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As parents, we long for summer almost as much as our children do. Longer days, hours in the garden, afternoons at the beach, and the opportunity for our children to enjoy activities that school schedules and homework demands inhibit. The summer is the perfect time to explore. That’s what our summer Kauai Family Magazine issue is about. We picked 10 places to discover and explore with your ‘ohana on page 34. Treat this entire issue as your summer time to-do list Plunge into our Summer Camp Guide starting on page 50 in the magazine, join the summer reading program & pick up new reads selected by our Lihue librarian, Ku’ulei Vaughn on page 45, then make a watermelon treat to beat the heat on page 30 in the magazine. Here’s to the best summer ever! I hope that you and your children have a safe, happy, and active summer- and that you find this issue of Kauai Family Magazine engaging and useful. Mahalo, Kaua`i for allowing Kauai Family to be a part of your ‘Ohana.

Chrissy Chrissy Schechter, Publisher


SUMMER 2017 Cover Photo Kauai Life, Photo & Film Contributors Sean Doi Pat k Ching Monty Downs M.D. Carolyn Jabs Malia Jacobson Randall Jaurequi, D.D.S. Gerald McKenna, M.D. Patricia Sanchez D.D.S. Ku’ulei Vaughan Jasmine Yukimura Next Issue: FALL 2017 Advertising Deadline: JULY 1, 2017 Kauai Family Magazine is published quarterly as Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday editions. Distribution:15,000 printed quarterly and Digital E-Editions. Public and Private Preschools, Elementary and Middle Schools, Hospitals, Medical and Health Clinics, Libraries, KIUC, Jamba Juice, Jack in the Box, Kauai Community Federal Credit Union, Retailers and Community Organizations. Subscription Rate: $16.00 for one year (4 editions) Subscribe at Copyright© 2017 Kauai Family Magazine All rights reserved. No portion of Kauai Family Magazine may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Kauai Family Magazine assumes no financial responsibility for errors in advertisements.

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Fun for the Whole Family!

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Article Message Title from Mayor Caravalho & DOE Superintendent Bill Arakaki

Aloha Kaua‘i! Aloha and congratulations to all of our young Kaua‘i graduates! There is a world of opportunity that awaits as you embark on your next chapter. Best wishes on your upcoming endeavors! Summer is a time for us to get out and enjoy the beauty of Kaua’i, so that we feel rejuvenated for what lies ahead. It is a time for us to reconnect with our families and loved ones. Over the school break, I encourage our families to experience something new and different! Now is the time to create lasting memories – together! Mahalo to Kaua’i Family Magazine for assisting our community in finding programs and activities that are fun for everyone, from keiki to kupuna! I hope you all enjoy a safe and relaxing summer! Aloha Pumehana,

Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. Mayor, County of Kaua’i

Aloha! Another fantastic year is coming to a close and summer will be upon us in just one month! Students, parents, families, teachers and staff will be preparing for Graduation celebrations, embarking on family vacations and many wonderful activities when the school closes for students on May 26, 2017 I am grateful for Kauai Family Magazine’s continued support by providing Kauai families with access to valuable information pertinent to available programs and services. I wish everyone a safe and fun-filled summer with family and friends. We must continue to work together as a community; to attain the dreams and aspirations of our children and to teach and prepare our children of Kauai to be college and career ready. AWEsome! Mahalo!

William N. Arakaki Kauai Complex Area Superintendent



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Support local businesses, and tell them you saw them in Kauai Family Magazine! Education & Schools St. Theresa School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Island School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Hawaii Technology Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Kahili Adventist Preschool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Kauai Christian Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Na Kamalei Godly Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Dow AgroSciences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65,71 Kauai Complex Dept of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Menehune Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,13 Patrick Ching Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Health & Medical Services Aloha Pediatrics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Hawaii Sports and Balance Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kauai Adult Day Health Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,18,19,27 Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Services. . . . . . . . . . . 16 Stay at Home Healthcare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hale Kupuna Heritage Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Mary Navarro, MA, LMFT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Regency at Puakea Assisted Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 McKenna Recovery Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Crane Eye Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Hawaiian Island Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Lihue Pharmacy Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wilcox Heath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Tropic Care Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Kuhio Pediatric Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Jason Blake Health Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hawaii Smile Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 MSA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40,41 Hawaii State Dept of Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Festivals and Events Koloa Plantation Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Kekaha 4th of July. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Kauai Bon Dance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33, 71 Sesame Street Live. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57


Sports, Camps and Fitness Hawaii Children’s Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Kauai Community Kids College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Kauai Academy of Creative Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Leadership Camp, Island School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Bandwagon Music Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Kauai Gymnastics Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Swim Kauai Aquatics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Kauai Sailing Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 YWCA Girlz Zone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The W of Kauai Basketball & Soccer Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 KPAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Camp Good News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Poipu Athletic Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 County of Kauai Parks & Recreation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52,53

Community Partners Servco Auto Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14,15 Kauai Community Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Deja Vu Surf Hawaii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Jamba Juice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Oceanic Time Warner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Kauai Restorations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Hawaii Dairy Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Kauai Life Photo + Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 County of Kauai Department of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 County of Kauai Waste Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 County of Kauai Office of the Mayor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 County of Kauai Lifeguard Association. . . . . . . . . . . 64,65, 66,67 County of Kauai Department of Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Custom Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Kauai’s FM97. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Life’s Choices Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Kauai Shining Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls With Lime Quinoa. Yield: serves 2-4 total time: 2+ hours to marinate, 30 minutes to make Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey mustard 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 4 garlic cloves, minced

Salad 6 cups spring greens 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro 4 green onions, sliced 1 avocado, sliced 1 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 tablespoon honey Lime Quinoa 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock, or even water 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 lime, juiced and zest freshly grated 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions: Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight. When you’re ready to make the meal, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil and add the chicken, then cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is deeply browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 6 minutes per side. To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the quinoa, the tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado. Drizzle the bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and honey. Serve! Lime Quinoa Add the quinoa and stock (or water) to a saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the coconut oil (you can swap butter), lime juice, zest, salt and pepper.



Summer Happenings! MAY

Visitor Industry Charity Walk Saturday, May 13th Kauai Historic Building Walk starts 7:00 a.m.-11 a.m.

May Day by the Bay Saturday, May 13th 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Waioli Beach Park, Hanalei

Tour de Poipu Sunday, May 21st 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Poipu Beach Park

Pedal to the Meadow +Plus Saturday, May 27th/Sunday May 28th Kekaha to Kokee

Banana Poka Round-Up Sunday, May 28th Kokee from 10:00 a.m.-3:00pn FREE, Family educational festival


AYSO Soccer Registration Register players ages 3 to18 for the 2017 Soccer season. Register online at or email

Koloa Pop Warner Registration Packets Pick up: Koloa and Kalaheo Schools Ages: 5 and 6 accepting all divisions including flag football email

FREE Movie Night Friday, June 2nd 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Anaina Hou Community Park

Haena to Hanalei Run Saturday, June 3rd

6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Haena Kee Beach to Black Pot Beach

Taste of Hawaii Sunday, June 4th

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Smiths Tropical Paradise

Bark for Life Walk Saturday, June 3rd

Hokuala (former Kauai Lagoons) Registration 7:00 a.m.; walk 8:00 a.m.

The King’s Celebration and Parade Saturday, June 10th

8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Vidinha Stadium to County Historical Building

Kids Summer Fest Saturday, June 17th

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE sports physicals for kids ages 5-18. Call 808-245-1198 to register

Father’s Day Keiki Fishing Tournament Sunday, June 18th Nawiliwili Yacht Club Register: 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Entry Fee: $5.00 Ages 3-13, Bring your Bucket, Pole and Bait.

Tropic Care Hawaii June 12th- 21st

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. FREE health care services Kapaa Middle School, KCC, Eleele Elementary School, Kilauea School, Waimea Easter Seals

North Shore Fishing Tournament Saturday, June 24th Hanalei Pier Entry forms:

Mayor-a-thon Saturday, June 24th

6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Kapa’a Beach Park. FREE 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 mile walk, bike or run!

