Kauai Family Magazine Summer 2022

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Aloha, and congratulations to all of our Kaua‘i graduates! I am so proud of you, and I offer my best wishes on your upcoming endeavors! Summer is a time for us to enjoy the beauty of Kaua‘i. It is a time for us to reconnect with our families and loved ones. From surfing and fishing to camping and taking in the scenery, our island offers so many wonderful activities. Mahalo to Kaua‘i Family Magazine, which helps our community find programs and activities that are fun for everyone—from keiki to kūpuna! I hope you all enjoy a safe and relaxing summer! With warmest aloha,

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



NO COST HEALTH CARE June 13th thru 20th

The Kauaʻi District Health Office and the County of Kauaʻi are honored to host a medical Innovative Readiness Training mission in June 2022. Services provided will include: ✓Physical exams ✓Eye exams ✓Dental exams, fillings, & extractions Details of sites and hours will be provided closer to the clinic dates.

Picture from IRT Facebook page. July, 2021

For more information, please visit: health.hawaii.gov/kauai If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please call (808) 241-3495 at least seven days in advance. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.

Welcome to Kaua`i Family Magazine! The Go-To Resource for Kaua'i Families

Summer of Fun, Make it Memorable!

This month our families are celebrating graduations.

I want to congratulate all our Kaua’i graduates and wish them the best. Summer time is fun time! Kauai is arguably the best place in the world to spend time with your family. What can you do here on Kaua’i? Check out our Summer Fun ideas for the family, (pages 42, 43). There are activities including places to go, educational outings, fun events and more. It’s camp season already! Learning new skills, making new friends, and participating in activities kids never thought about before provides growth and a lot of fun. Look over the camp advertisements in this issue to get ahead of the “camp full” signs, (pages 16-19). Ready to Explore this summer? We picked out 7 places to discover and explore with your family! Check out (pages 74-75). We have a great Summer Calendar of Events in this issue on (pages 10 -11). Check out the fun things listed and send us photos while you are out and about. Start Independence Day with a ‘Flair for the Fourth’, make DIY American Flag custom t-shirts, (pages 54-55). Mother’s Day is May 8 and Father’s Day is June 19. It is a wonderful time to celebrate and have fun with them. Thank you to all the mothers and fathers who work hard and support loving families. We hope this magazine will provide you with the resources to your families health, safety, education, and readiness at your fingertips. So, turn the pages for more guidance and support. Happy Mother’s and Father’s Day, to our Kaua’i County readers and followers! Have a great summer! Enjoy your family, have fun connecting and making memories. Mahalo, Kaua’i for allowing Kaua’i Family Magazine to be a part of your ‘Ohana.


Chrissy Schechter, Publisher chrissys@kauaifamilymagazine.com

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Contributors Kurt Akamine Patrick Ching Monty Downs, M.D. Todd Fuerte Grace Galiza, M.D Karen Keesling Michael Lutwin, D.D.S. Sarah Lyons Mark Oyama Leah Ragsac Lindsay Fernandez Richardson, MS, LMHC Bernard Riola, M.D. Next Issue: Fall 2022 Advertising Deadline: June 15, 2022 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, Jamba Juice, Gather Federal Credit Union, Retailers and Community Organizations. Subscription Rate: $16.00 for one year (4 editions) Subscribe at KauaiFamilyMagazine.com Copyright © 2022 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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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Enrichment, Sports, STEM, Music


KEEP KIDS READING Tips to Avoid the Summer Slide



READY TO EXPLORE 7 Places to Discover with Your Family



OCEAN SAFETY & HAZARDS Please Swim Near a Lifeguard





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Education, Enrichment, Sports

Summer Programs

Kauai Christian Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Kauai Opio and Keiki Orchestra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Hawaii Technology Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Family Hui Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Child & Family Services- Head Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Patrick Ching Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

County of Kauai Summer Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Kauai Community College Stem Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Camp Makanalani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Big Brothers Big Sisters Kauai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Boys & Girls Clubs Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Kauai Resilience Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68, 69

Hawaii Children’s Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Lola’s Driving School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

State of Hawaii Department of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Healing Horses Kauai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kauai Sailing Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Reef Guardians Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 SONsation Camp, Lihue Baptist Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Health & Medical Services

Community Partners

Hawaii State Dept of Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 48

Kauai Complex Area DOE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Aloha Island Family Surrogacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

County of Kauai Office of the Mayor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Malama Pono Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

County of Kauai Lifeguard Association . . . . . . . . . . 76,77,78,79

Regency at Puakea Assisted Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Ohana Pacific Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Garden Isle Healthcare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

County of Kauai Agency of Elderly Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 County of Kauai Department of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 County of Kauai Parks and Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 County of Kauai Waste Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Kauai Adult Day Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Kauai Made . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Stay at Home Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Gather Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Hale Kupuna Heritage Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Hawaii Health Systems Corporation- Kauai Region . . . . . 40, 41

Grove Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,61

Kalaheo Dental Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Kauai Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Wilcox Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Jason Blake Health Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Mark’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Catholic Charities Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Leah Ragsac, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 T. Fuerte Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,7 The Countdown Kauai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,50,51,52,53 Kauai Restoration & Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33



By Chef Mark Oyama


2 cups flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 to 1 c sugar (depending how sweet the mango is) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup walnuts 3/4 cup salad oil 3 eggs 2 cups chopped ripe mangoes 1 tsp vanilla


Sift and combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients in another bowl then pour into dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix as it will prevent the bread from being soft. Pour into greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves (7-3’8 by 2-1/4) or 1 large loaf.

Summer 2022



Kauai Songwriters Music Festival Saturday, May 7, 5:30pm-9:30pm Hilton Garden Inn, Kapaa terry@artskauai.org Pedal to the Meadow, Saturday, May 28, Kekaha to Kokee www.Pedaltothemeadow.com p2mkauai@gmail.com Kauai Poke Fest, Saturday, May 28, 4:00pm – 7:00pm Koloa Landing Resort Purchase tickets at www.kauaipokefest.com


Ha’ena to Hanalei Run Saturday, June 4, 6:00am-10:00am Haena Hanalei Pier https://www.hanaleicanoeclub.org/ haena-run Kauai Pride Parade Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm Rice St. from Vidinha Stadium to the Historic County Building 808-245-5959 World Ocean’s Day Family Fun Wednesday June 8th, 3:00 pm until sunset. Dolphin Wellness Center and Storybook Theatre presents an educational fun family day. Includes Inflatable Marine animals, costume parade, staged events & more! Dolphin Wellness Center: 4544 Kukui St, Kapaʻa email director@storybook.org or jeanne@dolphintouch.org



Fishing for Charity Friday, June 10th thru Sunday, June 12th, The fishing tournament is a 2-day event. The actual weigh-in is on Sunday, June 12 at the Vidinha Stadium. Weigh-ins started at 10 am. Contact: Bares.Wall@vacationclub.com Tropic Care Kauai 2022 NO COST HEALTH CARE June 13th thru June 20th Services include Physical exams, Eye exams, fillings and extraction. For Details of sites and hours visit: www.health.hawaii.gov/kauai Father’s Day Fishing Tournament Sunday, June 19, 10:30am – 2:00pm Nawiliwili Yacht Club Small Boat Harbor Keiki ages 3-13 are invited to bring an adult for a great day of fishing and prizes. Cost is $5, which includes a hotdog and soda. Bring your own bucket, fishing pole, and bait. For more details, visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org. Kauai Hoops Classic June 23-26 Kalaheo Neighborhood Center Girls: Grades 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Ability: Competitive coach.csales@gmail.com AYSO Soccer Registration Register players ages 3 to18 for the 2022 Soccer season. Register online at www.eayso.org or email aysoregion941@gmail.com

Proudly Brought To You By Note: Dates & Times May Change Without Notice. Please Contact First To Confirm. Koloa Pop Warner Registration Packets Pick up: Koloa and Kalaheo Schools. Ages: 5 and 6 accepting all divisions including flag football email kpwo12@gmail.com


