Replying With A Heartfelt ‘Yes!’

KIUC hopes new green lasers will help save more seabirds from its lines. KIUC photo

KIUC hopes new green lasers will help save more seabirds from its lines. KIUC photo

The first of three summer “supermoons” radiated its brilliance in the night sky June 12. But what might have outshined the large, glowing orb was my heart. The love of my life, Gabriel Zingaro, asked me to marry him on that special eve. Of course, I said “Yes,” and my days have felt as bright as that moon ever since. What a magical moment that will stay with me forever …

Two new High-Tech Youth Network studios are being established on the island. The group is an after-school facility that provides a creative environment for youths to work on projects including engineering, software coding and robotics. For more information, visit hightechyouth.org

I’m happy to see Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is embarking on a new project which may help native, endangered seabirds. The co-op is attaching “highly concentrated beams” of laser lights on transmission poles in Eleele. The 30 lasers are intended to create a “fence” that researchers hope will be visible to the birds. These birds nest in the mountains and are often blindsided by powerlines on their flights to sea. The beams can be seen at higher elevations in Kalaheo and use a narrow, focused green light that is not hazardous to the eyes. If the system is successful, more will be implanted on transmission poles along the Powerline Trail, where collisions are more frequent. In my opinion, it’d be great if the lines were ultimately buried not only for the wildlife but for the sake of the beauty of the island …

Volunteers hawl away a mass of fishing net at Anahola. Photo from Surfrider Foundation

Volunteers hawl away a mass of fishing net at Anahola. Photo from Surfrider Foundation

The season finale of the Department of Education’s Kauai Shining Stars is currently showing on Oceanic Channel 6. Featured in this episode are the inaugural Kahua Hoike where teachers were celebrated for their accomplishments for the year; student athletes from Waimea High School softball team chat about their successful season, and Bill Arakaki, DOE Complex Area Superintendent, and Dillon Ancheta, student assistant, reflect on the year’s Kauai Shining Starsepisodes. The half-hour shows air on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Mondays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. To view the episode online, visit vimeo.com/channels/kauaishiningstars …

Kudos to Adventures Cross Country tour group for helping Surfrider Foundation representatives pick up marine debris on an Anahola shoreline earlier this month. Some 400 pounds of debris were removed, including more than 260 pounds of rope (taken to Restore Kauai) and nearly 160 pounds of plastic and other trash. If you’re interested in helping too, find out when the next beach cleanup is by visiting kauai.surfrider.org

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