Note: Dates and Times May Change Without Notice Please Call First to Confirm

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Drag Races at Kauai Raceway Park Saturday/Sunday July 1-2 Racing starts at 7 p.m.. Admission :12. Per day, ages 12 & under free.

Stars & Stripes Freedom Celebration Monday, July 3rd PMRF Barking Sands FREE Admission 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Kekaha 4th of July Celebration Tuesday, July 4th H.P. Faye Ball Park, Kekaha. FREE Entertainment & activities 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fireworks 9:00 p.m.

Annual Concert in the Sky Tuesday, July 4th Vidinha Stadium. 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Admission: adults, $15; children 6-12, $7

FREE Movie Night Friday, July 7th

Keiki Ukes In Paradise Contest Sunday, July 30th

Keoki’s Paradise. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Entry forms at Keoki’s Paradise, or


Red Clay Jazz Festival August 2nd-5th

4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Courtyard Kauai,

FREE Movie Night Friday August 4th

6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Anaina Hou Community Park

Paradise Ride Kauai Saturday/Sunday, August 5th & 6th Ride 120 miles over 2 days along the beaches

Heiva I Kauai Saturday/Sunday, August 5th & 6th

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Anaina Community Park

10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Kapa’a Beach Park. Admission $5, children 6 & under free.

Kmart Shoreline Fishing Tournament July 21st-23rd

Hawaii Sand Festival Saturday, August 12th

Applications available at Kmart

Koloa Plantation Days July 21st- 30th

Ohana Fit Fest Saturday, July 22nd 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Waioli Beach Park

All Saints Dodgeball Tournament Friday/Saturday July 21st & 22nd Entries:

Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge Saturday, July 29th Hanalei Pier 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Hanalei Pier 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. FREE

Relay for Life Northshore Saturday, August 12th 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Waioli Park, Hanalei

Na Pali Challenge Saturday, August 12th 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Hanalei Pier

Waipa Mango and Music Festival Sunday, August 13th 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Hanalei, Halulu Fishpond at Waipa

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Now open on campus at Waimea High School, Menehune Credit Union is the third student-run credit union branch operating in partnership with Kauai Community MENEHUNE Federal Credit Union (KCFCU). CREDIT UNION In February of this year, Waimea High School celebrated the opening of Menehune Credit Union, an innovative, scaled-down version of a KCFCU branch. The new branch is operated by high school students, supervised by school faculty and KCFCU employees. Menehune Credit Union has a clearly defined mission: “Paving the financial path for the generations to come.” The mission statement and the credit union’s logo are the result of collaborative efforts by student leaders, KCFCU staff and artists enrolled in Waimea High School’s Graphics Design class. Menehune CU represents KCFCU’s third student credit union branch location. Warrior Credit Union at Kapaa High School and Raider Credit Union at Kauai High School opened to serve their students in 2016.


“We are very proud to partner with our educational community to establish these unique, student-run credit unions,” said Tess Shimabukuro, President and CEO of KCFCU. “They are proving to be wonderful tools for promoting financial literacy among Kauai’s youth. This program better connects KCFCU to our local youth and deepens our commitment to financial literacy.” With supervision from KCFCU and Waimea High School faculty advisors, Menehune CU is making a positive impact on students. In addition to the students learning handson money management habits, the credit union’s student employees are gaining realworld business skills. The students who work at these on-campus credit union branches receive on-the-job training similar to the training experienced by KCFCU employees.

“Learning to save for what you want and need in life is a crucial life skill, and it’s a skill that should be taught early in life,” said Monica Belz, KCFCU’s Vice President of Marketing. “We strive to prepare our young people with practical financial knowledge and good savings skills before they enter the job market and are tasked with managing their paychecks.” Menehune Credit Union is open on Wednesdays when school is in session, from 9:30 to 11:00 am in Room I-125. Menehune CU accepts cash and check deposits from students and faculty members, and allows withdrawals of up to $20. Jasabelle Cudanes is the Menehune CU branch manager, with guidance from Nicholle Mata, branch Supervisor for KCFCU’s Waimea and Eleele branch offices. “We never had an opportunity like this,” Justin Ganaden, Executive VP at KCFCU said during the grand opening of the Menehune Credit Union. “When I was in school, whenever we had loose change, we either bought sodas or cheeseburgers at Yumi’s. Our new student-run credit union branches will allow Kauai’s youth to learn responsible money managing skills that will benefit them for life.” Parents are encouraged to open their students’ savings and checking account at any KCFCU branch to enable their youth to participate at the new Menehune Credit Union. A birth certificate and social security card will be required to open an account. Whatever the ages of your children or grandchildren, KCFCU has a youth account to meet their needs. Parents seeking more information can visit

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Mr. Llewellyn Lindsey

Kauai Kupuna Cover INSIDE: Caring for Older Adults Tropic Care Kauai Returns Growing Connections Photo by Lindsey Phelps

Caring for Older Adults

Photos by Lindsey Phelps

By Jasmine Yukimura Kauai Adult Day Health Center

Aging is a natural part of life. You can take steps to age well in your community, but it is not always an easy task. Caregivers find it especially difficult if their loved one is experiencing weakness, lack of motivation, or any level of dementia. According to The Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, dementia is a general term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. There are many types of dementia Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. Dementia is different from the natural part of aging. It is normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met. Whether or not your loved one is experiencing cognitive impairment, physical disability, or is frail and needs supervision, attending a well-designed


and well-run activity program will help create meaningful days and meaningful moments by providing socialization, mental stimulation, exercise, and respite for caregivers. Participating in activities can help prevent frustration, boredom, challenging behaviors, and premature institutionalization.

Mr. Llewellyn Lindsey began attending Kauai Adult Day Health Center in January 2017. He was referred by Veterans Affairs. Pattilyn Besta, Llewellyn’s daughter, helped facilitate the admission process. When asked, what was it like for your dad before the program and what is it like for him now? Pattilyn states, “My dad was grumpy, negative and moody. There were

Caring for Older Adults limitations because dad was not himself and family dynamics at home was difficult. Now, my dad doesn’t want to miss a day. He is excited to go, he’s losing weight, and more mobile.” Pattilyn explains, “Before, dad needed a step stool to get into our van and now he can get in without it. He’s stronger mentally, emotionally, and physically. His whole personality has changed since he’s been going to day care. He’s the dad I know. Family dynamics are better and my family is closer now.”

What is an Adult Day Health Center? At Kauai Adult Day Health Center, we provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate

services for adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day. We serve the elderly and disabled adults including the frail and physically and/or memory impaired who are in need of specialized care because of illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, declining physical health and other related disorders. Most clients are referred to the center by their physician, Agency on Elderly Affairs, Veterans Affairs, and Medicaid case managers.

Photos by Lindsey Phelps

What is the cost? Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify through grant programs from the State of Hawaii’s Kupuna Care Program and Hawaii Community Foundation. For those who do not qualify for tuition assistance, you may pay privately or qualify for assistance through benefits from Veterans Affairs, Medicaid, and/or long-term care insurance. For more information about our program, contact Kauai Adult Day Health Center at (808) 246-6919. 2943 Kress St, Lihue, HI 96766

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Call For Help Now 246-0663 Private Comprehensive Addiction Treatment The McKenna Recovery Center provides you a broad scope of private and confidential addiction evaluation and treatment expertise and resources in one place to address the complex needs of your loved one. Despite the limited access to psychiatrists on Kauai, you will benefit from a full time physician and nurse practitioner with indepth experience with addiction and psychiatry.

