Boys hoops playoff is Monday

There will be a Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation boys varsity basketball playoff for the second-round crown on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernice Hundley Gym on the campus of Kapa‘a High.

Lydgate Park still closed

Lydgate Park and the portion of Ka Hele Makala‘e multi-use path in the park are closed until further notice, officials said on Sunday. The closure is necessary due to a beached whale and final disposition of the animal that was first reported Friday evening aground on the reef at the park’s south end.

Happy Camper for Monday, January 30, 2023

No, the Chinese lion will not be at the Pau Hana Market on Monday, and if you were not one of the early attendees to the Kukui Grove Center Chinese New Year festivities on Saturday, you missed out on the rambutan being passed out by the Pau Hana Market crew (Laurie Ho said they even had some — very limited quantity — Daphne McClure Moloa‘a Bay Coffee cara cara oranges), and Jamie Yasutake protea.

Critical forest birds field season coming

HANAPEPE — Kumu and haumana of Ka ‘Imi Na‘auao O Hawai‘i and staff and volunteers from the Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project will be holding its annual Hawaiian blessing for the 2023 field season on Feb. 2, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

Whale washes up at Lydgate Beach

LIHU‘E — A beached whale closed Lydgate Beach on Saturday, as a host of local, state and federal agencies responded to the scene that drew numerous spectators.

Happy Camper for Sunday, January 29, 2023

Michael Littman of Hapa Ramen said there weren’t any ramen shops on the South Shore until Hapa Ramen opened its doors at the former location of Kiawe Roots at The Shops at Kukui‘ula.

First responders train for humpback whale disentanglement

MAALAEA — A dozen or more times each season, humpback whales while on their principal breeding and calving grounds within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) or nearby waters get spotted entangled in fishing gear or marine debris. In the worst cases this material can kill the animal.

First Hawaiian Bank helps United Way campaign

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i United Way 2022 Campaign got a big boost when First Hawaiian Bank, represented by Leland Kahawai, Samking Braima, and Liane Sasan, presented a $20,000 contribution to the Kaua‘i United Way on Wednesday.

Kapa‘a boys win, Voyagers tie in KIF soccer

PUHI — Kapa‘a High School boys soccer player Kaulia Shiroma opened, and closed the Warriors’ 4-0 shutout over Kaua‘i High School during the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation boys soccer series that ended Wednesday at Island School fields where the Voyagers then battled a strong Menehune comeback to a 3-3 stalemate.

Waimea, Kapa‘a, Island KIF paddling champs

WAILUA — Waimea High School outrigger paddling teams placed first in three of the six classes run during the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation paddling championships on Saturday at the Wailua River.

Happy Camper for Friday, January 27, 2023

Dawn Kawahara (last chance to see the Ukraine People Poetry exhibit before she changes the exhibit at the Lihu‘e Public Library) said she’s been to Penzance, but never got to see the pirates, until Wednesday evening when the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre (they also had a presentation at the Waimea Public Library on Monday on the opening of the Waimea library following its renovation and improvement work) presented to a good-sized audience of about a hundred keiki and their parents.

Kaua‘i police teaches kupuna to avoid digital scams

Kaua‘i Police Department white collar detective Michael Nii met with retired members of the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association Wednesday to discuss digital scams, how to prevent becoming a victim, and what to do in the event of a scam.