Simplicia Amazing

A county park employee, Simplicia Tugade has been cleaning up Salt Pond Beach Park with a smile for 28 years.

Ted Kawahinehelelani Blake talks story

Ted Blake, also known as the “Puakenikeni Lei Man,” is a fixture on Kauai’s south side. Passionate about the history of that region, the current community that is continuing Kauai’s legacy, and about growing the food that keeps them fed; Blake likes to encourage people to get back to their roots.

From the lifeguard tower

Parker Keawe Smith and Mattaniah Millbrand are lifeguards for the Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau. They work on the North Shore, chasing drowning strangers on jet skis in some of the scariest seas in the world. In winter, when the big swells roll in, it’s a life or death job on a daily basis.

Talk story with Ashley Nagaoka

Kauai girl Ashley Nagaoka has been doing Oahu TV news for a total of eight years as a general assignment reporter. She recently celebrated her third-year anniversary at Hawaii News Now.

Talk Story: Jean Souza

On Jan. 11, the public is invited to the grand opening of the Kauai Ocean Discovery center that will open its doors at the Kukui Grove Center, close to GameStop and the Famous Footwear shops.

Talk Story: Ipo Yoshioka

Kauai High School boys basketball coach Ipo Yoshioka has a long-standing history with the sports of basketball and baseball.

Talk Story with Coralie Matayoshi

When Coralie Chun Matayoshi arrived as CEO of the American Red Cross of Hawaii in 2003, she found the revered organization wasn’t doing too well.

Talk Story with Rich O’Reilly

Between a tiny house prototype and a large breadfruit tree in Puhi is a building where Kauai’s tinkerers and techies, hobbyists and laymen come to make things.

Magical memories

Santa Claus made his appearance in style — highlighting the Kauai Christmas Parade, greeting his fans, and finally settling in at Santa’s house, also known as Photos With Santa, at Kukui Grove Center, close to the Keiki Korner play area.

Talk Story: Aunties Franque and Yolanda

Louise Oclit and Yolanda Hala‘an live together in the bushes back by Salt Pond Beach Park. On Monday, they gave The Garden Island’s reporter permission to come talk story with them at their home.

Ed Justus: Buy the book

Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe just celebrated its 15th anniversary. In an age when bookstores aren’t supposed to do well, Talk Story continues to go strong.

Talk Story: Steve Sparks

Steve Sparks looks fit, fresh and healthy. The 70-year-old Koloa man is upbeat, positive and joyful.

Talk Story: Earl Kashiwagi

Pumpkins don’t like wet feet, said Earl Kashiwagi, eneral manager of Esaki’s Produce. They explode!

Peace, Love and Transformation

Shrin Hunt has a heart as sweet as her name and a fire as spicy as the pepper sauce she slings out of the Tropical Tacos kitchen and sells at retailers islandwide.

Talkstory with Chequita Loston

Chequita Loston’s fascination with boxing started as self-defense and a coping mechanism from getting bullied as a youngster growing up on Chicago’s South Side

Jacque Du bois talks curly koa

Jacques Du Bois owns Jacques’ Woodworks on Koloa Road. His last name is an old one that comes from a fusion of French and English and quite literally means “of the woods.”