Kekaha 4th of July Celebration Saturday, July 2 NO Fireworks H.P. Faye Ball Park, Kekaha FREE Entertainment & Activities Drag Races at Kauai Raceway Park Saturday, July 2 gira8r@hotmail.com, (808) 652-7140 Back to School Bash Saturday, July 16 Kukui Grove Center www.KukuiGroveCenter.com Hawaii Children’s Theatre Presents Once on the Island Jr. Friday, July 22, 7:00pm Saturday, July 23, 7:00pm Sunday, July 24, 4:00pm Tickets contact: 808-246-8985 www.HawaiiChildrensTheatre.org Garden Island Boogie Board Classic July 22-24 Poipu, www.Kaikeha.surfsignup.com email: Kaikeha18@gmail.com

Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge Saturday, July 30 REGISTER online at: https://flpregister. com/576 hanaleibayswimchallenge.com Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run/Walk Sunday, July 31, 6:00am-9:30am Poipu Beach Park Contact: Kukui’ula Outrigger Canoe Club, 808-635-0765, franinkauai@gmail.com www.KoloaPlantationDays.com


Relay for Life Northshore Saturday, August 6, 3:00pm-11:00pm Waioli Park, Hanalei sarah.luchenbill@cancer.org Heiva I Kaua’i Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th, 9:00am- 5:00pm Kapaa Beach Park, Tahitian dance and drumming competition, Food and Craft vendors. Waipa Mango and Music Festival Sunday, August 7, 11:00am-5:00pm Hanalei, Halulu Fishpond at Waipa Na Pali Challenge Saturday, August 13, 8:00am-5:00pm Hanalei Pier, 651-7298, napalichallenge@gmail.com

Koloa Plantation Days July 23-31 www.koloaplantationdays.com

Summer 2022



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 9:30am 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 12


Hanalei Taro

Kaua`i Hemp Co.

Kilohana Clothing

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Kauaʻi Made is the official program of the County of Kauaʻi to identify and promote products made on Kauaʻi, by Kauaʻi people and are authentic to Kauaʻi.

UPCOMING KAUA‘I MADE PRODUCT EVENTS Kukui Grove Shopping Center - 10am – 3pm Saturday, June 11, 2022 – King Kamehameha Day Saturday Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort - 4:30pm-7:30pm Last Friday’s of the Month

www.kauaimade.net or call (808) 241-4946


F i s h i ng Ev en t s !

2nd Annual Ohana Fishing Outreach Schedule

A Fun-Filled Family Activity Saturday, June 4, 9am – 12 noon Nawiliwili Harbor Saturday June 11, 9am – 12 noon Kukuiula Harbor Saturday June 25, 9am – 12 noon Anahola Beach Park Saturday, July 9, 9am – 12 noon Hanapepe Tennis Courts Saturday, July 16, 9am – 12 noon Kapaa Library Saturday July 23, 9am – 12 noon Ke’e Beach Last Fishing Outreach for the year. *Finale includes a lunch For questions or more information: Contact: Bridget Arume (808) 639-0284 bridgetarume@gmail.com


Father’s Day Fishing Tournament

Sunday, June 19, 10:30am – 2:00pm Location: Nawiliwili Yacht Club Small Boat Harbor. Register: 10:30am-11:00am at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club. Ages: 3-13 years old are invited to bring an adult for a great day of fishing and prizes. Cost: $5. which includes a hotdog and soda. Bring your own bucket, fishing pole, and bait. Prizes awarded at 1:30pm For more details: visit www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org

Fishing for Charity

Friday, June 10th thru Sunday, June 12th The fishing tournament is a 2-day event. The actual weigh-in is on Sunday, June 12 at the Vidinha Stadium. Weigh-ins started at 10 am. For more details contact: Bares.Wall@vacationclub.com


- Plantation Days Koloa Family Fun Run/Walk Sunday, July 31, 2022 6:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Poipu Beach Park

Lola’s Driving School is about teaching young teens the laws and signs of the roadways, confidence behind the wheel and life lessons.

Four different course lengths to choose from

•C1elebrating Mile KeikiK Run! aua‘ i’s Plantation Roots … • 5K Run/Walk Lessons of Aloha • 10K Run July 17-26, 2015 • 10 Mile Run/Walk •

Awards given to 1st-3rd overall as well as 1st place for each age division for each race course.

Contact: Kukui’ula Outrigger Canoe Club

(808) 635-0165

franinkauai@gmail.com Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority & other community organizations & businesses. www.koloaplantationdays.com Hawaii Children's Theatre

Please call or email to register Email: lolasdrivingschool@gmail.com Call: 808-651-1294

2 Shows from SUMMER STARS 2022: 2022 Rising Stars Showcase & Fundraiser

Book and Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS | Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY Directed by MARLY MADAYAG | Musical Direction by NINA SARAOS



Featuring the talented students of the AM Rising Stars program!

For more information & Tickets: www.HawaiiChildrensTheatre.org | (808)246-8985 Summer 2022


SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Healing Horses Kauai Youth Horsemanship Camp



Healing Horses Kauai Horsemanship Camps

June 6-10 & July 18-22

Volunteer Orientation & Training: July 23-24 Register online at: www.HealingHorsesKauai.org Email: hhkauai@gmail.com Phone: 808-634-3896

Children’s Science & Art Learning Adventure Weekly Sessions Mon – Wed 8:30am – 2:30pm Location: Anini Beach SNORKEL GEAR PROVIDED *For children ages 8-13 who are already good swimmers and have some experience snorkeling.

Register online at www.reefguardians.org For scholarships and fee waivers, email: education@reefguardians.org (808) 651-0286

Support provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.

Summer SONsation @ Lihue Baptist Church

Bible lesson/Worship/Art/Games /Music/Missions/Snacks and Excursions on last week! Registration is open now!

3223 Elua St., Lihue ages 3- completed 7th grade 5/31-7/1/22 (M-F, 8AM-noon)

ALL FREE!!! 16


Space is limited 808-245-4160 lihuebaptistchurch.com download registration form and return to church dropbox


GREAT SUMMERS HAPPEN HERE! PROGRAMS at all of our locations on Kaua`i STARTING June 6, 2022 West Kauai Clubhouse Phone: (808) 320-8353 Lihue Clubhouse Phone: (808) 245-2210 Kapaa Clubhouse Phone: (808) 821-4406 Tina Albao, Kauai Director of Operations & Development Phone:(808) 482-1065

July 11-15, 2022 middle & high school $200 per camper R e g i s t e r at w w w . k aua i b a pt i st . o r g / t e e n ca m p

Anwar Ali (808) 346-5219

Kauai Branch

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Children will learn how to sail, have fun and stay safe! By the end of camp each child will have learned how to set up and sail a Topper sailboat. Children must be able to swim.


Summer Pre-K Class Registration for ages 3-5 years old www.kauaikeikiorch.org/prek-program Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 5 to July 21, 2022 More information: Programs for ages 7-16 years old visit www.kauaikeikiorch.org

Dates to be determined: Call Carl at 808-346-6051 Visit www.KauaiSailing.org Email: Kauaisailing@gmail.com Summer 2022


County of Kauai Parks and Recreation


ONLINE REGISTRATION: Monday, May 16th at 8:00am Visit website: www.KauaiRecreation.org Dates: June 13 - July 22, 2022 Ages: 5 - 11 years old Days: Monday - Friday Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm Fee: $75. per child PROGRAM SITES Neighborhood Centers: Hanapepe, Kapa’a, Kekaha Koloa, Kalaheo, Kilauea, Lihue & Waimea Anahola Clubhouse Contact: Cindy, 808-241-4467, or call your nearest Neighborhood Center If an auxiliary aid or program modification is needed to participate, please call Melanie at 808- 241-4462 at least 10 days prior to start of program.


