A Sugar-free Halloween Keiki Run

Jack Granata shoots the host at Koloa Fire Station. Photo coutresy Robin Jumper

It’s that time of year when many of us (and our keiki) already know what we want to be for those Halloween parties where sweet treats will likely abound. So what better health-conscious event could take place before that allout binge fest than a 1-mile keiki run? Sponsored by TriKauai Triathlons, coordinator Brian Curll says to help stave off the growing problem of childhood obesity, young people should start to challenge themselves and learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle early in life. Mayor Bernard P.Carvalho Jr. will be the acting race director for the fun run, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at Po’ipu Beach Park with divisions 10-and-under and 11-andolder. Cost is $15 and includes race shirts and prizes for the best costume, as well as an awards ceremony. And not to worry, parents, the race is in the park, not on the street. To register, go to active.com

Happy preschoolers recently took a field trip to the Koloa Fire Station to check out the fire engine, sleeping quarters and kitchen, how the hose works and learn about calling for help. Mahalo to Kaua’i Fire Department for its outreach …

Congratulations to Sarah Blane and Ross Farias, the proud new parents of Reese Jean Kekiwikuamo’oa’oemmaFarias. The 7-pound, 2ounce girl was born at 7:59 a.m. Sept. 26 …

In sync with the times, Kaua’i Concert Association has joined the rest of us on Facebook, making it even more easy to find a little artful excursion here and there. The page encourages supporting KCA’s visiting artists, which recently included Hawaii Opera Theatre, noting that taking a trip for two to Oahu for the weekend could cost $1,000. Music fanatics can now “Like” KCA in more ways than one, though I will say having looked for the page myself, there seems to be more than one Kaua’i Concert Association page. So to avoid the confusion, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kauai-Concert-Association-2011-2012-Season/263632057010391. To buy tickets online, go to www.kauai-concert.org

Rayko Jane Farias holding her new sister Reese Jean. Photo courtesy Sarah Blane

West Kaua’i Medical Center/Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation will host its seventh annual golf tournament Oct. 23 with a 7 a.m. check in and 8 a.m. tee time at Po’ipu Bay Golf Course. The format will be two-person best ball 20 percent of combined handicap, with a 26 maximum handicap for men and 36 for women. USGA rules apply. A reception will follow at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom. The tourney will benefit hospital programs and fund medical equipment, according to occupational therapist Steve Kline. For more information, call 482-0808 or e-mail skline@hhsc.org …

Pu’uwai Canoe Club has new coaches this year, and they’ve decided to move the club’s practice and training schedule to a 12-month plan. Great news for those paddlers out there who feel antsy during the six-man off season. Pu’uwai president Brian Curll says practice will be coed Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at Wailua River, at 60 percent endurance levels. For more information, email: bcurll@aol.com …

Scott Giarman, executive director of Kaua’i United Way, is asking employees who want to keep their charitable donations on island to designate Kaua’i United Way, No. 71581, for payroll deduction through Nov. 15. Giarman says $10 per paycheck or whatever employees are comfortable giving makes a huge difference for the local community. Kaua’i United Way volunteers review the everchanging social service needs of our island annually and direct funding where it will do the most good for locals. For more information, go to kauaiunitedway.org or call 245-2043 …

'Willy Wonka': Cast and crew make 'W' for the musical, which opens Nov. 18. Photo courtesy Debra Blachowiak

It’s always a pleasure to learn about Kaua’i Historical Society‘s upcoming events, not only because they promise to provide good photos for this publication, but because of the society’s aim to preserve and perpetuate the written and oral history of Kaua’i and Ni’ihau, an enormous task that includes archiving documents, books, maps, letters and photos. So, I can’t wait for Na Wahine Keikei Women of Distinction Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at Kaua’i Marriott Resort. The event will feature an ono dinner, music by Kupaoa, comprised of Kaua’i native Kellen Paik and Likolihau Hannahs Paik, and Leinaala Pavao Jardin, a kumu hula who will perform parts of an ancient chant about Kamakahelei that have not been performed in 100 years. Cost is $75. For more information, call 245-3373 or email info@kauaihistoricalsociety.org….

Producer Debra Blachowiak has been hard at work with Hawaii Children’s Theatre to debut the well-loved confectionary tale Willy Wonka, based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Blachowiak says the musical sticks to the original story by Roald Dahl and promises to be fun for the whole family. Willy Wonka (William McGovern), who owns the notorious candy factory, starts a media frenzy by Phineous Trout (Mark Stein) when golden-ticket winners and their parents are announced, including Augustus Gloop (Elijah Borales) and Mrs. Gloop (Jennifer Plunkett); Veruca Salt (Helena Huffman)Torgerson); Violet Beauregarde (Raina Silver) and Mrs. Beauregarde (Suzy Olson); and Mike Teavee (Carolyn Price) and Ms. Teavee (Jessica Silver). Blachowiak says you can support this production by purchasing an ad, donating prizes, sponsoring a set piece or, of course, coming out to see it for yourself. The show opens at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and will have a two-weekend run at Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu’e, closing Sunday, Nov. 27. There is a special benefit show at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, when all seats cost $6 for those bringing a donation for the food bank/Salvation Army. A special Golden Ticket Party fundraiser with the characters will take place at noon Saturday, Nov. 26. For more information, call at 639-2437 or go to: hawaiichildrenstheatre.com

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