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Grateful As we continue to find our path through another year of this pandemic, my hope is that Kaua`i Family Magazine brings to your home, Joy, Happiness and Love. I am grateful for so much. To start, I am grateful for my family and friends who continues to support me and my son through celebrations and growing pains. I am grateful for the many contributors and advertising partners for your dedication and knowledge to share healthy, educational family support from keiki to kupuna. I am grateful for the County of Kaua`i, the Department of Education and the Kaua`i community. As the holiday season is upon us, we at Kaua`i Family Magazine wish a healthy, joyous and blessed time spent with your `ohana into the new year. Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can be the resource you trust for the most reliable `ohana and parenting information. Don't forget to hug your kids!


Chrissy Schechter, Publisher


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Contributors Ella Arume, DVM Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D. Patrick Ching Thomas Daubert Monty Downs, M.D. Lee Evslin, M.D. Christa Melnyk Hines Michael Lutwin, D.D.S. Sarah Lyons Chef Mark Oyama Leah Ragsac Robert Wotring, M. Next Issue: SPRING 2022 Advertising Deadline: December 8, 2021 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, Gather Federal Credit Union, Retailers and Community Organizations. Subscription Rate: $16.00 for one year (4 editions) Subscribe at Copyright © 2021 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.



Cover Winners: L to R: Khasen: age 4 Emilia: age 12 Khloe: age 5

Photo by T. Fuerte Photography

HOLIDAY FEATURES 10 Foods To Help Kids F.O.C.U.S In School

Pack Your Child's Lunch with these Great Ideas


11 Secrets of Happy Moms Few Tips From Moms For Staying Positive


Be Pono 5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Happiness


Gifts Kauai Kids Can Give on A Small Budget Affordable Handmade Gift Ideas


12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude Tricks for Teaching Children Gratitude



KAUA`I KUPUNA A Legacy Of Aloha for Living Treasures


Engaging The Daydreamer How Daydreaming Plays an Important Role in Child's Development


Preserving Kauai's Culture Grove Farm's Vision



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Aloha! As the holiday season is upon us, we shift our focus to our family, friends, and to our community. Let us all celebrate the many blessings in our lives in a way that keeps you, your family, and our community safe and healthy. We have so much to be grateful for, and I hope we can take the time out of our busy schedules – now more than ever – to help those who are in need. By sharing our aloha with others, we can ensure that our extended ‘ohana and our community are well cared for, which allows us to enjoy the holiday season responsibly and to the fullest. On behalf of my family, the Office of the Mayor, and the County of Kaua‘i, I thank Kaua‘i Family Magazine for the wonderful service it provides for our community. Mahalo and Aloha to your staff and ‘ohana, and I wish all of you continued blessings into the new year. With warmest aloha,

Derek S. K. Kawakami Mayor, County of Kaua‘i State of Hawai‘i


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President’s Day February 21

Spring Break March 14-18

Prince Kuhio Day March 25

Good Friday April 15

Last Day for Students May 26

Memorial Day May 30

MESSAGE FROM PAUL ZINA Kauai Complex Area Superintendent Aloha Kaua’i Ohana! It remains my great pleasure to continue servicing you and our students during these most challenging times. Believe it or not, even through unpredictable circumstances of the pandemic, I still truly love my job. I believe we all struggle in our own ways to make sure of one thing...the pandemic doesn’t define us - we do that for ourselves through the way we choose to treat each other. I continue to ask everyone to show care and compassion to each other and support your school, especially with the holidays coming up. Our well being depends on it. As the DOE continues in person learning for schools, we recognize the need for families to feel safe bringing their children to school. The delta variant of the covid-19 virus has made that difficult but not impossible. The most current school safety procedures can be found at the Hawai’i DOE homepage at and click on COVID-19 Update. Another simple way for you to stay connected to our Kaua’i DOE is to download the Remind App to your mobile device and use the join code @kauaips to receive Kaua’i Complex Area office important notices. You may have already joined the Remind App for a class or your child’s school. You do not need to join again if you have done that. You will automatically be in the complex area group and receive the notices. And you can always go to the Kaua’i Public School launch page to get information on all our schools at I ask that you do your part to keep our schools safe and healthy by completing your daily wellness check for all the members of your family before going to school or any other public places. In addition to that, the DOE has taken some very important steps to keep our school safe like encouraging vaccinations and making testing available at school sites around the island. We continue to increase access to these powerful health and safety strategies throughout the island. Like all things Kaua’i, TOGETHER WE CAN! WE GOT THIS! Stay safe, healthy and strong as we continue to support our students together!

Paul Zina Kaua’i Complex Area Superintendent


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A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES BEGINS AT PRESCHOOL At Kamehameha preschools, we encourage our littlest learners to gain confidence and dream of how they’ll create a brighter tomorrow. Our kuleana is to provide a curriculum rich in Hawaiian culture and language in a learning environment that is safe, enriching and enjoyable. Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Visit to learn more and apply. APPLICATION WINDOW

Aug. 15, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022 Kamehameha Schools policy on admissions is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

SECRETS 11OF HAPPY MOMS By Christa Melnyk Hines We know happiness is an emotion that comes and goes. But how do we recapture that bubbly feeling amid the challenges and stresses of parenthood? Here are a few tips from moms for staying positive and feeling good. LEAN ON COMMUNITY. Several moms polled for this article agreed that moms’ nights out with their friends help them feel more optimistic. And science proves it. Studies find that time spent bonding with friends boosts a woman’s level of oxytocin, a natural hormone that reduces stress. Check out mothers’ groups in your area if you are struggling to build a support network. COMMIT TO HEALTHY LIVING. Women who make time to care for their bodies enjoy a stronger self-image and feel more self-confident and energetic. You can feel your best by exercising, getting adequate sleep, scheduling regular massages and making healthy food choices. TAKE TIME FOR PERSONAL PURSUITS. Whether you like surfing Pinterest, training for a 5K or simply taking a warm bubble bath, moments stolen throughout the week contribute to your overall sense of well-being.


