Sand Fest And Contest In Hanalei

Lots of fun and creativity in the sand at last year’s Hawaii Sand Festival and Sand Castle and Art Contest. Photo courtesy Julian Miller

It always cracks me up how much my 22-month-old son enjoys digging in the sand — and if we don’t have the proper sand rake and bucket, no worries, he will use a piece of driftwood. It seems the wistfulness of building at the beach is something we carry with us throughout our lives, and it’s with that in mind that I mention the Hawaii Sand Festival and Sand Castle and Art Contest Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the left (facing makai) of Hanalei Pier. The free event invites individuals or teams to participate and create while enjoying a day at the beach as sand artists. For keiki, a free lesson on sand creations from sand sculptor Jeff Peterson begins at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for different age groups, individuals, teams and types of art. Participants are asked to bring their own shovels, pails, tools, molds and sprayers (very helpful) for sculpting sand. Registration is at 11 a.m.

National Tropical Botanical Garden will host another Ohana Day at its South Shore visitor’s center, which will include “Paint our Garden” watercolor classes. Local artists Marionette Taboniar (known for her watercolor flower painting) and Patrice Pendarvis (adept at landscapes) will teach their techniques. Class is Aug. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome, and a $40 fee covers all materials. To register, call Taboniar at 631-9173 or Pendarvis at 635-2930. For more information, go to

It’s hard to believe the 2012 Olympic Games are almost over, but in watching some of the events it’s been easy to think about all the water-related traditions and mad skill that has come from those residing in this gorgeous, blessed archipelago, whether it’s world champions in paddling or the legend of renowned athlete and “Human Fish” Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. The restaurant at Kalapaki that bears his name and Big Island Television recently posted a YouTube video documenting his 1912 gold medal win in Sweden, in which he broke a record swimming the 100 meter freestyle in 63.4 seconds. To view it, “like” Duke’s Canoe Club Kaua‘i on Facebook …

(clockwise, from left) Alyssa Miyamoto, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., Pat Viernes, Bryceson Abigania, Makeyah Wisneski and Levi Otsuka-Luis. The youngsters are headed to Pennsylvania for the Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American finals. Photo by Mary Daubert

Speaking of athleticism, congratulations to Alyssa Miyamoto, Bryceson Abigania, Levi Otsuka-Luis and Makeyah Wisneski, who, after winning local, state and regional competitions, were invited to Pennsylvania for the Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American finals. Miyamoto will compete in the softball throw, Abigania will be running in the 100-meter race, Otsuka-Luis is set to compete in the 200-meter run for 13and 14-year-old boys, and Wisneski will participate in the 50-meter race for 9and 10-year-old girls. The Kaua‘i athletes join other Hawai‘i track and field stars — six from O‘ahu and one from Hilo. Way to represent the Garden Isle! …

Early voting will continue through Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the basement of the Historic County Annex, located at 4386 Rice St. in Lihu‘e. The Annex is located next to the Historic County Building and was formerly occupied by the Department of Public Works and the Investigative Services Bureau of the Kaua‘i Police Department. Only registered voters of the County of Kaua‘i with valid identification are eligible to vote. For additional information, call the Elections Division at 241-4800 …

Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will host its Business After Hours at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Outdoor Waterfall Terrace Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 245-7363 …

Kaua‘i Community Radio will celebrate its 15th birthday with a party Aug. 10 from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Lydgate Park Pavilion. The celebration will feature live music and hula, with entertainment by DJ Keone Kealoha, Mike Young, Lady Ipo, Boom Shaka Laka Maka and Na Hoaloha Music Makers. Hawaiian cultural activities, keiki games and a “From Cupcakes to Castles” Birthday Cake Contest also will be part of the fun. Dinner will be potluck, and guests are asked to bring chili or salad to share. For more information, go to

In addition to all the farm animals, Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair, slated for Aug. 23-26 at Vidinha Stadium, features rides, food, a petting zoo and more fun for the family. Photo courtesy Melissa McFerrin

A reminder that Thursday, Aug. 23, the Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Exhibition, which will be juried by Jo Lauria, independent curator, art and design historian, at Galerie 103 in Kukuiula Shopping Center in Po‘ipu, is a “must” activity for aspiring and established local artists. Selected artworks must be submitted by Aug. 27 at Linekona Center. For more information, call Kathy Cowan at 651-1766 …

Ka‘ie‘ie Foundation will host its Aha Hula Benefit Lu‘au and Hula Kahiko Concert featuring Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai and Kumu Hula Kehaulai Kekua with a special guest performance by CJ Helekahi and Leokane Pryor from Hana, Maui, Sept. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. at Common Ground in Kilauea. Cost is $40 in advance. For more information, go to

And last but absolutely not least, it’s almost time for the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair — funnel cakes, spinning rides, corn dogs, flying saucers, a petting zoo, face painting and more Thursday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 26. at Vidinha Stadium. Hope to see you all there!

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