Kauai Family Magazine Summer 2023

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Residential Rebate


v $250 rebate for >8,000 BTU to <20,000 BTU with SEER rating of 18 or higher.

v $350 rebate for ≥20,000 BTU with SEER rating of 18 or higher.

v Residential customers only.

v Must provide approved County permit of installation.

v Rebate will be credited to member’s account within 3 to 6 weeks from the date approved.

v Subject to minimum 300 kWh of electricity consumption per month for preceding 12 months prior to rebate submission.

This residential incentive program is designed to encourage members to replace less efficient cooling and ventilation systems and replace them with new, energy-efficient models. Qualifying rebates will be credited to your account within 3-6 weeks from the date approved. New construction does not qualify.

For more information, visit www.kiuc.coop or call 808.246.4300.

KIUC is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Protecting The Ones We Love

As much as we want to protect our kūpuna from fraud, there are times they fall victim before we can help it. If you have elderly loved ones in your life, don’t be afraid to educate and talk about how it may affect them.

At Gather FCU, you can call us anytime, we’re always here to help.

Federally insured by NCUA
| 808.245.6791



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 to reconnect with our families and loved ones. Our island offers many beautiful activities, from surfing and fishing to camping and taking in the scenery.

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,

For more information on preparedness, please visit health.hawaii.gov For more information about Plan 10, please call (808) 241-3555 Store your preparedness kit in containers such as storage bins or a large bag for a convenient grab-n-go. You may also use a clean garbage can for larger capacity. Check your kit every 6 months for expired items A simple guide to ten essential items you should pack BEFORE a disaster or emergency occurs



Summer is full of reasons to celebrate. This month it’s graduations. Congratulations to all our Kaua’i graduates; I wish you the best! And, of course, Mother’s Day (May 14) and Father’s Day (June 18) are great opportunities to honor the loving moms and dads who work hard to support their families.

Summertime is fun time. Kauai is bursting with activities for the whole ‘ohana: places to go, fun things to do, educational ventures (shhh, don’t tell the keiki they will learn even though school is out). Check out Summer Fun Ideas for the Family (p. 36-37). It’s camp season. Making friends, learning skills, participating in new activities (and old favorites): summer camps are about growth and fun. Peruse the camp options showcased on pages 28-34. But don’t delay; they fill up quickly!

Koloa Plantation Days is back. Learn all about this popular cultural event on pages 10-11. Independence Day festivities. Start by making Star-Spangled Sodas (p. 35). Looking for fireworks? We got you covered: July 1st at Freedom Fest and July 4th at Concert in the Sky. But first, read how to keep your 4-legged friends safe on page 45. We hope this issue provides you with memorable ways to spend your summer and also valuable resources to aid your health, safety and well-being. Mahalo, Kaua’i, for allowing Kaua’i Family Magazine to be a part of your ‘ohana!


P.S. Free School Supplies Day is July 15 (details on p 27).


Chrissy Schechter


Edie Mann


Chrissy Schechter


Todd Fuerte


Patrick Ching

Monty Downs, M.D.

Todd Fuerte

Natalie Kekuewa

Aries Kuo, M.D.

Sarah Lyons

Cheryl Maguire

Mark Oyama

Heidi Purcell, M.D.

Leah Ragsac

Bernard Riola, M.D.

Robert Stebbins, D.D.S.



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SUMMER FEATURES 10 KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS Ten Days of Family Fun 12 SUMMER HAPPPENINGS Summertime Events for the ‘Ohana 56 KEEP KIDS READING Tips to Avoid the Summer Slide 60 OCEAN SAFETY & HAZARDS Please Swim Near a Lifeguard 10 37th annual Koloa Plantation Days Festival July 21-30, 2023 45 28-34 WHAT’S INSIDE 16 KAUA`I KUPUNA Ohana Pacific Health 45 KAUA`I PETS July 4th Safety 50 KAUA`I KEIKI Science Experiments 74 KAUA`I OHANA Resource Programs from Keiki to Kupuna 78 KAUA`I SPORTS The Countdown
8 www.kauaifamilymagazine.com Education and Schools Kauai Christian Academy 51 Bethel University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Child & Family Services - Head Start 71 Patrick Ching Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 State of Hawaii Dept. of Education . . . . . . . . . .25,27 Kukui Grove Center 27 Health & Medical Services Hawaii State Dept. of Health . . 5,69,74,75,76,77 Malama Pono Health Services 70 Regency at Puakea Assisted Living . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Ohana Pacific Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,16,17 Hoku Smiles 69 Garden Isle Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,16,17 Kauai Adult Day Health 14,19 Stay at Home Health Care 14 Hale Kupuna Heritage Home . . . . . . . . . . 14,16,17 Hawaii Health Systems CorporationKauai Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40, 41,49,65 Kalaheo Dental Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kauai Medical Clinic 68 Wilcox Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Jason Blake Health Insurance 19 Summer Programs Koloa Plantation Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,11 Kauai Opio and Keiki Orchestra 32 County of Kauai Summer Programs 33 Camp Makanalani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Dance Fusion Camps 34 Bon Dances 29 Big Brothers Big Sisters Kauai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run . . . . . . . 28 Healing Horses Kauai 30 Kauai Sailing Camp 32 Coral ReefCamp 30 SONsation Camp, Lihue Baptist Church .... 31 Garden Island STEAM Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 DOE STEM Camp 30 Kokee Community Arts Camp 31 Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Wilcox Keiki Bike & Skateboard Safety Day . . 28 Kekaha Family Day, July 4th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Community Partners Kauai Complex Area DOE 25 County of Kauai Office of the Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . 4 County of Kauai Lifeguard Association . . . 60,61 County of Kauai Agency of Elderly Affairs 18 County of Kauai Department of Water 20 County of Kauai Parks and Recreation 19,33 County of Kauai Waste Management . . . . . . . . . 21 Rip Tides Shave Ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Gather Federal Credit Union 3 Kauai Island Utility Cooperative 2,29 Mark’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Catholic Charities Hawaii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Leah Ragsac, Realtor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 T. Fuerte Photography 1 The Countdown Kauai 78,79 Kauai Family Magazine is able to provide quality local content because of the continued support of our advertisers. Please support local businesses and tell them you saw them in Kauai Family Magazine! visit our advertisers

Pronto Pops

Like a corn dog but without the cornmeal.

A Hawaii tradition and an item you will find at the Bon Dances here on Kaua`i.


2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup sugar

2 tbsp powdered milk - dry

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 cup water (approximate)


1. Mix dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, sugar, powdered milk, and salt.

2. Add eggs, vanilla and approximately 1 cup of water until about as thick as pancake batter.

3. Lightly boil hot dogs and cool.

4. Dust hot dogs with flour and add stick — half wooden chopstick — before coating with batter. Deep fry.

Exploring the Past to Shape the Future

July 21-30, 2023

Ten Days of Family Friendly Fun in Koloa and Poipu

Preparations are now underway for this year’s 37th annual Koloa Plantation Days Festival, to be held July 21st-30th throughout Koloa and Poipu. Over 10 days, over 20 events will feature all aspects of plantation life and highlight the natural beauty and community of the Koloa area including a rodeo weekend, “talk stories” on local history and plantation life, live music and culinary events spotlighting our cultural roots, guided historic walks and events for keiki.

Koloa was the site of the state’s first commercial sugar mill in 1835. Koloa Plantation and those who followed brought contract laborers from Asia and Europe to work in the fields and the mills. Where they lived in plantation camps, the workers from each country shared the foods, music, stories, and traditions of their homelands. Koloa Plantation Days commemorates these diverse cultures and how they were shared as a part of plantation life.

The week of events is steeped in area history and brings the community together with “talk stories” on plantation life, guided historical walks through the area, a culinary market, live music events, a plantation era exhibit and keiki events. Most events are

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“When Koloa Plantation Days first began in 1985, Koloa Mill was still a working mill. The last sugar mill on Kauai closed in 2009.”

inexpensive or free and family friendly – a perfect way to introduce the traditions, games, foods and music of parents and grandparents to youngsters.

The festival opens with the Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo weekend at CJM Stables featuring championship roping, bull riding, po’o wai u and other events reflecting Hawaii’s paniolo heritage. For many rodeo families, this is a whole family affair with riders from 5 years old to 85 years old.

The final weekend spotlights the annual Koloa Plantation Days parade through Koloa town which was the original event that started the festival, on the 175th anniversary of Hawaii’s first sugar mill. This year’s colorful parade on Saturday, July 30th entries will highlight the diverse cultures that came together during the plantation era with floral floats, walking and equestrian units, decorated vehicles, vintage cars, and a marching band. Riding units are always a favorite, as are the many ways the community expresses the themeremembering the plantation heritage of the area. This year’s parade honors the 100th anniversary of Koloa Union Church.

After the parade, guests stroll down to Knudsen (Koloa) Ball Park for an all-day celebration featuring top tier music and entertainment, Kauai’s largest craft fair, keiki rides and activities and ono local foods spotlighting Kauai’s diverse cultures.

