A Word To The Wise; An Unwise Post

I had a friend recently say some wise words about talking to pregnant women, something I can appreciate in my current condition: Pregnant women do own mirrors and are not delusional. We know how big we are. Understanding this, please try to refrain from using any of the following phrases when you encounter one of us:

“You’re huge!”

“Are you sure you’re only that far along?”

“Wow – do you think you will make your due date?”

“Are you having twins?” Consider this a public service announcement …

Speaking of lacking tact and intellectual prowess, I was amazed when I learned of the man recently arrested after posting a video of drinking and driving online. Kudos to Kaua’i Police Department for arresting Richard Gerald Godbehere Jr. for “consuming/possessing liquor while operating a vehicle and driving without a license.” Godbehere since has been released pending a court appearance later this month. In the roughly four-minute video, which appears to have been posted in late December, Godbehere pops open a beer bottle and proceeds to drink it while driving and speaking into a camera. “I’m so happy to be drinking and driving,” he says in the video. “We all know drinking and driving is against the law. You’re not supposed to do that. But they didn’t say anything about driving and drinking.”

Anonymous tipsters can continue to help KPD by calling 241-1887, or by completing an online suspicious activity report through KPD’s website, kauai.gov/police

It was lovely to see dignitaries from various Hawaiian organizations, Hawaiian schools, along with Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., pay tribute to Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole March 23, presenting ho’okupu, many in the form of lei, to drape the monument at Prince Kuhio Park. The ceremony, put on by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, honored Hawaii’s “Citizen Prince,” who worked throughout his life to perpetuate the Hawaiian race. Participating schools this year included Kawaikini, Kanu I Ka Pono Charter and Punana Leo Hawaiian immersion schools

It’s almost time for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – April 27 at 5 p.m. and through April 28 – at Hanapepe Soccer Field. The night will be full of fun, games, making new friends, and an unbelievable entertainment lineup serves to honor survivors and continue to fight against cancer. Individuals and teams may participate, raising funds for education and research. The idea behind the all-nighter is cancer never sleeps, so for this one night, neither can you. Go online at relayforlife.org/kauaihi to sign up yourself or a team or donate, or “like” on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Relay for Life Kauai Hanapepe …

Congratulations to the 2013 KIUC Board of Directors, who were inaugurated March 28: Jan TenBruggencate, Carol Bain and Allan A. Smith. The three directors each will serve a three-year term ending March 2016. The official results of the 2013 board of directors election are as follows: Jan TenBruggencate, 2,977; Carol Bain, 2,858; Allan A. Smith, 2,835; Jonathan Jay, 2,248; Stewart “Stu” Burley, 2,016; John “Jack” Benzie, 1,869. KIUC received 5,823 ballots in the election. There were three available director slots to fill, though not all voters chose to exercise all three votes on their ballot. Therefore, the number of votes may not equal the total number of ballots received. Votes were counted by the California-based Merriman River Group …

The county is inviting the public to participate in the kickoff of the Lihu’e Development Plan, Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lihu’e Civic Center, Pi’ikoi Breezeway at 4444 Rice St. in Planning Commission Meeting Rooms A and B. The objective is to bring attention to issues in the Lihu’e Planning District, which covers the areas between the Wailua River and Puhi. The plan was last prepared in 1976. One purpose of the update project is to make it consistent with the Kaua’i General Plan (2000), the Lihu’e Civic Center Master Plan (2007) and the Town Core Urban Design Plan (2009), and identify policies and programs that would make Lihu’e a more walkable community. The event will include “talk story” sessions on community character, housing, recreation, connectivity, walkability, safe schools, culture and visitor accommodations, as well as activities for children, including face-painting, chalk drawing, arts and crafts. For more information, contact Lea at 241-4061, or go to lihuedp.com …

The county is now accepting online applications for its summer cost-sharing intern program online at kauai.gov. The program is sponsored by the county and local businesses. The deadline to apply for the summer program is Friday, April 5. A limited number of internships will be available in the following areas: architecture, engineering and program support, hotel operations, information technology and medical records. The program will run from June 17 to July 31. Those selected for employment will be required to pass a drug-screening test. Anyone requiring additional support or an auxiliary aide to participate in the cost-sharing program should call the Department of Personnel Services at 241-4956 at least seven business days before the program begins. For more information, please call DPS or the Mayor’s office at 241-4910 …

Island School’s four choral ensembles, together comprising the Island School Chorus, will take center stage at Kaua’i Community College Performing Arts Center Wednesday, April 17, to present its fifth annual spring concert, titled, “Our Favorite Things.” It showcases 145 students making up Alaka’i Chorus, ‘Opio Chorus, Keiki Chorus and Island School Singers, it features favorite selections from the chorus’s previous four spring concerts. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students (grades 4-12) and free for children in grade 3 and younger …

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