NOURISH YOURSELF. During the rush of the week, most of us throw meals together just to get our hungry crew fed. If you enjoy cooking, find a day when you can slow down and relish the preparation. The process of chopping and measuring ingredients is meditative and soothing. Create a feast to delight all of the senses by serving your meal on a table laid out with your favorite dishes and cheerful flowers. LAUGH. Family life can be funny. Kids say hilarious things. Pay attention and write those gems down. Next time you need a lift, read them. Need more ideas? Look at funny family videos or photos, hang out with lighthearted friends, watch a silly movie or read a humorous book. FOLLOW A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. Studies show that people who lean on an inner belief system are happier. You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual. You can feel a connection to spirituality by helping others or enjoying nature, yoga, music, art, personal meditation or journaling. PRACTICE GRATITUDE. In a gratitude study at Eastern Washington University, researchers found a positive correlation between gratitude and happiness. “We have found that grateful individuals tend to be happy individuals and that grateful thinking improves mood,” the researchers report. Try writing down three things you are thankful for each day — small moments count, too. GET A GROOVE ON. Studies find that dancing boosts the

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. —Dalai Lama body’s feel-good endorphins. Dancing has even been found to reverse depression and increase self-confidence. SET BOUNDARIES. Moms who are happier make conscious decisions on a daily basis about who and what is allowed into their lives. Switching to this way of thinking is empowering. You don’t have to be harsh or hurtful to accomplish this goal. Politely decline invitations that don’t fit with your priorities and limit interactions with negative individuals. ACCESS GOOD CHILD CARE. Seek reliable child care in order to feel secure pursuing personal interests, maintaining routine health checkups and for enjoying date nights with your partner. A positive marriage contributes to the overall emotional health and happiness of your family. AVOID COMPARISON. Parenting philosophies that work well for one family may not work well in another. Thanks to the influx of information at our fingertips, parents have no shortage of advice. Decide which strategies make sense for your family. And beware of spending too much time on social media if you’re starting to feel like you don’t measure up.

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Enrichment Program Accepting applications Catholic Charities Hawai’i offers youth enrichment fee assistance to eligible Kauai keiki. Funds will provide financial assistance for youth activity or registration related fees of up to $200! Youth Enrichment Program provides the opportunity for youth in-need in Kauai County to participate in activities to help them. This program is part of Catholic Charities Hawaii Kauai Community Office’s Community Assistance Program. Access to opportunities is made available to our community through local grants, as well as individuals donors. Youth Enrichment Program fee assistance is first come, first serve and is based on need and available funding.

Eligibility • A parent or legal guardian can apply for their school aged keiki (preschool- 12th grade). • Applicants can request funds for student fees,uniform costs, athletic registration, summer programs, memberships, afterschool programs, child care and other activity fees.

Contact (808) 241-HOPE (4673) Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Catholic Charities Hawai’i Kaua’i Community Office 4373 Rice St., Suite 1 Lihue, HI 96767

If you would like an in-person visit, please call us to make an appointment. Mahalo!

Helping Kauai girls reach their full potential

As we grapple with the effects of the recent past and move forward to create a new normal, the world needs the perspective and leadership of women now more than ever. Joining Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i gives girls the chance to discover a lifetime of self-assurance, adventure and achievement. By joining Girl Scouts, your girl will have the opportunity to earn badges, learn and gain entrepreneurial skills, explore science, get outdoors and participate in community service projects.

At Girl Scouts, she’ll get to lead her own adventure and team up with other girls in an all-girl environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most. Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas including science, technology engineering and math (STEM), outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship. Any girl in grades K-12 can join the fun at Girl Scouts. Whether you want to be part of a troop, sign up for exciting series or events, each age level has something your girl will enjoy. Girl Scouts brings out the best in your girl. Join or renew today! We are also looking for awesome volunteers to work with our troops. For more information, contact our Kauai Island office or visit

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A Legacy of Aloha for Living Treasures The month of September holds special significance for seniors, caregivers, and those who provide support and care to seniors throughout the country.

On September 27, 1983, the third week of September was proclaimed National Adult Day Services Week by President Ronald Regan and continues to be celebrated annually. The opportunity to raise awareness of Adult Day Programs, it also highlights services that are positively impacting and enhancing the lives of seniors. Additionally, the Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents Day - dedicated to Grandparents and the special influence and connection they have with their families and children. Both celebrations are an opportunity to acknowledge the joy, wisdom, love, and guidance that seniors bring to our lives.

Arline Matsunaga

a life of service to others and utilized their special gifts and talents for the greater good. Such is the story for retired Nurse Arline Matsunaga and retired Teacher Merle Honjiyo.

Arline Matsunaga is often referred to as kind, nurturing, and always seeking an opportunity to help others throughout both her personal and professional endeavors. Arline attended Queen’s Nursing School and eventually served at Wilcox and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospitals where she retired in 1990 after 25 years of dedicated service. She attributes her desire to become a nurse to her mother Kikuno. “She (Kikuno) taught me to be independent. She was always active, never about herself, At Ohana Pacific taught us it’s never a Merle Honjiyo Health, we have good idea to be selfish the honor and privilege of spending – she was a sweet woman.” Described quality time with seniors who have led as a “go-getter” by her family, Arline


was an avid tennis player, enjoyed sewing and was very artistic – often collecting foliage for creating unique holiday wreaths and ornaments. On her most vivid memories as a nurse, “Anything you do for someone, they appreciate it and it made me feel good. I became a nurse because I wanted to help somebody who needed help. Everyone I helped was always so grateful.”

