‘UFO’ defeated

Eight months after a large, metal object appeared out on the reef in the bay near Aliomanu, the unidentified floating object, nicknamed the “UFO,” was removed from the beach thanks to combined efforts of the state and the community.

Fans get money’s worth at nail-biter

Kapaa High’s Alaka‘i Gonsalves drove up the middle for a bucket Saturday during a Kauai Interscholastic Federation varsity boys basketball game at Bernice Hundley Gym that was nearly filled to capacity with appreciative fans and supporters of both teams.

New beginnings at installation gala

The Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce’s newly installed president Randall Francisco took the podium at the chamber’s awards and installation gala Saturday evening, celebrating the dawn of the Year of the Rat.

Sonja Kass is ‘Woman of the Year’

Founding member of the Kauai EVA (Electric Vehicle Association) Sonja Kass found herself in San Diego last Saturday, accepting the “Woman of the Year” Award from the North American Electric Auto Association.

Tax payments due soon

County officials remind property owners that the second installment of real-property taxes for the 2019-20 tax year are due by Thursday, Feb. 20.

Kobe Bryant, daughter perish in copter crash, 3 others dead

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and three others were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.

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.

Lady Menehune qualify for states

LIHUE — After the Waimea High girls basketball team fell to Kauai High 58-46 last Friday in their gym, coach Natalie Mata used a different psychological tactic in Friday night’s regular-season Kauai Interscholastic Federation contest.

Kung hee fat choy celebration

“Eight” is a lucky number, said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, general manager for The Shops at Kukuiula, as she prepared eight strings of firecrackers for ignition at the Palm Court at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday.

$24M found in DOW pensions

LIHUE — The Kauai Department of Water pension fund holds $24.6 million, almost all of which is excess funding. That money comes from water service rates and fees, both of which have risen significantly in recent years.

Hanalei land dispute resurfaces

HANALEI — Rain, cooler heads prevailing and the community relations skills of Kauai Police Department Capt. Rod Green averted a potential confrontation Saturday over access to the dilapidated former home of the Hanalei Canoe Club near Black Pot Beach Park.

Menehune squeezes 1-0 win

The Waimea High School boys soccer team squeezed out a 1-0 win, Thursday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation boys soccer game that was played at the Hanapepe Stadium.

Water is an issue

Water on Rice Street was the main topic of conversation at the Thursday Lihue Business Association meeting, a conversation that has stemmed out of housing issues on Kauai.

Road to the wild country

The road to Polihale State Park on the Westside is notorious for being riddled with large potholes, and though it is the entrance to a state park, managers aren’t in a hurry to pave it.

Kupuna get water storage containers

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami was looking forward to helping the county Agency on Elderly Affairs distribute the emergency water storage containers to residents of the Lihue Gardens Elderly Housing Friday morning.

Collaborating for clean oceans

In 2019, the Kauai Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation removed more than 100,000 pounds of marine debris from Kauai’s shorelines, keeping pace with what the organization has been removing from beaches the past few years.