We are your One Stop Shop for addiction evaluation and treatment:  We serve you and your loved one with a medical and spiritual approach to problems with alcohol, prescription medications, and other drugs  You have the expertise of a full time medical director who trained in Harvard, board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with 35+ years experience  Your senior citizen with medication or alcohol problems could see a nurse practitioner with psychiatric, addiction, and geriatric experience  Your adolescent will be counseled by a former high school counselor dually trained in addiction counseling  Adult and Adolescent Programs  Medication Assisted Detoxification and Medication Assisted Treatment are possible and considered, as appropriate  You, the family are included in the process from the start and receive education and support for everyone to heal

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Tropic Care Returns in June 2017 The Department of Health’s Kauai District Health Office, in collaboration with the Kauai Office of the Governor, successfully applied to the Pentagon for Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) medical deployments to Kauai: Tropic Care 2012, 2014, and 2016. Many Kauai residents cannot afford to be seen by a doctor, dentist, optometrist, or behavioral health professional unless there is an acute health issue. Through the provision of more than 50,000 medical, dental, optometric and behavioral health services at no cost to participants, prior Tropic Care missions have addressed a range of unmet health care needs on Kauai. Tropic Care 2017, through the leadership of US Army Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Wardlaw, will build upon previous efforts to address non-acute health care needs among Kauai residents. Clinics will take place from June 12-21 at three main

sites: Eleele Elementary School, Kauai Community College and Kapaa Middle School. There will also be two mobile sites at Kilauea Elementary School from June 12-15 and Waimea Easter Seals from June 17-21. Services are expected to include: physical exams, eye exams, eyeglasses, and dental services. More detailed information will be provided closer to the clinic dates. If you need more information, an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact the Department of Health at (808) 241-3555 or email at least (7) days before the event.

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Gardening with Seniors To grow a more meaningful and healthy connection with an elderly loved one, put on some rubber clogs and head out together to the garden. At any age, gardening is one of the best activities we can do outdoors. It stimulates all of the senses; awakens our connection with nature and with each other; and rewards us with fresh flowers and vegetables. Gardening is also an excellent way for aging bodies to get a moderate-intensity aerobic workout, shed calories and stay flexible. That’s one reason why gardening remains popular with Americans well into their golden years. Still, there’s no question that bending, lifting, kneeling, squatting, weeding and pruning—not to mention dealing with sun, heat and bugs—all become more challenging as we grow older. But there are ways to cope. Protection against pests and the elements is important, too, both for caregivers and seniors. Gardeners should slather on sunscreen and insect repellents before putting on clothes, so no area is overlooked. And don’t forget to protect your lips, a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.


Here are more tips for aging gardeners from experts: n Rethink the Landscape n Reassess the yard with an eye to lowering maintenance. Wherever possible, remove lawn and replace it with ground covers, mulched beds, and paved areas or paths. n Add benches or chairs under shady trees. n Create raised beds to improve drainage and make harvesting easier. Lightweight plastic landscape timbers can be stacked to form raised beds at waist or wheelchair height, if necessary. Make the beds narrow, so anyone can reach into the center without straining. n Make vertical gardens by growing vining plants upward using trellises, tomato cages, bamboo stakes, fences, walls or arbors as supports. It will cut down on bending and make harvesting easier. n Change steps to wide, curving, gently sloping paths. Use pavers or fine gravel to line paths rather than wood chips or river rocks. Paths should be at least four feet wide to allow walker and wheelchair access, and wider at the end so wheelchairs can turn around. n Build high fences to keep out other pests. Add latches and locks to gates if the gardener has memory problems and is prone to wandering. n Install an irrigation system to cut down on watering, and low-voltage lighting to improve visibility on paths and steps in the evenings.

n Plant in containers using lightweight “soil-less” mixtures and resin or foamwalled pots to reduce weight. Put pots on casters. n Avoid hanging baskets, since they dry out quickly, require frequent fertilization, and can be difficult to reach.

Tend to the Gardener n Work in the morning and evening, when it’s coolest. n Bring a water bottle to prevent dehydration. n Wear sturdy shoes, a broad-brimmed hat and gardening gloves. n Bend at the knees and hips to avoid injury. n Move from one activity to another to avoid stressing any particular muscle group. n Paint tool handles in neon colors or wrap them in brightly colored tape so they’re easy to find if dropped. n Use manual shears instead of power hedge clippers to avoid accidents. n Hire labor (or commandeer adult children and grandchildren) to do the heaviest lifting, digging and grading. n If there’s no room for a backyard garden, join or form a community garden. n If a garden-loving senior becomes bedridden, bring the outdoors inside. Plant a mini-garden in pots on the windowsill, or create a maintenancefree terrarium in an old glass or plastic container

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Who’s da guy... that plays Taiko Drums, coaches High School Girls Soccer, is an Oregon Duck and the new announcer at FM97 Radio?

Beau’s...da guy! Beau Acoba is heard middays on FM97. While Ron Wood is on mornings and BB Choi in the afternoons, tho’ both aren’t quite as active. You know . . . being a bit longer in the tooth and all.

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3 Locations Near You! Kapaa Pharmacy has moved! Located in the Primary Care Clinic of Kauai, Office of Dr.’s Sonido, Lanson, Bautista and Yap. 3216 Elua Street, Lihue HI 96766 Phone: 808-246-6900. Our hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Accepting Kaiser, HMSA, Caremark, EUTF, Silver Scripts, Most Medicare D Plans, United Health, Aloha Care, AARP, Tricare-Express Scripts, & Medco

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Keep as many teeth as you can throughout your life! By Randall P. Jaurequi, DDS Hawaiian Island Dental Regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups are the best way to help prevent future tooth loss. Tooth loss often leads to additional bone loss because teeth and chewing are a big part of maintaining a strong and healthy jaw. Dental implants are often recommended as the best possible option for replacing a lost tooth, because the implant is fixed into the bone and acts very much like a natural tooth. Talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Nicole Brede, General and Orthodontic patient “I feel really good about my dental treatment here, staff are great and very accommodating.”

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Recycle on Kauai Sponsored by the County of Kauai Programs shown here are for residents only, except where noted.



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Refuse Transfer Station 4380 Lele Road Hanalei Transfer Station 5-3751 Kūhi‘ō Highway Kapa‘a near the football field 4900 Kahau Road Kekaha Landfill 6900-D Kaumuali’i Highway Kaua’i Community Recycling Services* 5-2723 Kūhi‘ō Hwy Open Tuesday & Friday • 8 am–4 pm ONLY


Lāwa‘i behind U.S. Post Office 2-3675 Kaumuali’i Highway


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Brennecke’s Beach Broiler 2100 Hoone Road


Waimea Canyon Park 4643 Waimea Canyon

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Recycle Batteries free of charge Kaua’i Resource Center, 3460 Ahukini Road. Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 4:15 pm. 9-volts can pose a fire hazard. Place duct or electrical tape on terminals prior to recycling. Please sort batteries into the appropriate barrel.





More recycling programs available - see website or call (808) 241-4841

Be Conscious of Your Water Usage By Kauai Dept. of Water Turning on the sprinkler or filling up a backyard pool is sure to provide hours of fun for kids of all ages! However, these hours can turn into dollars if you’re not careful. Here are a few water conservation tips on how to be conscious of your water usage when cooling off this summer. 1 Let the kids play while you water the 4 Once your lawn has been watered yard. Set aside days of the week with sufficiently, turn off your sprinklers. specific times when the kids can go out Set a timer on your clock or cell phone and play under the sprinkler. to turn your sprinklers on/off after a specific time. Over watering is wasteful 2 Consider water-efficient rotary and may flood your landscaped areas. nozzles for your sprinklers. These nozzles spray water more slowly and 5 Minimize your water use and in uniform patterns. They are known maximize the fun. Fill a shallow to irrigate more efficiently and use up plastic tub with water and add some to 2% less water. water toys for a fun wet activity. Your 3 Reuse pool water. If you’re filling up water use is limited by the size of the an inflatable pool without a filter, it will tub you use. probably need to be emptied a few days after use. If it’s just tap water, then Enjoy the outdoors reuse it to water your plants, gardens and stay cool this summer! and landscaping.

Here are

5 water conservation tips to remember this summer:

n Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

n Make every flush count. Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. n Limit showers to 5 minutes. n Wait until you have a full load before using your automatic dishwasher. n Water your plants in the early morning or late afternoon.

Water has no substitute…Conserve it!

