Amazing Show In Sky Above Kauai

Was anyone else lucky enough to see the total eclipse of the moon during the wee hours of a Wednesday morning earlier this month? It was a magical moment and one I’m glad I didn’t miss, thanks to my fiancé. Though I may have been a touch annoyed to have my beauty sleep interrupted that night (smiley face), I am thankful to have seen such a celestial visual feast. Gazing at the stars and delighting in blood moons is such a spectacular way to remember just how infinite space is and how small we really are …

A hands-on taiko drumming workshop for beginners of all ages will be presented by Ray Nitta at Lawai International Center Sunday (Oct. 26) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What a great way to experience the 88 shrines while learning a unique craft. Donations are appreciated. Visit, call 651-8893 or email for more information …

Not My First Rodeo performs Friday in Waimea as a benefit for Rotary Club of West Kauai. Photo from Rotary Club of West Kauai

Not My First Rodeo performs Friday in Waimea as a benefit for Rotary Club of West Kauai. Photo from Rotary Club of West Kauai

Wally Rita Y Los Kauaianos traveled to Oahu earlier this month to perform its traditional Puerto Rican music at the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair in Kapiolani Park. “They were at our festival four years ago and they were such a hit,” says festival organizer Nancy Ortiz. “Every year people keep asking me to bring them in.” The band also highlighted El Dia de la Raza Oct. 12, a dance concert at Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s (, a continuation of the Hispanic Heritage celebration … Fun fact: Did you know Hawaii boasts a Hispanic community of 121,000 people? …

Rotary Club of West Kauai sponsors its “Rotary Roundup” membership drive Friday (Oct. 24) at Wranglers in Waimea. The event will include music from local country band Not My First Rodeo from 4 to 6 p.m. during happy hour in front of the Saddle Room. This meet-and-greet will be followed by opening presentations, dinner and other social activities. Tickets are limited, so contact a current Rotarian for more information or call 482-0036 …

Have any interest in learning about the role of wildfires in Hawaii’s ecosystems and how they can be better managed, as they are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity in the coming years? National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Community College host “Hawaii on Fire:

Learning to adapt to increasing wildfires,” a talk by Clay Trauernicht, a specialist in fire management with the Cooperative Extension Program of CTAHR at University of Hawaii. Come hear him speak for free Tuesday (Oct. 21) at 5:30 p.m. at KCC’s Campus Center cafeteria. Visit for more information …

Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park sponsor its ninth annual National Make a Difference Day cleanup Saturday (Oct. 25) from 7:30 a.m. to noon. People of all ages are encouraged to help beautify Lydgate Park. Register online at before Thursday (Oct. 23).

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