Happy Camper for Monday, January 27, 2020

Happy birthday, Bob McGinty, who celebrated his birthday Saturday with the Kauai Humane Society’s Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment gathering at “the place between work and home.”

Partial road closures scheduled

The county Department of Public Works has announced a partial closure of Maluhia Road near Anne S. Knudsen Park and at its intersection of Koloa Road on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to allow for road reconstruction work, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather-permitting.

From the lifeguard tower

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.

Lady Menehune qualify for states

LIHUE — After the Waimea High girls basketball team fell to Kauai High 58-46 last Friday in their gym, coach Natalie Mata used a different psychological tactic in Friday night’s regular-season Kauai Interscholastic Federation contest.

Kung hee fat choy celebration

“Eight” is a lucky number, said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, general manager for The Shops at Kukuiula, as she prepared eight strings of firecrackers for ignition at the Palm Court at The Shops at Kukuiula Friday.

$24M found in DOW pensions

LIHUE — The Kauai Department of Water pension fund holds $24.6 million, almost all of which is excess funding. That money comes from water service rates and fees, both of which have risen significantly in recent years.

Hanalei land dispute resurfaces

HANALEI — Rain, cooler heads prevailing and the community relations skills of Kauai Police Department Capt. Rod Green averted a potential confrontation Saturday over access to the dilapidated former home of the Hanalei Canoe Club near Black Pot Beach Park.

Celebrating culture with Papakolea Serenaders

HANAMAULU — Old-style Hawaiian mele, hula lessons and performances and storytelling are all in full swing in the Jasmine Ballroom of the Kauai Beach Resort on Monday nights for several more weeks of E Kanikapila Kakou season.

High-surf warning still on

LIHUE — Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north- and west-facing shores due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.

Meet pu’oni’oni’o the Hawaiian Partridge Tun Shell

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.

Da Shadow: Tree trimmings near Wailua Beach

• 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.

Trump stripping away safety nets for needy, elderly

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.”