Learn How to Play Golf Registration: June 7th, 2022 Dates: June 13- July 22, 2022 Ages: 7-15 years old Location: Wailua Golf Course Cost: $35. Per Child/Per Session Session 1: June 13th to June 24th Session 2: June 27th to July 8th (no classes Monday July 4th) Session 3: July 11th to July 22nd Days and Times: M -Th Sessions: 8:00am to 12:00pm Friday Sessions: 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Contact: Wailua Golf Course Pro Shop, 808-241-4111


Locations: Waimea and Kapa’a Pool Ages: 5 to 11 years old. REGISTRATION: Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at 3pm

* Register at the pool where your child will be participating

* Cost: FREE * Limited to first 20 participants per class Session 1: J une 2- July 1st, 2022 (no class Friday, June 10th) Days: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Beginner: 10:00am-11:00am Beginner: 11:30am-12:30pm *Graduation: Saturday, June 29th,2022: 8:00am-2:30pm Session 2: July 7th - July 29th, 2022 Days: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Beginner: 10:00am-11:00am Advanced:11:30am-12:30pm *Graduation: Saturday, July 30th,2022: 8:00am-2:30pm


Wrestling: (Kindergarten thru 12th grade) Dates and Locations: TBD Boxing: (Kindergarten thru 12th grade) Dates & Practices: TBD For more information or assistance on K-Pal programs, contact Sgt. Kevin Gras at 242-1933 or visit www.kauaipal.org, kpal@kauai.gov North Shore Basketball (Contact program director to register) This program is offered to keiki 5-12 years old. All practices and games are at Kilauea Gym.

Please contact program coordinator Bill Troutman at bill96754@gmail.com for more information.

Summer 2022


By Sarah Lyons

School is out for the summer and the kids are finally able to sleep in, play outdoors more, and take a break from homework. While the free time is enjoyable, kids often turn to screens or other activities and let their reading skills slide while on summer break. How can you stop the “summer slide” from happening?





Create a book club Two people reading a book at the same time can be considered a book club. Pick a book your child would like to read or an old favorite from your own childhood and read it together. If you have multiple children that are about the same reading level, this can be a great way to get everyone involved and curtail the summer slide. See the movie Check out what books are becoming movies this summer or those that are already available on DVD and choose those books to read with your child. A reward for finishing the book will be watching the movie together.



Be a role model Parents who enjoy reading often have children who enjoy reading. I notice if I sit down in the living room with a book instead of turning on the TV, my tweens will often find their own spot to relax and read near me. If I turn on the television, we all end up watching it together. Set a good example for your kids when it comes to reading. It isn’t just for schoolwork, it is a fun hobby as well.

Expand your reading Not all kids will find a book they love easily. The goal is to practice reading, it doesn’t matter if it is a book or something more creative. Find other things besides just books to

read such as graphic novels, magazines, or even audiobooks. You can even get kids into the kitchen and read recipes in the cookbook. They will enjoy helping prepare meals and not even notice they are practicing their reading skills at the same time.


Pick interesting topics Find out what your child is interested in and check out books on that topic. My son became curious about volcanoes, so we headed to the library and checked out multiple books on volcanoes. When we returned home, he promptly started reading about them and writing down interesting facts in his journal. You can also encourage your child to try different genres to see what

they prefer. Nonfiction, historical fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, or classic literature – once kids find their niche, they will most likely be more excited about reading. Kids who make reading a part of their daily routine are more likely to become lifetime lovers of reading. Set aside part of the day each day when your child can read for 30 minutes or set this as a goal before they can play video games, meet up with friends, or go to the pool. Try to make it fun and come up with creative ways to incorporate reading into your daily schedule. Just a bit of daily reading will help them maintain their current reading levels and be ready to take on new material once school begins.

TIPS TO AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE MAKE A JOURNAL • Have your child decorate a summer journal using stickers and colored paper. • Give them time each day to write in their journal to tell about their summer adventures. You don’t have to go on a trip to have a journal. • Take a hike or walk down a path and collect leaves. Your child can make a leaf picture and write about it. • Let them draw a map of their room. • Let your child make lists in their journal. • The opportunities are endless! FIND A PEN PAL This could be their former teacher, an aunt/ uncle, or a friend. Have your child set aside time to write to their Pen Pal. They will love getting letters back in the mail. START A READING ROUTINE • Let your child make a sheet tent and read under it. • Drive to a park on a nice day and read under a tree. • Partner read with your child. You read one page and let your child read another page. • Create incentives for reading.

• Invite peers over and have a Reading Club one day a week. Each child can bring his/her favorite book and share their favorite parts. • Go to your public library and sign up for their reading program. • Make sure you read to your child, at a reading level above theirs. They need to hear wonderful vocabulary and the model of a fluent reader.

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Making a Difference KAUAI’S In today’s challenging economy, as some families find themselves with one or more pets that can’t go with them if they move or that they can no longer care for, no-kill shelters, rescue groups or organizations become all the more important. These organizations and people care for and give a voice to animals that cannot speak or care for themselves.

The Kauai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Kauai SPCA) is a non-profit organization founded by concerned Kauai business leaders, veterinarians, and animal welfare advocates. We provide a safety net for Kauai’s homeless pets that cannot be saved by existing rescues. We partner with the Kauai Humane Society (KHS), helping to alleviate the extreme strain on their organization. As the only openadmission shelter on Kaua’i, KHS is responsible for taking in every animal brought to them. When requested, we will take animals from them that have severe medical or behavioral needs to assist them with their life-saving goals. We believe increasing Kaua’i’s live release rates needs to be a collaborative effort, so we are happy to work with KHS to save more live. Contact: www.Kauaispca.org, info@Kauaispca.org The Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) believes every animal on Kaua`i deserves a safe and nurturing home. (KAWS) is an allvolunteer dog and cat rescue and sanctuary on Kaua`i. We are able to help people who take in found animals by setting them up with food, flea/tick meds, leashes, collars, bedding, crates, courtesy posts on social media, and moral support. ​ e focus our resources on dogs who have needs beyond what the local shelter W or community members can provide and bring in as many cats and kittens as we have fosters available. Many of our animals have special needs: sick, injured, elderly, and ones with behavior challenges. Additionally, we are building our cat sanctuary: Kaua`i Cat Haven. Upon completion we will be able to house hundreds of cats, both domesticated and feral. Currently, all of the dogs and cats under our care live at our sanctuary or are in foster care. Contact: www.kawsanimals.org, email kauaianimalwelfare society@gmail.com



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The Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 2008 as Kauai Ferals DBA Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP), and dedicated to taking care of community cats — homeless, stray, feral — on the island of Kauai. To achieve our goal of caring for our island community cats through managed TNR — trap, neuter, return — KCCP has reached out to neighborhoods and businesses. Please contact us if you would like more information on TNR, or if you would like assistance spaying community cats in your neighborhood. Make an appointment with our mobile SpayMobile and help prevent unnecessary litters! Contact: www.kauaicommunitycats.org email: info@kauaicommunity.org Save Our Shearwaters Kauai is home to many species of seabirds that nest and raise their young in our mountain forests and coastal beaches. When they leave their nests, seabird fledglings are guided by the light of the moon out to sea. By eliminating stray light, we can reduce the number of young birds that get confused and fall inland rather than continue out to sea. Since SOS was created by the state in 1979, volunteers and residents have collected 31,224 seabirds - 92 percent of which recovered and were released. For seabird emergencies and public SOS aid station locations, call (808) 635-5117. More important info: www.kiuc.com Tanya Bordinkircher rescues all animals including goats and birds. They thrive under her care. She is a wife and mother with children and yet never turns away any animal in need. Phone: (808) 482-0884. Email: bordysworld@ yahoo.com

Rainbow Wings Parrot Sanctuary founded in 2007 by Dia Battilla, is a no-kill rescue and sanctuary organization providing care, rehabilitation and adoption services for abused, abandoned or unwanted pet birds (especially larger parrot species). Our priority is identifying potential adoption homes and educating caregivers in proper parrot care. Phone (808) 346-6277. Email: diabattilla@gmail.com

HELP: In addition to monetary donations (to cover vet bills, pet supplies, and food), towels and blankets are needed by the above resources. Also needed: VOLUNTEER TIME and foster parenting an animal which can be a great way to give to our island Ohana especially the above resources. And, if you are looking for a new pet, please consider contacting them.

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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

o KDHO Bilingual Health Access 📞📞📞📞(808) 241-3421

o We are Oceania (WAO) for communities from Micronesia, Marshall Islands, & Palau,

COVID-19 helpline 📞📞📞📞 📞📞📞📞(808) 913-1364

 Wilcox Medical Center, Līhuʻe: WilcoxHealth.org/Vaccine  Kauaʻi Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), Waimea: kauai.hhsc.org/  Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Kapa‘a: kauai.hhsc.org/  Ho’ōla Lāhui Hawai‘i, 📞📞📞📞(808) 938-0938  Kaiser Permanente, Līhuʻe 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-5600  Pharmacies: o CVS & Longs: www.cvs.com/immunizations

o Līhuʻe Pharmacies: 📞📞📞📞(808) 246-9100

o Safeway Pharmacy:


o Walmart: www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine Search additional vaccination locations at kauai.gov/vaccine 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.

