GMO Bill Is A Treat For Many

Students rehearse for ‘The Sound of Music,’ opening Nov. 15 Photo courtesy Hawaii Children’s Theatre

Students rehearse for ‘The Sound of Music,’ opening Nov. 15 Photo courtesy Hawaii Children’s Theatre

Happy Halloween to all the ghosts, ghouls and goblins who will be tricking and treating this year, and to anyone else who enjoys the day just as much as I do …

I imagine you’d have to be living under a pretty sturdy rock not to have heard that the GMO pesticide-related bill was passed 6-1 by Kauai County Council. No matter whose side you’re on regarding the controversial legislation, it is clear that County Council members deserve some acknowledgement for how much time they have dedicated to listening to countless testimonies, hearing every angle of the story and doing what they each feel is best for the community. By the time this column goes to publication, we will know whether or not the bill has officially passed. All eyes are on Kauai right now …

Hawaii Children’s Theatre (HCT) recently announced its production of The Sound of Music, coming to Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

The show opens Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 1 with performances each Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Marly Madayag, who directs Kalaheo Elementary School musicals, is serving as director of the show. Corissa Berrett is assisting as stage manager. Nina Saraos is the musical director and Carol Culver is the choreographer. Kathy Leonard, with assistance from Kate Walli, is serving as costumer, and Ron Horoshko is creating the sets along with Roger and Brandon Siefert, Joe Labarbera and David Shell. Lighting is designed by tech director Arnoud Teersteg, and HCT welcomes Walid Alhamdy as its new sound engineer. Last but certainly not least, Divina and Caleb Plowman (a mother-and-son team) are procuring and managing the props. Visit hawaiichildrenstheatre.com or call the HCT office at 246-8985 for more information. Break a leg! …

I can’t believe the holidays practically are here again. Of course, that means Kauai Humane Society‘s annual “Santa Paws” is right around the corner. Pet owners can have their pix taken with their beloved creatures and Santa Claus Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. Carol Ann Davis, professional photographer, will donate her services for the seasonal event. Folks are reminded that they don’t actually need to have a pet to have their photos taken. Reservations are required. Call 632-0710 or email development@kauaihumane.org for more information …

Xavier Rudd will grace the island with his musical presence Friday (Nov. 1) at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. The Australian musician performs roots music as a one-man band and plays several instruments, including a Weissenborn lap steel guitar, didgeridoos and drums. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Visit dovepresents.com or call 635-5556 for more information. Last I heard, tickets were almost sold out …

Kauai Veterans Center is “Honoring our Hawaii National Guards” Saturday (Nov. 2) in celebration of Veterans Day (Nov. 11). The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Old Town Kapaa. Call Aida Cruz at 246-1135 for more information …

And since you’ll be right there, might as well stop by for Kauai Independent Daycare Service‘s annual fundraiser happening the same day at Kapaa Beach behind First Hawaiian Bank from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will include keiki carnival games, a bake sale, Kauai-made products and a silent auction. For more information, call Phyllis Kunimura at 822-0047 …

Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge are now accepting grant applications from nonprofit community organizations on the island of Kauai for its Community Gift Giving Program. The program will award grants of up to $3,000 per organization. To be considered for HTB/YB grants, organizations must be IRS approved under Section 501 (c) 3, and do work related to health, education, civic and community service, youth activities, cultural enrichment, environmental matters and special community projects. Since 2001, HTB/YB have contributed more than $799,900 to 832 nonprofit organizations throughout Hawaii, of which $197,650 went to 203 Kauai organizations. Application forms and information are available at youngbrothershawaii.com under “Community Gift Giving,” or at the HTB/YB office on Kauai at 3020 Waapa Road in Nawiliwili. The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 15. Kauai County Community Advisory Board members are chairwoman, Jim McDowall, Eldean Scott, Wanda Shibata and Millie Wellington

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