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Reasons For Optimism On Kauai

I can’t believe it’s already April. More than a year has passed since the supposed great “ending of the world” in December 2012, and things are still plugging along as they always have on this planet. I’d like to think progress is being made within our species, despite fear-induced theories and controversies that continue to grip our society. There really is so much good happening around the globe, but we either choose to forget about it or tune it out. So many of us are doing our part to help reverse the damage that’s been done on our island, despite the environmental toll it has taken …


Bill Butler | Red Cross photo

Locally, entities such as National Tropical Botanical Garden are an instrumental part of this process and continue to step up their efforts in an attempt to help save the island’s plethora of endangered species. These local projects also bring the community together, which in turn helps further our progress even more. I believe it’s never too late to make a change, and we can always do our part by supporting these organizations. On Saturday (April 5), don’t forget NTBG is having its “Musical Legends in the Garden” celebration. Visit ntbg.org for more information and to purchase tickets …

Congratulations to Bill Butler, who recently was named Kauai Red Cross Hero of the Year. Since moving from Denver, where he also volunteered for the Red Cross, to Kauai in December 2012, he has been serving as North Shore Shelter manager and has done an abundance of work for the nonprofit. He has diligently promoted the Red Cross on the North Shore and has been instrumental in recruiting new volunteers. Butler also assists with staffing the hotline, which he mans one week a month to respond to disasters. In addition, he always is willing to help educate the community about disaster preparedness. What a terrific example of an exemplary member of the community …

Locally sourced products are another way to help support a healthier planet. Did you know mustard is made on-island? Hawaiian Gold Mustard expanded its business two years ago. According to owner Richard Roberts, who has been creating the spread for more than 35 years, his product has a “real kick combined with unexpected sweetness.” A new barbecue flavor will be available later this year. The mustard is sold at Harvest Market, Papaya’s Natural Foods and Cafe, Passion Bakery Cafe, Vim ‘n Vigor, Living Foods Market and Cafe, Aloha Spice Company and Ishihara Market. It also is used at several restaurants across the island, including Oasis on the Beach and MCS Grill. To purchase the mustard online, visit activitykauai.com/shop/kauai-mustard-hawaiian-gold

KMW-KK-032613-Mustard-CZKauai Performing Arts Center presents Seussical, with performances beginning April 4 at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. The musical comedy, which is based on the writings of Dr. Seuss, will be performed by students from Kauai, Kapaa and Waimea high schools under the direction of Robert Carrasco, with choreography by Sarah Carrasco. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students in advance; $12 and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from cast members or at North Shore Pharmacy, Jim Saylor Jewelers, Vim ‘n Vigor, Scotty’s Music and Wong’s Restaurant. For performance dates and times, visit kauaifestivals.com