For more information on resources call 📞📞📞📞211 - Aloha United Way (AUW) Benefits & services change continuously. For the most up-to-date version, please visit www.kauai.gov/covid-19




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 onipaa.org/ 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 matthew@ywcakauai.org

o Kapa'a 📞📞📞📞(808) 821-4406 o Līhuʻe 📞📞📞📞(808) 245-2210

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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

o West Kauaʻi 📞📞📞📞(808) 320-8353

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 mkelley@patch-hi.org 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 laciec@inpeace.org

 Virtual Family Assistance at www.redcross.org/VFAC or 📞📞📞📞1(833) 492-0094 (toll-free)

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

For more information on resources call 📞📞📞📞211 - Aloha United Way (AUW) Benefits & services change continuously. For the most up-to-date version, please visit www.kauai.gov/covid-19

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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 •

For an updated list, 📞📞📞📞 📞📞📞📞(808) 828-0685 x23 or visit www.malamakauai.org

For more information on resources call 📞📞📞📞211 - Aloha United Way (AUW) Benefits & services change continuously. For the most up-to-date version, please visit www.kauai.gov/covid-19




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 dhhl.hawaii.gov/covid-19/ 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 www.hawaiiancouncil.org/kahiau  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 www.AUW.org/utilityhelp or 📞📞📞📞211 for more.

Other key resources  Resources for Hawai’i during the pandemic, Senator Brian Schatz www.schatz.senate.gov/coronavirus  Crowdsourced Hawai‘i COVID-19 Resources www.resilienthawaii.org/  Hawai‘i Children Action Network Interactive Map for Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Resources covid19.hawaii-can.org/  Hawai‘i State Department of Health. COVID-19 information hawaiicovid19.com/  Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) www.kauai.gov/COVID-19  FEMA’s is offering financial COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Visit, www.FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq 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 www.legalaidhawaii.org/covid-19-legalhelp--resources.html. 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 www.kauai.gov/covid-19 Scan here for the online version

To request changes, please email KauaiHealthPromotion@gmail.com. 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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Aloha Kupuna By Kurt Akamine, Ohana Pacific Health

Aloha Aina has been a term that has become (positively) pervasive in our society. I recently “googled” it and found this meaning: “Aloha ʻĀina, which literally means “love of the land”, is a central idea of Native Hawaiian thought, cosmology and culture. Aloha ʻāina brings a perspective that pervades many aspects of life. Its ecological and cultural orientations are founded upon a sense of being connected to all living things.” This term has profoundly shaped our perspective on how we are to be better stewards of our natural resources here in Hawaii. As such, there has been a resurgence of interest and career opportunities, especially for youth. Back in the day, one of the only exposure westside students had with agriculture was in “Ag class” with Mr. Kajihara at Waimea High School’s industrial arts program. Today, there are myriad opportunities through the state of Hawaii and non-profit organizations. Most of these are flooded with young people who are interested in career opportunities within this field. This interest on the surface appears to be counter-intuitive. Agriculture is hard work, long hours, low pay and unglamorous. Why would young adults and students be so attracted to a career where hard work is really hard work? Perhaps Aloha Aina. “love of the land,” answered the “why” in so many people. In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn, inspire their colleagues and customers.



People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it. (SimonSinek.com) Please allow me to introduce you to what I believe, at least in my world, a term that is even nobler and should be revolutionary, Aloha Kupuna. Our why. I cannot think of a more meaningful and heart-motivating life perspective than Aloha Kupuna. The special culture that we get to live in here in Hawaii, esteems our kupuna. While we know this to be our cultural truth, we have not done well at esteeming those who care for our kupuna. The very individuals who carry out arguably the noblest responsibility and help us realize Aloha Kupuna often goes unnoticed and under-appreciated. In terms of our healthcare workforce, perhaps this influences the high job vacancies. I believe we are at the cusp of a

In traditional Hawaiian families, as beloved kūpuna transitioned from being the head of the household to one who requires care, they continued to be afforded great respect and affection within the family structure. They were called “hulu kupuna” to the end of their days, or “precious elder,” a family member as valuable and exquisite as feathers. Caring for our parents and grandparents is hardwired into our moʻomeheu, our culture. ~ Sylvia Hussey progressive movement. Aloha Aina shifted the paradigm on how we steward our natural resources and in doing so, provided many of our young people with a sense of purpose as they labor to enrich our land. Let us likewise, Aloha Kupuna and esteem our care providers. What if our island community publicly, consistently and prominently lauded the value of both our kupuna and those who care for them?

What if our youth believed and knew that caring for our kupuna was not only a noble responsibility but also well-paying career? What if caring for our kupuna became their “why?” We would make our island culture so much richer. Aloha Kupuna.

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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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What’s Trending in the Real Estate Market? By Leah Ragsac, Kauai Realty, Inc.

2021 was a wild year in real estate! We have seen home prices skyrocket and inventory shrink to record lows. Whether you are buying or selling, here are three real estate market trends to watch: TREND #1 Limited Choices For Buyers You probably have heard that inventory of homes for sale is incredibly low. In our local markets such as Lihue, you will find less than a handful of single family homes under a million dollars. What does this mean for Buyers? Be ready to compete with multiple offers. For Sellers, this is an opportune time to sell. TREND #2 Interest Rates Are Expected To Increase Although interest rates are still at historical lows, we are likely to see a few increases this year. When interest rates go up, borrowing money becomes more expensive. It then slows down buyers’ motivation as they contemplate the price of homes and large monthly payments. For Sellers, it may shrink the pool of Buyers resulting in less offers on the table. TREND #3 Home Prices Are Still Rising In 2021, we saw a huge spike in prices and it may continue 34


to increase. However, this year we may see it increase at a slower pace. Although Sellers are taking advantage of the market, they are also aware of the increase in interest rates and decrease in Buyers motivation, cautioning them to sell at a fair price. Although the real estate market is constantly changing, paying attention to real estate trends can help you strategize your next moves in buying or selling. Stay connected with a real estate agent for updated market trends.

Fun Programs Abound for Keiki to Kupuna with Special Needs Opportunities abound throughout Kauai for people with special needs to participate in fun and interesting events in the busy summer months.


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People with disabilities can enjoy and access our beautiful island and beaches? All terrain wheelchairs are available at selected beaches on Kauai. Contact the County of Kauai, Department of Parks and Recreation for further information at (808) 241-4460. Kauaʻi Inclusive Playground has been built at Lydgate Park and will be fully accessible for users of all ages and abilities. It’s scheduled to open this spring 2022 with an estimated 7,500 square feet of play structures arranged for equitable play. The Playground will feature spaces for sensory relief, ramps for wheelchair access to play structures, swings with adaptive seats, and more. KORE

Special Olympics Kauaʻi provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Email specialolympicskauai@msn.com for more info.

Kauaʻi Inclusive Playground (KORE) Kauai Ocean Recreation Experience allows people with special needs once a month to enjoy the ocean with the help of trained staff. KORE meets next to the pavilion in Hanalei. For more information call 808-651-6416 or visit www.korekauai.com

Healing Horses serves children and adults with special needs through the magic provided by partnering with horses, on the ground and in the saddle. Located on the Kapa’a Bypass Road. Call 808-634- 3896, or e-mail at hhkauai@gmail.com

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Stay Cool While Conserving Water By: Kaua'i Department of Water

1. Consider installing water-efficient rotary nozzles for your sprinklers. These nozzles are known to irrigate more efficiently and use up to 2% less water. 2. Let the kids play while you water the yard. Set aside days of the week with specific times when kids can go out and play under the sprinkler. 3. Minimize water use, maximize fun. Fill a shallow plastic tub with water and add some water toys for a fun wet activity. Your water use is limited by the size of the tub. 4. Before 9 am, after 5 pm. Water only in the early morning or late evenings to avoid evaporation. For more water-saving tips, follow @KauaiDOW on Facebook.