(From L-R) Rochelle Mendoza, Kaulana Mossman, Mayor Derek Kawakami, Janet Agni, Connie Vidal, Juvie Bercasio Mayor Derek Kawakami presenting proclamation for National Adult Day Services Week

Merle Honjiyo’s kind-hearted demeanor are felt by all who attend the Kaua’i Adult Day Health Program. A graduate of the University of Hawaii Manoa in 1959, Merle was also the recipient of the Dole Award for Home Economics. Her first teaching job was at Nanaikopono Elementary School followed by several other schools throughout Oahu. Merle moved to Kaua’i and became a Family Development teacher at Waimea High School and then taught Home Economics for 10 years at Kaua’i High School where she retired after 20 years of teaching. Merle’s desire to serve continued well beyond her retirement. She became a volunteer at Wilcox Hospital’s information desk while also enjoying Japanese Traditional Dance Odori, taught to her by her dear friend Aiko Nakaya. “I’ve always wanted to teach, support, and be around children. My best advice for children

today, is to learn how to give back, not only receive. Be thankful for anything you receive, love one another, and remember that life is limited and short, might as well make the most of what you have.” Arline Matsunaga and Merle Honjiyo’s contributions, passion for helping others, and legacy of service throughout their lifetime, is the epitome of service with Aloha. Let us remember to count our blessings, be grateful for what we have, and never forget those that came before us – the role models and mentors that blazed a trail and a foundation for leading with a servant’s heart. After all, as a very wise Kupuna once said, “It doesn’t cost anything to be kind, so be kind to one another.”

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Take Control of Your Health:

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips! Find a good balance and exercise program

Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for referrals. Find a program you like and take a friend.

Talk to your health care provider Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

Keep your home safe Remove tripping hazards, i ncrease lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

Talk to your family members Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.

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to Connect with Grandparents During a Pandemic When physical and social distancing is necessary for everyone’s health, maintaining connection can be a challenge even for grandparents who live just down the street. If you’re looking for new and inventive ways to maintain close relationships between generations, try these ideas. Social Distancing Dinner Have dinner together outside when schedules permit, spacing chairs more than six feet apart and enjoying time together. This is an easy way to stay connected with grandparents who live close by. Consider a regular weekly dinner date. Read A Book Together Set a time each day to call and read another chapter of a book together. This not only keeps the child connected with the grandparent, but also offers the benefits of reading aloud, such as building the vocabulary and creating a positive attitude towards reading. Play Online Games Just because you can’t get together in person doesn’t mean that game night is out of the question. Try online games such as Scrabble Go or Spyfall, or apps such as Together or Houseparty. Just as playing traditional board games offers educational benefits, online games can help develop skills such as vocabulary and math.

Text And Email Have kids text and email grandparents. It’s a great way to practice writing while putting a smile on their faces. Utilize the Post Office Receiving personal correspondence in the mail always brightens someone’s day. Sending mail is easier than ever- Touchnote is an app that allows families to create and send photo cards from a phone. As an added bonus, kids can learn the conventions of letter writing. Video Chat If you’re not already, consider using Zoom and FaceTime to keep grandparents and kids connected. Establish a weekly Zoom call with parents, aunties, uncles and children all participating on the same call. Take An Online Class Together Find a local online class that interests both kids and adults, such as yoga or dance, and register to take it together. Or check www. for a variety of classes that appeal to different age groups, such as a themed cooking class. Create Online Artwork Together Zoom has a screen-sharing option that lets kids and grandparents create artwork together. What a fun way to connect.

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KAUAI MADE HOLIDAY EVENTS TGI & Radio Nov. 3 .............Kapa`a Sunshine Market, Kapa`a Beach Park 2:30pm – 4:30pm Nov. 6 .............Waipouli Shopping Center, 9am - 12pm Nov. 11-14 ......Made in Hawai`i (Oahu) Nov. 26 ...........Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort 4:30pm - 7:30pm Nov. 27 ...........Kukui Grove Shopping Center Small Business Saturday 10am - 4pm Dec. 1 .............Kapa`a Sunshine Market, Kapa`a Beach Park 2:30pm – 4:30pm Dec. 4 .............Waipouli Shopping Center, 9am - 12pm Dec. 11 ...........Holly Jolly Fair - go to our website for more information Dec. 17 ...........Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort 4:30pm - 7:30pm

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If you require an auxiliary aid or other modification, please call Therilynn Martin-Haumea at (808) 241-4299 or email at least a week prior to each event.


Farmers Markets (from north to west): Waipa Farmers Market (Hanalei) Tuesdays 3:00pm-5:00pm Hale Halawai Farmers Market (Hanalei) Saturdays 9:30am-12noon Anaina Hou Farmers Market (Kilauea) Saturdays 9am-12noon Kealia Farm Market (Kealia) Mon. & Fri. 3pm-6pm Coconut Marketplace (Kapaa) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-1pm County Sunshine Market (Kapaa) Wednesdays 3pm-4:30pm Grove Farm’s Puhi Park Produce (Lihue) Saturday at 10am Pau Hana Market Kukui Grove Center (Lihue) Mon. 3pm-5:30pm Shops at Kukuiula (Poipu) Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:30pm County Sunshine Market (Hanapepe) Thursdays 3pm-4pm Hale Puna Farmer’s Market (Waimea) Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm Holiday 2021



Malama Your Mouth By Michael Lutwin, DDS, Kalaheo Dental Group

It’s holiday season! Seems like it was just summer and now keiki have trickor-treat candy, Thanksgiving pumpkin pies baking, and Christmas and New Year’s are right around the corner. A magical time of year, no doubt, but the holidays can be humbug for our ohana’s dental health. We at Kalaheo Dental Group offer some tips for ensuring a healthy holiday smile:

cause more cavities. We’re not saying be a Grinch, but limit these foods and choose healthy snacks instead (hint: carrots = reindeer food!). Drink water: Avoid sodas, sports drinks and juices with lots of sugar. There’s plenty of sugar in everything else this season!

Keep your routine: From family feasts to late night fireworks, it’s easy to get thrown off our regular routine. Add in holiday sweets, and this is perhaps the most important time of the year to brush twice a day, for two minutes.

Remember the dentist! The holidays can be a busy time, but if your ohana are due for their teeth cleaning or need work done, don’t put it off. School breaks are great times to schedule dentist visits.

Be picky if it’s sticky! We love our mochi, but starchy/sticky foods, even dried fruits, hang longer on teeth and

Malama your mouth during holiday time and all year long because a healthy mouth means a healthy life!

