A Day Of Peace In Hanapepe

“Peace on Earth” seems like such a far-fetched concept, yet it’s something most of us yearn for. It’s baffling how something that, in theory, is so easily obtainable if we all just learned to agree to disagree, but is so challenging in reality because we have such a hard time accepting that not everyone has the same perceptions about life that we do. And how can we even conceptualize the end of war when we can’t even manage to keep the peace in our own households or our places of employment? Conflict seems to be part of our egotistical nature, but for those who are still dreamers, Sunday (Sept. 21) marks International Day of Peace — a great time to ponder the possibilities. Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe will recognize the day with festivities from 4 to 7 p.m. in Sparky’s Garden. The evening will conclude with a flashlight procession to the World Peace Statue of Quan Yin at Kauai Soto Zen Temple and the ringing of the peace bell. Visit storybook.org from more information or call 335-0712 …

Friends of the Children’s Justice Center‘s eighth annual “Treasure Our Children” fundraiser was a success. The event supports the judiciary entity that investigates and prosecutes those who sexually and physically abuse keiki. Dozens of attendees gathered at Nawiliwili Yacht Club at Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor for food, a silent auction and entertainment provided by musician Stuart Hollinger and Ori Uvira Tahitian dancers. Marie Terry-Bivens was acknowledged for her 20 years of service with the organization as an interviewer/counselor for abused children under age 5. Donations continue to be accepted in support of keiki. Email cjcfriends@yahoo.com or visit cjcfriendskauai.com

Sheraton Kauai Resort is supporting the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) Ice Bucket Challenge. But there won’t be any buckets of freezing-cold water dumped on anyone’s head. The hotel’s “You Dine, We Donate” program will benefit ALS Association throughout September. All net food and beverage proceeds from Table 53 at RumFire Poipu Beach will be donated to the organization’s Golden West chapter, which serves Hawaii and parts of California. Advance reservations are encouraged; call 742-4786 to request Table 53. For more information, call 742-1661 or visit sheraton-kauai.com

Recent Midweek Kauai cover boy Judge Bill Fernandez will discuss the legal and historical basis of Hawaiian sovereignty Thursday (Sept. 18) from 6:30 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Kauai Historical Society at Aston Aloha Beach Hotel. Admission is free. For more information, call 245-3373 or email Mary Requilmann at director@kauaihistoricalsociety.org …

This in from MidWeek Oahu entertainment columnist Tom Moffatt: Congrats to Olympic ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Charlie White, who recently were engaged on Kauai. Belbin shared the details of her Big Moment, which happened during a hike: “It was three-and-a-half hours long, so by the time we got to the waterfall, we were sweaty and muddy and battered from the trip, but it was well worth it. We wound up at the foot of this waterfall that was probably the most incredible sight I had ever seen in my life, and that’s where Charlie proposed. I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable place to have the most incredible moment of my life take place. He definitely outdid himself.” …


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