Remembering To Tell Mom Thanks

Don’t forget to call your mother this weekend. Better yet, send her some flowers, or if you’re lucky enough to be with her this Sunday, give her a hug and tell her how much you love and appreciate her. I want to give a special thanks to my own mother, Mary Zickos, to whom I am forever grateful for the love and support she has provided unconditionally for me throughout the years. Happy Mother’s Day! …

Consider treating your mom to a tour of McBryde Garden Sunday (May 11). National Tropical Botanical Garden is hosting a Mother’s Day celebration at its South Shore location with music, activities for the keiki, food and much more. The first tram will leave at 9 a.m. from Southshore Visitors Center, and attendees must be in line by noon for the last tram into the garden. Suggested donation for the event is $10. Call 742-2433 or visit calendar.ntbg.org for more information …

Don’t forget that Kauai Historical Society and Historic County Building are celebrating their 100th anniversaries this weekend with a cultural festival on the lawn of the Historic County Building from 4 to 9 p.m. Hawaiian, Japanese, Okinawan, Filipino, Portuguese and Tongan cultures will be celebrated, accompanied by the music of Darryl Gonzales and Garret Santos. Admission is free …

There are two book signings Friday evening (May 9), and they both happen to be at churches. William Miller will host a celebration of the release of his new book, Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: the Whole and Holy Truth about Lager, Loving and Living, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church. Alan Akana also will sign copies of his new book, The Volcano is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano, beginning at the same time Friday at Koloa Union Church. Visit fatherbill.net and thevolcanoisourhome.com for more information …

Congratulations to Emma Thain of Koloa. The 11-year-old recently won third place in category 2 (ages 8-11) for a People’s Choice art contest – to create a dream car – presented by Toyota Hawaii. More than 500 entries were received and only nine keiki, including Thain, were selected to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii. The grand-prize winner gets an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August. Thain, who is homeschooled, won $100 for her submission …

Suzanne Schott of Kalaheo recently won a brand new Kia Soul as part of Aloha Island Mart‘s Aloha Kia Sweepstakes. She was among the five finalists who earned an opportunity to choose the winning key that started the SUV’s engine. Lucky for her …

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