Keeping Your Ohana Safe During Covid-19 At Kalaheo Dental Group, you’ll receive care in a safe, clean, and comfortable setting. We have staff who are highly trained in infection control, increased disinfecting rounds, more hand sanitizer stations, distanced seating in waiting areas, office flow that minimizes patient-to-patient contact, and disinfectants and sterilization techniques proven to kill harmful pathogens. We’d love to care for you and your family. We’re accepting new patients. • Family dentistry • Friendly, local staff • Same-week scheduling • Most major insurances accepted

• NOW ACCEPTING HUMANA • Easy payment plans • Lost insurance? We can help!

Make an appointment today at (808) 332-9445. Rainbow Plaza 2-2514 Kaumualii Hwy., Suite 204 Kalaheo, HI 96741

We love our community! We support local nonprofits, provide school presentations, and host the annual Halloween Candy Buy Back and Keiki Art Contest.

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Guide on when to test, isolate, and quarantine for COVID Close contact

What is the problem? COVID Symptoms - fever (> 100.4), chills, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea OR Close Contact – more than 15 minutes of close contact with a COVID positive patient (< 6 feet away) throughout the day

Test for COVID - Timing depends on vaccination status




Negative test - Quarantine for 10 days after last exposure, even if no symptoms and even if testing negative - Self-monitor for 14 days, and if develops COVID symptoms, selfisolate and test again

QUARANTINE - Stay at home, avoid others at home if possible, and if unable must wear a mask - You can come out of quarantine after 10 days have passed since the last close contact AND there are no symptoms Please note: this is a summary of Dept of Health guidelines at the time of this writing. Visit the Hawaii DOH website for more up to date information.

Test for COVID - Test immediately, preferably drive through testing (call your physician to get an order) - Self-isolate until results return

Fully Vaccinated Test 3-5 days after last contact If no symptoms, no need to quarantine Self-monitor for 14 days, and if develops COVID symptoms, self-isolate and test again

Unvaccinated - Test for COVID immediately - If negative, test again at 5-7 days after last exposure




Positive test Isolation


Negative test No need to quarantine, only if fully vaccinated Self-monitor for 14 days, and if develops COVID symptoms, selfisolate and test again


Positive test Isolation


Negative test - Return to work or school if symptoms resolve AND no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications

ISOLATION - Stay at home, in a separate room. Also use a separate bathroom if possible. - Avoid eating meals with others, having physical contact, or sharing unwashed personal items with others. If you must be around others at home, wear a mask. - Avoid contact with pets - Clean all surfaces that are touched often (counters, doorknobs, etc.) - Make a list of all close contacts You can come out of isolation when ALL conditions are met: 1) 10 days have passed since the day of testing positive or symptoms appeared 2) No fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications 3) Symptoms have improved or resolved.

Protecting Our Keiki From COVID-19 By Bernard Riola, M.D. Pediatrician KVMH Waimea alumnus Saint Theresa School

How is COVID spread?

Most commonly through droplet and aerosol transmission, which involves coughing and sneezing. Less commonly through personal contact, such as shaking hands or touching an object with the virus, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

How do I protect myself and others from COVID? Most importantly, wear a mask while indoors when with people outside of your household. Also, wear a mask in crowded places, even outdoors. Avoid contact with sick people and stay at home if you are sick. Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Finally, get vaccinated if you are able to, as it reduces infection and transmission. Which vaccines are available for kids? At the time of this writing, the Pfizer COVID vaccine is FDA approved for those 16 and above, and has FDA Emergency Use Authorization for those aged 12-15. If children don’t frequently experience severe illness with COVID, why should they be vaccinated? A COVID vaccine can prevent your child from getting and spreading the virus, and prevent them from becoming severely ill. Getting a vaccine could also reduce time out of school, as a fully vaccinated student with no symptoms and has a close contact with COVID positive

student does NOT have to quarantine. Finally, protecting your child can give parents peace of mind. If I am breastfeeding, can I get vaccinated? Yes. Studies have shown that mothers who received mRNA COVID vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could also help protect their babies. Should I breastfeed if I am in quarantine or isolation? Although it is possible to infect your baby through contact and respiratory droplets, no reports have suggested that COVID is passed from mother to baby through breast milk. This means that mothers who have COVID can continue to breastfeed or pump. Wear a well-fitting mask and do frequent handwashing when caring for your baby. RESOURCES FOR KIDS: CORONAVIRUS - To Help Our Keiki Understand Why Life Changed coronavirusdisease2019/files/2020/04/ Coronavirus-Book-Hawaii.pdf

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We, at the Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) Kaua`i Region, are excited to announce the opening of the new Kawaiola Pharmacy to the Westside community at 4643B Waimea Canyon Drive. Since the closing of several pharmacies that supported the westside community, and with the growing need for healthcare services and convenience, the Kawaiola Pharmacy could not have come at a better time. "After 25 years of operating pharmacies in Līhu`e, it is great to serve the people of the westside community. I live on the westside and look forward to helping our customers get the prescriptions they need, right here at Kawaiola Pharmacy, your westside community pharmacy, close and convenient to home." Ken V. - Pharmacist

The Kawaiola Pharmacy is located in the medical office building adjacent to the Kaua`i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea. Fully staffed with two experienced pharmacists and qualified assistants to serve their community, the Kawaiola Pharmacy is prepared to answer your questions and support our Kaua`i physicians.


The Kawaiola Pharmacy staff welcomes you!

"Having the pharmacy in the medical office building makes it easier for me to fill prescriptions when I am not feeling well." Robert M.

"The opening of the new pharmacy has a huge benefit for our patients. I am excited that we will have a more accessible pharmacy for everyone to pick up the medications they need on the westside." Amy Guyton, MD

At your next visit, let your primary care physician know that you would like to fill your prescription at Kawaiola Pharmacy. We look forward to serving you.