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n o l e m r e t s a t a e W Tr

for Summer Heat

Nothing says summer like eating delicious ripe watermelon. These fun watermelon treats and carvings give a nod to Fourth of July. Find directions and recipes for each festive treat at


Flag Kabob

Watermelon Popsicles

Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Photo: Breezy Longley

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Granola Berry

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Bon Dance Schedule June

2 & 3 West Kauai Hongwanji – Hanapepe Temple June 9 & 10 Lihue Hongwanji Mission June 16 &17 Waimea Shingon Mission June 23 & 24 Kapaa Jodo Mission July 7 & 8 West Kauai Hongwanji – Waimea Temple July 14 & 15 Kapaa Hongwanji Mission July 21 & 22 Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission July 28 & 29 Kauai Soto Zen (Zenshuji) Temple August 4 & 5 Koloa Jodo Mission All Bon Dance start @ 7:30PM, unless otherwise noted & Obon services are held prior

The 2017 Bon Dance schedule is sponsored by: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

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s by Photo lps e h ey P Linds

The summer is the perfect time to explore. We picked 10 places to discover and explore with your family! Nonou Mountain Trail (Sleeping Giant)

This is a great hike for all ages. Located in Kapaa, you can choose one of three trail heads to reach your final destination that offers sweeping views of the east side of the island. ​

Anini Beach Head to the north shore for a beach that’s perfect for the kids. The drive is beautiful and the calm surf is perfect for keiki to play in the sun and sand all day.

Wet and Dry Caves If you’re looking for something outof-the-ordinary, check out the wet and dry caves located near Haena on Kauai’s north shore. Explore the vastness of the dry cave and stop for some photos of the wet cave on your way to Ke’e Beach. 34

Wai Koa Loop

(Stone Dam) This is a beautiful walk for the whole family and it can be as long or short as you’d like. Be sure to sign the waiver at Kauai Mini Golf before heading down the trail and if it’s the last Sunday of the month enjoy some free golf as kama’aina as well!

Kukuiolono Park and Gardens

Enjoy an afternoon stroll or a picnic in the gardens down in Kalaheo. This is a lovely spot for family activities in their large pavilion or walking along the path through the golf course with the family pet.

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge On your way to and from the west side take a break at these fun historic bridges. Bring the kids for some fun and enjoy the nearby shops and restaurants.

Custom Kauai is a private tour company geared toward getting you off the beaten path. We know the difference between standing at the top of a waterfall and swimming at the bottom in sweet serenity. We know the difference between being stuck behind fences taking in the “view” and the heart-pounding sensation of peering over the edge of a 2,000 foot cliff. That’s why we’re here: to bring you Kauai like you’ve never seen it before.

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*Hikes may not be suitable for all ages so please refer to the expertise of our staff when scheduling your next adventure.

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Polihale State Park Head as far west as you can go to share a day of sun and sand at the beach. Polihale is a beautiful beach with a variety of places to swim, catch some waves, and even camp out for the weekend.

Hanalei Pier If you’re looking for a place where everyone can have fun and enjoy their day, this is the place for you. Let the keiki practice surfing, grill out at the park, or watch a romantic sunset to end your day.

​Lyda’s Field of Dreams Did you know Kauai has a tortoise preserve? Down the road to Maha’ulepu near the Makauwahi Cave is a fantastic place where you can walk among tortoises, see their little ones, and even pet them! It’s a great little known gem that people of all ages can love.

Waimea Canyon The Grand Canyon of the Pacific is always a great summer stop. Stop for the incredible views, take a hike on one of the dozens of trails available, take in information on local history at the Koke’e Museum, and enjoy a picnic at one of the roadside lookouts. 36

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How To Banish Summer Boredom Keep kids active and engaged this summer. By Malia Jacobson

Ahh, the sweet sounds of summer: Soft breezes, morning songbirds and children laughing. If you’re a parent, however, your summer soundscape is more likely to be shrieks of “Mom! Dad! I’m bored!” For children, summer break often starts out strong, as kids relish relaxed days, time with friends and outdoor fun. By July, weary of the summer routine, summer excitement devolves into boredom. Fear not: Summer’s long days offer ample opportunities for fun, relaxation and learning if you know where to look. Here’s how to banish boredom and keep the fun in summer.

Early Years Airtime Tempted to pop in another DVD to wile away another summer day? Technology is part of modern life, and an occasional show or tablet play session isn’t a problem, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends minimal screen time for little ones and keeping face-toface time up front. Getting toddlers and preschoolers outside can help boost summer learning. Children experience the deepest, most genuine learning through play and fun activities. Whether it is in a


Teen Years Summer Service

classroom or outside, there are always opportunities to support learning. Head outdoors for a nature walk to search for leaves, pebbles, sticks and stems. Exploring your own neighborhood can yield new treasures. Pack a magnifying glass, collect rocks to paint and look through ‘binoculars’ made of two toilet paper tubes to offer a new view of the world.

School Years

Summer jobs can be a boon to teens, boosting their bank accounts and getting them out of the house and off the couch. But these days, teen employment is relatively rare. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that teen employment has fallen to its lowest level in four decades, and fewer than a third of teens hold summer jobs. If your teen won’t be earning a paycheck this summer, consider requiring weekly volunteer hours instead. Community service doesn’t offer a paycheck, but it offers perks similar to a steady job, such as helping teens learn to work with a supervisor and co-workers, manage their own schedule, follow a dress code and interact with a wide variety of people in a professional setting.

Sibling Squabbles Got housebound schoolage siblings? Then you’ve probably got summer squabbles on your hands. Cooped-up kids often find a way to bicker Creating a shared enterprise, from a lemonade stand to yard pick-up service to a dog-washing business, can align kids’ goals and spark cooperation, particularly when kids get to split the proceeds. Other bonding activities for siblings, include co-planning a family dinner and movie night, re-arranging or decorating a shared bedroom or play space, writing a family recipe book, compiling family photos into scrapbooks, or creating a family summer newsletter or website.

Contact local youth centers, retirement homes, animal shelters, equine therapy centers, day camps for children, and soup kitchens about volunteer opportunities. Community events, “fun runs” and sponsored races also offer volunteer opportunities for community-minded teens, giving them an opportunity to strengthen resumes and college applications while giving back.

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Announce Your Baby’s Birth! Announce Your Baby’s


It’s easy - and FREE - to announce your baby’s arrival and have a wonderful keepsake. Email baby’s photo, name, date of birth and time, weight, parents’ names to:

Baby Boy Nixon Ryu Kaleonui’okalani Gaspar Born: January 8, 2017 at 5:25am Weight: 8lbs 14.7oz Length: 21 inches Parents: Brandee Matsushima & Alan-Michael Gaspar

Baby Boy Eddie Agmata Brune Born: November 12, 2016 at 8:15am Weight: 7 lbs 1.8oz Length 20 inches Parents: Sam & Erna Brune Big brother: Cobi

Baby Boy Iokua Kamalani Tumbaga Born: January 22, 2017 Weight: 7 lbs 9.8 oz Length: 20 inches Parents: Joshua & Misty Tumbaga Siblings: Mikayla Pacheco-Villanueva, Zayden Vigil, Kayalani & Kimo Tumbaga

Baby Girl Kayzlee Rae Kauanoeanuhea Ibaan-Battulayan Born: December 11th, 2016 at 8:30am Weight: 7 lbs 6.6 oz Length: 18.5 inches Parents: Brandi Ibaan & Andy Battulayan Proud Big Sister: Khloee Lei Halia

Baby Boy Blake James Keanu Clark Born: November 24, 2016 at 5:11pm Weight: 7lbs 11.7 oz, Length: 20.5 inches Parents : Tyler and Cortney Clark Siblings: Colbey, Corissa & Rhiley


Baby Boy Marques Alberto Silas Kaleihakuonaheleiokalani Vargas-La’amea Born Oct 30 2016, at 2:48 am  Weight 9 lbs. Parents: Candace Laamea and Mark Vargas 

Baby Boy Reif Kekaimalino Yamashita Born: January 5, 2017 at 5:56pm Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. Parents: Erika Catiggay and Trayton Yamashita Big brother: Tyrik

Baby Boy Zhane-Bentley Kemakana’Ihepakelo Keoho-Kaui Corpuz Born: November 17, 2016 at 7:40am Weight: 7lbs 4.3oz, 21 inches Parents: Carl-Lynn Keoho-Kaui & Lance Corpuz Sibling: Zhara-Lei

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National Reading Program Reaches Kaua‘i’s Shores Dr. Brigitte Carreau

Dr. Carl Yu

nationwide program Reach Out and Read to the Garden Isle. “There are program sites in all 50 states, and we are proud that Kaua‘i Medical Clinic has become the first site on Kaua‘i to offer this program,” says Yu. The program is simple. During a child’s well-child visit, pediatricians discuss with parents the importance of reading, demonstrate how to read with keiki at different ages, and give families a new book to take home and read together.

