Archive for the ‘Around The Island’ Category

Poipu Beach New Years Eve Fireworks

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Happy Hanapepe Town

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Every wondered how Hawaiian salt is made?  Get the answer plus a lot of footage of one of Kauai’s original plantation towns in this seven and a half minute video.


It’s accompanied by soothing Hawaiian music and is very well done.  It’s a segment of in flight entertainment offered on Hawaiian Airlines, so if you’re going to be flying to Hawaii in the next month or so you can get a sneak preview.


Love animals and want a job on Kauai?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Company Name:Kauai Humane Society


Information: KAUAI HUMANE SOCIETY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kauai Humane Society is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) animal welfare organization dedicated to ensuring compassionate and informed care of Kauai’s animals and promoting the human-animal bond. Its key function is to operate an open admission shelter.


Description: The Executive Director oversees all programs, services and facilities of the Kauai Humane Society. This position is highly visible in the community and requires proven fundraising ability and a strong management background. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; computer knowledge; fiscal experience; minimum 5 years management experience and a bachelor’s degree. Nonprofit management preferred.


For more information and an application, please contact or by mail to: Executive Director Search Committee, c/o Kauai Humane Society, P.O. Box 3330 Lihue, Hawaii


Shrimp Farm Public Hearing set for November 23rd at Waimea Theatre

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The state Department of Health will hold a public hearing on a proposed draft discharge permit for the Sunrise Capital shrimp farm at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at Waimea Theatre, 9691 Kaumuali‘i Highway.         


Written statements will also be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 23, by e-mailing or by mail to Clean Water Branch, Environmental Management Division, State Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 301, Honolulu, HI 96814.

The proposed draft permit is available for public inspection Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the CWB office in Honolulu and the Kaua‘i DOH District Health Office, 3040 ‘Umi St., Lihu‘e. It is also available online at

For more information, call toll-free 274-3141, then 6-4309# after the recorded message. 

The public hearing is a direct result of community concerns about Sunrise Capital Shrimp Farm’s plan to expand operations.  

Sunrise Capital needs the DOH to sign off on the permit so the shrimp farm can discharge up to 30 million gallons of wastewater effluent and treated shrimp remains into the ocean on a daily basis.

Originally owned and operated by Ceatech USA, the shrimp farm was acquired by Sunrise Capital in June 2005 and is currently operating at minimal capacity.

Residents are concerned with Sunrise Capital’s plan to expand its operations in part because of their experience with the farm under Ceatech.


The previous owner operated the shrimp farm at full capacity from February 2000 to December 2003 until it became infected with a shrimp virus in 2004.

George Chamberlain, the president of Global Aquaculture and an owner of Integrated Aquaculture, which purchased the farming operation last year has said the shrimp farm is committed to sustainability and understands how to control the white spot syndrome virus.

Efforts to reduce nutrient levels to “very” diluted levels to mitigate waste matter have been taken seriously, he said in an April interview before the public comment period on the permit closed.

The level of discharge is expected to be lower than the proposed amount at around 12 million gallons a day when operating at full speed with all 50 ponds, which vary from one to one-quarter acre in size, Chamberlain said.

The facility has also put measures in place such as plastic-lined ponds with a drainage system that periodically removes settled matter and a skimmer system that discards floating material, according to Clean Water Branch officials.

While the shrimp farm has won the support of some agribusiness owners and aquaculture program managers for its ability to diversify the state’s agricultural activities on Kaua‘i and provide jobs, many of the 167 comments received during the public feedback period expressed serious concern over the proposal.



18th Annual Slack Key Festival November 14th

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The nonprofit Ki-ho‘alu Foundation has announced that the 18th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Kaua’i Style” will be from noon to six p.m., Sunday, November 14th at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort in Kapaa.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with music from noon to five p.m. The festival is free to the public.  The organizers, Ki-ho‘alu Foundation, are asking for a donation at the door to help defray some of the costs of putting on the festival and to help the foundation continue its work of producing these festivals statewide.

