No Vote, No Grumbling Allowed

I hope you’ve registered to vote by now. I never thought I’d be the one to preach this, but I’ve learned that you can’t grumble about the way things are unless you actually do something about it. The general election is right around the corner (Nov. 4), and there are many hot debates circulating in our community, such as restricting pesticide use by GMO companies. And no matter what side you’re on, the only way you can say you’ve been a part of any movement is by voting for those who represent your position. While the system certainly needs some adjustments, ideally we still live in a democratic society, and without your voice and input, a part of the fabric that holds our community together will unravel. You are just as important as everyone else, and we all deserve a chance to speak up and vote for what we believe in (even if it’s a long shot). Actions — like stepping into a voting booth — speak louder than words …

Get colorized Saturday at Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band's Color Relay Extravaganza. Photo courtesy Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band

Get colorized Saturday at Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band’s Color Relay Extravaganza. Photo courtesy Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band

One of the great things about living on such a small island is that most people are connected to some degree. That’s why I love regularly congratulating all the young adults who are excelling in college because I’m sure someone will recognize their names. Elayna Ah Puck of Lihue, Jasmine Ikeda of Lihue and Kilauea’s Celeste Makarewicz deserve acknowledgment for making the academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University for spring 2014 because they achieved grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher …

KMW-KK-101514-AnnaSkaradzinsakaAcrylicOnPalmFrond-CZGrand Hyatt Resort and Spa is sponsoring Na Lima Festival this Thursday (Oct. 16), Friday (Oct. 17) and Saturday (Oct. 18), with Hawaiian cultural and educational activities, food and entertainment. One of the highlights will be a “chop box” food competition, where four amateur and four professional teams will compete to prepare an entree. Many of these events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit nalimahana.net

Kapaa Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band hosts its second annual Color Relay Extravaganza Saturday (Oct. 18) to raise funds for its programs. To participate, be at Puakea Golf Course at 7 a.m. (6 a.m. to register). All participants receive a white T-shirt and a color packet. Visit kmscolorrelay.weebly.com for more information …

Local artists, including Anna Skaradzindska and Patrice Pendarvis, will be at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Saturday (Oct. 19) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Women Artists of Kauai and ReSource for Christian Spirituality present the Fine Art Festival, which is an opportunity for members of the community to meet and greet these artists as well as Jennifer Rutt, Suzy Staulz, Leslie Hagen, Helen Turner, Marionette Taboniar and Donia Lilly. Their work will be for sale, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit scholarships for ReSource. Visit womenartistsofkauai.blogspot.com or call Taboniar at 631-9173 for more information … cocomidweek@gmail.com

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