Kaua`i Veterans Memorial Hospital

Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital

Urgent Care At Po`ipū

The Clinic at Port Allen

The Specialty Clinic at Kalāheo

The Clinic at Kalāheo

(808) 378-4557

(808) 332-8523

The Clinic at Po`ipū

The Clinic at Waimea

The Clinic at Kapa`a

(808) 338-9431

(808) 335-0579 (808) 742-0999

(808) 822-4961

(808) 338-8311

(808) 742-0999

(808) 823-4157

HHSC Kauai Region


Call For A FREE Trial Class!

Offering Instruction for ages 3 years old through adults. Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theater, Break Dancing & Adult Heels Jazz Funk.

We offer at both locations recreational class through advanced competition teams.

Offering gymnastics instruction for ages 1 year old through 17 years old.

Kauai Gymnastics Academy 808-245-8863 | Aloha Dance Studio 808-245-1810 |

Day Camp enrichment program to help supervise distant learning and providing a fun and safe learning center for Kindergarten – 5th grade.

Join us this giving season by becoming a BIG for the youth of Kaua'i! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua'i would like to take a moment this to THANK our volunteer BIGS who Give so much!


Without the caring motivation of our volunteer Bigs, fulfilling the mission of improving the lives of youth facing adversity would not be possible. 808.631.8642

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Announce Your Baby’s Birth! 21

JULY 2020

7lbs 12:40PM

Clarke Lokemae’ole Racca

Parents: Aren & Chauncie Racca Siblings: Hailee, Kianah, Kylah & Callen Racca


JULY 2021

8lbs 4.4oz 9:40AM

Nikholai Krue P. Kimura

Parents: Priscilla Marie & Kalen Kimura Sibling: Khasen


JULY 2020

5lbs 14oz 8:07AM

Atlis Tsaheylu Lilio Na’auao Menemene Ola Ma O Ho’okele Igne-Samio Parents: Tiana & Kelsie Igne-Samio

It’s EASY and FREE—to share your ‘ohana’s good news. Don’t miss this chance to announce your baby’s arrival and have a wonderful keepsake for your baby book. Email photo and information to to submit a baby announcement online. 50

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Stay Up To Date On Immunizations To Keep Your Keiki Healthy By Robert Wotring, M.D. Kaua’i Medical Clinic

Checking in with your child’s pediatrician regularly is important to make sure they stay on schedule with physical exams, health screenings and routine shots. Most keiki have returned to in-person learning this school year. For parents, the return to school brings with it the concern of the potential spread of illness. One way to help keep keiki healthy is by staying up-to-date on all of their immunizations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, pediatricians have seen a significant drop in vaccinations and annual well visits. These falling vaccination rates can lead to new outbreaks of dangerous diseases. Children who do not receive immunizations are at risk for diseases like chickenpox, measles, whooping cough and hepatitis. To ensure your keiki are protected, schedule a checkup with your child’s pediatrician to confirm that their vaccines are up-to-date. “COVID-19 has caused many people to put off routine health care, including regular visits to the pediatrician for children,” said Dr. Robert


Wotring, pediatrics section chief at Kauaʻi Medical Clinic. “Checking in with your child’s pediatrician regularly is important to make sure they stay on schedule with physical exams, health screenings and routine shots.” In the state of Hawaiʻi, all students from kindergarten to grade six are required to have the following vaccinations: DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Hepatitis A and B, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Varicella (Chickenpox). In addition, students grade seven through 12 are required to have: HPV (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine), MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis). Vaccinations offer the best protection against many serious but preventable diseases. Getting children vaccinated not only protects them, but it also helps protect those around them. Many vaccine-preventable diseases can cause dangerous complications for infants and older adults. Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s vaccination schedule, and any concerns you have about vaccines or visiting the doctor’s office during the pandemic. For more health and wellness tips, visit

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Services include Clinic Services: Women’s Clinic Transgender Services Tobacco Cessation

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Holiday Art Contest

o mail t e d n Se by

y 15 r a u r Feb Parrot fish are called uhu in Hawaiian. They are colorful and eat coral.

One of you will win the book Honu and Hina by Patrick Ching and Friends 1


Step 1. Forming: Form up the uhu using ovals and circles. Remember to press softly at this stage in case you need to erase lines. Step 2. Outlining: Outline the uhu adding details at this stage.


Step 3. Shading & Coloring: Finally color the uhu using crayons or colored pencils. Tada!

It’s easy to submit your art for our contest. Email us, and include your name, age, grade, school and phone number. eMail your art to:

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Meeting The Diapering Needs Of Our Community

Keiki O Ka ‘Āina He Lei Piko Home Visiting Program – Kauai Diaper Pantry, in partnership with Aloha Diaper Bank, is now offering free emergency diapers and contactless pickups at our office located at Rainbow Plaza in Kalāheo. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency diapers, contact us today!

(808) 244-4144

At He Lei Piko, we are dedicated to supporting `ohana with keiki prenatally up until age five by connecting caregivers to resources and services to assist them on their parenting journey. Currently offering free virtual home visits for eligibile `ohana. In these visits, you are provided with an opportunity to work with a trained Parent Educator to discuss your keikiʻs development, learn more about age-appropriate activities and are equipped with the tools and confidence you need to get your keiki ready for Kindergarten. We strive to empower you to be your keikiʻs first and most important teacher. 62

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Resource Directory Kaua‘i County Access to Health Services

Vaccines are safe, free, & will protect you & your ʻohana!

Telehealth is a great option to safely continue with treatments & appointments. For more information, contact your insurance or the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center

COVID-19 Vaccines

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call 📞📞📞📞1(800) 316-8005 or visit

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More affordable health care services for lowincome families:  Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i. 📞📞📞📞(808) 240-0100  Mālama Pono Health Services (MPHS) reproductive health & case management. 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-9577  HMSA’s Online Care: affordable telehealth for anyone 18+ years in Hawai’i.  The Department of Education (DOE): no-cost telehealth appointments. 📞📞📞📞(844) 436-3888  Project Vision: no-cost screening & reading glasses. 📞📞📞📞(808) 201-3937  BCCCP: Mammograms & cervical cancer screenings. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-7767 Language assistance may be available at: o Helping Hands 📞📞📞📞(808) 526-9724

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 Wilcox Medical Center, Līhuʻe:  Kauaʻi Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), Waimea:  Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Kapa‘a:  Ho’ōla Lāhui Hawai‘i, 📞📞📞📞(808) 938-0938  Kaiser Permanente, Līhuʻe 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-5600  Pharmacies: o CVS & Longs:

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o Walmart: Search additional vaccination locations at or call the Kaua‘i District Health Office (KDHO) at 📞📞📞📞(808)241-3495 *Photo by KDHO: Community member receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine at the Kaua‘i War Memorial in Līhuʻe, December 2020.