The Festival closes with the Family Fun Run on Sunday – a great way to explore the area together.

The founding “mother” of the event, Phyllis Kunimura was a teacher and reminded us how important it is to involve kids in learning about area history. Her favorite part was the parade and sharing the diverse cultures that came together on Kauai through the plantation camps. Since the last sugar plantation on Kauai closed in 2009 and as the generation who lived the sugar era gets older, the festival is an opportunity to share these traditions and experiences with future generations of Kauai kids.


for more information and a full schedule of events. Mahalo to the County of Kauai and the local businesses, families, resorts and organizations who make the Festival possible each year.

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Events are subject to change without notice. Always call event first to confirm.



HLTA Annual Visitor Industry

Charity Walk

Saturday, May 6, 6am–Noon

Vidinha Stadium


Pedal to the Meadow

Saturday, May 27

Cycle from Kekaha up to Kokee p2mkauai@gmail.com



Hanalei Canoe Club 41st annual Haena to Hanalei 8-mile Run

Saturday, June 3, 5am–9am

Start Ha’ena at Ke’e Beach to the historic Hanalei Pier

PLUS: Half Marathon from Hanalei Pier to Ha’ena Beach Park and back to the Pier (808) 639-4048


Kauai Pride Parade & Festival

Saturday, June 3, 9am-2pm Rice St. from Vidinha Stadium to the Historic County Building


Grove Farm Crafts Fair & Farmers Market

Saturday, June 3, 9:30am–12:30 pm

Puhi Park

Kauai Poke Fest

Saturday, June 3, 4pm–7pm Sam Choy, Aaron Sanchez, Ronnie Rainwater, plus 20 professional & amateur chefs Koloa Landing Resort, Koloa. $90 info@kauaipokefest.com


Dance Fusion Studios Presents

Circus of Dreams Show

Sunday, June 4, 4pm War Memorial Convention Hall

Pre-Show Carnival starts at 2:30pm dancefusionkauai.com

The King’s Parade & Ho’olaule’a Saturday, June 10, 10am–3pm

Vidinha Stadium to Historic County Building Rice St. closes at 9:30 am

Father’s Day Fishing Tournament

Sunday, June 18, 10:30am – 2pm

Nawiliwili Yacht Club Small Boat Harbor. Keiki ages 3-13 are invited to bring an adult for a great day of fishing and prizes.

$5, which includes a hot dog and soda. Bring your own bucket, fishing pole, and bait. www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org

AYSO Soccer Registration

Register players ages 3 to18 for the 2023 soccer season. Register online at www.eayso.org or aysoregion941@gmail.com

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Koloa Pop Warner Registration

Packet pick up: Koloa and Kalaheo Schools

Ages: 5 and 6

Accepting all divisions, including flag football



Freedom Fest

Saturday, July 1

Gates open 4pm

Barking Sands, Kekaha



Live entertainment

Food trucks

Kauai Hospice 4th of July

Concert in the Sky Fireworks

July 4th, 3:30pm-9pm

Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field


Kekaha Family Day

Tuesday, July 4,10am-6pm

Kekaha Neighborhood Center Park


Food for purchase

Live entertainment throughout the day

Back to School Bash

Saturday, July 15


Pre-registration required

Online registration opens July 1

Kukui Grove Center


Koloa Plantation Days

Ten days of Family Fun in Koloa & Poipu

July 21-30

For information and a full schedule of events: www.koloaplantationdays.com

Kauai Bike & Skateboard

Safety Day

Saturday, July 22, 8am-11am

Wilcox Medical Center


Koloa Plantation Days

Family Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, July 30, 6am-9:30am

Poipu Beach Park

1 Mile Keiki Run

5K Run/Walk

10K Run

10 Mile Run/Walk

Kukui’ula Outrigger Canoe Club





Heiva I Kaua’i

Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6

10am- 5pm

Kapaa Beach Park

Tahitian dance and drumming competition

Food and craft vendors. $8

Relay for Life

Saturday, August 19, 4:00pm-10:00pm

Vidniha Soccer Field

American Cancer Society



(808) 466-1792

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Show Respect to Older Adults

Older adults (kupuna) are today who you will become someday: human beings who play a pivotal role in our society.

Therefore, we should all appreciate and respect the wisdom, knowledge, experience, and grace kupuna offer to younger generations.

Treat older adults with respect, just like you want them to treat you, and just like you’ll want to be treated when you are their age.

Start by noticing older adults around you. Many retirees continue to work parttime or volunteer, still contributing to the community. Others take care of grandchildren, ensuring the next generation gets a solid foundation for life.

Be considerate of older adults’ wellbeing. People age differently, so some aging folks are healthy, while others live with illness or medical conditions. Regardless of health, every older adult deserves to be treated with respect.

Do not call someone of an older generation by his or her first name. Ask how he or she would like to be addressed, and honor that. Show respect when talking with older adults. Talk directly to them, not around them.

Never shout at an older adult, assuming that he or she is hearingor cognivitely-impaired. Being older doesn’t necessarily mean hard-ofhearing. Often, older adults are very wise, having “seen it all.” Make it a point to listen: they may have beneficial wisdom and sage advice for you.

Offer your seat to an older adult, whether on the bus, a waiting room, or anywhere else.

When driving an older adult, ask where he or she prefers to sit. Don’t assume they want to sit in the back. Provide assistance getting in and out of the car, a task that can be difficult for those with decreased strength.

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Ohana Pacific Health and Post-Acute Care

I am privileged to be a part of Ohana Pacific Health (OPH), a locally owned healthcare organization with care communities spanning all four major Hawaiian Islands.

Ohana Pacific Health’s skilled nursing communities on the island of Kauai — Garden Isle and Hale Kupuna Heritage Home — are responsible for serving approximately 80% of Kauai’s postacute care needs.  With convenient locations, outstanding therapy services, and competent nursing care, OPH has developed dynamic, comprehensive care to help meet the needs in our beautiful Garden Island.

Many of our experienced leaders at Ohana Pacific Health have been serving our kupuna for decades. They have seen healthcare throughout the state of Hawaii experience ups and downs.

Most recently, the impact the COVID-19 epidemic had on healthcare

— and more specifically on healthcare staffing — left many experts in awe. Our leaders at OPH — seasoned and resilient — have responded in multiple, meaningful ways.

For example, they have partnered with Kauai High School and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii to create an allexpense-paid Certified Nursing Aide course for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The students meet on the Kauai High School campus twice a week for four months. To pass the Certified Nursing Aide course, students are required to participate in the real-life, hands-on setting at Hale Kupuna Heritage Home, where they gain valuable experience providing care to residents and patients.

After successful completion of the Certified Nursing Aide course, students are eligible for immediate hire at our Hale Kupuna Heritage Home and

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Garden Isle Rehab & Nursing Center, where they can smoothly transition into the workplace environment and start a career in one of the noblest professions.

With Ohana Pacific Health’s orientation process, these young new members of our community workforce are set up to succeed. Students who excel within the company could be eligible to participate in one of OPH’s “investment” opportunities: at no cost to these individuals, they can be a part of the CNA-to-LPN bridge program.

Ohana Pacific Health and UH Maui have partnered to create this first-ofits-kind program that allows CNAs exclusive to OPH the privilege and convenience of being part of this promising career opportunity.

The healthcare staffing crisis is not unique to in Hawaii; it is nationwide. As part of another exciting Ohana Pacific Health initiative, we are working with the United States Department of Immigration to recruit healthcare workers from the Philippines to work for OPH. We presented our current team members the opportunity to invite eligible family members and friends who are nurses and CNAs in the Philippines to participate in this initiative. Their eligibility is reviewed and they go through a job interview. If selected, they are then guided through the immigration process, for the opportunity to come to Hawaii to live and work as a CNA or

If you are interested in a healthcare career with Ohana Pacific Health, visit our website at  www.ohanapacific.com/careers. We would love to grow our Ohana with you.

nurse for Ohana Pacific Health. We boast a supportive training environment, a teamwork-centric approach, and Ohana-like relationships among staff members. We are one Ohana: united with a strong commitment to a common goal of caring for kupuna!

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ohanapacific.com. 808-742-7591 admissions@halekupuna.com 4279A Omao Road, Koloa,
individualized application

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall


Find a good balance and exercise program

Look to build balance, strength, and exibility

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 effe cts aren’t increasing your risk of f alling Take medi cations only as prescr ibed

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’ i ssue.

Take Control of Your Health:
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!
PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY COUNTY OF KAUAI AGENCY ON ELDERLY AFFAIRS FREE Falls Prevention Program • (808) 241-4470 • www.kauaiadrc.org

Ongoing Senior Programs

Classes and activities are scheduled at community neighborhood centers throughout the island.

Some of the classes available include: art, aquatics, ukulele, hula, bonsai, cultural dances, exercise, hanafuda, weaving, quilting, line dance, sewing, crafts, and painting.