Pediatricians at Kaua‘i Medical Clinic (KMC) are prescribing books as a remedy for below-average reading rates of keiki entering kindergarten on Kaua‘i.

“From birth through the time they enter school, keiki will have had about 13 checkups with their pediatrician, giving families and their pediatrician time to establish a good relationship,” Yu says.

“By helping put books into our patients’ lives “Across Kaua‘i, about “We are helping and homes, we are one-third of children parents help their helping parents help reach kindergarten children grow up their children grow up without the skills with increased language, necessary to learn in the with increased increased stimulation, classroom. However, language, increased an enhanced home in some areas of the environment, and island, half of children stimulation, an a better chance for have below-grade-level success in school, in enhanced home reading skills when addition to increasing they enter school. This environment, and literacy rates,” Carreau is important because a better chance for says. students who are behind Out and Read is success in school.” Reach in kindergarten are much open to all families who more likely to drop out bring their keiki to Kaua‘i Medical Clinic of school later in life,” explains Dr. Carl Yu, for care – no additional steps, sign-ups, a pediatrician at KMC. registration or cost are required. Yu and fellow KMC Pediatrician Dr. Brigitte Carreau recently helped bring the

To schedule an appointment with a KMC pediatrician near you, call 245-1561.

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From the With Children’s Librarian Ku’ulei Vaughan Lihue Public Library

From the

LF 2017 Summer Reading Program

We are gearing up for the Hawaii State Public Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Build a Better World. Here are a few titles to borrow about building, construction, and sustainability. Plan to visit your nearest Kaua`i public library this summer! Link:

The Fix-it Man

By Susan Hood. Call #: E Hood Picture book (Pre-K +) Meet Joshua James, the Fix-it Man. If he can’t fix it, no one can! This playful imaginative story is sure to inspire young inventors everywhere.

Judy Moody Saves the World!

By Megan McDonald Call #: J McDonald Juvenile Fiction (Gr. 1-4) Where would the world be without Judy Moody? Judy is in the mood to whip the planet into shape. She manages to inspire her third-grade class to take up an award-winning, environment-saving project.


the riveting world of buildings and machines! By Tom Jackson Call #: J 620 Ja Juvenile Non-fiction (gr. 5-8) Ever wondered what engineering is all about? This book has the real insider view! Discover how familiar machines and buildings in today’s world are constructed, and how they function.

Green City:

How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future. By Allan Drummond Call #: J 640.286 Dr Juvenile Non-fiction (gr. K-3) In 2007, a tornado destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kansas. What would the residents do? Some residents resolved to rebuild better than ever, which meant building green for a sustainable future.

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Meet a new person Overcome a fear Read at least 10 books Have a water balloon fight Go to the beach Go to the park Ride on a carousel Fly a kite Collect seashells Watch fireworks Make S’mores Roast marshmallows Stay up super late Go to a fair Have a pillow fight Play mini golf Make homemade pizza Make an outdoor fort Catch a lightening bug Go swimming Slide down a water slide Go to a BBQ Go to the movies Eat a shave ice Play flashlight tag Take a mini road trip Blow bubbles Make lemonade Pick wildflowers Play in the rain Camp indoors Play with sidewalk chalk Potato sack race Donate food to animal shelter

Get ice cream from ice cream man Run through a sprinkler Play frisbee Have a water gun fight Drink a slurpee See a magic show Watch a sunrise Watch a sunset Plant flowers Bake cupcakes Feed ducks Paint rocks Scavenger Hunt Climb a tree Go to a farmers market Go on a hike Visit a toy store Have family game night Visit a relative Help cook dinner Picnic in a park Visit mom or dad at work Make homemade jam Go to the zoo Family bike ride Play catch Make root beer floats Make a journal Go bowling Watch a movie outdoors Have a cousin sleepover Play on monkey bars Build a sandcastle Eat watermelon


Go to Library Go on date with mom or dad Wash a car Bake cupcakes Play in a puddle Ice cream for dinner Movie night with snacks Take a picture of a butterfly Pajama Day Make lemonade Breakfast in bed Skip rocks Hula Hoop Make handprint art Go on a nature walk Make popsicles Have a relay race Have breakfast for dinner Treasure Hunt Play hide and seek Visit a local farm or petting zoo Star gaze Jump on a trampoline Make a fruit salad Dinner at the beach or lake Play in kiddie pool Play jump rope or hopscotch Watch a thunderstorm Go to a new park Go to Amusement or water park Do a fun summer craft Unplug for one full day (no TV, computer, tablet, or cell phone)

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Help Give Kids A Sporting Chance I can’t get my child into any kind of sports... What can I do? It is important that parents encourage their child to play a sport. Sports help children exercise, have fun, and learn the importance of team effort. Playing a sport builds a foundation of learning life skills that children take into later stages of development. Sports will keep the child active and not prone to playing video games or watching TV disproportionately. Your commitment as a parent extends to encouraging your child to be exposed to many different kinds of sports from soccer, baseball, softball, t -ball, basketball, football, dance, cheerleading, crew, swimming, wrestling, marital arts, tennis, gymnastics and many more. Being part of something larger than yourself, and working toward a common goal, helps children become better citizens.

It is important as a parent to expose your child early to the fundamentals of a sport that you may also have enjoyed. Start young by throwing the ball, hitting, running and helping the child become familiar with the tools of a particular sport and becoming more confident in obtaining skills. Make time to take your child to an empty park or field and have them walk around

Photos by Shelby Longley


Photos by Shelby Longley

to experience and get excited about a sport and what it may be like when the field is active. Take them to games in person to enjoy the excitement of a competitive sport and team spirit; have them try on team shirts and shoes. Exposure to different kinds of sports helps the child determine which sport is their personality. Different personalities enjoy different sports. Some like being on a team, while others like the perseverance of beating their own time or level in sports such as swimming or gymnastics. Team building teaches goal setting, cooperation, discipline and commitment. Being a team parent does require commitment. Find other parents that can help carpool. If you are not available for tournaments on weekends, try martial arts or a dance class that meets in the evening. Being a team parent can be a rewarding experience and your child will always remember you being at their games. On the ride to and from practice you can discuss skills and it can provide a chance to connect in ways you may not be able to at home.

Developing a sport in elementary school will help middle school children when they get in their new school to have a better sense of belonging. A sport pulls from all groups and gives children a sense of purpose. Sports are one of the best places for kids to learn the importance of practice and determination.

The most important benefit of playing sports is the lifetime memories. They will not remember exams, or day to day classes, but their team will always be remembered. Expose your child to sports. The life lesson of getting good at something by perseverance and hard work is a factor that will play into their adult life. A new study at Cornell University showed that kids who played in team sports in high school made better employees and were looked on favorably by interviewers. The most important benefit of playing sports is the lifetime memories. They will not remember exams, or day to day classes, but their team will always be remembered. Expose your child to sports.

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Tennis Clinic (June 5 - June 16) Basketball Clinic (June 19 - June 30) Pickleball Clinic (July 10 - July 21) Members $99/clinic Non-members $129/clinic

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County of Kauai Parks and Recreation Summer Swim Classes Details: Free! Learn to swim classes Ages: 5-11 Registration: Saturday, May 27th 3:00pm at both Kapaa and Waimea Pool (must sign up at the pool if you wish to take lessons). Dates: Session 1: Dates: June 15th- 30th Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Beginner:10:00am-11:00am Beginner: 11:30am-12:30pm Graduation: July 1, 2017 Session 2 Dates: July 6th- July 21st Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Beginner: 10:00am-11:00am Advanced:11:30am-12:30pm Graduation: July 22nd, 2017 Location: Waimea and Kapaa pools

Keiki and Junior Lifeguard Programs Details: Programs are free and designed to teach ocean safety and lifesaving skills. Additionally, it covers drug awareness, physical conditioning and competition skills. Registration: Begins May 1st Entries will only be accepted online at, which will feature a special link to the program. Ages: Junior: Ages 12 to 17 years who can swim and run 100 yards nonstop. Keiki, Ages 8 to 11 who can swim and run 50 yards nonstop. Contact: Ocean Safety Bureau, 241-4984 or 241-4168.

