Congrats To Kauai’s Newest Cops

Congratulations to Theodore Johnson, Kanoa Kamauoha, Dain Metcalfe and Tyler Yates, who were sworn in as Kauai’s newest police officers by Deputy Police Chief Michael Contrades during a recent graduation ceremony. Metcalfe, a graduate of Kauai High School, majored in acting at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and Los Angeles before moving back to Kauai. Yates, a former professional baseball player, graduated from Kauai High School and University of Hawaii-Hilo. Johnson, a former resident of California and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, retired from the California Department of Corrections last year after 23 years of service. Kamauoha was a youth pastor for seven years in Albuquerque, N.M., before recently moving to Kauai …

Kauai Voices will celebrate the world’s cultures through music Friday (Jan. 17) and Saturday (Jan. 18) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Lihue. The 40-voice ensemble will sing a variety of musical pieces from Korean and Slovak to Hawaiian and Swahili. The concert, “A World in Harmony,” is presented by artistic director Randall Leonard and accompanist Alan Van Zee. For more information, call Melissa Mojo at 822-0545 …

Honor the traditional time of year from October to January when Lono, god of agriculture and peace, ruled the land, during this year’s Ka Moku O Manokalanipo Makahiki. There will be a friendly competition of games including haka moa, ‘ulu maika, pa uma and pohaku ho’okaika. Festivities also will include a Konane tournament, hula and Hawaiian food. Residents age 9 and older may compete in the games, and visitors may participate once the official competition is completed. Send an email to for more information …

Ocean expert Carl Safina, author of Eye of the Albatross, among many other titles, will conduct a public presentation Wednesday (Jan. 15) from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Princeville Library. Pacific Writers’ Connection is bringing him to the island as part of this month’s Hanalei Writers’ Retreat, and he has offered to speak to the community during this free event. To learn more about Safina, visit

Entomologist Steve Montgomery also will present a free talk to the public this month. On Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m., join Montgomery in the cafeteria at Kauai Community College Campus Center in Puhi. Hosted by National Tropical Botanical Garden and KCC, the lecture, “Protecting the Pollinators (it’s not just about bees),” will explore the roles of pollinators and how they benefit native ecosystems.

Montgomery has been a beekeeper for more than 50 years and is well-versed in the balance between pollinators and Hawaiian plants. He has more than 40 years of biological survey and collecting experience, and he has discovered more than 30 new species of insects and plants. He has explored the native ecosystems of Hawaii and the Pacific.

Montgomery is currently a consulting entomologist and research associate for Bishop Museum on Oahu.

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