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HEALTHY FAMILIES: SUPPORT PROGRAMS If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional or mental health distress, please call the Kū Makani line at 📞📞📞📞 📞📞📞📞1(800) 753-6879 for free & anonymous crisis counseling. Multilingual services available.  Child & adolescent mental health services at the Kauaʻi Family Guidance Center, 📞📞📞📞(808) 274-3883

Support for Children, Youth, & Parents

 Adult mental health & case management, 📞📞📞📞(808) 643-2643

 The Parent Line: free & confidential support on kids’ behavior. 📞📞📞📞1(800) 816-1222

 Catholic Charities Hawaii Counseling Center 📞📞📞📞(808) 520-7721

 Healthy mothers, healthy babies virtual newparent support & telehealth lactation services. 📞📞📞📞(808) 737-5805

 Suicide Prevention Resource Center: 📞📞📞📞1(800) 273-8255. o 24/7, confidential support for people in distress & resources for everyone.

 Family Hui Hawai'i: Peer-led parenting group. Visit their FB page or 📞📞📞📞(808) 230-7112 

Queen Liliuokalani Trust: Social services for Native Hawaiian families. Visit or call 📞📞📞📞(808) 466-8080

The Easter Seals Kauaʻi’s Early Intervention program 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-7141

The Boys & Girls Club of Kauaʻi: Contact each Club House for information on their afterschool programs.

o Options for Deaf & Hard of Hearing available.  Support for sexual & gender minorities:  LGBTQ++ tools & information at the Sexual & Gender Minorities (SGM) Resource Hub.  Mālama Pono Health Services: counseling & hormone replacement therapy, & PrEP management. 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-9577  The YWCA offers LGBTQ support & information. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-5959 x256 or email

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Assistance during crisis  YWCA: Case management & crisis intervention 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-6362 / 4144  Women in Need (WIN): support for women & children with a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or incarceration. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1996

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Hale ʻŌpio: Live & virtual programs, support for youth & families. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2873

Keiki to Career: Information for parents & children. Visit their Facebook page or 📞📞📞📞(808) 632-2005

Childcare For help accessing affordable childcare, contact:  PATCH (People Attentive to Children) at or 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-0622

 Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Hotline: to report a suspect case or for information, 📞📞📞📞(808) 832-5300 or 1(888) 380-3088

 INPEACE (Institute for Native Pacific Education & Culture Help) 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-0045 or at

 Virtual Family Assistance at or 📞📞📞📞1(833) 492-0094 (toll-free)

 Child Care Connection Hawai'i offers assistance for income eligible families. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2193

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FOOD ACCESS Food resources are available to ANYONE experiencing food insecurity. Please contact the provider & check for eligibility before visiting any center.  Hawai'i Food Bank-Kauaʻi Branch 📞📞📞📞(808) 482-2224  Kauaʻi Independent Food Bank 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-3809  Mālama Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 828-0685 x23 o Accessible CSA Produce Bags o Food access programs

 Other Kūpuna & houseless meals programs: o Nourish Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 635-3722

o Kauaʻi Economic Opportunity 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-4077

o The Agency of Elderly Affairs (AEA) provides assistance to seniors. 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4470 o Our Kūpuna 📞📞📞📞(808) 400-4506

o Kumano I Ke Ala, Waimea

📞📞📞📞(808) 346-5348  The Kauaʻi Humane Society may offer assistance with food for pets. 📞📞📞📞 (808) 632-0610

Supplemental Resources  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP 📞📞📞📞(808) 274-3371  Supplemental Nutrition for Women Infants, & Children, (WIC) 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-3080  Public Assistance 📞📞📞📞(855) 643-1643 After receiving the SNAP card, sign up for the Da Bux Card for 50% discount on qualifying local fresh produce. 📞📞📞📞(808) 437-3044 📞📞📞📞

Pantries & Meals North o St. William Church, Hanalei 📞📞📞📞(808) 346-2850 o Church of the Pacific, Princeville 📞📞📞📞(808) 826-6481 o North Shore Food Pantry, Kīlauea. 📞📞📞📞(970) 618-8889 East o Anahola Beach Park 📞📞📞📞(808) 826-6481 o U-Turn for Christ, Anahola 📞📞📞📞(808) 778-4751 o Hale Ho’omalu, Kapa‘a 📞📞📞📞(808) 821-2520 o Kapa‘a Missionary Church 📞📞📞📞(808) 822-5594 o St. Catherine’s, Kapa‘a 📞📞📞📞(808) 635-3722 Central o Kings Chapel, Hanamāʻulu 📞📞📞📞(808) 335-6845 o KEO, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-4077 o Līhu‘e Salvation Army 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2571 o QLIC’s Kīpuka Kaua‘i, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1873 o Calvary Chapel, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808)245-9613 o St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church, Līhu‘e 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-3796 South o St Raphael Church, Kōloa 📞📞📞📞(808) 742-1955 o Salvation Army, Kōloa 📞📞📞📞(808)335-5441 o Holy Cross/Sacred Heart, Kalāheo 📞📞📞📞(808) 332-8011 West o ‘Ele’ele Baptist Church 📞📞📞📞(808) 332-5906 o Hanapēpē Salvation Army 📞📞📞📞(808) 335-5441 o Nana’s House, Waimea 📞📞📞📞(808) 338-0252 o Westside Christian Center AOG, Kekaha 📞📞📞📞(808) 643-7040 •

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HOUSING AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE The American Rescue Plan allocated more than $200 million in rent, utility, & mortgage assistance programs. Call 📞📞📞📞211 for information about current programs. Assistance is available to Kauaʻi residents who were financially affected by the pandemic & have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage, electric, water, sewer and gas bills.  To check eligibility for moratorium or forbearance, call: o HUD approved housing counselor 📞📞📞📞(800) 569-4287

o Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i 📞📞📞📞1(800) 499-4302.