If you are interested in joining our senior program, contact the Neighborhood Center closest to you.

Kekaha NC 337-1671

Waimea NC 338-1122

Kaumakani NC 335-5770

Hanapepe NC 335-3731

Kalaheo NC 332-9770

Koloa NC 742-1313

Lihue NC 241-6857

Kapaa NC 822-1931

Kilauea NC 828-1421

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Drinking enough water every day is important for your health. Water plays a key role in many of our body’s functions, including supporting a healthy digestive system, cushions joints and maintaining normal body temperature, just to name a few.

Consuming eight glasses of water a day is a reasonable goal that’s easy to remember. While there are other hydration drinks out there, many contain unnecessary additives that may not be ideal for non-athletes. Sports drinks may be useful during long periods of intense exercise, especially if they’re sweating a lot, but overall, water is your best choice to stay hydrated.

The Department of Water works around the clock to make sure that safe, high-quality drinking water is always on tap. For more information, visit www.kauaiwater.org or follow @KauaiDOW on Facebook.

5 REASONS TO DRINK MORE WATER 5 REASONS TO DRINK MORE WATER IIncreases ncreases energy. energy. Prevents Prevents dehydration. dehydration. Flushes out Flushes out ttoxins. oxins. Improves skin Improves skin complexion. complexion. Maintains Maintains regularity. regularity. 1 1.. 2 2.. 3 3.. 4 4.. 5 5.. Source: www.accesshealthla.org Source: www accesshealthla org www.kauaiwater.org | 808-245-5400 | FB: @KauaiDOW www.kauaiwater.org | 808-245-5400 | FB: @KauaiDOW Providing safe, affordable, reliable water service for our communities. Providing safe, affordable, reliable water service for our communities.
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Addressing Kauai’s Housing Crisis

with Leah Ragsac, Kauai Realty

As a Realtor, I see many families that are faced with our housing crisis here on Kauai. Whether it’s a family desperately looking for a rental or a first time home buyer trying to purchase their first home, our island is in a dilemma. The County of Kauai, private developers and many nonprofits have made great efforts to help resolve this ongoing problem but we are still far from what we need, and it could not come fast enough.

According to the Kauai General Plan (finalized in 2018), “Our current housing deficit is 1,400 units and demand is projected to increase by 9,000 units by 2035.” Rentals can be difficult to find and the number of homes for sale are at an all-time low. What does this do to the rental and real estate market? Higher rent and higher housing prices. This makes it difficult for an average family to survive, much less thrive. Here are a few things to consider to be part of the solution:

Consider building an Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU). If you are a property owner and have enough space on your property and meet the County’s requirements you may qualify to build a separate home on your property.

Consider converting extra space in your current home into an Additional Rental Unit (ARU). Along with earning extra income you will be providing well needed housing. Check with the County for their requirements and incentives.

Support the efforts of those agencies working tirelessly to provide housing, solutions and hope to the people of Kauai. Here are a couple:

PAL (Permanent Affordable Living Kauai) pal-kauai.org

Habitat for Humanity kauaihabitat.org

Let’s not stand on the sidelines, let’s become part of the solution!

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Students’ Work Year

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This school year has gone by so quickly. As I reflect, I can confidently share that we had a great start in returning to faceto-face learning for students, teachers, support staff and administrators.

We experienced the wonders of learning that happens when students and their teachers work closely together. We saw the excitement as students participated in athletic and other extracurricular activities. This culminated in the Class of 2023 graduates receiving their diplomas alongside their peers, ready to take on their future.

As the name of this magazine reflects “Family,” on behalf of our K-12 schools, many thanks to our parents and the larger Kauai Ohana for always being part of our family in supporting our schools. The secret to any success is the ability to work together and support each other.

Kauai’s ohana—our family—continued to support our students, teachers and administrators, and we are grateful!

Mahalo for always being there for our future generations. We are so fortunate to live in this wonderful island community.



Fishing is a great outdoor activity for the whole family. Anyone in your family can fish, if they can hold a hand pole or rod and reel. Going fishing gets keiki unplugged from video games and phones for at least a few hours; or, if they start catching some fish, you might get them unplugged for the whole day! Some locations you might want to try fishing for keiki are the public piers (Waimea Pier, Hanalei Pier and Ahukini Pier). The boat harbors (Nawiliwili and Port Allen) also have some good rocky spots for beginners, too.

3rd Annual Ohana Fishing Days

A fun-filled family activity

For more info and to register, email kffohanafishing@gmail.com or call 808-639-0284.

9am-noon each day

Saturday, June 3rd

Central - Nawiliwili Harbor

Saturday June 10th

South - Kukuiula Harbor

Saturday June 24th

West - Hanapepe Tennis Courts

Saturday, July 8th

North East - Anahola Beach Park

Saturday, July 15th

Central East - Lydgate Beach (end of the parking lot)

Saturday July 22nd

North- Ke’e Beach

Father’s Day Fishing Tournament

Sunday, June 18, 2023


Prizes awarded at 1:30pm

Location: Nawiliwili Yacht Club

Small Boat Harbor

Register: 10am-11am 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.

For more details: www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org

Bring your own bucket, fishing pole, and bait.

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Bon Dance Schedule

June 9 & 10 Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission

June 16 & 17 Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji

June 23 & 24 West Kaua‘i Hongwanji Mission

June 30 & July 1 (No Bon Dance)

July 7 & 8 Līhu‘e Hongwanji Mission

July 14 & 15 Waimea Shingon Mission

July 21 & 22 (No Bon Dance)

July 28 & 29 Waimea Higashi Hongwanji

Kekaha Family Day





Craft booth sales


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The 2023 Bon Dance schedule is sponsored by Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER PARK
Food for
Live entertainent Free rides all day!

Healing Horses

Kauai Youth Horsemanship Camp




Science, Culture & Art Learning Adventure

Weekly Sessions


Mon – Wed 8:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Anini Beach


For children ages 8-13 who are good swimmers and love snorkeling

Healing Horses Kauai Horsemanship Camps

June 5-9 • June 26-30 • July 24-28

Volunteer Orientation & Training: May 27-28

Register online at: www.HealingHorsesKauai.org

Email: hhkauai@gmail.com

Phone: 808-634-3896


Register at www.reefguardians.org

REGISTER AT www.reefguardians.org

For scholarships and fee waivers (FREE), email: education@reefguardians.org (808) 651-0286

For scholarships and fee waivers (FREE), email: education@reefguardians.org (808) 651-0286

Students from Koloa Elementary, King Kaumualii Elementary, Wilcox Elementary, and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle are invited to join us for some fun and engaging STEM and Computer Science activities.

Snacks will be provided. All participants will receive cool gifts to take home!

Dates: June 5th and 6th

June 5th is for grades K-3

June 6th is for grades 4-6

Time: 8:00am-Noon


Kauai High School, T-Building

Contact: sean.doi@k12.hi.us

Limited enrollment so please register early!


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Storybook Theatre’s ‘Forest Akamai’ Story Camp in Koke’e State Park

This camp will be an adventure in creative storytelling for boys and girls with Lyndsay Dawkins’ story ‘Who Stole the Bee’s Wings’

Limited Space

Four nights: Thursday, July 20-Monday, July 25

Tuition: $200 (Partial scholarships available)

Ages: 7yrs to 14yrs More Info: 808-335-0712

Special Guest Instructors: Fabric Artist Evelyn Roth and storyteller Mark Jeffers. Illustrator Lyndsay Dawkins will be on board for this story camp too!

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Garden Island STEAM Summer Camp

Science • Technology • English Arts (Dance, Arts & Crafts) • Math

K-5 | Ages 5-11

June 26 - July 28, 8:30am-2:30pm

Olelo School, 4212 Rice Street, Lihue

Weekly enrollment $250

Monthly enrollment receive 10% discount gardenislandsummercamp@gmail.com

www.gardenislandsummercamp.com 808-346-3752

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 Registration Begins May 1, 2023.

Please visit kauaikeikiorch.org to register!

Boys and Girls Clubhouse Kapa'a, Lihue, Waimea offer classes for 7-18 years old.

KOKO offers Saturday Keiki Violin ages 3-6 years old at Ohana Christian Fellowship and Kalaheo Missionary Church.

Dates to be determined. Visit www.KauaiSailing.org

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programs and availability Email: Kauaisailing@gmail.com

County of Kauai Parks and Recreation 2023 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer Fun 2023

The County of Kaua‘i Summer Fun Program for children 5-11 years old will be held at the Anahola Clubhouse, Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center (NC), Līhu‘e NC, Kōloa Elementary School, Kalāheo NC, Hanapēpē NC, Waimea NC, and Kekaha NC.