If no chemicals were added to the pool water, reuse it in your garden, landscaping or to give the dog a bath!

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Electronic Waste Recycle

Open to Businesses and Residents for FREE!* visit www.kauai.gov/eWaste or call 241-

6 Days a Week! Puhi Metals Recycling Facility, 3951 Puhi Road, Mon-Fri 7:30AM-3:30PM Operated by Resource Recovery Solutions Phone: 808-245-6919 All material is sent to Prudent IT-Tech Asset Recovery, Inc. located in Ontario, California or other R2 and/or e-Steward certified end destination.

*Large eWaste such as commercial printers and industrial electronics may be subject to packing and handling fee, call 245-6919 for more information Accepted:

Not Accepted:

Computer systems and accessories, cellular phones and accessories, office equipment, and audio & video equipment.

Nontaminated equipment, cracked or broken CRT screens, smoke detectors, and hazardous or non-eWaste items.

Full List available at www.kauai.gov/eWaste

You Can Pick

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Eat It Too!

June 21 marks the first day of summer this year. Although this summer may have a rockier start than years prior due to the pandemic that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of ways to make this summer feel as vibrant as every other year. One way to do that is to incorporate summer fruits into your cook out! A versatile fruit with many health benefits that can be used in many dishes is the ever-sweet pineapple, the ultimate summer fruit. Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and fiber while also being low in calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol. Pineapples also contain an enzyme called bromelain, which aids in digestion.



The bromelain enzyme is generally found in the stem or core of a pineapple and helps to digest food by breaking down the protein particles within it. Promoting a healthy digestive system [bromelain] is great for a natural detox and has also been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. Aside from being good for you and providing antioxidants you might not be getting from other foods, pineapple can bring an added brightness to your meals and is the perfect way to liven up dinnertime. To make sure that you’re able to jump in with a perfectly ripe pineapple, look for these indicators so you know that you’re picking out the best one every time!



The best and most ripe pineapples should be a yellow or golden color all the way through from base to stem. Ripe pineapples should give off a et sweet, fresh scent if you smell the base of the fruit. The skin of the pineapple should be firm with a little bit of softness when pressure is applied. Just make sure not to poke yourself with the spikes!




Green pineapples indicate that they are not ripe enough, and orange coloring on pineapples indicate that they may be overripe. Bad pineapples will begin to smell like vinegar when they’ve begun to rot, so smell with caution. If you check the pineapple’s skin and it’s either as hard as a rock or feels mushy, this is not your perfect pineapple. These can indicate underripe and overripe fruits respectively.


Try PORK TACOS with little chunks of pineapple! You’ll be surprised how well the flavors blend together, especially with grilled pork. To take it up a notch, try grilling the pineapple, too! PINEAPPLE SALSA is the perfect summer side dish. Swap out your tomato for pineapple! Some standard salsa ingredients to add are chopped onion, cilantro, salt and lime juice to taste! Throw some pineapple in the next time you make a SMOOTHIE for an extra tropical kick! ant something sweet for DESSERT, and not in mood for chocolate? Try W grilling this ultimate summer fruit in slices and serving them topped with vanilla ice cream, coconut flakes and almond slivers.

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The Importance of Stretching

Lynn Heyne DPT is stretching her left hamstring muscle standing with her foot up on a chair.

Paulynn Hanief PT stretches her left hamstring muscle with a foam roller for pressure, and yoga blocks for body weight support and proper posture. Gregg Pacilio, PT Rehab Director HHSC Kauai Region

Stretching is an important and often overlooked component of our health that is readily within our control. It keeps our muscles flexible, strong and healthy, and maintains motion at each joint. Without this, muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you need them most, your muscles feel weak and stiff. This puts you at risk for strains, muscle damage and joint pain. One common origin of tight hamstring muscles is excessive sitting. Individual factors such as past injuries, repetitive activities, poor seating or work tasks contribute and can result in spinal stiffness and low back pain. Stretching is an important part of the preventive self-care each of us needs to keep moving. Healthy muscles stabilize our joints and distribute forces more evenly. Our muscles even help us balance and avoid falls. With over 600 muscles, where do we start? Warm up first with a few minutes of light activity. Start at the

big, commonly tight body areas, such as hamstrings, hip flexors, quadriceps and calves. Shoulders, back and neck muscles cannot be ignored either. For busy people, stretching just 5 minutes per day can maintain movement and avoid injury. Try this gentle hamstring stretch for the back of your thighs: Sit with feet spread out and knees extended. Slide your hands down from your kneecaps towards your calves and hold it there, at least 30 seconds to release muscle tension. Breathe deeply while you stretch. Do not bounce as vigorous stretching can cause injury. Keeping your back straight isolates

Gregg Pacilio PT stretches his left hamstring muscle laying down to stabilize his back, and with a strap to raise his leg into the stretch.





Your HHSC Kauai Region’s Physical Therapists are ready to see you in Waimea and Kapa’a. We restore movement of muscles and joints, to function well. When the expertise and equipment of a PT is what you need, see us for evaluation

Our HHSC Kauai Region’s Rehabilitation Services include Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy to meet all your rehab needs. For more information or to make an appointment call us in Waimea at (808) 338-9457, or in Kapa’a at (808) 823-4120. RATION PO OR

the stretch to your hamstrings. Your brain and body will find relief and new length by performing this gently. You should feel tension, but not back or leg pain. Pain is always an indicator to talk to your doctor and seek more care for your movement quality with a physical therapist.

and treatment with individualized sessions. Our PTs have specialized tables, straps and instruments, and use skilled manual techniques to provide specific mobilization in addition to regular stretching. We test, measure and assess your progressive improvements. We educate and practice with you to continue a specific home exercise program. Additionally, we can send you stretches, exercises, and some educational videos about your diagnosis, by email or text with our new MedBridge program.


Erin Dean PT stretches her right hamstring muscle seated on a yoga mat. Her left knee is bent for stability and comfort, and to protect her back.

Renee Picotti OT stretches her hamstrings from sitting at the edge of her chair.

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Disclaimer: This article should not substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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Summer Fun Summer is here and Kauai is arguably the best place in the world to spend time with your family. Here are some ideas for fun family activities that you can enjoy this summer.

It goes without saying that summer on Kauai means going to the beach with your family. Kauai has miles of coastline, and numerous lifeguarded beaches. Beaches also offer abundant opportunities to try new activities. You can teach the kids to surf, stand up paddle, kayak, snorkel, boogies board, fish or just do some beachcombing. Lydgate Beach Park is the best of both worlds for families with children. The extensive community-built Kamalani playground includes a spiral volcano slide and swinging bridge. After wearing out the kids on the playground, you can cross the street for a cool dip in one of the protected swimming ponds. Get on your bike and ride The Path. The Kauai Path (kauaipath.org) offers 4.1 of beautiful scenic coastal views. There



are plenty of places to stop and explore and the pavilions will offer you a shady spot to cool off and enjoy a picnic lunch. Also great for walkers and baby strollers! Take a drive up to the Keahua Arboretum where you can enjoy a refreshing change from the hot sunny beaches. Pack a picnic lunch and let the kids take a dip in the freshwater stream while you enjoy the cool mountain breezes. Explore the many wonders of Kokeʻe. Stop by the Kokeʻe Museum and let the

IDEAS for for the the Family! docents help you find the perfect hike for the skill level of your family. Kokeʻe is a great place to learn about and enjoy Kauai’s native flora and fauna. Keep your eyes open, you may discover something you have never seen before.

full-size tree house, mini log cabin, an Indian village complete with slick rock and covered wagons, a wooden train and even a London style phone booth. Take the keiki for a train ride. Did you know that there is more than one place to take a train ride here on Kauai? Kauai is rich in railway history and you can learn more about it by taking a train ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana or on the oldest surviving plantation locomotive in Hawaii through the Grove Farm Museum. Enjoy the gardens of the Garden Isle. National Tropical Botanical Gardens Take a self-guided tour through acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, or join one of their educational programs. If you haven’t taken your kids to Na ʻAina Kai Childrens Garden, be sure to take advantage of one of their Keiki Day Events. The kids will enjoy a playground on steroids. The centerpiece of the children’s garden is a 60ft sculpture of Jack in the Bean Stalk surrounded by a wading pool and fountains. Yes, bring the swimsuits. The playground also boasts a

For reservations and updates, visit: www.naainakai.org/keiki-day/ Try your hand at golf. Take the kids to one of the local golf courses like Kukuiʻolono where you can enjoy stunning views, a Japanese Garden and of course nine holes of golf. If the kids are too small for a full size golf course, mini golf is a great way to introduce them to the sport. Enjoy a summer festival. Attend a summer festival, most of them are inexpensive and family friendly. Each festival highlights something different – from cultural festivals, to 4th of July, to celebrating Plantation history. Whatever you do, be sure to get out, get active and enjoy spending time with your family this summer. For more ideas about activities that you can enjoy with your family on Kauai, be sure to check out Kauai Family Magazine website at www.kauaifamilymagazine.com

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Your kids love their screen time. Why not direct them to programs that are as fun as they are educational?


