The Hawaii Association of Broadcasters Inc. has awarded $43,000 in academic scholarships this year to assist students in their pursuit of college study with career goals of working in the local broadcast industry in Hawaii. Among those receiving scholarships is Kauai’s Leanna Thesken, who is attending Point Loma Nazarene University.
Suicide was the eighth-leading cause of death in Florida in 2017. The number of people who died by suicide totaled 3,187. Florida suicide rates for white and black males were higher than the rates for white and black females. The suicide rate for white males was the highest, while the suicide rate for black females was the lowest.
Hi Joe! (Danita Martinez — pink dragonfruit makes natural lipstick — had to teach Elvrine Chow that it had something to do with coffee!) drew a lot of attention at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College Saturday (Mary Williamson was going around telling people about it, too) when Dirk Soma and his entrepreneurial class brought the pop-up to life (how early to brew all that coffee?) with coffee grown and roasted within the state (Mary was thrilled the Waialua Estate was back ahead of the Chocolate Festival, and which one had the natural, minty taste?).
Servco Pacific, a co-majority owner of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, continued its $1.5 million Centennial Service Campaign with a donation of musical instruments and services valued at nearly $500,000 to 55 public schools across Hawaii.
Hawaii County could receive more than $300 million in state and federal funding to support recovery and response efforts stemming from the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano, but only a portion of funding has so far been obtained, and even less has been spent, as the county works to cement long-term recovery plans.
A blessing was held last week to mark the start of construction that will expand Lopaka Paipa Boulevard and connect the private roadway to Ala Kalanikaumaka in Koloa.
Congratulations to Gary (Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami promoted him to “governor of Kilauea!”) and Haunani Pacheco, Trinette Kaui and Sonia Topenio on being the most recent awardees of the Mea Ho‘omana‘o Awards that were started by the late Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste and presented during the Kauai Chamber of Commerce third-quarter general membership meeting at the Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu (how was that farm-to-table dinner?).
In regards to Maunakea, the state has launched an effective campaign using the art of distractions: DLNR claims damage to native plants; the governor cites media threats; newspapers publish the cost of law enforcement; editorials claim hypothetical loss of potential income to the state.