Registration: May 24, 8am

Online https://recreation.kauai.gov

Fee: $75 per child (limited enrollment)

Program Dates: June 13–July 21

Mon.– Fri., 7:30am–4:30pm (excluding holidays)

Questions? Call (808) 241-4465

Summer Golf Program

Registration: June 6, 8am

Ages: 7-15 years old

Location: Wailua Golf Course

Cost: $35 per child, per session

Session I: June 13-June 23

Session II: June 26-July 7  (no classes on July 4th)

Session III: July 10-July 21

Mon.-Thurs. Sessions: 8am-12pm

Friday Sessions: 1-5pm

Contact: Darrell Rego, Wailua Golf Course Pro Shop, (808) 241-4100

Summer Swim Lessons

The County of Kauai offers swim classes to keiki ages 5-11 (must be 5 before the first class). Each session is 10-12 classes over 4 weeks. These classes are designed to introduce our keiki to an aquatic environment while teaching them basic aquatic skills and techniques.

Registration: Sat., May 20, 3pm, at Waimea Pool CLASSES ARE FREE!

(limited enrollment: 20 students/class)

Session 1: June 1-June 30 (T/TH/F)

Class 1: 10-11am, beginner

Class 2: 11:30am-12:30pm, beginner

Graduation: Sat., July 1, 8am-2pm

Session 2: July 6- July 28 (T/TH/F)

Class 1: 10-11am, beginner

Class 2: 11:30am-12:30pm, advanced

Graduation: Sat., July 29, 8am-2pm

Questions? Call (808) 338-1271

Flag Football

The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) is accepting registrations for the island-wide flag football season for all school-aged youth (K-12).

Season: June 1-July 29

Games will be Saturdays at the auxiliary field next to the Vidinha Stadium

Contact: Sgt. Morris Unutoa, 241-1933  Visit our website at kauapal.org  for more information or to register.


This program is for keiki K-12. Limited space available. Classes will be Fridays  at the Kapaa K-PAL Youth Center behind Mahelona Hospital from 4:30-6pm.

Contact: (808) 241-1933


This program is for keiki K-12.

Registration in any of the boxing programs allows you to attend classes at any location.  Mondays and Wednesdays:

- K-5th grade: 5-6pm

- 6th-12th grade: 6-7pm

- at Kapaa K-PAL Youth Center behind Mahelona Hospital

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:

- K-5th grade: 5:30-6:30pm

- 6th-12th grade: 6:30-7:45pm

- at Hanapepe location on Puolo Road, next to the Hanapepe Armory

Lihue- on hold pending new location

Contact: (808) 241-1933

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Empowering Kauai through Dance



• Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contortion/Flexibility, Tumbling, and Heels

• Dance training provided by our professionally trained and experienced staff of teachers

• Teaching Assistant Program opportunities available

• Providing a safe space both mentally and physically for everyone to learn professional dance technique, build confidence, create friendships, and have fun!



June 12-21

Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm


Tuesday-Thursday afternoons

Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Hip Hop

For detailed information: dancefusionkauai.com info@dancefusionkauai.com

634-0226 4504 Kukui St. Suite 204 Kapaa, HI 96746

COME ONE, COME ALL to our “Circus of Dreams”

production and watch as our “dreamer” (played by Samantha Williams) takes us on a journey only her wildest dreams can imagine, as she enters the magical world of the circus showcased through dance and unique specialty acts!

JUNE 4 4PM at the War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue

Pre-Show Carnival starts at 2:30pm in the Convention Hall Lobby with face painting, games, popcorn, prizes, and more!

Purchase tickets in our studio with cash OR at dancefusionkauai.com. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.


Super Mom Says: The trick to this magical drink is relative density. The beverage with the most sugar stays on the bottom and the one with the least sugar content floats at the top. You can make this cool concoction using different color combos as long as you layer your drinks correctly. The patriotic version shown here makes a great addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party!


A refreshing drink and a fun science experiment!

Completely fill a cup with ice (if you don’t, the drink will not layer correctly).

Pour slowly and use equal amounts of each drink/layer.

or fruit punch)

BLUE sports drink (like Gatorade)

CLEAR diet soda (like 7-Up or Sprite)


Adda cherry forfun!

Start with the RED layer. This should be the beverage with the most sugar, so do not use diet!

Next, gently pour the BLUE layer. Then top with the CLEAR layer. This layer must be sugar-free so it floats at the top!

Summer Fun 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

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IDEAS for the Family! IDEAS for 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.

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

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.

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
at  www.kauaifamilymagazine.com


Green smoothies are full of vitamins and nutrients, not to mention, delicious! You can’t even taste the veggies. It’s super easy to personalize them to your family’s tastes, making them a great option for pickier eaters, too.

make it vegan

Substitute the yogurt with a dairy-free variety


2 cups baby spinach (about two big handfuls)

1/4 – 1/2 cup water or orange juice

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen mangos

1/2 cup yogurt


First, blend the spinach, water or orange juice, and yogurt until you have a frothy, bright green mixture. Then add the fruit and blend until smooth.

Other options for greens: kale, chard, romaine

Other options for fruits: papaya, banana, pineapple

The possibilities are truly endless. Have fun experimenting with different combinations!



Waipa Farmers Market (Hanalei)

Tuesdays 3pm-5pm

Hale Halawai Farmers Market (Hanalei)

Saturdays 9:30am-Noon

Anaina Hou Farmers Market (Kilauea)

Saturdays 9:00am-Noon

Kealia Farm Market (Kealia)

Mondays & Fridays 3pm-6pm

Coconut Marketplace (Kapaa)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-1pm

County Sunshine Market (Kapaa)

Wednesdays 3pm-4:30pm

Grove Farm’s Puhi Park Produce (Lihue)

Saturdays at 9:30am

Pau Hana Market Kukui Grove Center (Lihue)

Mondays 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

Who are APP’s?

Advanced Practice Provider

APP’s are both Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. An APP provider collaboratively provides quality medical care similar to a physician, and is focused on increasing access to healthcare for our island community. They bring a wealth of academic knowledge and practical experience to the healthcare system that is struggling to fill provider positions across Hawai‘i.



Can an APP be my primary care provider?

Yes! An APP is a part of the health care team that can review medical history, take action to examination and provide diagnosis/treatment.

Can you prescribe medication?

Yes. If appropriate, medication can be prescribed by APP’s.

What are Physician Assistants (PA)?

PAs complete their bachelor’s degree, and often have years of experience in the medical field before completing the additional two year PA program. PAs work with a Supervising Physician, meaning that they are partners in providing care and can check in with them should they have questions about their patient.

“I love it when my patients come in and
first thing that
say is, “Hi Aunty! I'm not feeling well today, can you help me?”
It makes me feel good to know that I can serve my community.”
Erin Carrington, PA-C

What are Nurse Practitioners (NP)?

All nurse practitioners must have completed a master or doctorate program and have had advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse (RN) preparation.

Who are the APP’s in your community?

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners offer an important and effective role as they increase patient care access for our island community. Here at the HHSC Kaua‘i Region, we strive to provide quality care and currently have eight APP providers across our region.

Erin Carrington, PA-C Physician Assistant

The Specialty Clinic at Kalaheo (808) 378-4557

Heidi Clouser, APRN Family Nurse Practitioner

The Clinic at Poipu (808) 742-0999

Lauren Riley, PA-C Physician Assistant

The Clinic at Port Allen (808) 335-0579

The Clinic at Kalaheo (808) 332-8523

Ryan Wada, PA-C Physician Assistant

Urgent Care at Poipu (808) 742-0999

H. Michael Keiser APRN, AGNPC Family Nurse Practitioner

The Clinic at Kapaa (808) 823-4157

Dana Michaan, PA-C Physician Assistant

Urgent Care at Poipu (808) 742-0999

Beverly Tumbaga, APRN Family Nurse Practitioner The Clinic at Waimea (808) 338-8311

Ann Wallace NP-C, GNP-BC Geriatric Nurse Practitioner SMMH Long Term Care (808) 822-4961

Thank you for trusting your care to us! www.kauai.hhsc.org

puzzle fun puzzle fun

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Mālama Your Mouth When Sick

When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is your top priority—and that includes your mouth.

Dental health is important year round, but especially when you’re sick. Here are some simple ways to care for your dental health when you’re not feeling well:

Keep On Brushing. When feeling under the weather, one thing that can make you feel a little more like yourself is brushing your teeth.

Practice Good Hygiene. According to the CDC, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours.  One important

rule is not to share your toothbrush with anyone.

Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops. Before you pick up a bag of cough drops, read the label with an eye to avoid ingredients like fructose or corn syrup. Many cough drops contain the cavity-causing ingredient of sugar.  The longer you keep a sugary cough drop in your mouth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria has to feast on that sugar, which produces the acid that can leave holes in your teeth. Stay Hydrated to Avoid Dry Mouth. When it comes to your mouth and your body, one beverage is always best. WATER. Medications you might be taking for a cold or flu often dry out your mouth.  Keeping well hydrated will maintain your oral hygiene and speed along your recovery.

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Doggie Dangers ON THE BEACH

With summer comes outdoor activities and tons of beach time.