Best Sites for Science – Minded Kids by Jan Pierce, M.Ed.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: STEM. That’s what the education buzz seems to be all about these days, and with good reason. The future job market for your young learners will most likely rely heavily on the problem-solving and technical skills that go with these subjects. Your kids love their screen time. Why not direct them to programs, games, and sites that will teach them important educational skills along with having a great time.



Here are some of the best shows, games, and websites for interacting with science, technology, and mathematics skills. AGES THREE TO FIVE Sesame Street – Yes, the favorite show of preschoolers for generations has updated their programming to include more than the alphabet. Now you’ll find problem-solving, nature, and environmental issues as well as science and engineering segments on this classic program. sesamestreet.org

Peg + Cat – The songs, activities, and interactive games make learning math skills a ton of fun. pbskids.org/peg

AGES FIVE TO EIGHT The Odd Squad – Another offering from PBS Kids, this show follows two young agents, Olive and Otto, as they save the day using math skills. Each episode is 12 minutes long and full of great math insights for kids. pbskids.org/ oddsquad/games

hot science questions such as: How are bones made? What’s a booger? Or why is the ocean salty? askdruniverse.wsu.edu

Ask Dr. Universe – Join Dr. Wendy Sue Universe on her site and get the latest answers, activities, and videos related to AGES NINE TO TWEENS Design Squad – A reality-based show from PBS Kids where teens ages 15 to 19 tackle real- life design problems. They design machines to solve problems. The teens compete to win scholarship money. May be interesting to teens as well as the nine to 12 age group. pbskids.org/ designsquad

Nina and the Neurons – Available from BBC, this site is chock-full of basic science, engineering, and coding games, plus songs, videos, and activities. Hands-on proof that science is fun! cbeebies.com

Planet Smarty Pants – This blog is written by an enthusiastic mom and filled with hundreds of activities exploring science, engineering, and art. Great literature supporting STEM projects are offered as well as the everyday activities she and her daughter do at home. planetsmarty.com together to keep their motherboard safe from Hacker. Math, weather, and environmental knowledge help them solve their problems. pbskids.org/ cyberchase/cybersquad/

Cyberchase – Jackie, Matt, and Inez are earthlings who have been pulled into a digital universe. They work

STEM Collaborative – This site has four major components: Math by design, road trip, scale city, and proportionland. Each module offers virtual environments, simulations, videos, and interactive math challenges. stemcollaborative.org

HIGH SCHOOL Xploration Outer Space – This twohour program is produced by Emily Calandrelli, a former NASA employee. It is shown on FOX affiliate stations. Each of the four half-hour blocks focuses on STEM topics related to space exploration. thespacegal.com/tv-show/

Sparticl – This site is a treasure trove of information for teen-aged learners. It’s divided into living things, matter and energy, body and brain, tech and invention, and earth and space. Each section contains informative articles, videos, and experiments to try at home. sparticl.org

Be sure to set an expectation for hands-on, real-life projects done in your home as well as screen learning. Kids love to experiment and problem-solve. These sites are a great way to get their creative juices flowing and take them into the world of real-life applications of STEM learning.

Summer 2022




MESSAGE FROM PAUL ZINA Kauai Complex Area Superintendent Aloha Kaua’i DOE Ohana! I love my job. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, even during these trying times. I want to thank all the students and the families of Kaua’i who have made many personal and professional sacrifices to keep our schools as safe and healthy as possible throughout the pandemic. With your help and with the help of our dedicated faculty, staff and administrators we continue to keep schools open for in person learning as it should be. While we are currently experiencing a downward trend in the Covid-19 case counts, I want to encourage everyone to continue to exercise their personal and professional responsibility to practice safe and healthy strategies in all areas of their lives. Only in this way can our community thrive. With many school summer programs starting after the formal school year comes to a close, ensure no one in your family comes to school with symptoms of illness. Isolate in a safe place when you or your family are sick to protect others. We all need to do our part to stay healthy and safe. Please use the other mitigating strategies we have all learned over the course of this pandemic - get vaccinated if appropriate for you and your family, social distance to the extent possible, when needed wear a mask to protect yourself and others, use good personal hygiene and wash your hands often. We thrive and are always better together. As always, you can find the most current Kaua’i Complex Area updates at our Kaua’i Public Schools launch website at bit.ly/kauaipublicschools. And you can find the most current state HIDOE updates at http://hawaiipublicschools.org. Stay safe, healthy and strong as we continue to support our children and families as one team! Mahalo!

Paul Zina Kaua’i Complex Area Superintendent

State of Hawaii- Department of Education

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Whatever your plans this Independence Day, you’ll want to sport red, white and blue on July 4. Turn the planning into a family affair and make custom t-shirts! These DIY festive shirts are sure to please. Plus, American flags never go out of style, so wear your new gear all summer. Find supplies at local craft stores.

Handprint Flag Shirts

Supplies • Red, white or blue t-shirt • Red, white and blue acrylic paint (depending on color of shirt) that’s safe for fabric • Paintbrush • Silver sequin stars (optional) • Fabric glue



Instructions • Paint palm of hand generously. •W ith fingers spread apart, press hand carefully onto left side of shirt. • Paint stripes as shown in photo. • Let dry completely. • Glue sequin stars onto handprint.

Flag Shirts Festive Flower Flag Shirts Supplies •B lue silk flower 4-6” diameter • Pin back • Glue gun • White shirt • Cardboard • Wax paper • Red rickrack • Fabric glue Instructions • Use a glue gun to glue pin back to the back of silk flower. Set aside. • Place a piece of cardboard lined with wax paper inside the shirt (this prevents glue from seeping through the shirt). • Cut 4-5 strips of rickrack, all the same length. • Use fabric glue to adhere rickrack to the shirt in horizontal lines (leave about one inch between each). Let dry completely. • Pin flower onto shirt in the upper left corner of the rickrack (see photo).

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Announce Your Baby’s Birth!


JAN 2022


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Hananiah Kamuela Phelps

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Kiana Agustina Leineweber

Parents: Jacqueline and Kai Leineweber Siblings: Mia and Maika

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 births@KauaiFamilyMagazine.com to submit a baby announcement online.



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Step 2. Outlining: Next outline the butterfly adding details at this stage. Step 3. Shading & Coloring: Finally color the butterfly using crayons or colored pencils.


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Summer 2022


Free Seminar Helps Farmers Manage Banana Bunchy Top Virus Whether you like them atop your acai bowl, baked in bread, layered in a pie or deep fried for lumpia, bananas are a favorite fruit that many of us enjoy often. Our local banana farmers work hard to provide this popular and versatile crop year-round. However, one of the challenges they face today is the Banana Bunchy Top Virus, which is spread by aphids and can have devastating impacts since diseased plants rarely produce fruit. To help Kaua‘i farmers combat and mitigate the Banana Bunchy Top Virus, Grove Farm hosted a free seminar in March at the pavilion outside our Puhi office. The University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) Cooperative Extension program provided information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM), with a special focus on the Banana Bunchy Top Virus management. Many of our local farmers attended the workshop presented by the CTAHR team of Amjan Ahmad, James Keach, Emilie Kirk ,and Dr. Roshan Manandhar. We would also like to congratulate Dr. Manandhar, who received the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council’s Kauaʻi MVP recognition on March 1. We look forward to partnering with CTAHR on additional seminars in the future.

Emilie Kirk of CTAHR was instrumental in bringing the seminar to our farmers. She is also fluent in the Thai language!

Dr. Amjan Ahmad helps to distribute virus-free Brazilian dwarf apple banana plants to participants

Dr. Roshan Manandhar explains about Panama wilt

Grove Farm Market Turns 2!

Stay tuned to the Grove Farm Market Instagram for special giveaways as the Market celebrates two-years since it opened on April 11, 2019. In response to the pandemic, many of our farmers lost their venues for selling their fresh fruits and vegetables. Grove Farm’s Puhi Park allowed farmers to sell their locally-grown crops and offers the community a convenient place to purchase fresh produce. While the island may be returning to a new normal, the community’s positive response to the market has inspired us to keep it open.



Kaiola Canoe Club—Perpetuating the Hawaiian Culture The Grove Farm Foundation is honored to support the Kaiola Canoe Club with a $3,000 donation to enhance their efforts to promote commitment, competition, and community through outrigger canoe paddling. We wish them all the best as they advance their mission of fostering education and instruction in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture.

St. Catherine’s Programming Panthers Shine at State Competition

Congratulations to the Programming Panthers of St. Catherine School on their outstanding efforts at the statewide FIRST LEGO League Challenge featuring 29 teams. The competition was held on February 26 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with nearly 200 students participating in interviews and matches. This yearʻs theme was Cargo Connect, and the Panthers designed, built, and programmed robots to transport and deliver cargo efficiently and safely. You made Kauaʻi proud!

We have since expanded the market to include more value added and food vendors. A craft fair is held every other month to showcase Kauaʻi’s crafters. The next craft fair will be on Saturday, June 4th, starting at 9:30 a.m. More exciting changes are planned for the future!

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Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Minds Active This Summer By Dr. Grace Galiza, MD Pediatrician, Kaua‘i Medical Clinic

“Parents can be positive role models and take an active role in establishing healthy habits for the whole family.” School’s out for summer, and for many keiki, that means long days spent in front of the TV, computer or video game console. It’s easy for children to slip into unhealthy habits during the months spent out of the classroom. The key to keeping your kids mentally and physically fit is by keeping them engaged in activities that provide a fun challenge – and do it with them!

Let Imaginations Run Wild. Set up a scavenger hunt or obstacle course in your backyard. Create a map with fun instructions like, “Take five giant bullfrog jumps forward, then spider crawl 10 steps sideways to the hibiscus bush.” Have a healthy treat at the end to reward them for a job well done. Experiment in the Kitchen. Cooking and baking are really just science experiments where you can eat the results! You’ll need math skills to count, add and measure out ingredients, while good reading skills makes sure you’re following directions properly.

“Parents can be positive role models and take an active role in establishing healthy habits for the whole family,” says Dr. Grace Galiza, a pediatrician at Kaua‘i Medical Clinic. “They are very influential in their children’s lives, and their words and actions can set a good example for keiki to follow.”

Start a Book Club. Go to the local library and let your little one pick out a few books. Once your child finishes one, ask him or her to tell you about it. Give them a few pieces of paper and crayons to draw out a memorable scene, or tell them to imagine what happens next and write it down.

Here are a few ideas.

Encourage New Hobbies. Maybe your child is an all-star on the baseball diamond but has expressed interest in playing the piano. Summer is the perfect time for kids to try something new and step out of their comfort zones.

Explore the Great Outdoors. Go on nature walks or explore hiking trails and beaches with your keiki. Let them take pictures and field notes of what they see along the way, and have them put everything together in a binder. They’ll be amazed at how different each area of the island is!



For more tips like these, visit HealthierHawaii.org.

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Eligibility • A parent or legal guardian can apply for their school aged keiki (preschool- 12th grade). • Applicants can request funds for activities such as but not limited to athletic registration, summer programs, hula, gymnastics, dance classes, afterschool programs, school fees, child care, and memberships.

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Summer 2022


The Value of Humility

Humility is an under-appreciated and often overlooked virtue in today’s world. It is among the most admirable personality traits. A humble person has an unassuming attitude without any arrogance or pride. A powerful or gifted person who is humble will always be well-regarded. However, in a society dominated by Facebook, Instagram, and TikToc, and a sports culture obsessed with winning, how does one begin to teach humility? More importantly, how do you teach humility while encouraging children to have confidence, drive for excellence, and embrace their uniqueness? Being humble does not mean lacking self-esteem, but rather being less selfabsorbed. C.S. Lewis defined humility as “… not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.” To be humble means to think more about others than ourselves, and not need to be the center of attention.



By Bernard Riola, M.D., Pediatrician KVMH Waimea, alumnus Saint Theresa School

Why teach children humility?

• It encourages children to be kind, respectful, and forgiving. • It teaches children that they can learn from others, thus facilitating their own personal and intellectual growth. • It allows for healthier, lasting social relationships. • It helps children live happier lives, by learning to be grateful for what they have, and not bitter at what they don’t have. • It lets children be self-assured in their knowledge and abilities.

How do you teach children humility? Model Humility – Children always learn achildren notice everything. They notice if you treat someone badly, lose your temper, or take an ill-advised shortcut. They also notice when you hold the door open for someone, speak kindly to others, and treat others with respect. Volunteering to help others and involving your children also pushes them to think of others before themselves. Build Them Up – Highlight the process rather than the results in their daily accomplishments. Instead of saying, “You’re so smart to get A!”, focus on their hard work and determination in getting their result. Remember to focus on teamwork when appropriate. Instead of saying, “You did so well, they couldn’t have won without you,” consider saying, “You and your teammates played well together and did so great!” This teaches them to consider others instead of only themselves. Admit mistakes – Children find humility by learning to admit their mistakes. Claiming responsibility for mistakes is important for learning integrity and responsibility. Encourage children to apologize and learn from their mistakes, rather than to justify and defend themselves, and be sure to model this yourself. To promote this behavior, it is

also important for parents to be forgiving and curb their anger to help children be comfortable approaching them. Discourage an attitude of entitlement – We all want to build our children’s selfesteem by telling them how smart, athletic, pretty, or amazing they are. However, this can cause children to feel entitled, arrogant, and self-absorbed. Again, focus on the process, what they did to become how they are, and that they can always learn and improve. Instead of saying, “You’re so athletic!”, try saying instead, “You are such a great athlete because you practice hard and never give up. Keep it up and you can always be better!” Reduce materialism – Children often want the nicest clothes, latest games, fanciest bicycle. We want to make our children happy and provide the best for them, but this can lead to self-absorption and arrogance. Often a few weeks later the child is on to wanting the next ‘best thing’. Try having them work for the things they want, or make it a rule to buy their ‘wants’ only on special occasions. Have them learn about disadvantaged children where these ‘wants’ are less important as food or a place to live. Try having them donate some of their toys to share with others.

Summer 2022


4 Ways to Empower Kauaʻi Youth by Lindsay Fernandez Richardson, MS, LMHC

Empowerment is a person’s belief in their ability to make good choices and solve problems. Studies show that empowerment is a key factor in young people’s potential to grow into healthy adults.


Show young people that adults respect and appreciate them. Youth develop the confidence they need to learn and try new skills when adults demonstrate that they are valued and that their thoughts are important. Make an effort to acknowledge kids and teens, involve them in conversation, and ask for their feedback when making decisions.


Provide youth with opportunities to participate in meaningful roles and tasks. Young people begin to believe in themselves when they are given a sense of responsibility. Ask youth to help at home, in school, or in extracurricular activities. Help them learn the skills they need to be successful in fulfilling their duties.


Encourage young people to serve the community for at least one hour per week. Volunteering offers the opportunity to learn skills that can help youth feel more confident in their abilities. Model for young people how positive it can be to contribute and invite them along. Talk with youth about ways they are interested in serving the community and jointly choose a service project.


