Walking In An Opala Wonderland

Santa is making the holiday rounds on Kauai, including Friday nights at Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe. Nanialoha Kanahele photo

Santa is making the holiday rounds on Kauai, including Friday nights at Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe. Nanialoha Kanahele photo

I was appalled by the amount of trash left behind this year from the Lights on Rice Parade, an affair generously held annually by Rotary Club of Kauai. It has always created a massive litter bomb, but it seems to be getting worse. What exactly are we teaching our keiki about respecting the aina from this kind of behavior? While there is nothing that can excuse these actions, it still would be nice to have trash cans set up along Rice Street prior to the yearly tradition, so that at least some of those candy wrappers won’t end up in the ocean, consumed by fish that eventually end up on our dinner plates. I’m grateful to the good Samaritans who were up and at ’em early the next day to clean up the disgraceful mess. Thank you to Calvary Chapel Bible College, On the Edge youth group and the Boy Scouts for doing the noble act of cleaning up other people’s opala …

Big kudos to The Garden Island newspaper for offering $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a monk seal pup. The total reward is now up to $25,000. See ad on Page 17 for details …

On a more festive holiday note, don’t forget to visit the annual Festival of Lights at the Historic County Building in Lihue. The trees outside are beautifully adorned with colorful lights, and people also can venture inside the building, free of charge, to view the late Auntie Josie‘s Christmas creations as well as other local artisans’ masterpieces every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Dec. 24 …

Want to visit Santa? Stop by Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe any Friday night from 6:30 to 8 through Dec. 26 for Christmas storytelling, selfies with Santa and nutritious snacks. The “Spirit of Christmas” will be presented by Kauai’s own Mr. Claus, Phil Worwa. Call 335-0712 for more information …

Kirk Huffman | Photo from Poipu Bay Golf Course

Kirk Huffman | Photo from Poipu Bay Golf Course

The 20th annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade is coming Saturday (Dec. 20) beginning at 6 p.m. Decorated floats, food booths and various other Christmas celebrations will be going on throughout the Westside town until 11 p.m. The event is free and largely sponsored by West Kauai Business and Professional Association. Contact Esther Estes, parade chairwoman, at 652-0927 or estesaloha@hawaii.rr.com for more information …

In celebration of the holiday season, Sheraton Kauai Resort is donating proceeds from its restaurant RumFire Poipu Beach to island youths through Hale Opio Kauai. As part of the hotel’s “You Dine, We Donate” program, patrons who purchase food and beverage items at Table 53 through the month of December will have all proceeds donated to the nonprofit …

Congrats to Kirk Huffman, who is Poipu Bay Golf Course‘s semi-annual “Aloha Spirit Award” winner for the second part of 2014. He has been an employee of the golf course since 2008 and works in the pro shop as a clerk. He was nominated by his supervisor Marsha Hermosura, who says, “Kirk has a unique and personable approach with our guests, and they appreciate him sharing his own travel and golf experiences and knowledge of Kauai. His Aloha Spirit comes straight from the heart.”


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