Walmart issues ‘Open Call’ to suppliers

LIHU‘E — Entrepreneurs of locally-produced goods who want to see their items on Walmart shelves have an opportunity during Walmart’s Seventh annual Open Call for U.S.-manufactured Products.

Mobile musubi in Kapa‘a

Kelly Kakalia, co-owner of The Musubi Truck, said they wanted to open the food truck because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four get Zonta Club scholarships

LIHU‘E — MaBel Fujiuchi, chairperson for the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Scholarship Committee, announced four recipients of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation scholarships during the club’s virtual meeting via Zoom Thursday.

Council debriefed on climate change

LIHU‘E — Former Mayor Bernard Carvalho had a 10-year county-wide goal of reducing emissions from county government operations by 30% by 2023.

DOH to issue color-coded placards

LIHU‘E — Restaurants could be shut down by the state if they don’t enforce social distancing or other pandemic guidelines, and the Hawaii Health Department issued a press release Thursday reminding food establishments of the “serious consequences” should they fail to follow the emergency rules.

A fitting delivery

LIHU‘E — “This one works,” said Wilcox Elementary School Principal Corey Nakamura, Thursday morning as he leafed through the delivery of fabric face masks by representatives of the Lihu‘e Hongwanji Women’s Club. “It fits, you can talk without removing it completely, and there’s even a fitting so it doesn’t fall off your nose.”

Another round of amending the Housing Policy

LIHU‘E — The county’s Housing Policy that was first enacted over a decade ago is seeing a set of revisions after it had not produced the affordable housing results the county originally intended.

Kaua‘i United Way secures relief funds

LIHU‘E — Noon, July 22 to the Kaua‘i United Way is the deadline for organizations wishing to be considered for funding from the federal Emergency Food & Shelter program designed to provide food, rent, utility and other assistance to people in need.

North Shore Lions give big

KILAUEA — The North Shore Lions Club celebrated the awarding of $40,000 in scholarships to 27 students from the North Shore, Wednesday during a gathering at the Hawaiian Paradise Flowers farm owned by Lion Gary Pacheco.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The free Caring for Our Community meal and food giveaway was a perfect platform for the Kaua‘i County Council hopefuls (there’s at least 22 of them) to get to meet the community, or let the community meet them, since the event was not a virtual event and people could meet each other in person, like Yoshi L’Hote (Sandi Kato-Klutke said it’s “Yoshito”), who along with his ‘ohana is the face of the ‘Aina Ho‘okupu CSA (community-sourced agriculture) boxes (those iced watermelons looked especially appealing in the hot Waimea sun) that have been popular all over the island.

Kouchi business gets PPP funds

HONOLULU — A company that Hawaii Senate President Ronald Kouchi owns shares in and is employed by received a small business coronavirus relief loan from the U.S. government, according to data released by the Small Business Administration.

Voter registration offered today

The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk will be offering drive-thru voter-registration services in the back parking area between the Historic County Building and state Department of Human Services Kaua‘i Processing Center (former courthouse).

New mobile cat clinic has hands full

KAPA‘A — The Kaua‘i Community Cat Project mobile clinic crew had their hands full with 28 cats on the calendar, Tuesday during the mobile clinic’s appearance at the All Saints Gym parking area in Kapa‘a.

Lorraine’s lunchtime

It was lunchtime, but it was only Tuesday for Lorraine Rapozo and her passengers Amanda Kaleiohi, who lives with Alzheimer’s Disease, and her daughter Sheryl Kaleiohi, who is fighting stage 4 cancer.

KVB offers insights to reopening efforts

LIHU‘E — Part of Gov. David Ige’s announcement to reopen August 1 included a point that travelers may bypass the state-mandated 14-day quarantine by showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of landing.

Giving back is in the blood

From donating to food banks to helping coordinate fundraisers, Kaua‘i custom home builder and “Dateline” TV show producer Luis Soltren has been busy helping his Kaua‘i community stay strong through the COVID-19 pandemic.