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The cast of ‘Rent!’ will join ‘Kaua‘i Cabaret … Come As You Are’ Friday at KCC Performing Arts Center

MidWeek Kaua’i invites you to enter the “we media” universe. It’s so easy. We’re starting a new feature in the paper. You send your photos, we ooh and ahhhh, and then we publish them in the paper in a new section titled Focus on Kaua’i (see page 30). Send us everything from family reunions to people and their pets, a day at the beach or a sports celebration, a trophy fish catch or just a precious or even silly moment shared by your family. Each Focus page will essentially be a Kaua’i family photo album. Please send your photos by e-mail to senior editor Terri Hefner at thefner@midweek.com, with the subject line “Focus on Kaua’i.” And be sure to include your name or the name of the person who snapped the photo. No professionally shot photos, please. Here’s looking at you! …

Princeville Public Library will host a speaker from Hanalei’s community center Hale Halawai ‘Ohana O Hanalei

Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. The purpose is to give North Shore residents an idea of how the place is being used and how you or your organization might use it. It was founded following Hurricane Iniki, and as a nonprofit organization, it provides space, including a commercial kitchen, for people in the community to hold classes, social gatherings and meetings. The nonprofit sponsors Hanalei Farmers Market and the Halele’a Cultural Exploration Program for young people. …

(from left) Miliki Lani, Nii Anang (leaping) and Jimena McGill of Love Tribe, in a performance as Aloha Africa. Catch Love Tribe in ‘Kaua‘i Cabaret’ Friday at KCC

Two county parks, one in Puhi and one in Oma’o, will get new playground equipment. The county awarded a $211,070 contract to Pacific Blue Construction LLC to oversee the project. They’ll pour concrete foundations, install the equipment and apply rubberized safety surfaces on the concrete foundations. Cool equipment for keiki and the older set will include a 360-degree spiral slide, a wave slide, a vertical climbing wall, a spiral climbing pole, a balcony deck with steering wheel and a tictac-toe activity panel. Reach project manager William Trugillo at 241-4927…

Here’s a novel don’t-miss event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10. It’s called “Kaua’i Cabaret … Come as You Are,” a wowza evening of song, dance, poetry slam, comedy, drag and drama that includes the cast of Rent!, Kaua’i Sings!, Love Tribe, Pink Pebbles Crew and more at Kaua’i Community College. If you missed Rent!, this is your chance to redeem yourself. Kaua’i Sings! is always, always awesome. Love Tribe – where would we be without Isa Maria and her commitment to growing and developing as a drummer with her troupe? Pink Pebbles Crew reminds us that the body is flexible and meant to be stretched, and they do that in their talented hip-hopping. The moving photo exhibit “Hawaii Family Portraits” that was on view in the One Stop building at KCC moves to the Performing Arts Center lobby for the evening. Kaua’i Cabaret is a fun fundraiser for PFLAG and Lambda Aloha.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; performances begin at 7. Tickets cost $10/advance, $15/door or purchase online for $12 at kauaicabaret.com.

Ticket outlets include Larry’s Music, Scotty’s Music, Super Duper Ice Cream, Talk Story Bookstore and YWCA. Call 635-3024 for information …

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