Many dogs love the beach, but playtime at the beach comes with some very real dangers for our furried friends. While there is a leash law on Kauai, not all dogs are kept on leashes, so even if you are careful with your pet, he could still be the victim of aggression from other dogs.

What triggers fights or attacks isn’t always apparent to us humans. Some attacks can be very vicious, even fatal. Keeping your dog on its leash will help to reduce the risks. Don’t be afraid to ask others to do the same.

Aside from threats of aggressive animals, beaches hold additional dangers. For unvaccinated puppies, there is the risk of being exposed to diseases like parvo. If your dog is like a lot of dogs — eager to eat anything that fits in their mouths — there is the risk of eating something that makes her sick or is even outright poisonous. Don’t let your dog eat on the beach unless you packed the food.

Another major threat on the beach is dead fish and fishbait with fishhooks.

Fishhooks are incredibly dangerous when swallowed. Often, the hook has a long piece of fishing line (the leader) still attached, and this leader may not have been swallowed.

Owners often discover that their dog has swallowed a hook by seeing the leader hanging out of the dog’s mouth. If you see a piece of fishing leader hanging out of your dog’s mouth, DO NOT PULL ON IT.

Pulling on the leader could very easily “set” the hook, making it much harder to remove. If it’s long enough, tie the leader to your dogs collar and take your dog to your vet immediately; Likely, x-rays will be taken and the fishhook removed carefully and safely.


More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.

Keep your dog safe this Independence Day with these eight tips.


Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on her collar at all times.

Take a current photo of your dog, just in case.



Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin.

4 During cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog away from flames.

5 Keep charcoals, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious canines.


6 Keep dog treats on hand for those who want to give your dog food.


Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat during the fireworks.

If your dog is afraid of loud noises, leave gentle music playing to cover the fireworks.

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Enjoy Kauai’s playgrounds with crazy cool climbing structures! These are epic parks to check out with your family this summer!

Anaina Hou Playground


Anaina Hou Community Park is located on the North Shore of Kauai in Kilauea.

Created by visionaries Bill and Joan Porter, Anaina Hou Community Park serves as a multipurpose space for Kauai residents, include restrooms, and picnic tables.

With engaging structures that illustrate Hawaiian history, the Anaina Hou Playground will inspire your keiki to tell their own stories as they play. They’ll climb, move, and run on replicas of a volcano, sailing canoe, and a sugarcane train.

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Anaina Hou Playground


Lydgate Park/Kamalani Playground


Considered an amazing marvel, Kamalani Playground entertains kids for hours. Conceived and built by the community and Kauai County Parks Department, this exceptionally large playground is made up of interconnecting wood structures, filled with nooks and crannies and imaginative places to go. Surrounded by extensive lawn, shade trees and close to a restroom, Kamalani Playground is found at Lydgate Beach Park directly across from the swimming beach. Further west, off of Nehe Road is Kamalani Kai, another delightful area for kids with a wonderful wood structure as well that leads down to the beach. It’s adjacent to the Lydgate public campground.

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Lydgate Park/Kamalani Playground

How to Build a Sandcastle How to Build a Sandcastle

Don’t build your sandcastle too close to the shore or the waves will sweep it out to sea!

Building a sandcastle is buckets of fun. All you need is sand, water, a shovel, different size buckets and your imagination!

Remember to work fast so the sand stays wet.

Use one part water to one part sand. If the sand is too wet or dry, it won’t work.

1. Find a flat spot on the beach.

2. Use a stick or shovel to draw an outline of your building site.

3. Bring a large bucket of water from the ocean, or dig a hole in the sand until you reach the water table.

4. Scoop mounds of wet sand into the center of your site.

5. Build the base by packing down sand in a circular or square shape.

6. One way to build a castle is by filling buckets with wet sand. Pack the sand with your hands and then flip over the bucket. Lift the pale, and viola!

7. When you’ve finished building the structure of your sand castle, add some finishing touches: build a moat around it carve out windows stack side towers add seashells, driftwood and any other treasures as decoration

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SUN protection



Consider using a “chemical free” sunscreen made of zinc oxide or titanium oxide, which start working immediately and physically block out sun rays. Chemical sunscreens containing PABA or oxybenzone are generally safe, but children have thinner skin and are more likely to react to the chemicals.  Also, chemical sunscreens do not start working immediately, so they must be applied 15-20 minutes prior to exposure.

Avoid “all in one” products with sunscreen and bug repellant combined.  They tend to do poorer at both jobs.

Aim for a SPF (sun protection factor) between 15 and 30.  Anything above 30 adds minimal protection but has higher concentrations of unwanted chemicals.

Apply sunscreen thickly, covering every part of the body, especially the most burn-prone areas: ears, nose, back of neck, and shoulders.

Reapply sunscreen often.

In general, reapply every two hours or each time your keiki get wet and dry off with a towel.  Don’t believe a product that says it lasts for 8 hours; that only works if you have a child who is completely still and dry for the whole day.

Protection from the sun is vital, as sunburns can be painful, and tissue damage can lead to skin cancer.  Infants and children are especially susceptible because their bodies are still growing, their skin has less melanin (the pigment that helps protect from the sun), and they are at greater risk for dehydration. Follow these tips and have a fun, safe day at the beach!


Infants should never be in prolonged sunlight, period. Their skin is very sensitive and more likely to react, and they are too young for sunscreen.  Keep infants in shady areas under trees, pavilions, umbrellas, and tents. Keep infants covered in long clothing (cover arms and legs, too), and a large hat or bonnet. Baseball caps do not protect the ears and neck.

Dry air and warm temperatures put babies at higher risk of dehydration.  Make sure they are hydrated more often than usual.

Avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day, from  10am especiallyto 4pm. — with an infant!

Easy Science Experiments for Kids

Lemon Volcano




Glass baking dish


Liquid food coloring

Dish soap

Baking soda

Craft stick or fork

Use whatever colors of food coloring you want your volcanoes to be

This part’s for a grown-up: Cut off the ends off the lemons so they will stand up in the baking dish. Then cut the lemons in half. Now for the keiki: Place the lemon halves in the baking dish with the middle of the lemons facing upward. Add a few drops of food coloring to the lemons. Add a small squirt of dish soap to each lemon half, and then sprinkle baking soda over them. To activate the volcanoes, take a craft stick or fork and stab each lemon half a few times. Watch as the lemons start to fizz and bubble!

The How and Whys: When an acid (citric acid in lemon juice) and a base (baking soda) combine, a chemical reaction occurs — carbon dioxide and sodium citrate form, causing the liquid to bubble and fizz like a volcano. Variations: Use other citrus fruits such as limes or oranges to make volcanoes. Do they work as well as the lemon?

Secret Banana Message


Banana (unpeeled)



.Keiki will love doing these fun science experiments!

The best part is all you need is fruit and materials you may already have at home.

On the largest, flattest area of the banana, using the toothpick (or your finger nail), make small holes in the peel in the shape of letters. You won’t be able to see the letters as you make them, but an hour or so later, the message will darken on the banana peel.


The How and Whys: When the banana peel gets punctured or damaged, a chemical called polyphenol oxidase is released by the cells of the peel; it reacts with oxygen by turning brown.

1. Decorate the banana by tapping out various patterns and shapes all over the peel.

2. Write a kind message to a friend or parent and give it to them as a surprise.

3. Experiment to see if bananas with messages ripen faster than bananas without messages on them.

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is a starfish a fish? (Is a starfish even a starfish?)


If your family is anything like mine, the question, “Who wants to go to the beach?” is usually met with a chorus of “MEEEEE”s!

Spending quality time at the ocean with my curious children has led to many inquiries. So often I haven’t known the answers that my daughter actually said to me, “Do you know anything about the beach and ocean?”

I created this Q&A so that — unlike me — you will know the correct answers and your children won’t be wondering if you passed high school science. Besides helping you appear smart to your children, you can also use this list to create a trivia game.

Why does it sound like the ocean when you hold a shell to your ear?

It’s actually the sound of your own ear fluid being echoed back to you.

How are seashells made? One common seashell is the clam shell. To create the shell, clams take in salt and chemicals from the ocean water and use them to produce calcium carbonate, which is secreted on the outside of their bodies and hardens to create a shell.

How is sea glass made? Sea glass is the result of people discarding glass into the ocean. It can take decades for the glass to become smooth. This process is a result of the glass being tossed around by the ocean waves and being dragged against the sand.

Is sea glass worth money?

It can be. As with fine gems, it depends on factors such as shape and color. One piece of sea glass has sold for more than $1,000.

What are the most common colors of sea glass? White, green and brown. What are the rarest sea glass colors? Red, orange and yellow.

Are there different types of seagulls?

Yes. Two dozen species of gulls live in North America. What most people think of as a seagull is actually called a Herring Gull. The Herring Gull varies in size and color, depending on age: baby Herring Gulls are brown, while adults are mostly white with a gray back. They are scavengers and usually found near food. The Great Black-Backed Gull — the largest gull in the world — looks like the Herring Gull, but is found along coasts.