Senior’s line 📞📞📞📞(808) 536-0011  The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) offers Emergency Rental Assistance Program & Direct Loan Payments. Visit or 📞📞📞📞(808) 620-9500 to speak with a DHHL officer.  Other programs, contact the County Housing Agency 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4444  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA offers Emergency Assistance for Native Hawaiians. 📞📞📞📞(808) 784-4464 or visit  Women in Need provides transitional housing opportunities. 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-1996  Catholic Charities Hawai‘i helps with costs such as rent or utilities, & other services for houseless families. 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-4673  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): 📞📞📞📞1(855) 643-1643  Hawaiian Electric and Aloha United Way launch Hawai‘i Utility Bill Assistance Program. Visit or 📞📞📞📞211 for more.

Other key resources  Resources for Hawai’i during the pandemic, Senator Brian Schatz  Crowdsourced Hawai‘i COVID-19 Resources  Hawai‘i Children Action Network Interactive Map for Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Resources  Hawai‘i State Department of Health. COVID-19 information  Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA)  FEMA’s is offering financial COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Visit, or 📞📞📞📞(844) 684-6333 or (TTY) 800-462-7585  Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i 📞📞📞📞1(800) 499-4302. o COVID-19 Legal Help & Resources Legal resources also available in various languages.  Child and Family Services offers support to all families including keiki, parents, kupuna, immigrants, & houseless. o Nana’s House 📞📞📞📞(808) 338-0252

o Hale Ho‘omalu 📞📞📞📞(808) 821.2520

Stay tuned for more details from County & State officials.

Call 📞📞📞📞 📞📞📞📞211 - Aloha United Way (AUW) for more information on assistance & resources. This document was updated on 7/1/2021. Services available continue to change. For the most up-to-date information, please check with each provider or visit Scan here for the online version

To request changes, please email If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact 808-241-3495 in advance. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.

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Preserving Kauaʻi’s Culture By Beau Acoba Grove Farm’s vision is to build a sustainable Kauaʻi, while remaining deeply committed to preserve the island’s cultural and historical linkages. This will be done through preservating historic sites, promoting alternative energy sources, supporting agriculture and food production, educating our youth, propogating plants, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, and protecting water sources. We are preserving Kauaʻi’s culture by documenting the rich history of our kupuna through stories, music, and recipes. Here are a few recipes from our website or see the complete library at

Ulu Chips

A green Ulu is ready to harvest when the sap has dripped onto the fruit and has dried. If there are any soft spots, it is already over-ripe. Using a mandoline is the key to slicing perfect chips! Ingredients: ulu oil

garlic powder salt

Instructions: 1. Remove the skin of green ulu, including the core and the seeds, and cut into large chunks 2. Slice the ulu with– a mandoline slicer – thinner is best for crispy chips 3. Deep fry in hot oil until golden-brown and crisp 4. Drain on a paper towel-lined foil pan 5. Sprinkle with a mixture of garlic powder and salt Recipe submitted by Sharyl Lam Yuen

6. Cool thoroughly before storing

Pork and “Tabungao” Squash Soup

Family Court Judge, Edmund Acoba, grew up in Kekaha, where squash, or “tabungao” in Filipino, grew in abundance. One of his favorite dishes is Pork Tabungao soup, which he learned to prepare from his father, Frederico Acoba, Jr., who was an excellent cook.

Recipe submitted by Judge Edmund Acoba. Pictured with Judge Acoba is his father, Federico Acoba, Jr.

Ingredients: 2 lbs pork—cut into 1/2” cubes or as desired 5 - 6 pieces chopped fresh garlic 2 tbs salt 2 tbs pepper 6-8 cups squash or “tabungao” - sliced to desired thickness, removing skin, seeds and spongy interior. This squash species is also referred to as hyotan. 5 medium sized tomatoes, sliced ¼ cup cooking oil 1 bunch fresh watercress


Tutu’s Brownies

This is my Tutu, Ululani Duncan’s brownie recipe. I grew up eating these at family dinners and special occasions. I learned from Tutu that it all began with my Great Grandmother Gladys Duncan. She started making this brownie recipe for her son, my Grandpa Rudy Duncan when he was a child. It was then passed down to her daughter-in-law (my Tutu), who passed it down to her daughter-in-law (my mom), who has now passed it down to her daughter-in-law (my wife). History has shown that the key to happiness for us Duncan men are some ono brownies.

Recipe submitted by Koa Duncan

Instructions: 1. In large bowl, cream the butter and sugar 2. Add eggs (scrambled) and mix 3. I n separate bowl, mix Nesquik powder, flour, salt 4. Add dry mix to large bowl, mix well by hand

Ingredients: 2 cups flour 2 cups brown sugar 1 ½ cups Nestle Nesquik chocolate powder 2 blocks salted butter 1 tsp sea salt 4 eggs 5. Pour in glass pan 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes 7. T urn off oven BUT leave brownies in oven for additional 5 mins 8. Cut into pieces

Instructions: 1. In medium-sized pot, add cooking oil and garlic -- brown garlic 2. Add pork, salt and pepper 3. W hen pork is browned, cover pot, lower heat and allow to simmer to reduce pork juices 4. W hen pork is almost fully cooked, add tomatoes. Simmer until tomatoes are reduced and pork is soft. Add salt or pepper as needed 5. A dd diced squash and simmer until 1/2 - 3/4 cooked. Remove from heat. Squash will continue to cook as soup is cooling. 6. O ptional: As soup is cooling, add desired amount of fresh watercress to soup 7. Serve soup with a bowl of rice Note: Do not add water. The pork, tomatoes and squash will make all the soup you need. If you want more soup add more tomatoes or squash.

