Talking Story with Marco Engquist

Marco Engquist is a paramedic. He came to Kauai over four decades ago, and spent his first year on the island naked in a cave. He tells the story like this:

Talk Story with John Alderete

Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force has a new leader at the helm, and though John Alderete is a recent addition to both Surfrider and the island of Kauai, he’s got a history with water quality and healthcare.

Talk Story: Lyah Kama-Drake

When the pu sounds at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, Kauai will celebrate King Kamehameha Day with a ho‘olaule‘a at the luau grounds on the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club.

Talk Story: Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami

Now six months into his term, Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami sat down with The Garden Island to talk story about his time in office thus far, the future of Kauai and the issues facing his hometown island.

Ed Justus – Talk Story

Ed Justus stood on the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge looking out over the water in December of 2004 with a choice hanging over his head. He was faced with either paying rent for the month on the new bookstore he had just been given the opportunity to start, or to pay rent for his apartment.

Talking story with Bruce Hiraoka

Bruce Hiraoka found his calling relatively early in life. He was 21 years old and he had just finished an auto mechanics program at Hilo Community College when a friend of the family died in a gruesome car accident. The funeral changed his life.

Jerome ‘Da Shadow’ Freitas Talk Story

For 15 years, Jerome Freitas has been looking out for Kauai’s taxpayers, their concerns and their safety. Not alone, mind you. He has hundreds of anonymous helpers he refers to as “Silhouettes.”

Tara Dalessi — Talk Story

Manic Mermaid Tara Dalessi is a Kauai-raised seamstress, baker, activist and all-around nature lover who has started sewing Waldorf-style dolls. She picked up the technique in Washington. The dolls are made using European sewing techniques and are meant to spark creativity in children.

Noelani and Paul Pomroy

When May 1 unfolds, the Puna Court at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club will blossom with the color, fragrance and fabric of hundreds of lei for everyone to enjoy and experience. May Day is Lei Day.

Talk Story with J Robertson

In September 1976, J Robertson found himself the captain aboard a 36-foot sailboat with a busted mainsail docked in a harbor in Honolulu. With nothing to do and nowhere to in particular to go, he made a life-altering decision.

Talk Story: Shana Tafiti

About seven months ago, Shana Tafiti returned home to Kauai. The Waimea High School 2008 graduate played collegiate softball at Central Arizona Junior College and then Angelo State University, a NCAA Division II school in Texas.

Talk Story: Adam Asquith

Adam Asquith stands knee deep in water with his taro plants. He takes his time, looking for one worthy of Prince Kuhio Day for one of his customers. He holds a knife in his mouth to free his hands as he pulls the sacred plant from the murky waters.

Christina Zimmerman

Math in the jungle, language arts around the campfire, learning social skills by making pizza; everything at Christina Zimmerman’s school is outside and hands-on.

Talk Story: Jean Dobashi

The National Education Association-Retired is available to meet the needs of retired education employees, and Jean Dobashi of Lihue sits on its board as the national vice president for a special term that started in September and will be effective until August.

Talk Story – Daryl Kaneshiro

Former County Councilmember Daryl Kaneshiro agreed to talk some story on Thursday afternoon at his ranch in Omao. I asked him about his life and his land. The conversation went something like this: