Talk Story with Mike Foster

Eight stars dotted the sleeve of Mike Foster’s shirt as he spoke at the American Medical Response offices during one of his shifts in Lihue.

Talk Story: Don Heacock

Don Heacock is a lot of things. He’s just retired from 40 years as an aquatic biologist with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. He’s an advocate for sustainable agriculture that cultivates things like yerba mate, awa and taro alongside tilapia aquaponic projects on his 25-acre Lihue farm, called Kauai Organic Agroecosystems.

Talk story: Mel Rapozo

Mel Rapozo might be outspoken when it comes to government issues, but behind the scenes he’s also a major advocate of keiki sports.

Talk Story: Chantell Balaan

Chantell Balaan is on a mission to understand how the gut microbiome affects brain function and human behavior, particularly in people with autism spectrum disorder.

Talk Story: Rebecca Carnate

Where is the place to eat in Kaumakani? Rebecca’s Kitchen is a unique kitchen offering “local and Filipino food” on a call-in or pick-up basis in the building sandwiched between Aloha Delites, or more commonly known as Thrifty Mart, and the Kaumakani post office.

Talk Story: Jude Schwarze

Jude Schwarze has owned Deep Sea Fishing Kauai since 2002. Before that, he was working for the state and didn’t want to be a part of the “30-year plan.” That’s when he saw a boat was up for auction. Flash forward 17 years and that very boat is still a part of the fleet.

Wala‘au at the barbershop

Manii Sanchez has been a professional barber since age 15. His friends paid him 50 cents a haircut, until he raised his rates and started charging a bag of chips and a bottle of Kool-Aid.

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?

Talk Story: Stephanie Krieger

Ten years ago, on July 20, 2009, Nani Moon Meadery and “Queen Bee” owner-operator Stephanie Krieger opened their doors to the public, offering 100% local, hive-to-table mead.

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.