural art

KILAUEA — Driving down Kilauea Road in Kilauea, it’s hard not to see the bright and colorful mural at the old bus stop that was once owned by the North Shore Lions Club.

Happy Camper for Friday, January 13, 2023

Got a “softly-used” children’s, or young adult book lying around looking for new sets of eyes? The Kaua‘i RSVP (kudos on hosting the 2022 annual Recognition lunch at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort!) is collecting new, and “softly-used” books as its Martin Luther Day service project (are they going to be at the Kukui Grove Center, again?) to replenish the Little Libraries that have popped up around the islands.

Amelia Earhart pilot gets red carpet treatment at “The Gin Game” gala

PUHI — Special guest Hawaiian Airlines pilot Crissy Marti appeared on Wednesday night in honor of Amelia Earhart Day that is observed on Jan. 11, not the Red Carpet Gala hosted by the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i at the Hawai‘i Community Players “The Gin Game” at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.

Kamehameha Day lines up fundraisers

LIHU‘E — The King Kamehameha Celebration Commission for Kaua‘i has established June 10, 2023, as the date for the Kaua‘i celebration that will include a parade and ho‘olaule‘a.

ERSOY: Are goals and dreams really necessary?

One more year has passed and we have had one more opportunity to do something different in our lives, and hopefully our lives are all getting better in every way. Of course, that’s what we wish for. And even if we don’t have specific New Year resolutions we most likely do have our own subconscious wish list for what we want to get or achieve.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Holidays decluttering? A lot of the material involved in decluttering make good contributions to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, whose team arrives here on Jan. 20 (decluttering doesn’t happen overnight) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Resource Center off Ahukini Road. This will be the ARC’s first visit to Kaua‘i in 2023 after being involved with the numerous Salvation Army holiday missions on O‘ahu. Welcome back!

Births for Tuesday, January 10, 2023

• Kolbie Kanaluikaika Santos • Nohealani Ceseley Hernandez • Nina Kikue Tamaoka • Carter Villatora-Kawamoto • Oakley Grace Kaneolanikahekeonapua Reiko Cummings • Noelle Noelani Hoff

Happy Camper for Monday, January 9, 2023

Not just once, but a bunch of times, and for quite a while, Sunday off the coast of the Ahukini Landing (nice treat for Padraic Gallagher’s Sunday bike ride) as a pod of whales took advantage of sunny, nearly windless weather to frolic, including several full-blown breaches, in the calm ocean.

CRITTER: Meet the gregory fish, the undersea farmer

This three inch long grey colored damselfish with yellow eyes is the most aggressive fish on the Hawaiian coral reef! The gregory are highly territorial and they keep all other fish away from their home by attacking bigger fish including scuba divers. These small fish dictate where on the reef larger fish can feed and they have little fear of larger fish that could easily eat them.

Happy Camper for Sunday, January 8, 2023

Jean Souza of Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery in Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e said she even created a fish using the set of PicassoTiles that KOD received during the holidays.

A celebration of Three Kings Day

WAILUA — The list of honorees on Three Kings Day, which took place at Kinipopo Shopping Village on Friday, included Kaua‘i County Council members Felicia Cowden and Billy DeCosta.