For more information on the history of slack key, the festival here on Kauai and past entertainers, see


Neil Abercrombie Elected Hawaii Governor

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
New Hawaii Governor Neil Ambercrombie

Democrats take back Hawaii statehouse

Abercrombie will be the first Democratic governor in eight years, succeeding GOP Gov. Linda Lingle in President Barack Obama’s birth state. Abercrombie, a former 10-term congressman who represented urban Honolulu, defeated Republican Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona.

Abercrombie’s victory, in a state that has long been dominated by Democrats, gave that party’s faithful something to hoot about on a Election Day in which dozens of Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates across the country went down to defeat.

Abercrombie’s win also makes former state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz the new lieutenant governor. In Hawaii, candidates for the state’s top two posts run on a ticket. They are to be sworn in on Dec. 6.

At 72, Abercrombie will is one of the last remaining major Hawaii politicians who was an adult when statehood was achieved in 1959. He by far will be the oldest to enter the governor’s office since then, and would carry with him four decades of political experience.

During the campaign, Abercrombie promised a fresh approach from Lingle, who he contended had adopted a confrontational approach to state employee unions and had unnecessarily allowed cost-saving furloughs to be adopted during the 2009-2010 school year.

In addition to restoring the state’s economy, the ex-congressman proposed to create an independent authority that would more quickly implement clean energy policies and to fold some current state offices into a new Department of Early Childhood.

Abercrombie also contended he would have a better shot at winning federal dollars for Hawaii from the Obama administration, and said he’d protect agricultural lands from development.

Both he and Aiona eschewed tax hikes, but they differed widely on social issues. Abercrombie backed abortion rights and said he would sign a same-sex civil unions bill similar to legislation Lingle vetoed earlier this year. Aiona opposed abortion rights and civil unions, and said he’d propose a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Abercrombie also promised to quickly approve Honolulu’s proposed $5.5 billion rail project in concept. Aiona had said he’d wait until an ongoing financial review ordered by Lingle is completed before making a final decision.

It is not clear what Lingle will do with the project in her remaining month in office, though she said in August it may be more appropriate for the next governor to decide its fate “since they will really have to live with the result of it.”

Abercrombie’s victory will remove almost all measures of influence for Republicans in the state Capitol, since Democrats are expected to continue enjoying strong majorities in both the state House and Senate.


Kauai Surf Legend Andy Irons Dead at 32

Thursday, November 4th, 2010


Kauai Surfer Andy Irons

Andy Irons, the legendary surfer from Hanalei, Kauai died Tuesday morning in a Dallas, Texas hotel room as he was traveling back to Kaua‘i from Puerto Rico. Irons, 32, had been scheduled to compete at the Association of Surfing Professionals 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search, but pulled out of the event this weekend while suffering from Dengue fever, which he had reportedly contracted at an event in Portugal.

Jodi Wilmott, a spokesperson for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, said that a representative from the Irons family told her Andy “was very ill on the plane, booked himself into a hotel and didn’t wake up.” Andy’s wife, Lyndie, is pregnant with the couple’s first child and is expected to give birth to their son in December. The couple was married in 2007 in Princeville.

He is the older brother of Bruce Irons, 30, as the duo became two of the most well-known faces in competitive surfing. The Irons family in a statement thanked the surfer’s friends and fans and requested privacy “so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss.”

Growing up in Hanalei and keeping the North Shore of Kauai as his home, Andy became a three-time ASP world champion (2002-2004). The impact of his death was felt throughout the North Shore, as word spread quickly Tuesday.

“He’s just a really good friend,” said Gordon Phillips of Hanalei Surf Company. “We’ve been watching him surf since he was little.”

An employee at Backdoor in Ching Young Village said that the news had not really hit home yet. He said that he was sure in the coming days as people held memorials and lu‘aus in Irons’ honor, that it would then become more real.

“I would say our whole town is in mourning,” said a woman known to many in Hanalei simply as Bobo. “He was very valuable to us all.”

Former professional surfer Kaipo Jaquias was in shock.“Hawai‘i just lost its best surfer,” he said, in an emotional statement. Jaquias said he knew Irons growing up, as a friend and as a fellow competitor. “I feel for him and his family,” he said. Jaquias was the first Kaua‘i surfer to win the prestigious Hawaiian Triple Crown in 1996. Irons’ first of his four Triple Crown titles was in 2002.

