A Real Lifesaver; Holiday Sounds

The Island School Chorus. Photo from Philip Steinbacher

When I first became a mom, I was a little overwhelmed with all the planning and preparation involved. One prep that was obligatory, in my humble opinion: Baby CPR. If you are a parent, a child caretaker or even an auntie or uncle, this kind of class can save a child’s life. Cheryl Ann Farrell is bringing the class back to Kaua’i Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 pm. at Koloa Neighborhood Center. Farrell also offers the course online for those interested in completing coursework at their own pace. The Heartsaver course covers basic first aid, adult/child CPR with mask, adult/child choking, adult/child AED, oneperson/two-person rescue. To register, email hearts4kauai@gmail.com, or call 652-1284. To learn more, go to hearts4kauai.com …

The Island School Alakai ‘Opio and Keiki choruses will perform their fifth-annual holiday concert, “‘Tis the Season,” Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $5 for students in grades 4-12 (free for keiki under age 4). Island School’s four choral ensembles comprise the Island School Chorus of 142 students, the group’s largest enrollment since its inception in 2006. Choral director Philip Steinbacher says the concert will highlight the strengths of the individual ensembles. Students in these groups from grades 4-12 have been preparing since August. The concert will feature holiday music of various time periods, styles and genres, and the chorus is accompanied by Rose Alfiler. Tickets are available at the Island School office and at the KCC box office the day of the show …

After announcing the recent partnership between Nanea Restaurant and Bar and Koloa Rum Company, it only makes sense that they’d be having an event. Rum, Relax & Repeat! is slated for Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. It’s an evening of rum tasting, island-inspired rum-infused pupus and live entertainment at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. Koloa Rum Company is a local licensed distillery that handcrafts premium single-batch Hawaiian rum in white, gold, dark and spice. All four rums will be available for tasting at the event, including a variety of rum-based cocktails. To complement the aloha “spirits,” executive chef Kahau Manzo will prepare rum-infused heavy pupus such as pork belly barbacoa, rumbraised short ribs, mojito shrimp, rum-glazed duck breast, ahi and rum ceviche, chocolate waffles, rum crème anglaise, rum baba and much more. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Billy Paul. Cost is $40. To learn more or to make reservations, call 827-8808 or go to westinprinceville.com …

Kaua’i beekeepers are invited to participate in a study to determine the density and distribution of the small hive beetle (SHB) on the island. The study is being conducted by the Kaua’i Community College Apiary Program in collaboration with the state Department of Agriculture and Kaua’i Beekeepers Association, which is recruiting both commercial and hobbyist beekeepers to participate. Under the study, beekeepers will be given beetle traps, which they will install in two hives and change out every month. The used traps will be collected by JinWah Lau, who will map the location and count the contents to assess the population distribution and density of SHB on Kaua’i. In another component of the study, the KCC Apiary Program team will compare the efficiency and cost of a number of different traps, including homemade bottom board and oil pan traps, and commercially purchased traps. The research projects are funded by a $5,000 state allocation under House Bill 2100. The study is being conducted by KCC professor Sharad P. Marahatta in consultation with HDOA state apiarist Danielle Downey, and with the support of the KCC Apiary Program team and KBEE volunteers. The first round of studies should conclude by July 2013. JinWah Lau can be contacted at 652-3737 or via email at terilau@hawaii.edu …

Kekaha Community Garden, a community resource, training center and model of communal-based organic gardening, is having a $5 workshop Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. The workshop is open to gardeners and beginners, and professionals will answer gardening questions. Organizers are asking participants to bring either a sample or photo of the plant, insect or problem relating to gardening. Reservations are required. Call 651-5197 or email kekahagarden@gmail.com to learn more …

The University of Hawaii is reaching out to Native Hawaiians across the state who want to pursue a college education. The effort is part of a statewide initiative to bring Native Hawaiian scholarship opportunities to under-served communities. In that spirit, UH has partnered with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and GEAR UP Hawaii to present the 2012-2013 Native Hawaiian Scholarship, a series of free presentations for high school students, parents, teachers, current college students, adult students, counselors or anyone interested in learning about the resources and financial aid available to Native Hawaiian students.

There also will be a brief workshop on filling out financial aid applications, and strategies on learning scholarships. The Kaua’i workshop is Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Kaua’i Community College dining room. To learn more, go to https://hawaii.edu/aha …

The county’s Division of Purchasing has begun moving back to its original office space in the Pi’ikoi Building. The division’s new mailing address is: Division of Purchasing, County of Kaua’i, 4444 Rice St., Ste 303; Lihu’e, HI 96766. The phone numbers for the entire staff will remain the same. Anyone with questions can call Budget and Purchasing director Ernie Barreira at 241-4295.

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