How can seagulls drink ocean water?

Seagulls have special glands in their eyes that allow them to excrete the salt.

Do seagulls build nests and lay eggs?

Yes. They often build their nests near rocks, logs or bushes to protect them from predators and strong winds.

Is a starfish a fish? It is actually called a sea star, not a starfish. Sea stars do not have fins or gills like fish. This type of sea creature is an Echinodermata, which is in the same genus as a sand

dollars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Sea stars can regenerate an arm. Why do the tides change? Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, as well as the Earth’s rotation.

How do people know the times of high and low tides? Charting the times of high and low tide is not an exact science. Factors such as ocean current, winds, and the contour of the ocean bottom can influence what time high and low tides occur.

The official source in the United States for predicting tides is the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS).

One-hundred-and forty tide stations measure tide levels; wind speed and direction; water curent speed and direction; air and water temperatures; and barometric pressure. These measurements collected together create tidal chart times.

What causes ocean waves?

Waves are the result of winds moving over the ocean surface. The friction between the air


Sea stars can regenerate an arm.

and water transfers energy between the two, creating waves. How is beach sand formed? Beach sand is made mostly of quartz rocks broken down by wind and rain and then transported to the beach by water. What causes an ocean sandbar?

An ocean sandbar is created by waves pulling the sand further into the ocean. When there is a storm or large waves, a sandbar can form further away from the shoreline. Many large waves or storms can form a barrier island.

Encourage your future marine biologist. If your child is interested in marine biology and ecology, go to your local library and borrow books on topics such as conducting science experiments and identifying different types of ocean organisms.

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. 2

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.

4Expand 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,

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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. 5Pick 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.



• 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!


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.


• 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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Your Role as Advocate

Assessments, doctors, specialists, and treatment regimens — parents of a special-needs child must navigate a complicated world. It can be daunting, but experts say two principles can ease the process.


1The first principle you should heed is advocating for your child. As parents, you need to be your child’s first and foremost case managers.

You know your child best. Trust your instincts; be empowered to help your child in any way you see fit.

Once your school-aged child with special needs is identified and assessed, make sure an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is established by the school — and followed.

Special-needs children should be placed in classes that factor in their developmental age, not just their physical age or aptitude for a particular subject matter. An 8-year-old with the cognitive or social-emotional development of a 4-year-old will not thrive in a typical classroom. He or she may struggle interacting with classmates and may not be able to participate equally.


future. A future where your child lives an independent adult life, if possible. Seeking a second opinion can clarify, complement or even contradict your child’s initial diagnosis and determine what next steps should be. Even if you love and trust your pediatrician, a second assessment of your child from a different provider will give you more knowledge and peace of mind that you are doing what’s best for your child.

But, keep in mind that a single doctor’s visit is merely a snapshot in time. A special-needs child — especially one on the autism spectrum — may mask his or her behavior at a doctor’s visit. He or she may manage very well for the visit and then come home and have a meltdown. Home is the place where he or she feels safest to “shed the mask” and be his or her authentic self.



The other principle that may help parents of a special-needs child is attaining a second opinion.

Do not be afraid to ask for what you think is best for your child, even if it conflicts with a professional’s suggestion. This is your child’s development and

Know your limitations and enlist support as needed. Advocating for a child with special needs can be demanding, so know your strengths and weaknesses. Acknowledge your weaker areas and find others who can help support you in them. Bringing in other experts shows you have support and a community behind you. Together, you are a force (a kind, thoughtful and civil force, but a force nonetheless) to be reckoned with.

Know your rights. Special-needs children have rights and protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For example, schools are legally required to provide your child with appropriate and adequate

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instruction, as well as any necessary accommodations.

Investigate. Asking questions is the key to your child’s welfare. Thoughtful questions show teachers, administrators, doctors, and therapists that you are fully invested in your child’s care.

Do not abdicate your power. Your child is most comfortable with you and spends more time with you than anyone else, which means you see your child in more situations than anyone else,

so trust your understanding of your child and protect your power as the expert.

Develop meaningful relationships with the teachers and professionals in your child’s circles. Get to know them. This helps create a united front where everyone on your child’s support team has his or her best interests at heart. Communication also assures you are all in agreement on the best course of action, setting your child up for success!

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60 www.kauaifamilymagazine.com OCEAN SAFETY & HAZARDS Please swim near a lifeguard

Summer is of course the time when our beaches are the busiest. Our hope is that this brief summary of some of our safety measures will alert residents and visitors alike to ways in which they can participate in our mission of keeping our waters safe.

To quote the great Nat King Cole, Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer, those times of soda and pretzels and cheer. And stay safe.

Even though the monster north and west swells are taking a summer vacation, this is the season for South Shore swells and for Easterly trades. Also, whether or not there are huge swells there are always rip currents, and these are notorious for pulling people out of their comfort zone. So, please remember our safety principles, some of which are as follows:

We strongly recommend you swim where you can see a lifeguard (i.e. where he or she can see you).

Never for a moment take your eyes off your young children.

THINK BEFORE YOU GO OUT. Take several minutes on the beach — as every expert surfer does — to observe the day’s currents, conditions, and rock hazards. Talk with others on the beach who may understand things that you don’t.


If you do get pulled out beyond your comfort zone by a rip current, DO NOT PANIC. Relax; go with the flow (even though it feels scary to be going further out); wave calmly with an arm for help and let help come to you.

Thank you to Kauai Family Magazine for giving me the opportunity to write this contribution. And to all of you who read this: Have a fun and safe summer!


Haena Beach: Northshore, Haena

Hanalei Pavillion: Northshore, Hanalei

Hanalei Bay Pine Trees: Northshore, Hanalei

Kee Beach: Northshore, Haena

Anahola Beach: Eastside, Anahola

Kealia Beach: Eastside, Kapa’a

Lydgate Beach: Eastside, Wailua

Poipu Beach: Southshore, Poipu

Salt Pond Beach: Westside, Hanapepe

Kekaha Beach: Westside, Kekaha

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One of the biggest fashion trends we’ve seen so far in 2021 is the reemergence of tie-dye! What may seem like a retired style now reserved exclusively for camp activities and middle school projects, is now making its way back into the mainstream. If you want to jump on the trend, but maybe haven’t done tie-dye since you were a kid, we’ve got you covered! Tie-dye is an easy at-home activity that only takes a few supplies, and you can even get your kiddos involved!

One of the biggest fashion trends we’ve seen so far in 2021 is the reemergence of tie-dye! What may seem like a retired style now reserved exclusively for camp activities and middle school projects, is now making its way back into the mainstream. If you want to jump on the trend, but maybe haven’t done tie-dye since you were a kid, we’ve got you covered! Tie-dye is an easy at-home activity that only takes a few supplies, and you can even get your kiddos involved!

One of the biggest fashion trends we’ve seen so far in 2021 is the reemergence of tie-dye! What may seem like a retired style now reserved exclusively for camp activities and middle school projects, is now making its way back into the mainstream. If you want to jump on the trend, but maybe haven’t done tie-dye since you were a kid, we’ve got you covered! Tie-dye is an easy at-home activity that only takes a few supplies, and you can even get your kiddos involved!

There are endless ways to tie dye your clothes and you can tie-dye just about anything, but we are focusing on the classic spiral tie-dye shirt!

There are endless ways to tie dye your clothes and you can tie-dye just about anything, but we are focusing on the classic spiral tie-dye shirt!

There are endless ways to tie dye your clothes and you can tie-dye just about anything, but we are focusing on the classic spiral tie-dye shirt!

White shirt made of 100% natural fibers: 100% white cotton is best. You can use another color, but white will give the most vibrant results! The natural materials like cotton or rayon will also ensure that the dye absorbs into the fabric properly.

into the fabric properly.

will also ensure that the dye absorbs into the fabric properly.

You can pick one up at Walmart or online! It should come with everything you need, but if not, you will need:

TIE DYE KIT: You can pick one up at Walmart or online! It should come with everything you need, but if not, you will need:

•Rubber bands

You can pick one up at Walmart or online! It should come with everything you need, but if not, you will need:

•Rubber bands

•Rubber bands


•Dye powder

•Dye powder

•Dye powder

Squeeze bottles for the dye

Squeeze bottles for the dye

• Squeeze bottles for the dye mixture


lon size resealable plastic bag per each item you’re tie dying (a trash bag works too)

• 1 gallon size resealable plastic bag per each item you’re tie dying

(a trash bag works too)

lon size resealable plastic bag per each item you’re tie dying (a trash bag works too)

To take the tie-dye trend one step further, try tie-dying a custom pair of shorts or sweatpants for the ultimate 2023 at-home comfy look!

To take the tie-dye trend one step further, try tie-dying a custom pair of shorts or sweatpants for the ultimate 2023 at-home comfy look!

