Things That Go Bump On Our Roads

Hoku winner Stuart Hollinger. Coco Zickos photo

Hoku winner Stuart Hollinger. Coco Zickos photo

Grrrrr — that’s the polite version of what I say to myself as I dodge potholes on my way to various activities across the island.

I don’t mind a few bumps and bruises on the roadways every now and again, but these are the same obstacles I’ve been avoiding for several years. I know there are elements involved that are beyond my scope of comprehension as to why certain roads are neglected for so long.

But I start to question the process as the situation gets dangerous with cars straddling the shoulder or drifting toward the center line to avoid potential mine pits (as well as mine pits that have been covered over and over and over again). I’m sure I’m not the only one baffled by the selection of roads that are expanded/improved upon — Ahukini Road, anyone? — while others remain in dire need of being fixed or widened (too many to name) …

It’s official! Kauai has a rock star living among us, according to author Mika Ashley-Hollinger, aka wife of said rock star, who shared the news that Stuart Hollinger won “Rock Album of the Year” at this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards. Big congratulations to Hollinger …

More students made significant academic achievements last school year. Chloe Stokes of Kapaa was named to the dean’s list at Messiah College for the 2014 spring semester. She is a junior majoring in education certification, grades 4-8, and dance.

Also, Izaac Morales of Kapaa has made the dean’s list for spring 2014 at Bob Jones University. He is a junior majoring in keyboard performance. And congrats to Carly Matsumoto of Lihue for graduating cum laude from the University of San Diego. Matsumoto earned a degree in marketing …

Antonio Palomares set a world record by ‘sabering’ 31 bottles of sparkling wine in 45 seconds | Kimo Rosen photo

Antonio Palomares set a world record by ‘sabering’ 31 bottles of sparkling wine in 45 seconds | Kimo Rosen photo

The sixth annual Mayor-a-thon will commence June 21. The event brings the community to Ke Ala Hele Makalae (the multiuse coastal path) for a day of exercise and fun.

Participants are invited to walk, run or bike one, two, four, six or eight miles with Mayor Bernard Carvalho. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. at Kapaa Beach Park. Deadline for registration is June 19. Visit to register or for more information …

Apparently a world record was set June 1 at Taste of Hawaii. Thanks to Kimo Rosen for letting us know that Kauai Grill general manager Antonio Palomares set a record by sabering 31 champagne bottles in 45 seconds. Sabering is the act of opening a champagne bottle with a saber or knife. It’s something they do for visitors every day at sunset outside on the balcony at St. Regis Princeville Resort, which I’ve seen firsthand. This is definitely one of those “don’t try this it at home” kind of things — no matter how much bubbly liquid courage you might have …

This month is national “Adopt a Cat Month,” and Kauai Humane Society is offering an adoption special for its cats through the end of the month. Adopt one cuddly feline and get a companion cat for free. The total package includes your new best friends’ vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, a microchip, collar/tag and spay/neuter surgery …

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