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What’s the difference between a house and a home? A house is a structure you live in that provides for your basic needs. A home is a safe haven, an enjoyable place to build memories, laugh and learn together with friends and family. Here are some ways to turn a house into a home. Make it Fun and Functional Incorporate fun home decor that brightens a room but also serves a purpose. For example, if you love to cook, display your utensils and appliances; fill large, colorful jars with the items you use most. Dress up a Wall If you have empty walls, put up a few family photos, kids art work, or art pieces by local artists. Pick a few to reduce clutter on your walls. You can then switch them out for fresh looks each season. Set up a Hobby Space Be intentional and set up activities for all to participate. For example, set up a table in an area of your house, buy a box of puzzles and work together to complete. Once finished it can also be preserved and showcased on your wall! Add Warmth Create an environment where your family can truly feel at home. Speak words of life, team up and do chores, share meals together with no electronics. And above all else, love one another. Put some effort into a few simple things and fill your house with fond memories and watch it transform into a beautiful home! Holiday 2021



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Holidays and Big Wave Surfing are Here Again!

A friend of mine has a full time job and solidly supplements his job income by playing beautiful slack key guitar at visitors’ weddings. Well, this side-income dried up in 2020 with the island shut down from the pandemic and with almost none of these weddings taking place for a year. I ran into him the other day and he’s very much back in his music business in 2021, with visitors returning and with the “visitor industry” getting back on its feet. This has been the story on our beaches as well. (Not to mention our 76

roadways). Here are some numbers that show this: In our visitor-shutdown 2020, our Ocean Safety Bureau reported 3 drownings, 122 Lifeguard rescues, 45,825 Preventions, and 1,275,570 beach attendance. As of the end of August 2021(i.e. just two thirds of the way through the year) our numbers read like this: 8 drownings, 195 Lifeguard rescues, 45,358 Preventions, and 1,158,619 beach attendance. And in 2019, when we were in full-on tourism mode, our numbers read like this: 18 drownings, 301 Lifeguard rescues,

By Monty Downs, MD Wilcox Hospital ER Doctor

134,419 preventions, and 2,456,597 beach attendance. So we get the point: As with many aspects of life in Hawaii, ocean and beach safety have to do with how many visitors are here. Decades of statistics show that 75% of drownings on Kauai are visitors and the more visitors the more beach and water incidents. (To use a euphemism. And if you’re a young child reading this that’s a word worth looking up). As I write, things are a bit unclear due to the delta variant covid outbreak. Will this again affect our number of visitors? If we have to close down again (by enforcing a mandatory 10 day quarantine), then

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Holidays and Big Wave Surfing (continued)

our beach and rescue and drowning numbers will go down. If not, they’ll likely remain at their current challenging pace. Adding to the complexity of this statistical overview is that with this Issue of Kauai Family Magazine, winter north and northwest swells will now be rolling in. Even if it isn’t proven that more Kauai drownings take place during these winter months, still yet these conditions add to the overall anxiety that us ocean safety advocates feel. One adverse event that does increase during winter months is people being swept off ocean-side rock ledges, such as Queens Bath. This hazard is caused by the fact that swells can come in as much as 20 minutes apart, and during the lulls unsuspecting people sometimes venture onto these ledges, to look at turtles or

for whatever reason. As for beaches themselves: Most beachgoers have the common sense to see that waves are crashing onto the beach and therefore they don’t venture into the water. The key to your safety as always is to go to a Lifeguarded beach and ask the Lifeguards what they recommend. There are days where they’ll say “Don’t go in the water here today. If you want to go in the water you need to drive an hour to the South/West beaches.” So much for numbers. Now let’s talk about people and let’s start with Kauai Junior Lifeguards, Kauai was the only County that carried out a program this summer. Our program had, by design, half the number of participants from pre-covid years. The lucky participants by all accounts had a terrific experience, and already

LIFEGUARDED BEACHES Haena Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northshore, Haena

Kealia Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastside, Kapa`a

Hanalei Pavillion . . . . . . . . . . Northshore, Hanalei

Lydgate Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastside, Wailua

Hanalei Bay Pine Trees . . . . . Northshore, Hanalei

Poipu Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Southshore, Poipu

Kee Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northshore, Haena

Salt Pond Beach . . . . . . . . . Westside, Hanapepe

Anahola Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eastside, Anahola

Kekaha Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westside, Kekaha


The key to your safety as always is to go to a Lifeguarded beach and ask the Lifeguards what they recommend. a couple of them have been involved with good outcomes at beach emergencies. A lingering question is what can be done with all the youth who didn’t get to participate? Is there any other program that can be established? In Australia for example, Junior Lifeguards have something going on year round. We’ve never had anything like this here and I doubt that it can or will happen in the near future, but maybe we can develop some kind of program, whether it be County-based or community volunteer based. As they sing in the movie South Pacific: “If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” As for some of the rescued people: We had one particularly outstanding rescue at Anini in late August. A snorkeler was noticed to be face down. So are most snorkelers most of the time—and this makes for extremely challenging Lifeguard work. I.e. Which face-down person is enjoying looking at fish and which one is unresponsive? Her husband was the first to realize she was unresponsive and he yelled for help and began pulling her into shore. A local man named Lee Gushiken

saw the trouble, grabbed one of our public access rescue tubes, and went out and quickly hauled the woman and her husband to shore. Since there are Lifeguards at Anini (not in a Tower but in a “roving patrol”), Lifeguards were immediately at the scene and, finding she had no pulse, they initiated expert CPR and restored her pulse. Then came Firefighters, ambulance personnel, ER staff, and ICU staff. The woman was in a deep coma for 24 very suspenseful hours. You may be able to imagine the great rejoicing for her family as well as for her rescuers when she awakened from her coma, and she is now back to her normal self. This New Jersey family will enjoy the Holiday Season and I hope you will too. Let’s learn from this story: Please Swim Near a Lifeguard, as she did. And let’s also take a grateful moment as we think of all our watchful lay rescuers and Good Samaritans like Mr. Gushiken. Best Wishes for a safe and happy Holiday Season. Monty Downs Holiday 2021


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