Protesting before work

KAPA‘A — Francisco Ubaldo stands in the bed of his pickup truck holding a Black Lives Matter sign in the morning sun.

Sidewalk sprouting at Kilauea School

There was not a face mask to be seen Tuesday, observed North Shore Lion William Troutman during a lunch break from the club’s community-service project at the Kilauea Elementary School.

Keeping Kaua‘i kupuna safe

LIHU‘E — Keeping kupuna safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a moving target for care-center managers, as staff members adjust to the strict sanitation and screening guidelines from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, state Department of Health and directives from the County of Kaua‘i.

Virus impacts wedding industry

LIHU‘E — Wedding professionals across the state are reporting loss of business at the dawn of the June “wedding season,” and professionals on Kaua‘i are asking officials to start opening up the industry.

Working through the pandemic

When are we gonna go back? The Special Olympics Kaua‘i athletes want to know, said Leona Sa McDermott, a Special Olympics coach.

Beach safety, now

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami said the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how important Kaua‘i’s beaches are to the community, Monday during the announcement of June 1 through 7 being Hawai‘i Beach Safety Week.

Gymnastics, dance combine forces

PUHI — June 1 marked a new page for Kaua‘i Gymnastics Academy — when the handover from Jack and Kay Leonard to Tiffany and Pono Dick of the Aloha Dance Studio is complete.

They did it for Russell

Larry Rivera, Kaua‘i songwriter and entertainer, said he had to come Sunday to the “Russell Would’ve Done It” food drive coordinated by various motorcycle clubs on the island.

New strategies for business owners

On May 8, Divine Planet business owners Mike McGinnis and Sonja McGinnis opened their doors for the first time since they were forced to close due to the pandemic and, since then, their sales have been about 5% or 10% of what they were before businesses were closed.

YB wants to stop hauling small loads

Young Brothers shipping company is seeking permission to discontinue less-than-container-load shipping of goods to and from Kaua‘i, according to a request recently submitted to the state Public Utilities Commission.

Wedding photographer gives back

Mallory Roe, a professional photographer and creator of Vows With Views Photography, is still in business after 100% of her bookings from mid-March though the end of August were canceled or postponed.

A national forest for Hawai‘i

U.S. Reps. Ed Case and Tulsi Gabbard recently introduced legislation in the U.S. House to explore the possible establishment of Hawai‘i’s first national forest.

Napali hunting areas to open

Opportunities to hunt feral pig and feral goats in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park are coming. The areas open will be between the Ho‘olulu Valley (four-mile mark on the Kalalau Trail) and Kalalau Valley (11 miles), portions of Hunting Unit G.

Stephanie Steuri now a veterinarian

On May 9, local girl Stephanie Kainoa Steuri, an Island School graduate of the class of 2011, earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Tennessee, and was honored with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award for Small Animal Surgery.

Loop Road still closed

WAILUA HOMESTEADS — The Keahua bridge at Loop Road is still closed, and state officials are working with an engineering company on the final estimation of the cost to fix it.