Parker Keawe Smith and Mattaniah Millbrand are lifeguards for the Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau. They work on the North Shore, chasing drowning strangers on jet skis in some of the scariest seas in the world. In winter, when the big swells roll in, it’s a life or death job on a daily basis.
This beautiful marine snail has a shell that is six inches long but the body of the snail can be a foot wide! Its body is so big that it cannot fit it entirely into its protective shell. This is very odd for marine snails like the cowry or cone shell that can retract its body fully into its hard shell for protection.
• Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from “The Shadow” radio program: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now better known as “Da Shadow,” since 2004 has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.
In TGI’s Guest Opinion January 22nd, Gary Hooser shared that “the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism has determined that for a single person without children the hourly wage needed to simply ‘subsist’ is approximately $17.50 per hour.”