To take the tie-dye trend one step further, try tie-dying a custom pair of shorts or sweatpants for the ultimate 2023 at-home comfy look!

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1. Wash your white shirt. This will get the sizing out and make your shirt more receptive to dye.

2. Make sure your shirt is still a bit damp and lay it out on a table—preferably a place you don’t mind getting dye on! (You can place it on top of a trash bag or in a bin, to contain the excess dye).

3. To create the spiral look, pinch the fabric in the center of your shirt. Then, with the center pinched, twist the shirt in one direction until your entire shirt is in a spiral shape, keeping it as flat as you can like a pancake.

4. Next, use three to four rubber bands to secure the shirt in this spiral shape. Be sure to crisscross the rubber bands so that you’re left with six to eight evenly spaced triangle- shaped sections — almost like pizza slices!

5. Put on your gloves, pour a full packet of dye powder in a bottle, and fill the bottle to the top with water, making sure not to overflow the container. Some kits come with the die already in the container, so all you need to do is add water. Shake well!

6. Now you’re ready to tie-dye! With your dye mixtures, use whichever colors you like to fill in each triangular section. There is no right or wrong way as to how many colors you use to fill in these sections, but remember that the more dye you use to saturate the fabric, the more color will be on your shirt. If you only use a little dye in each section, your spiral will turn out with lots of white spots!

7. Flip over your shirt and repeat step #6 on the other side!

8. Place your tie-dye creation in one of the gallon plastic bags, seal and let sit for 8 to 24 hours to let the dye set.

9. After the 8 to 24 hours are up, rinse your rubber banded shirt under cold water, until the water runs clear and excess dye is removed.

10. Remove the rubber bands and launder in the washing machine with hot water separately from other clothes as to not accidentally dye any other clothing. Dry the shirt separately.

want the spiral in a different location, just start the design in a different spot!

If you want more than one spiral, or want the spiral in a different location, just start the design in a different spot!

o create the spiral look, pinch the fabric in the center of your shirt. Then, with the center pinched, twist the shirt in one direction until your entire shirt is in a spiral shape, keeping it as flat as you can like a pancake.

If you want more than one spiral, or want the spiral in a different location, just start the design in a different spot!

Wherever you pinch the fabric in step #3 will always be the center of your spiral!

*Always supervise children and never leave them alone when doing tie-dye.

Wherever you pinch the fabric in step #3 will always be the center of your spiral! *Always supervise children and never leave them alone when doing tie-dye.

Wherever you pinch the fabric in step #3 will always be the center of your spiral!

*Always supervise children and never leave them alone when doing tie-dye.

4. Next, use three to four rubber bands to secure the shirt in this spiral shape. Be sure to crisscross the rubber bands so that you’re left with six to eight evenly spaced triangle- shaped sections — almost like pizza slices!

5. Put on your gloves, pour a full packet of dye

8. Place your tie-dye creation in one of the gallon plastic bags, seal and let sit for 8 to 24 hours to let the dye set.

9. After the 8 to 24 hours are up, rinse your rubber banded shirt under cold water, until the water runs clear and excess dye is removed.

10. Remove the rubber bands and launder in the
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With a pencil, sketch softly the shapes of two diamonds.  A large one for the body, and a small one for the tail.


Use a pen or press harder with the pencil to do the outline of the fish using the diamonds as a guide. Draw in the fins and the shape of the fish more accurately.


Draw the pattern of the fish’s design and color it in.


E-mail your art to info@KauaiFamilyMagazine.com.

Include your name, age, grade, school, and phone number.


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Spring Art Contest Winner Mikoh Rull 1st grade Kekaha Elementary School

Facts about Cervical Cancer

Kauai Region: The Clinic at Waimea

Let’s start with good news: cervical cancer is preventable.

We know that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infections can cause cervical cancer. As a result, screening guidelines have changed dramatically in the past decade to include HPV testing as an important factor in predicting risk.

HPV vaccination status is not incorporated into current personalized guidelines, but we recommend vaccination at age 11 or 12. (It is FDA-approved up to age 45.)

Multiple options for screening regimens exist, but they are all based on performing pap smears (looking directly at the cells of the cervix), HPV testing, or a combination of the two, done during a pelvic exam.

The risk for developing cervical cancer varies based on previous screening results and the age of the patient. Younger people are better at clearing HPV infections, and often abnormal cells can resolve spontaneously.

We currently recommend starting cervical cancer screening at age 21. The frequency of subsequent testing depends on how normal the cells look, and the presence or absence of high-risk HPV infections.

Smoking and underlying medical conditions—like HIV and autoimmune diseases— can modify your risk, as can a history of hysterectomy.

With reassuring results, pap smears can be spaced out every three to five years, and in many cases can be stopped after age 65.

Prioritize your health! Get preventative screenings, including an annual gynecological exam, which can predict your risk for developing cervical cancer.

Because no one screening path is right for everyone, it is best to discuss your personal situation with your gynecologist. Using shared medical decision-making with your physician at your annual exam you can come up with your personalized screening strategy to prevent cervical cancer.

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Bucket List for

100 fun things to do before summer kicks the (sand) bucket!

35. Run through a sprinkler

36. Have a potato sack race

37. Donate food to animal shelter

38. Get ice cream from an ice cream truck

39. Play catch

40. Play Frisbee

41. Drink a Slurpee

42. See a magic show

43. Watch a sunrise

44. Watch a sunset 45. Plant flowers 46. Make cookies 47. Bake cupcakes

48. Feed ducks 49. Paint rocks

50. Have a scavenger hunt

51. Climb a tree

52. Go to a farmers market 53. Go on a hike

54. Visit a toy store

55. Have family game night

56. Go on a family bike ride

57. Visit a relative

58. Help cook dinner

59. Picnic in a park

60. Visit mom or dad at work

61. Make homemade jam

62. Go to a petting zoo

63. Go bowling

64. Make root beer floats

65. Start a journal or diary

66. Watch a movie outdoors

67. Have a cousin sleepover

68. Play on monkey bars

69. Build a sandcastle

70. Eat watermelon

71. Go to your local library

72. Go on date with mom or dad

73. Wash a car

74. Play in a puddle

75. Have breakfast for dinner

76. Have ice cream for dinner

77. Have movie night with snacks

78. Take a picture of a butterfly

79. Stay in your pajamas all day

80. Serve breakfast in bed

81. Skip rocks on a lake

82. Hula Hoop

83. Make handprint art

84. Go on a nature walk

85. Make homemade popsicles

86. Have a relay race

87. Play hide and seek

88. Visit a farm

89. Star gaze

90. Jump on a trampoline

91. Make a fruit salad

92. Eat dinner at the beach or lake

93. Play in a kiddie pool

94. Jump rope

95. Play Hopscotch

96. Watch a thunderstorm

97. Go to an amusement park

98. Go to a water park

99. Do a fun summer craft

100. Unplug for one full day (no TV, computers, tablets, or phones)

1. Meet a new person 2. Overcome a fear 3. Read at least 10 books 4. Have a water balloon fight 5. Go to your favorite park 6. Go to a new park 7. Fly a kite
8. Go to a fair or carnival 9. Ride on a carousel
10. Go to the beach
11. Collect seashells
12. Watch fireworks 13. Roast marshmallows
14. Make s’mores 15. Stay up super late 16. Have a pillow fight 17. Play mini golf 18. Make homemade pizza 19. Camp indoors 20. Make an outdoor fort 21. Catch a lightening bug 22. Go swimming 23. Slide down a water slide 24. Have a water gun fight 25. Go to a BBQ 26. Go to the movies 27. Eat a shave ice 28. Play flashlight tag 29. Take a mini road trip 30. Blow bubbles
31. Make fresh lemonade 32. Pick wildflowers 33. Play in the rain 34. Draw with sidewalk chalk


Adult mentors make a lasting impact on kids

One-to-one mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai has proven to be a highly effective way to positively  impact the lives of keiki in our community. By matching a child with a volunteer mentor, we create a supportive environment where young people can thrive and achieve their potential.

The benefits of one-to-one mentoring are numerous. First and foremost, it provides children with a positive role model who can help them navigate life’s challenges. The mentor serves as a sounding board, providing  guidance and support in areas such as school, relationships, and career aspirations. Mentors can also help children build their selfesteem and self-confidence, which can be a significant factor in their success. Through bi-weekly  interactions with their mentor, children learn how to communicate effectively, set goals, and make positive choices. They also have the opportunity to try new things, explore their interests and passions, and develop a sense of belonging and connection to their community.

Research has shown that children who  participate in one-to-one mentoring programs experience a range of positive outcomes. They are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and have higher career aspirations than their peers who do not have a mentor. They also have improved relationships with their family and peers, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol use.

In addition to the benefits for the  keiki, one-to-one mentoring can also be rewarding for the mentor.

Mentors have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the life of a child, while also gaining valuable skills and experiences that can benefit them personally and professionally.