Cost: FREE Contact: Kapaa pool, 822-3842 or Waimea pool, 338-1271 or email

Enrichment Program

Junior Leader Program Details: This program provides youth with an opportunity for personal development, community service, and career sampling. Applicant is required to submit a onepage essay describing their reasons why they want to be a Junior Leader. Age Level: 12-16 Contact: Applications may be emailed to or fax, mailed or handdelivered.


Healthy lunches, Educational lessons on the six generations, Excursions to county pools, beach parks, & educational sites. Ohana Day with live performances & displays of the children’s work. Program Dates: June 13th- July 21st 2017 Register Online: Wednesday May 17, 2017 at 8 a.m. Website: Ages: 5-11 Times: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm Locations: Kilauea NC, Kapa’a NC, Lihu’e NC, Kalaheo NC, Hanapepe NC, Kekaha NC, King Kaumuali’i School, Wilcox School Koloa School *If an auxiliary aid or program modification is needed to participate, please call 241-4460 at least 5 working days before the program begins

County of Kauai Parks and Recreation

Summer Golf Classes Details: Learn how to play Golf. Boys & Girls Ages: 7-15 years Registration: Begins Friday, May 15th, 2017 - 8:00am-5:00pm Cost: $35.00 Per Child/Per Session Dates/Times: Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 12 noon, Fridays, 1:00pm-5:00pm

KPAL Youth Center Activities Programs: • Flag Football (Ages 5-19) • Northshore Basketball League (ages 5-12) Contact: Sergeant Anthony Morita

Session I – June 12- June- 23 241-1711

Session II – June 26- July 7

Visit our programs

Session III- July 10, - July 21 *(NO Lessons on July 4th) Location: Wailua Golf Course Contact: Wailua Golf Course Pro shop,


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Mayor-a-thon 2017

● Tile and stone cleaning

Saturday, June 24, 2017

● Upholstery cleaning

6:30am- 10:00am

● Oriental rug cleaning

Kapaa Beach Park

● Mold remediation

Join Get Fit Kauai and Mayor Carvalho for this fun, FREE 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 mile walk, bike or run!

● Water damage

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Summer Fun Guide Hawaii Children’s Theatre Summer Stars Workshops & Performance Programs Keiki at Play Program: Ages 5-7

Camp Good News Kauai Dates: July 10-14, 2017 Ages: 5-15

Rising Stars Program: Ages 8-15 Dates: June 12-July 13 Times: 8:00am - 12:00pm


Workshop Location: Puhi Theatrical

Batphone: 808.639.9675



**Come see the Gala Performance

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on July 13th, 7pm at Kauai Memorial Convention Hall The Lion King, Jr. Program: Ages 8-15 Dates: June 12 - July 16 Times: 1:00pm - 5:00pm Workshop Location: Puhi Theatrical

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June 12th-16th Beginner Sailing: 10am4pm: Ages 7-16: $200 June 26th-30th Art Camp: 9am-12pm: ages 8-12: $125 June 26th-30th: Science Camp- STEM and Sailing: 1pm-4pm: Ages 8-12: $150 July 3rd-7th SART, Sailing & Art Camp:10am-4pm: Ages 8-12: $ 250 July 17th-21st Beginner Sailing Camp:10am-4pm: Ages 7-16: $200 Location: Nawiliwili Yacht Club Contact: 808-346-6051 •


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Hui Kakou “All Together” Outdoor Leadership Day Camp Leadership in the wonders of nature Dates: June 12 - June 30 2017 Times: Monday – Friday 8:00 am- Noon Location: Island School Contact: Sue Macklin (808) 635-4212

Summer Fun Guide Bandwagon Rock & Tech Camps YWCA of Kaua’i Girlz Zone – Girlz Dayz Camp  Day camp for girls to participate in activities that are creative, fun and encourage physical activity, communication, teamwork, responsibility and healthy relationships. 

Rock n Roll Camp: Learn to play the hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Music Tech Camp: hands-on experience with today’s latest music software & equipment. Times: Monday-Friday 8:00am- 6:00pm Dates: May 29-June 2: 60’s June 12-16: 70’s

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NBC Basketball & Volleyball Camp 5 day camp infused with life skills training led by college coaches Ages: 8-18 Dates: June 19th-23rd Times: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Cost: Early Bird Registration $85. Deadline is May 31st Location: Southside Sports Center Contact: Director Josh Burton-W of Kaua’i 808-635-1003 •

Kauai Academy of Creative Arts Summer Program Four weeks summer arts program featuring morning, afternoon and all day sessions.  Ages: 6-14 years  Dates: June 19-July 14, 2017  Times: Monday- Friday Morning: 8:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. 

Swim Kauai Aquatics Pre-Team Summer Program Coaches will teach introduction to Swim Team, Stroke Instruction, Start & Turns. Swimmers will also compete in 2 “Fun Meets”! 6 weeks= 18 Practices! Dates: June 6th- July13th Times: 3 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Cost: YMCA members: $105. NON YMCA members: $105 + $5 additional, each time they come to practice Contact: Coach Kathleen, 808-652-1385 or visit YMCA pool in Puhi

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What to Do in Case of Dental Injuries By Patricia Sanchez, D.D.S. Kuhio Pediatrics Dental During the summer our Keiki tend to participate in more activities that might put their teeth in danger of injuries. Knowing what to do and acting promptly can increase the possibility of saving your child's tooth, reduce discomfort and lessen the chance of infection. After a dental injury call your child’s dentist within 30 minutes to be sure your child receives prompt and adequate treatment. Be prepared to handle the most common dental injuries:

Knocked out permanent tooth n Find the tooth if possible n The less time the tooth is out of place the better, so act fast! n Hold the tooth only by its crown (chewing area) n If dirty, wash briefly under cold running water without scrubbing n If possible, reinsert the tooth back in place and secure it by biting on a clean cloth or gauze n If unable to replant, store the tooth in cold milk or the child's saliva but NEVER IN WATER. There are Emergency tooth preservation kits available where teeth can be kept while they are reimplanted n SEEK URGENT DENTAL TREATMENT

Knocked out baby tooth n BABY TEETH SHOULD NOT BE REIMPLANTED n Contact the pediatric dentist as soon as possible for assessment of the injury and to determine if additional treatment is needed

Chipped tooth n If possible find any tooth fragments, keep them in water and take them to the dental office, the dentist might be able to bond them back in place n Contact the pediatric dentist immediately

Bleeding and Swelling n To control bleeding, rinse the child's mouth with water and apply pressure with a wet gauze or cloth until the bleeding stops n Applying cold compress to the area can help relieve pain or swelling

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Growing up Online

Does Spending Time Online Destroy Empathy?

It’s a valid question. There’s no doubt that, with the help of social media, some people boast and lie, spread rumors and behave like bullies online. Of course, the same thing could be said about students in a typical middle school cafeteria. People can behave poorly in any setting. For parents, the question is how to raise children who are a force for good both on and offline. Empathy is a good place to start. Being able to imagine another person’s perspective makes it easier to get along with each other and offers lifelong advantages. “The ability to empathize affects our kid’s future health, wealth, authentic happiness, relationship satisfaction and ability to bounce back from adversity,” Empathy is also a positive predictor of children’s


reading and math scores, and criticalthinking skills; prepares kids for the global world; and gives them a job market boost. Some people worry that online interactions can adversely affect empathy because people don’t see the consequences of what they say. Research, however, suggests this isn’t quite that simple. One study conducted by the University of North Florida found that,

By Carolyn Jabs under some circumstances, social media may actually “facilitate empathy” because it offers a glimpse into perspectives other than our own. Unlike sympathy, which often includes a dose of condescension or pity, empathy

starts with sincere, nonjudgmental curiosity. It moves us to ask: “What’s your experience?” “How do you feel about this?” “Help me understand what things are like for you.”

Here are six ways families can engage with online communities that actively encourage positive social values. PLAY.


Common Sense Media has compiled a list of games that teach empathy with simulations that are suited to a variety of ages. Each game immerses children in a situation that stimulates thinking about how things might seem to some with different experiences.


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Rock Your World encourages middleand high-school students to identify, research and publicize issues that matter to them through lessons that lead students through the process of developing and sharing films, songs and written materials.


Ashoka Changemaker Schools is a learning community through which parents can find a variety of resources, including a bulletin board with thoughtful articles and videos about how to nurture empathy at home and in school.

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Be Fearless Be Kind, a multifaceted project underwritten by Hasbro, offers a variety of projects and programs that encourage compassion, empathy and the courage to stand up for other people.


Doing Good Together is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping families form habits of kindness through book recommendations, flashcards and stories about big-hearted kids who have accomplished exceptional things in their communities.


Xocial is an alternative social network that invites members to raise their XO score by taking actions that create better communities. Each challenge is assigned a certain number of points in the hope that members compete with each other to see who can do the most good.

These are just a few of many online resources that cultivate empathy. The best way to teach empathy, however, is modeling it at home. Be sure to spend a little no-tech time each day talking about what’s happening to your child and how he or she feels about it. Treat other people with respect. Help your children understand how they can stand up for or express what’s important to them without insulting or demeaning other people. If you criticize others, including your child, do it with compassion. And never miss an opportunity to appreciate the good things people do — both online and off.

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Ocean Safety


Unique Elements That Can Put You At Risk Photos by Terry Lilley

It’s only fairly recently that I learned that almost half of all drownings in the State, as well as on Kauai, take place with snorkelers. We reviewed some aspects of snorkeling in a recent issue, and in this issue we’ll again examine this and hopefully we’ll learn some things that can help ourselves and that can allow us to help others. 64

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By Monty Downs, M.D. President Kaua`i Lifeguard Association

In many ways the issues underlying this are the same issues that cause the many other ocean-related crises that can arise, and I’ll run down a list:  Jumping in without knowing the conditions and possible hazards that you’re jumping into  overestimating your own abilities and conditioning  panicking when you find that a current is pulling you further out to sea than you’re comfortable with  drinking alcohol before you go in  not having a companion or a buddy; snorkeling where there is no Lifeguard  snorkeling without fins. In addition to these factors, snorkeling has some unique elements that can put you at risk: Getting entranced

by the underwater beauty you’re seeing and then losing track of where you’ve gone and how far out to sea you may have wound up; having water get into your mask and not being trained or prepared for this; having water go into your snorkel so that when you inhale, you inhale water and not air. Reading this litany you can see that every single one of these risks can be avoided, can be prevented. They can be prevented by the snorkeler taking some time to understand what he/she is about to do. And if you’re a visitor renting the snorkeling equipment, they can be prevented by the sales person spending a few minutes with you going over them. As far as solving one of the problem once they may have started taking place: Most of them come down to avoiding the common denominator of most ocean mishaps, namely panic. Surfers are among the world’s experts in knowing about the terrible danger of panic. Try this: Sitting on your living room couch, count how many seconds you can hold your breath. Many of us can do it for one minute, some of us can do it for

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Ocean Safety

2 minutes, and people who have trained for this can do it for 3 or more minutes, sometimes even up to 6 minutes. But if panic takes hold, your one minute goes down to 3 seconds before you’re gasping -- and inhaling water if it so happens that you’re in the water and not sitting on your couch. Surfers, when they’re being tumbled around and held down by a large wave, are masters of staying calm and avoiding panic -- and then working their way out of their predicament. They have to be or else they’ll die.

need be. Another example: To avoid breathing water in through your snorkel, make sure you always exhale before you take your breath. And better yet, tell the renting company that you want to rent a “dry snorkel” -- one which has a one way valve that usually does a great job of not letting water come into the top of the snorkel, whether you’re on the surface in choppy conditions or whether you’ve taken a dive underwater.

Working In Tandem To Avoid Family Tragedies

I could go over the items on this list one by one. For example, if you get water in your mask, first don’t panic, then tread water and take the time to re-adjust your straps and the mask’s position. Get your buddy to help you with this if


I have to confess that i haven’t had the time to rate each rental outfit in regards to how much they do or don’t do in educating their clients. I hope they are all doing a great job. I mentioned in a prior article that the gold standard is the rental company at Maui’s Kaanapali Beach Hotel. They have immediate access

to a swimming pool and if they determine you’re a novice they won’t rent you the equipment until they’ve trained you in the pool. For companies that don’t have this convenience, their duty has to be to spend time creating and then reviewing a list such as the one I’ve drawn up at the beginning of this piece, including equipment demonstrations with each and every client. The responsibility for a drowning is shared. Certainly the victim can often be seen as not having prepared himself or herself for what they’re about to do. And the victim’s friends and equipment renters can usually see that they didn’t do a good enough job of helping the victim not have a tragedy occur. I hear 2 different sayings: One is “no one can help you if you don’t

help yourself.” And the other is “we are our brother’s (or sister’s) keeper.” These sayings can be seen as being opposed to each other. However, there is another way to see them, namely as being able to work in tandem to avoid family tragedies. Thank you as always to Dow AgroSciences for sponsoring my quarterly pieces. And thank you Kauai Family Magazine for providing this publication which can hopefully help families live happy and healthy lives. Have a great summer, and to those of you who will be enrolled in Kauai’s fabled Junior Lifeguard program -Have a great experience. Aloha, Monty Downs, M.D.

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Push back against peer pressure An age-by-age guide to positive peer interactions Once considered a hallmark of high school, peer pressure is showing up earlier and earlier. Case in point: Recent research found that children can recognize group dynamics and feel pressured by peers as early as age 9. Widespread smartphone and social media use by children at earlier ages (the average age for a first smartphone is 11) means that social pressure moves at a faster pace and can be harder for parents to detect. In the face of this new peer pressure, parents can intervene early and often to be sure that kids develop a strong sense of self. Here’s how to foster that healthy sense of self that keeps peer influence at bay.


By Malia Jacobson

Preschool Years (3-5) Esteem Team

Want to give your young child a leg up to help him resist peer pressure in later years? Build self-esteem now. High self-esteem can serve as a protective factor when dealing with negative peer pressure. But self-esteem doesn’t stem from empty praise or hollow ego boosts. Instead, help your child learn to like who he is. Allowing a young child to self-select clothing, accessories and bedroom décor from a young age helps him learn to enjoy expressing his own personality. Of course, offering these kinds of choices to a preschooler may be inconvenient at first, especially for parents who are used to holding the reins. And yes, allowing a tot to don self-selected clothes admittedly takes longer than just picking out his duds yourself. But the payoff is a child who knows who he is—and will be more able to stay true to himself in the face of peer pressure. 

springboard for meaningful conversation. Steer clear of “yes” or “no” questions; instead, dig deeper with inquiries like “Who’s your best friend right now?” When you notice a peer’s influence taking hold, take note. Querying your child in a friendly, casual way about the friend’s appeal, her choices and her values gives you valuable insights and prompts your child to think more critically about whether her peers are worthy of imitation.

Teen Years (13-18) Above the Influence

Sure, negative peer pressure may peak in high school: Some 90 percent of teens admit to being influenced by friends and classmates. We know from research that the likelihood of succumbing to peer pressure peaks around ninth grade. But peer pressure isn’t all bad. So-called “positive” peer pressure can motivate teens to exercise, volunteer and work harder at school.

Parents can intervene early and often to be sure that kids develop a strong sense of self.

