Couch Look Familiar? If So, Call KPD

One of two couches stolen from Salon J March 17

While I’m always pleased to report good news for MidWeek Kaua’i, sometimes we rely on our readers to make good news happen. Such may be the case for Jeanette Huttger, who not only is this week’s Business Roundtable feature, but whose business was recently burglarized. Huttger, who runs Salon J, has a good attitude about the March 17 theft, when two couches were brazenly stolen from her storefront, despite being located in a heavily populated area on the main strip in Kapa’a. Hopefully, the Coconut Wireless will do its work, and a buzz will result in either the arrest of the culprits involved and/or the return of her property.

Unfortunately, the worst part of the burglary was that along with the couches, a 40-year old shawl belonging to Huttger’s grandmother was stolen.

The couches, which Huttger purchased in January at Lihu’e Costco, are no longer carried by the big box store. So if anyone knows of someone who recently came home with two “Belize black bonded leather Euro loungers,” please call Officer Burg at Kaua’i Police Department at 241-1711 regarding case No. 2012-5893. Here’s hoping this case is a cinch to solve …

I want to give a “shout out” to the North Shore Lions, especially following Coco Zickos‘ recent cover story on rescue tubes and their value in ocean safety. There are so many people doing great things on this island, and for that reason I’d like to mention the work the Kaua’i North Shore Lions do, which includes, at the request of the Rotary Club, building, deploying and maintaining the Rescue Tubes at ‘Anini and Kalihiwai beaches. Mahalo nui for helping out, folks! …

Richard Texeira of North Shore Lions with a rescue tube

It’s hard to believe it’s already time for the keiki-favorite tradition of brightly colored eggs and the beloved hunt. This year King’s Chapel is sponsoring Easter egg hunts at four locations around the island, which will include a dancing and singing children’s choir and, of course, the Easter Bunny. Times and locations are: 10 a.m. March 31 at Vidinha Soccer Field; 1 p.m. March 31 at Hanalei Soccer Field; 10 a.m. April 7 at Hanapepe Football Field and 1 p.m. April 7 at Waimea Athletic Field. For more information, call 643-PRAY or Monica Zenger at 639-1568 …

Heard retired astronaut Mark Kelly (husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords), also a U.S. Navy captain and naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War, was recently on-island, and spotted relaxing at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Especially glad for Gov. Abercrombie’s Kaua’i Liaison, Dennis Esaki, a fan of Kelly’s, who got to meet him …

It’s almost time for Kaua’i’s March of Dimes March for Babies, which is slated for April 14, 8 a.m., at Lydgate Park. Registration begins at 7:30.

For those who don’t know, the March of Dimes is the longest running-walking event in the nation, generating more than $1.5 billion for the charity during its 42-year history. This fundraiser incorporates thousands of volunteers participating in a fun-filled day of walking to raise money to support lifesaving research and programs to make sure every baby gets a chance at a healthy start in life. Participants raise money from friends, family and business associates throughout the islands by walking from one to 10 miles …

Gov. Abercrombie’s Kauai liaison Dennis Esaki with astronaut Mark Kelly

The Better Choices, Better Health program will offer workshop training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays from April 13 to May 4. Topics include Goal Setting and Action Plans, Problem Solving, Fitness and Exercise, Medication Management, Effective Communication, Healthy Eating, How to Relax, and Evaluating New Treatments. Leaders also are asked to attend the later free, four-day training sessions and conduct two six-week workshops within one year. Monetary stipends are available. To learn more about becoming a Better Choices, Better Health leader, contact Charlyn Nakamine at the County of Kaua’i Agency on Elderly Affairs: 241-4470 …

It’s time again for the sixth annual Orchid and Art Festival in Hanapepe, a walking tour that includes exhibitions, live music, children’s activities, workshops and the Spring Fantasy Orchid Show by the Garden Island Orchid Society. The main concert will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. March 30, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 31. Of course, Hanapepe is already the place to be Fridays thanks to Art Night (6 to 9 p.m.), and the second day of the festival, Saturday, will kick off with taiko drumming at 11:30 a.m., followed by Paul Togioka, and the Flying Pelican Band and Makana at 3 p.m. Keiki arts and crafts projects guided by Circles of Light also will be part of the fun. To learn more, go to hanapepe.org …

One of Renee Parker Johnston’s works

Kaua’i Museum will present “A Treasured Evening with Emma Veary” May 10. Veary’s signature songs include Kamehameha Waltz and E Maliu Mai, and she is a recipient of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Concert proceeds will benefit the museum’s cultural and education department. The evening will include heavy pupu and cocktails. Veary-autographed CDs, the bestseller book Change We Must by Nana Veary (Emma’s mother) and other merchandise will be for sale. Veary is an award-winning, classically trained singer and songwriter and a gifted musician who is perhaps best known for her time performing at the historic Halekulani hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by the concert, which will begin promptly at 7. Tickets cost $100. For more information, go to kauaimuseum.org …

If art with a more modern, youthful twist is your cup of tea, then check out the solo exhibition by Renee Parker Johnston titled “Fecund” opening at 7 p.m. April 7 at Cafe Hemingway in Kapa’a. A ceramicist, Johnston’s work includes an array of clay sculpture and vessel forms that are modern with a hint of Grecian influence and a nod to the classical form. For more information, contact her at 812-585-0323 …

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