The men’s Triple Crown is made up of three O‘ahu North Shore events — the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Alii‘i Beach Park, the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline. This year’s Triple Crown is scheduled to begin Nov. 12. Andy was set to participate again.

Irons’ passing away is a “tragic loss” to the surfing world, said Jaquias, adding that Irons was the best and most successful surfer ever from Hawai‘i. Jaquias said Irons died young, but “lived his life to the fullest.” “Whatever time I had with him, I cherish it,” he said.

Andy and Bruce held an annual contest for keiki with the Irons Brothers Pine Trees Classic in Hanalei. Residents said that he and Bruce became the figures locals could point to as the precedent for where surfing could take someone.  ”Andy was kind of like a lot of people’s hero,” said Kimiko Kuwabara of Pedal n’ Paddle in Ching Young Village. “He showed that you could surf and get paid for it, and not just that but actually do something with it.”

Outside of Kaua‘i, news of Irons’ death was also spreading in rapid form, both by word of mouth and social media . Both “Andy RIP” and “Irons” became trending topics on Twitter. Billabong, his longtime sponsor, released an official statement which said “It is with deep sadness that Billabong has learned of the news of Andy Irons’ passing. Andy was one of the greatest surfers of our time. More than that, he was a much loved son, a devoted husband and a soon-to-be father. The thoughts of all Billabong employees worldwide are with wife Lyndie and Andy’s family at this most devastating time.”

In a video posted by Billabong, Irons talked about his first wave he ever caught. “I thought right then, ‘This is the coolest thing in the world.’ … I literally will never forget that wave,” Irons said.

After being a tour regular for his entire professional career, Irons withdrew from tour competition in 2009, citing that he was burnt out from the grind of the season. Though he competed in a few events, he had no intention of surfing a full schedule or going after a tour championship. He returned to ASP World Tour in 2010, requesting a wildcard entry, which was granted by ASP president Wayne Bartholomew.  As a result, Irons did not have to re-qualify in 2010 via the World Qualifying Series.

On Sept. 3, Irons notched the 20th victory of his career at the elite level of competition as he bested C.J. Hobgood in the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupoo. In addition to his three world titles, Irons won three straight Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003-2005) and back-to-back Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006-2007).

He was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California in 2008. Irons was featured in the 2004 film “Blue Horizon,” along with current ASP world rankings leader and 10-time world champion, Kelly Slater.

The Rip Curl Pro Search began Saturday in Puerto Rico, as Irons was slated to go up against Australians Owen Wright and Luke Stedman in his opening-round heat, but did not compete.

The Rip Curl Pro Search called a lay day on Wednesday, suspending the event out of respect for Irons, saying that competition will resume following further consultation with ASP and surfers.

Story by Garden Island reporters Leo Azambuja and Paul Curtis


Kona Mermaid Swims Onto Kauai Beaches

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Kona Mermaid Kauai Beach

According to, the word Mermaid comes from “mere” the old English word for “sea” and maid, a woman. Mermaids are mythological creatures with a female human head and torso and the tail of a fish. Mermaids have a broad representation in folklore, literature and popular culture.

Dana Marie, pictured above, calls herself a professional mermaid, a natural offshoot of her career as an underwater photographer and marine mammal naturalist for the last seven years. “My heart has always been with the ocean” Marie said. “From when I was little, I dreamed of being a mermaid.” She came here to Kauai recently from her home in the seas surrounding Kona on the leeward side of the Big Island.

“My purpose for being a mermaid is to bring the message of inspiring children and adults to follow their heart, to find a passion and experience the beauty of the ocean. Even people who live in cities need to be aware of the centuries old connectioin to the ocean and how the ocean impacts us. We must replenish the balance of our relationship from land to sea,” Marie said.

Marie says the tail she uses has no ziper, requiring her to squirm into it. Using materials found it wet suits and fiberglass cut to fit, everyting, including the countless number of shells, had to be sown over a period of a year. “This is not my first tail,” she said. I made my first tail when I was eight years old, but since then, my body outgrew the tail and scales. This is one of three tails I use.”

For more information, check out Marie’s website at: