Something New For An Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been almost one year since MidWeek Kaua’i debuted – June 9 was the first issue. And while it’s been gratifying to hear from readers how much they enjoy receiving MidWeek every week, and to hear from advertisers how well their ads work in driving business, we never want to take success for granted. So we’re always looking for ways to improve the publication.

This week I’m pleased to introduce two new features for MidWeek readers on Kaua’i. Make that two very different features.

The first is Kaua’i’s Most Wanted, published with the cooperation of the Kaua’i Police Department and Crime-Stoppers. As you can see on the next page, it features five fugitives from justice.

I’d had this concept in the back of my mind for some time, and then three weeks ago a fellow in line behind me while boarding a plane to Lihue at Honolulu’s airport, taking note of a laminated business card I use as a name tag on my shoulder bag, said, “Excuse me, you’re Don Chapman the MidWeek editor?”

It was Chief Darryl Perry, who just a couple of days before had been interviewed by Coco Zickos for last week’s cover story. We chatted briefly, and I mentioned the Most Wanted concept, which he fully supported. A couple of emails among myself, the chief, Capt. Michael Contrades and Public

Information Assistant Sarah Blane got everything set up.

It goes without saying – but we’ll say it anyway – you should not approach or try to apprehend any of these criminals. Instead call KPD dispatch at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887. Some things are best left to the professionals.

The second feature deals with a subject near and dear to my heart, having grown up on and around farms in Oregon. This one is Farmers Market. It’s the brainchild of Marta Lane, who each week provides stories about Kaua’i restaurants, with photos from husband Dan Lane that have a high yum factor. Now they’ll also be taking a look at Kaua’i’s farmers and their produce, each week featuring a different farmer and providing a recipe. This week it’s the awesome avocados grown by John and Nandanie Wooten. I think it’s pretty neat to know not only where your food comes from, but who actually grows it.

There’s a third feature I’d like to run on a more regular basis, but for that we need your help. Focus On Kaua’i is intended to be a sort of family album for the entire island. So please email your photos of family and friends to me or to senior editor Terri Hefner (

And please don’t be shy about expressing your thoughts on our content. I always enjoy hearing from readers.

It’s been a terrific first year for MidWeek Kaua’i, and we look forward to many more, and continuing to evolve and improve.