Elementary Years (6-12) Speak Up

Peers—and peer influences—take on a bigger role during elementary school. Establishing open lines of communication with your grade-schooler provides an outlet for questions, worries and concerns that spring up and lays the foundation for a strong bond in years to come. Children should feel comfortable approaching their parents and talking about any difficulties they face. Through this open and safe communication, children can develop a sense of assertiveness and ability to speak their own minds. An ice cream date, a shopping trip, even a car ride can be a

This type of peer pressure also can deter a teen from trying drugs, engaging in risky behaviors or making other poor decisions. Positive peer pressure motivates us to make good decisions, healthy changes and can help us reach our goals. And it’s clear to see that teammates or study partners can motivate a teen in ways a parent can’t. Help your teen harness the power of positive peer pressure by encouraging participation in athletics, community service organizations and study groups.

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Ric Cox (1947-2017)

Remembering Kauai’s Aloha Angel In February 2011, Ric Cox moved to Kauai residing in Princeville and began volunteering in the local schools. In 2013, along with the help of Rotary, and numerous donors and volunteers, he founded Aloha Angels, which funds teachers, classroom activities, after school clubs, and other education related programs on the island. me through the shutters of her classroom. She jumped up from her chair, walked outside, smiled, and said, ‘Hi, Mr. Ric,’ hugged me, then returned to her desk. That’s what keeps me, and dozens of other volunteers, going. This year, Cox announced the opening of an endowed part of the existing donoradvised fund at Hawaii Community Foundation. The ultimate goal is a $25 million endowment. The initial goal is $9 million. His ambitions for education, Cox once said, were “breathtakingly bold.” He wanted to give away $1 million every year “to create a more perfect Kauai.” Ric’s lifetime inspiration and mottos were: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars,” as well as, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” Ric once told the story, “As I walked to my classroom recently, a 10-year-old girl saw


Ric Cox was a true Champion of Champions for our students, teachers, administrators and schools. His persistence, vision and love for children truly benefited our Kauai Ohana.  Ric will always be our HERO.  We love him and will miss him dearly.  His legacy will live forever in providing the best opportunities for our students to succeed in life by reaching their dreams and aspirations.  Mahalo! William N. Arakaki Kauai Complex Area Superintendent The impact of Ric Cox on Kauai teachers and students will last a lifetime. His presence, heart and boundless energy will surely be missed. May he forever stay in our hearts. Kauai is eternally grateful.

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In a Family,

Parents’ Relationship Comes First I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens, “Who are the most important people in your family?” Like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they answered, “Our kids!” “Why?” I then asked. “What is it about your kids that gives them that status?” And like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they couldn’t answer the question other than to fumble with appeals to emotion. So, I answered the question for them: “There is no reasonable thing that gives your children that status.” I went on to point out that many if not most of the problems they’re having with their kids—


typical stuff, these days—are the result of treating their children as if they, their marriage, and their family exist because of the kids when it is, in fact, the other way around. Their kids exist because of them and their marriage and thrive because they have created a stable family. Furthermore, without them, their kids wouldn’t eat well, have the nice clothing they wear, live in the nice home in which they live, enjoy the great vacations they enjoy, and so on. Instead of lives that are relatively carefree (despite the drama to the contrary that they occasionally

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manufacture), their children would be living lives full of worry and want. This issue is really the heart of the matter. People my age know it’s the heart of the matter because when we were kids it was clear to us that our parents were the most important people in our families. And that, right there, is why we respected our parents and that, right there, is why we looked up to adults in general. Yes, Virginia, once upon a time in the United States of America, children were secondclass citizens, to their advantage. It was also clear to us—I speak, of course, in general terms, albeit accurate—that our parents’ marriages were more important to them than their relationships with us. Therefore, we did not sleep in their beds or interrupt their conversations. The family meal, at home, was regarded as more important than after-school activities. Mom and Dad talked more—a lot more—with one another than they talked with you. For lack of pedestals, we emancipated earlier and much more successfully than have children since.

The most important person in an army is the general. The most important person in a corporation is the CEO. The most important person in a classroom is the teacher. And the most important person in a family are the parents. The most important thing about children is the need to prepare them properly for responsible citizenship. The primary

The most important person in an army is the general. The most important person in a corporation is the CEO. The most important person in a classroom is the teacher. And the most important person in a family are the parents. objective should not be raising a straight-A student who excels at three sports, earns a spot on the Olympic swim team, goes to an A-list university and becomes a prominent brain surgeon. The primary objective is to raise a child such that community and culture are strengthened. “Our child is the most important person in our family” is the first step toward raising a child who feels entitled. You don’t want that. Unbeknownst to your child, he doesn’t need that. And neither does America.

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How to draw a humpback whale:

Step 1: With a pencil, press softly to form up the whale using two large ovals for the body and back section. Then use small ovals for the front of the mouth and the hump on the back. Then use two circles with points on them to form up the tail and long ovals for the front flippers. Step 2: Using these shapes as a guide, complete your outline of the whale pressing harder with your pencil or using a pen. Step 3: Finish your drawing by shading in the whale. eMail your art to Kauai Family Magazine by July 11th. One of you will win the book Honu and Hina by Patrick Ching and Friends

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Spring Winner! Aveda Maligro Age 10, Grade 5 Kalaheo Elementary School

Kaua’i Family Magazine thanks all the young creative artists for their participation. Everyone’s a winner with us!

Lio | Honorable Mentions

Adelaide Scarbo Age 6, Grade 1 King Kaumualii Elementary

Andrei Jayronn Pascua Age 6, Kindergarten Wilcox Elementary School

Aryana Byfield Age10, Grade 5 King Kaumuali'i Elementary

Aubrey Bechard Age 11, Grade 5 Kalaheo elementary school

Collin Francks Age 9, Grade 3 Wilcox Elementary School

Enaia Yago Age 6 Grade 1 King Kaumuali'i Elementary

Kaitlyn Lum Age 8, Grade 3 Kalaheo school

Kulia Kaleiohi, Age 11, Grade 6 Kilauea School

Michaela Alcaraz Age 9, Grade 4 Wilcox Elementary school

Naiya Girald Age 7, Grade 2 Kapaa Elementary

Sophia Woods-Henry Grade 2 King Kaumuali'i Elementary School

Stella Fornari Age 7, Grade 1 Wilcox Elementary School

Sunshine O'Neil Age 10, Grade 5 Kanuikapono School

Uraiya Girald Grade 1 Kapaa Elementary

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Aloha everyone, Mahalo for continuing to watch Kauai Shining Stars in Education! I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of our 5th season on air. It’s been a privilege to learn about some of the great things happening in our public schools and try to bring some of those bright spots to you. Although this school year is coming to a close soon, we’ll continue to release new shows throughout the summer so stay tuned. I want to personally thank my student assistant, Haven Ventura, for all the work she has put into the show this year, and as she always says during her closing, “take care and keep shining bright!”. Aloha, Sean Doi Producer and Host of Kauai’s Shining Stars in Education


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to be a presenter at the award show for young entertainers. Siena was elated when she heard her name announced as “Best Recurring Guest Star 12 & Under in a TV Series”. Since the age of 8 years old, Siena has been working hard to pursue her dreams by traveling from Kauai to Los Angeles for auditions, callbacks and filming. She got her lucky break when she booked the recurring role of “Lulu Parker” in the ABC show “Killer Women” which aired in 2014. Siena went on to book other roles, including a role in TVLand’s comedy show “Teachers” for which she won the YEA award. Siena is currently seen as a recurring guest star known as “Natlee” on “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”, one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows, soon to begin filming it’s 4th season where Siena has filmed 16 episodes so far.

Words that 12 year old Kauai resident, Siena Agudong, will retain in her memory for years to come. Perseverance and dedication to pursue her dreams brought her to this day. On March 19, 2017, the Perseverance and Young Entertainer knows that she Awards were held dedication to pursue Siena would not be where at Universal Studios she is today without her dreams brought in Los Angeles, her faith in God and California. Siena was her to this day. the support of her honored when she family. She is incredibly was notified a month grateful for all those that have supported prior that she had been nominated for and encouraged her along the way. Siena her role as Tiffany in the popular TVLand comedy, “Teachers” as well as her role has learned that pursuing her dreams as Natlee in Nickelodeon’s “Nicky, Ricky, takes faith, hard work and true passion for Dicky & Dawn”. Siena was also asked doing what she loves.

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