Spooky Times On The Garden Isle

Monika Mira's new book

Monika Mira’s new book

Beware the ghosts, ghouls and goblins that may be hiding under your bed this week. But don’t worry, they’re only anticipating their annual celebration of Halloween Friday evening — one of my favorite holidays as a keiki (which I’m sure had nothing to do with my sweet tooth). Whether you dress up or not, I hope you find some sort of delight in the tricks and treats that I’m sure will abound this weekend …

Speaking of the spooky holiday, just in time for its celebration is the release of Monika Mira‘s new children’s book Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book. The book features 10 original sugar skulls (traditionally used in Mexico’s Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos celebration), along with two Hawaiian/Polynesian designs that can be colored and used for decoration. The book even includes a 4-foot-tall skeleton that can be colored in, cut out and assembled — perfect for Halloween. The book is available on Amazon. Visit Lucid Publishing’s website lucid-hawaii.com for more information …

A free concert by Kauai Island Singers, in association with Women in Theatre, is coming up Sunday (Nov. 2) at 3 p.m. at Gaylord’s Mahiko Lounge. A group of nine singers will perform 19 “Songs of the Silver Screen,” while Hank Curtis tickles the ivories and Mike Latif plays upright bass …

Josh Miller. Photo from PBS Hawaii

Josh Miller. Photo from PBS Hawaii

PBS Hawaii recently presented the first all-Kauai edition of Hiki No. Students from schools across the island hosted the episode and presented video stories about their communities. The lead story is from Island School and shares the tale of Josh Miller, a junior who recovered from a major trail-bike injury and overcame all obstacles to became captain of his cross-country team. Other stories include one about Gail Mande, who recovered from her drug addiction and now serves as a counselor for troubled youths, told by students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. Stories from Kapaa Middle School and Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea high schools also are featured. Watch the episode at PBSHawaii.org/hikino

Sheraton Kauai Resort continues to raise money for island charities this month with “Table 53” at RumFire. Anyone who dines at this table through the end of October will contribute to Kauai United Way, as all proceeds will be donated to the local nonprofit in support of its 2014 Annual Campaign. Scott Giarman, KUW’s executive director, says he hopes to reach a record goal of $700,000 this year in celebration of the group’s seventh decade of service to the island …

Kauai Historical Society sponsors its annual fundraiser Saturday (Nov. 1) from 5 to 9 p.m. at Smith’s Tropical Paradise, featuring performances by award-winning slack key artist Cyril Pahinui as well as Peter Moon Jr. and Jeff Au Hoy. A dinner buffet also is included in the festivities, as well as a silent auction. Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $75 per person. Call 245-3373 to purchase tickets or for a list of ticket outlets …

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