Charges against Libre-Palacio dropped

LIHUE — A judge threw out a case against a Waimea man after prosecutors tried to arraign him nearly two years after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home.

Kumu’s gets ready for teachers

LIHUE — School is not open until Aug. 1, but that did not stop the phone calls from teachers, said Elyse Litvack, president of Kumu’s Cupboard, Tuesday morning.

Big ‘Bash’ for back to school

LIHUE — The “Back to School Bash” begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kukui Grove Center. It features entertainment, youth resources, a health fair, activity stations, prizes, and sales.

Grand jury indicts three

LIHUE — A Fifth Circuit grand jury was busy on Wednesday, handing down felony indictments in three separate cases.

Sludge spill

LIHUE — County officials on Tuesday morning discovered partially-treated sewage sludge that overflowed overnight from the Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant to the drainage channel next to the facility.

The amazing benefits of mango

Mango is also known as “the king of the fruits”. It is high in nutrients, with a unique flavor and taste. It’s one of my favorite fruits, besides watermelon and plums! Right now it’s high season in most mango-growing countries, with the mangos that began flowering in the spring now bearing delicious fruit.

Feds: 2 joined doomed flight at last minute

HONOLULU — The National Transportation Safety Board says two skydivers made a last-minute decision to board the Hawaii plane that crashed and killed 11 people last month.

Highway to close at Waipa Bridge

LIHUE — Don’t get stuck on the wrong side of bridge. That’s the word after the Hawaii Department of Transportation issued a reminder Monday that the upcoming full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway at Waipa Bridge is scheduled to begin at 9p.m. Friday and continue through 5 a.m. Monday.

Heroes among us

LIHUE — Jason Peralta was glad he didn’t leave Clem Gomes Gym at Waimea High School on May 9.

State to explain water study results

LIHUE — The Department of Health is making a trip to Kauai to explain their recent findings regarding the water quality in the Maha‘ulepu and Waikomo watersheds.

Kauai unemployment drops for May

LIHUE — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate statewide for May was 2.8 percent, the same as in March and April.

‘The hearts of the people care for the land’

It’s the first Saturday of the month at the Lawai International Center, a 32-acre sanctuary that hosts an extraordinary restoration project of 88 Buddhist shrines that were constructed in 1904 by workers at the nearby Koloa Sugar Company, the likeness of which exist on Kauai and Shikoku, Japan.

Happy Camper for Monday, July 8, 2019

Priscilla Simao is learning the ropes after being in Rice Camp (she loved the Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky fireworks!) for just one month — those Westside kupuna catch the 7:30 a.m. Kauai Bus in time to be able to shop at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College on Saturday, and then catch the bus (they clean their vegetables while waiting) home after a day of shopping.