Celebrating Our Young Scientists

Anakin Zingray. Photo from Gabe Zingaro

Anakin Zingray. Photo from Gabe Zingaro

I think it’s great that people in our community are dedicated to inspiring keiki to get excited about science by motivating them to participate in events such as Science Olympiad (see Page 8).

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are fields that continue to grow, and the younger that kids are when they start learning about them, the better off they are once they head out into the “real world.”

Who knows, they could become doctors who finally find a cure for cancer, or maybe they’ll invent an apparatus that reduces pollution in the air. There are so many possibilities. But the only way to find out is by encouraging them to learn in the first place.

I want to send a special congrats to my fiance Gabe Zingaro‘s son Anakin Zingray for winning first place in Bridge Building and second place in Anatomy at Science Olympiad.

And congrats to all the other students who participated, as well as the schools they represented: Island School, Waimea High School, Kauai High School, St. Theresa School, St. Catherine School and Kanuikapono Charter School. You should all be proud …

The YWCA will be hosting an event Saturday to help raise awareness and empower women and families who experience violence and abuse. They will join the global movement called One Billion Rising – Revolution at Kapaa Beach Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and invite the public to participate as well.

Anyone who is part of the creative community that is providing positive empowerment to women and children is especially encouraged to attend and share their work with others. Visit ywcakauai.org to find out how you can participate …

Matilda’s Waltz opens Feb. 20 and runs for three weeks at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Kauai Community Players will be performing the show, which is written by Kauai playwright David Penhallow Scott.

The play is a continuation of his play Emma’s Last Dance and takes place in Hawaii in 1944, when more than a million servicemen were in the Islands.

As he writes about the story, “The servicemen called Oahu the ‘rock’ and turned the Islands and the Whitney family upside down: morally, socially, and historically.” Visit kauaicommunity-players.org for more information …

Mayhem at Da Mansion offers a full card of MMA bouts | Poster from Vance Pascua

Mayhem at Da Mansion offers a full card of MMA bouts | Poster from Vance Pascua

Ainofea Productions once again presents Mayhem at Da Mansion Sunday, called “Unleash da Beast.” The mixed martial arts event will be held at Kilohana Plantation in Puhi. Tickets are available at Deli and Bread Connection, Pono Market and Wong’s. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets range from $27 in advance for general admission to $40 at the door for ringside seats. For VIP tickets, call Peek-A-Bootique at 245-6688 …

Kauai Concert Association presents the Harlem Quartet on Wednesday (Feb. 11) at 7 p.m. at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased at Magic Dragon, Kauai Music & Sound, Pictures Plus, Island Soap and Candle (Koloa), The Wine Shop and Kalaheo Café. Visit kauai-concert.org for more information.