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Staying alive more important than reopening economy

On this last day of April, I’m ready to shout,“Mayday!” — not referring to May Day as Lei Day here on the beautiful Garden Island, something we’ve always enjoyed, but in the old, wartime sense, referring to imminent danger.

International Workers Day 2020 pivotal for labor

In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, celebrated on May 1 around the world, comes at an important and pivotal moment for labor.

Stand together, stand against racism

Every April, YWCA’s across the nation come together to Stand Against Racism. The YWCA of Kaua‘i invites our community to join in efforts to eliminate racism by signing an action pledge and joining the national campaign.

The time is now to plan the safe resumption of life on Kaua‘i

Although it appears too soon to lift the lockdown on Kaua‘i (we must take counsel from our public health experts on this), it is not too soon to talk about how to do it. We must restart our civic life as soon as it is safely possible. To do this, we must figure out how to reopen Kaua’i in a COVID-19 infected world while avoiding reinfection and another lockdown.

I remain at home, you should too

Recently there has been an increase in protesters across the country, claiming that the “stay-at-home” policies enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic are infringing on our rights given by the constitution.

Plea to those still working: Give if you can

I was not here for (Hurricane) ‘Iniki, but have heard many stories about the power of the storm and the fear it caused as its winds bore down on our shores. I also heard heart-opening stories of how the community came together in the aftermath to support each other.

Look where we have gotten to now

Well, well, look at where we are. Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, or like Dorothy being carried off to the land of Oz, we suddenly find ourselves in a world totally changed, unlike anything we have ever experienced.

Coronavirus and illicit drug use

As people are overwhelmed with the flood of information and media attention that’s come with the coronavirus, or COVID-19, many are concerned about if and how they will survive.