One-to-one mentoring in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai creates a brighter future for our kama’aina.

To learn more about this FREE program, visit  bbbshawaii.org  or call 808-631-8642.

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Creating Your Medical “Mom” Team

Interview with Dr. Aries Kuo, Kaua‘i Medical Clinic Līhuʻe

When you’re expecting, you may have created your “mom” team— friends and family who will help you celebrate the joys and navigate the challenges of parenthood.

What about your medical “mom” team? Selecting who will be with you before, during and after birth is a big decision.

“Having a baby is a wonderful experience, but it does often take a physical and mental toll,” says Dr. Aries Kuo, an OB-GYN at Kaua‘i Medical Clinic. “A team of supportive doctors, nurses and experts can make all the difference.”

It can start with an OB-GYN, who will make sure mom is in her best health, even after birth. Monthly pregnancy appointments will check everything from the baby’s heartrate to signs of gestational diabetes, which can increase the risk of early birth or difficult deliveries. OB-GYNs also offer help for general aches.

“We’re part of Wilcox Health, so if expectant moms develop carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica or ligament pain, we can refer them to physical therapists to learn ways to ease discomfort,” Dr. Kuo says.

Wilcox dieticians are available for healthy eating tips, while birth educators and lactation consultants prep parents for life after delivery.

As the big day approaches, OB-GYNs will work with parents on a plan that best fits them. This could involve minimal intervention, where wireless monitor technology allows moms to walk around while medical teams continue to observe the baby’s vital signs. Problems can develop suddenly, even after seemingly normal pregnancies. Then, every second counts. Wilcox’s board-certified doctors, nurses and specialists are specially trained to immediately respond to any emergency, so that every birth can be a true celebration.

“Being with patients through pregnancy and delivery is such a happy thing,” Dr. Kuo says. “Iʻm honored to be part of it.

For more information, go to WilcoxHealth.org/Maternity

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“Having a baby is a wonderful experience, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take a physical and mental toll. A supportive group of doctors, nurses and experts can make all the difference.”
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• Positions are open for all educational levels from high school diploma to Bachelor’s degrees including infant and toddler caregivers, family advocates, home visitors, and program directors.

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Easy Peanut Butter “Pupsicles”


just 4 ingredients


25 ounces organic plain yogurt

½ medium banana

2 tablespoons organic peanut butter

12 organic pretzel sticks


1. Add the yogurt, banana and peanut butter to a blender or food processor and puree until mixture is smooth and creamy.

2. Spoon mixture into an ice-cube tray, filling each compartment to the brim. Insert one pretzel stick into the center of each compartment. Mixture should be thick enough to hold each pretzel stick upright.

3. Place ice-cube tray in freezer until treats are completely frozen, about 1-2 hours.

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Fun Programs 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.

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

Kauaʻi Inclusive Playground at Lydgate Park has approximately 7,500 square feet of play structures designed for equitable play. It is fully accessible for users of all ages and abilities. The playground addresses the physical, social, emotional, sensory, communication, and cognitive concerns that children living with developmental disabilities encounter.

Special Olympics Kauai are going strong through the summer months! For more info, email specialolympicskauai@msn.com.

People with disabilities can access and enjoy our beautiful island beaches! All terrain wheelchairs are available at select beaches on Kauai.

For more information, contact the County of Kauai, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, at (808) 241-4460.

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Access to Health Services

Telehealth is a great option to safely continue with treatments & appointments. For more information, contact your insurance or the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center ! (808) 956-2897

If you are uninsured, contact Med-QUEST for coverage. You may be eligible now! To apply, call ! 1(877) 628-5076 or visit https://mybenefits.hawaii.gov/

Other affordable health care services for lowincome families:

§ Ho‘ōla Lahui Hawai‘i ! (808) 240-0100

§ Mālama Pono Health Services (MPHS) reproductive health & case management. ! (808) 246-9577

§ HMSA’s Online Care App: affordable telehealth for anyone 18+ years in Hawai‘i.

§ The Department of Education (DOE) Health Hotline ! (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

COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters

Vaccines are safe & effective at preventing COVID-19 severe illness & death. In Kaua‘i, vaccines and boosters are widely accessible & are available for everyone at no cost. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine or booster appointment, contact:

§ Ho’ōla Lāhui Hawai‘i ! (808) 938-0938

§ Kaiser Permanente, Līhuʻe ! (808) 246-5600

§ 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/

§ Pharmacies:

o Longs – CVS


o Costco https://www.costco.com/covidvaccine.html

o Līhuʻe Pharmacy ! (808) 246-9100

o Safeway Pharmacy


o Walmart


Search additional vaccination locations at kauai.gov/vaccine or call the Kaua‘i District Health Office (KDHO) at ! (808)241-3495

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If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional or mental health distress, please call 24/7 Hawai‘i CARES line at ! 1(800) 753-6879 or text ALOHA to 741741 for free & anonymous crisis counseling. Multilingual services available.

§ Child & adolescent mental health services at the Kauaʻi Family Guidance Center

! (808) 274-3883

§ Adult mental health & case management

! (808) 643-2643

§ Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Counseling Center

! (808) 520-7721

§ Suicide Prevention Resource Center

! 1(800) 273-8255

o 24/7, confidential support for people in distress & resources for everyone.

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

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

§ Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Hotline: to report a suspect case or for information

! (808) 832-5300 or 1(888) 380-3088

§ Virtual Family Assistance at www.redcross.org/VFAC or ! 1(833) 492-0094

Support for Children, Youth, & Parents

§ Child and Family Service supports keiki, parents, kupuna, & immigrants ! (808) 245-5914

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

§ Healthy mothers, healthy babies virtual new-parent support & telehealth lactation services ! (808) 737-5805

§ Family Hui Hawai‘i: Peer-led parenting group. Visit FB page or ! (808) 230-7112

§ Queen Lili‘uokalani 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

§ Hale ʻŌpio: programs, support for youth & families. ! (808) 245-2873

§ Keiki to Career: Information for parents & children. ! (808) 632-2005 or visit FB page

§ The Boys & Girls Club of Kauaʻi: Contact each Club House for information,

o Kapa'a ! (808) 821-4406

o Līhuʻe ! (808) 245-2210

o West Kauaʻi ! (808) 320-8353


§ PATCH (People Attentive to Children) ! (808) 246-0622

§ INPEACE (Institute for Native Pacific Education & Culture Help) at laciec@inpeace.org or ! (808) 245-0045

§ Child Care Connection Hawai'i offers assistance for income eligible families ! (808) 245-2193

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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

o Farmer support

§ Other meal programs for Kūpuna & families experiencing houselessness:

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 kumanoikeala@gmail.com ! (808) 346-5348

§ The Kauaʻi Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank can assist with food for pets ! (808) 632-0610

Supplemental Resources

§ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ! (808) 274-3371

o After receiving the SNAP card, sign up for the Da Bux Card for 50% discount on qualifying local fresh produce ! (808) 437-3044

§ Supplemental Nutrition for Women Infants, & Children, (WIC) ! (808) 241-3080

§ Public Assistance ! (855) 643-1643

Pantries & Meals


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


o Anahola Beach Park ! (808) 826-6481

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


o Kings Chapel, Hanamāʻulu ! (808) 335-6845

o KEO, Līhu‘e ! (808) 245-4077

o Līhu‘e Salvation Army ! (808) 245-2571

o Calvary Chapel, Līhu‘e ! (808)245-9613

o St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church, Līhu‘e ! (808) 245-3796


o St Raphael Church, Kōloa ! (808) 742-1955

o Holy Cross/Sacred Heart, Kalāheo ! (808) 332-8011


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

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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.

§ HUD can assist low-income residents looking for affordable housing. Find a HUD approved housing counselor ! (800) 569-4287

o 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.

§ The County of Kaua‘i and the KFCU offer the Coronavirus Rental & Utility program. Visit https://kauairenthelp.com/ or ! (808) 482-3777

§ For other programs, contact the County Housing Agency ! (808) 241-4444

§ 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

§ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides qualifying low-income households with a one-time credit to offset energy costs ! (808) 245-4077

§ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ! 1(855) 643-1643

§ Hawaiian Community Assets provides emergency loans to assist with first month's rent/deposit, past due rent, or mortgage payments. All borrowers receive individualized financial counseling ! (866) 824-0448

Other key resources

§ 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

§ Resources for Hawai‘i, Senator Brian Schatz


§ 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/

§ Child and Family Services offers support to everyone including kupuna, immigrants, & houseless.

o Nana’s House ! (808) 338-0252

o Hale Ho‘omalu ! (808) 821-2520

§ Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i ! 1(800) 499-4302

o Legal Help & Resources

www.legalaidhawaii.org/covid-19legal-help resources.html. Also available in various languages.

!211 - Aloha United Way (AUW) for more information on assistance & resources.


This document was updated on 7/1/2022. Services available continue to change. For the most up-to-date information, please check with each provider or visit www.kauai.gov/covid-19 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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