Help youth feel safe and secure at home, at school, and in the community. Young people who feel secure tend to be more open to challenging themselves. Communicate with youth to find out if



they are worried or feeling unsafe. Listen compassionately, work with them to identify solutions, and promptly address safety issues. Consider counseling if youth display persistent worrying or anxiety. Source: 40 Developmental Assets® www. searchinstitute.org

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It’s The Summer Hidden Picture Puzzle! How Many Can You Find?

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What Kids By Sarah Lyons


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Kids love to collect everything from rocks to stickers. These treasures bring kids joy and entertainment, but they also take up space and collect dust. While they often seem like trash, collections often provide a great opportunity for kids to learn about things that interest them. Here are benefits of children starting a collection. Responsibility Kids who collect items need to be responsible for them. They sort, take care of, and find creative ways to display the items they are interested in. It’s important to make sure collections are well cared for and stored correctly so they don’t get lost or broken. This helps kids learn responsibility and organization. Lessons Learned Kids who collect are more likely to spend time reading about, sorting and discussing their collections. As they research and learn about their chosen item(s), they learn about the world around them. For instance, a baseball card collection teaches about sports, but also math as they compare statistics. Here are other lessons learned: • Science and nature: rocks, shells,



leaves, pinecones, bugs (For items you don’t want in the house, encourage kids to take photos and provide a spot to display them) • History: coins, stamps, fossils, arrowheads, artifacts • Creativity: There is a host of items that foster creativity, whether it’s art supplies, buttons, playing cards- or simply the different ways a child chooses to display their collection. Connection Collectors bond with others who share similar interests, which can help start friendships. There may be conventions kids and parents can attend to explore, purchase and meet others who are interested in the same collector’s items. These experiences help build social skills and new relationships. Storytelling As kids look through their collection, they recall where they acquired certain items-at a family trip or on a hike with a friend - and they learn to tell stories about the experiences to family members, friends, and visitors. Budgeting For items that need to be purchased, kids will have an opportunity to learn budgeting skills. They need to research prices, find a way to earn money, and save until they have enough to make a purchase. If items are traded, they can practice negotiation skills as they bargain with friends. Joy While your child’s collection may be nothing but a dust collector to parents, it likely brings your child happiness. I have an abundance of items that bring me joy: a stack of books, my grandmother’s china, and enough gadgets to fill two kitchens. A child’s collection brings similar joy and it’s important for parents to remember this, foster their interests and encourage what is important to them. Many valuable lessons can be learned from maintaining collections. Support kids by providing a shelf to display items or a special box for storage.

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The summer is the perfect time to explore. We picked 7 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.



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.

Makauwahi Cave Reserve

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.

Makauwahi Cave is the largest limestone cave in Hawaii. On a property that belongs to Grove Farm Company, you will find a park that was created by Dr. David and Lida Pigott Burney. This 17 acre park is open for free guided tours daily from 10:00 am. - 4:00pm. The Makauwahi Cave Preserve invites visitors to learn about Hawaii’s rarest creatures, extinct creatures, lost landscapes and ancient Hawaiian culture. Located In the Māhāʻulepū Valley close to Māhāʻulepū Beach. Visit www.cavereserve.org

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Ocean Safety & Hazards

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I’m a musical person and when I think about something, a song often comes to mind. Summer issue? There are quite a few songs I can recall. Always the George Gershwin classic “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” And a teeny bop song from decades past was “Sum-SumSum-Sum-Sum-Sum Summertime.” (Yes, 6 Sums). And of course Nat King Cole’s “Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer.” He with the smooooth golden voice. So, welcome to summer of 2022. Might the pandemic be behind us? 76


Will more variants emerge so that boosters will be recommended at regular intervals, as is the case with Influenza vaccine? Will the monstrous economic ramifications of the pandemic start to normalize? Or will inflation and high gas prices still cause widespread suffering? What worldwide ramifications will result from the bludgeoning Russian invasion of Ukraine? (The horrific Ukrainian implications are hard to imagine if you’re not there). All these questions have nothing to do with ocean safety on Kauai

By Monty Downs, MD Wilcox Hospital ER Doctor

Kalihiwai rivermouth

Lumahai rivermouth

but they merit being mentioned. To get on topic: You have to be thick skinned to be an ocean safety advocate on Kauai, because you’re going to get kicked hard in the teeth every now and then. There are a lot of people enjoying our beaches and being in the ocean, some of the people with more ocean-savvy than others. And hazards are there. Hazards + people = potential trouble. Hazards include breaks, rip currents, slippery or submerged rocks, surprise waves, spiny sea urchins, and more. And so amongst all the hundreds if not thousands of hours of wonderful happy times, there will be tragedies, and when they happen they can happen fast.

left behind shocked and acutely grieving families. We often don’t think about rivermouth hazards because the area can be such a fun frolic. But you can be having happy family fun one moment, and the next moment one of you can be swept out to sea by the strong outward current generated by the river. In both of these tragedies the seas were rough and the victims were quickly overwhelmed and their bodies were never found.

I write this piece as our Kauai community is reeling from the tragic effects of yet another hazard, rivermouths. We suffered 2 rivermouth-related drownings. Both victims were young men and both

I don’t enjoy writing a somber paragraph like this last one. Whether or not we are involved with trying to make things safer, these tragedies tear us up. If we are wanting to be active in trying to make this safer, what should we do to try and make things better, safer? Well, we have our list of things we try. We try to spread the slogan “Please swim near a Lifeguard.” Summer 2022


Please Swim Near A Lifeguard (continued) (Both of these deadly incidents took place at unguarded beaches.). We have rescue tube stations nearby. On our social media sites (www.kauailifeguards.org and @kauailifeguards) we offer specific warnings about the hazard of frolicking in a rivermouth area, and as I write we are very near to installing a safety-information kiosk at the Lumahai rivermouth parking area, one that clearly shows the hazard and one that we hope will be effective. There are many Kauai rivermouths that drain into the ocean. Lumahai and Rock Quarry were this week’s disaster spots. There are similar set-ups at Anini, Kalihiwai, Anahola, Kealia, Wailua, Marine Camp, Kalapaki, Hanakapiai. Undoubtedly there are others that I’m forgetting. The degree of hazard can vary, depending on such things as the amount of inland rainfall (i.e.making for a strong



outward river current), and the sea conditions. This brings us to a problem with having a permanent sign saying “Dangerous Current” or “Dangerous Shorebreak,” since it can look ridiculous and therefore lose all credibility on a day that the ocean is calm as a bathtub. Which is why we emphasize “Please swim near a Lifeguard.” They can talk with you about the hazards that day, or maybe the lack of hazards that day. And they can watch you. And they can rescue you if need be. The plan of course is that a rescue won’t be necessary since the swimmer will be well informed about what not to do and where not to venture. I’ll wrap this piece up on a much brighter note. We recently had a young man, a visitor from Colorado, swept out by the Kealia Rivermouth current. This area is around 300 yards from the Kealia Tower. The young man’s father saw him floating face

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

down and motionless about 40 yards off the beach, out past a moderate shorebreak. The father heroically swam out and somehow brought his son’s lifeless body through the shorebreak and back to the beach as the lifeguards sprinted the 300 yards from the Tower they had just arrived at. (This happened at 9:02 AM, before the Lifeguards had even rolled their ATV out of the storage shed).Interestingly the father doesn’t even remember this, he tapped into some superhuman or maybe divine reserve of instinctive energy.

draining out of the young man’s mouth, he regained a pulse! He was transported to the ER and then to the ICU in a comatose state.

The Lifeguards got to the scene and found the young man pulseless and flaccid. They immediately started expert CPR and even as water was

So there you go. That’s why we say Please swim near a Lifeguard. Very best wishes to all of you, all of us, for a happy and safe summer.

To make a long story short, after 2 days of state-of-the-art treatment in the ICU, the young man regained consciousness. He remained in the hospital on oxygen for 3 more days as his lungs recovered from the insult of all the inhaled water, and then he walked out of the hospital still a bit fatigued but otherwise in his normal state, accompanied by joyous family members!

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Quality pediatric care for a healthier future. From regular checkups to immunizations, it’s important to keep up to date with pediatric care for your keiki. Our pediatricians provide the care your keiki need to be their best. You are why we’re reimagining health care. To schedule an appointment, call (808) 245-1561 or visit WilcoxHealth.org/pediatrics.