Off-duty Officer Wins Top Cop Honor

Chief Darryl Perry and Officer of the Month Tyson Relacion. Photo courtesy County of Kauai

How commendable that it was an off-duty Kaua’i police officer who used his keen eye to recognize and arrest a wanted suspect recently in the parking lot at Kaua’i Medical Clinic. Without backup, Officer Tyson Relacion apprehend- ed the man despite the sus- pect’s attempt to flee. Relacion was named officer of the month Aug. 26 for his noteworthy above-and- beyond dedication to an oftentimes thankless job. Mahalo! …

As the six-man canoe racing season winds down for traditional races, newer Beach to Waimea, with shorter courses beginning at Po’ipu Beach and Port Allen. Coordinator and Pu’uwai Canoe Club presi- dent Brian Curll has dubbed the event a “choose-your-weapon, let’s all-work-hard- and-have-fun-in-the-ocean- kine race,” noting all are welcome. Cost is $30 a head. Entry fee includes a shirt, escort boat service, lunch, drinks and awards. For more information, email bcurll@aol.com …

It’s that time of year again for Kaua’i United Way’s 42nd annual Walk-A-Thon, an opportunity for Kaua’i nonprofits to earn money for their causes (official nonprofit certification is not required). Groups with lots of members earn thousands of dollars every year, and all that is needed is picking up forms and getting pledges of support. Money can be turned in before or on the day of the walk, Oct. 29 at Kukui Grove Shopping Center. Following that, a check for half of the funds raised will be sent to the nonprofits, with the other half going toward the vital social service work by Kaua’i United Way’s 28 participating agencies. For more infor- mation, call 245-2043 …

(from left) County managing director Gary Heu, Koga Engineering and Construction project manager Garett Ichimura, Department of Water project manager Dustin Moises, Board of Water Supply chairman Roy Oyama, chief engineer David Craddick, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, state Sen. Ron Kouchi, state Rep. Dee Morikawa and Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi. Photo courtesy Mary Daubert

It was a week of dignitaries on-island, with Gov. Neil Abercrombie, state Sen. Ron Kouchi and state Rep. Dee Morikawa among those in attendance at a blessing Aug. 27 of Kaua’i Department of Water’s Waimea Canyon Drive Main Replacement Project. The 12-inch waterline will service the community’s hospital, middle school and West Kaua’i Technology and Visitor Center. Abercrombie took note of the importance of critical infrastructure throughout the state …

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye visited the Pacific Missile Range Facility Aug. 29 for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex site blessing, where Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with the help of Sherri Patrick, conducted a Hawaiian cer- emony rich in symbolism. Inouye and Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn placed soil from the site of the future administrative building and the site of the ceremony into an umeke, carved to represent heaven and earth. The umeke also held a rock representing Kaua’i and a kukui for enlightenment. The AAMDTC will be a test and evaluation center to develop the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach, announced by President Barack Obama in 2009. The move is described as essential prior to deployment at the first of two planned sites in Europe in 2015. While the presence of the missile range is con- sidered by some as, at the very least, a complex and sensitive subject, PMRF deserves credit for working to honor the Hawaiian culture …

Though most who’ve applied for jobs may have already used the system, the county officially switched to electronic job applications Sept. 1 and now will only accept them online. It’s part of an effort to not only become paperless, but allow users to save information in a database, making it easy to apply for multiple

Malcolm Fernandez, director of Personnel Services, says another benefit is it can be accessed 24/7. To visit the site, go to kauai.gov and click on the “job opportu- nities” link. An email address is required. For more infor- mation, call 241-4956 …

Jan Pascua of Better Choices, Better Health says registration is still open for a six-week series of inter- active workshops for seniors age 60 and older with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. Part of a statewide Healthy Aging Partnership – Empowering Elders ini- tiative, the series is based on Stanford University’s chronic disease self-man- agement program. The series begins Sept. 8 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and continues Thursdays at Kilauea Neighborhood Center, 2460 Keneke St. Pre-registration is required and only 16 spots are available (including caregivers). To register, call Charlyn at the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470

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