Kaua‘i Teachers Honored As Pioneers

(from left) Carol Yotsuda, Maryanne Kusaka, Bertha Kawakami, Joanne Nakashima and Josephine Duvauchelle

For their roles as pioneer educators, five retired teachers from Kaua’i flew to Honolulu to be acknowledged by the Hawaii chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The five – Jo Duvauchelle, Bertha Kawakami, Maryanne Kusaka, Joanne Nakashima and Carol Yotsuda – are to be included in an exclusive publication, Makers of Destiny Hawaiian Style,

The Lives of Pioneer Women Educators in Hawaii,Volume III, which will be distributed to all public libraries. Readers will learn about each person’s contributions to Kaua’i’s education scene. Bonnie Lake oversaw the editing and publishing of the historical document …

KCC and the YWCA are raising awareness about domestic violence. One activity they’re using to get the word out is the Clothesline project. Students decorate T-shirts with messages to end domestic violence – Monday and Wednesday, Oct 25 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The shirts be displayed on campus for the rest of the week. Shirt decorating will be in the library and upstairs in the student union where they’ll be displayed, and more spots may be selected for the “clothesline” as well. Anyone is welcome to join in.

“KCC invited the YWCA to be part of this event and other work they will be doing throughout this year to raise awareness on campus and improve safety for all students,” says YWCA executive director Renae Hamilton. The project is part of a grant from the UHManoa Women’s Resource Center. Call 245-5959 for information …

Humberto Blanco, Kaua’i Program Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, says mahalo to all who took part in the successful Oct. 9 Memory Walk that raised more than $13,000 for Alzheimer’s research and family caregiver support on Kaua’i. What’s up next: The Lihue support group is re-introducing Caregiver Cafés. Join other family care-givers the third Thursday of each month at noon. Bring a dish to share and meet in the Elderly Affairs meeting room in the Moikeha Building (former Gem Store). The Kapaa support group meets Mondays at noon in the Kapaa Neighborhood Center front room. It’s also Caregiver Café-style with potluck. Call 245-3200 to leave a message that you’ll attend either or both of the cafes. And BTW, the association’s visiting geriatrician has a full schedule this month, but has open appointments Nov. 19. To book an appointment, call Queen’s Health Care, Lihue, at 246-4707 …

Halau Na Pua O Ke Kukui will perform at the Kaua‘i Christian Academy Fall Festival

Rain or shine, gallop on over to the 10th Annual Kaua’i Christian Academy Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31, between 4 and 9 p.m. The academy hopes to raise $20,000 to build a new playground structure. Organizers say this gig has awesome activities such as bounce houses, smash car, game booths, keiki carnival rides, balloon darts, football toss, fish pond, petting zoo, dunking booth, air-soft target range, hayrides and more. The food lineup includes funnel cakes, Cold Stone ice cream and home-baked goods, as well as booths serving dinner. Lefty Cottingham and friends, Pancho Graham, Kirby Keoghe, Island Breeze, Fred Aki and friends, Garret Santos, Jeff Caldwell, Michael Ruff and friends, Donna Lei Kirkpatrick hula halau and many more provide the entertainment. And there are lots of prizes in the silent auction. Call 828-0047 or e-mail Jimmy@KCAtoday.org with questions …

Struggling homeowners can learn about loan modifications, short sales and fore-closures in two free Home Retention Seminars Monday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Aston Kaua’i Beach at Makaiwa in Kapa’a.

Firefighters Dodd Apao, Alan Satta and Daryl Date talk about fire safety at Koloa Elementary

“Homeowners deserve to know their rights and not be taken advantage of by banks or by their own lack of knowledge of their options,” says Kaua’i-based certified distressed property expert Ron Margolis, who will host the Home Retention 101 seminars along with representatives from Old Republic Title and Escrow, Island Pacific Mortgage and 101 Financial. Register for the seminars at kauaihome101.com; walk-ins welcome. For information about the topics that will be covered, visit kauaiavoidforeclosure.com or call Margolis at 346-7095 …

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Kaua’i Fire Department’s Prevention Bureau as it promotes fire safety at all public elementary schools throughout the island. Presentations recognize the importance of Fire Prevention Week with the theme “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.”

Keiki got hot tips and a visit from Sparky, the larger-than-life fire dog.

For more information about fire safety, call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 241-4982 …

aomalley@ midweekkauai.com

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