VOICES: Napali is a paradise once more

At midnight May 6, 2021 (actually it was 0-Dark-30, Friday morning of May 7) I sat in front of my PC awaiting the countdown. I had earlier roused myself out of bed to a chattering music alarm so that I could purchase three of the coveted 900 non-resident passes for some student interns doing their clinical training on Kaua‘i, to allow entry into Ha‘ena State Park so that we could spend the day hiking Hanakapi‘ai Trail and relax later at Ke‘e Beach.

ISLAND HISTORY: A brief history of Makee Sugar Co.

In 1876, Capt. James Makee (1813-1879) and his son-in-law, Col. Zephaniah S. Spalding (1837-1927), founded Makee Sugar Co. on several thousand acres of land at Kealia they’d purchased from the estate of rancher and dairy farmer Ernest Krull for $30,000, and on substantial acreage acquired at Kapaa.

LILLEY: Meet pohaku puna the finger coral

The giant finger coral is one of the most common coral species in Hawai‘i, but are often missidentified. This coral can grow for hundreds of years and build an entire reef over time, and when you are walking in downtown Waikiki you are standing on a massive fossil reef of this coral species!

Seedlings available, Saturday

‘ELE‘ELE — Basilio Fuertes and his mentor Carmila Udarbe, a soon-to-be fifth grade student at the ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School, will have seedlings available, Saturday from 8 a.m. while supplies last, at the ‘Ele‘ele Shopping Center.

Alves resentenced for 1997 murder

LIHU‘E — Monica Alves (aka Monica Peralto), 54, formerly of Kaua‘i, was resentenced for her role in the 1997 kidnapping and murder of Kimberly Washington-Cohen, Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced Thursday.

Happy Camper for Friday, June 10, 2021

Just how crowded was it? Adam Coyaso was cracking coconuts non-stop (Mini Me was having a bad attitude because of his haircut, Christine said!), and that line for people looking for The Right Slice snaked under the eaves to beyond Blue Ginger at The Farmers Market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula (no wonder the Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch van left before the 3:30 p.m. start!).