June 13, 2019

State Parks to Reopen in Conjunction with Kuhio Hwy

The Haena State Park and Kuhio Highway will reopen simultaneously to Kuhio Highway on the morning of Monday, June 17, when the first full bridge closure is complete. Access to the park for visitors will require a reservation, which can be obtained via The Hanalei Initiative website. Visitors are strongly encouraged to utilize the new Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle to limit vehicular traffic into the area. You can make reservations for both the shuttle and entry to the park by Clicking Here

Important Info on Continued Road Work:
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) reminds the public that the Lihue bound lane of the highway remains closed as crews work to stabilize the upper and lower slopes at mile marker 1 on Kuhio Highway (Route 560). The slope stabilization is anticipated to be completed in Fall.
The plan for the slope stabilization includes scaling, soil nail installation, and Tecco mesh and shotcrete reinforcement. The Lihue bound lane of Kuhio Highway will remain closed for the duration of the slope stabilization, which is expected to take between four to five months to complete.
Crews worked to remove loose vegetation that fell onto the highway earlier this week. That work has been completed, but additional work may be required should additional vegetation fall into the roadway or become an imminent threat to the public.
Soil nail work at the lower slope of Hanalei Hill began this week. While one lane will remain closed during this work, traffic should be flowing regularly through the work area. Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic control measures and the direction of flag men to allow for traffic to flow safely through the work zone.
Rock scaling operations will not take place during the lower slope work. Regular work hours for the Kuhio Highway slope stabilization on the hill before Hanalei Bridge will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please be advised that the highway in this location will be limited to one lane 24-hours a day until the stabilization is completed for the safety of passing motorists.
Scaling of the uphill portion of Hanalei Hill is estimated to begin in July 2019. The schedule will be announced when finalized. 
They are aware of the scheduled events in the area including the HCRA State Championship Race in August and will coordinate access and traffic control with the county and other stakeholders. 
First responders have been notified and will be able to pass through the work zone in the event of an emergency at all hours.

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June 11, 2019

Kuhio Hwy Emergency Repairs Update

The HDOT has ended the escorted convoy between Waikoko and Wainiha to increase access for area residents and TVR guests with valid passes.
The regular times for access are as follows:


Important Info:
- This schedule is valid until June 14, when the bridge will close for the full weekend starting on Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m. and ending Monday, June 17 at 5 a.m.
- The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises the travelling public that following the completion of the full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) on Monday, June 17 at 5 a.m., the highway will be opened without restrictions.
- Kuhio Highway past Waipa Bridge is currently accessible only to placard-holders on a set schedule (see above). Crews will be working on Kamehameha Day on Tuesday, June 11 and access will be on the Monday-Saturday schedule.
- Non-residents planning to access the area after restrictions are lifted are reminded of the following:
- A “no parking” zone has been established between Haena Place and Kee Beach. Parking along Kuhio Highway in this zone is a violation of Chapter 291C-111 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and could result in fines of $200 plus an additional $200 surcharge.
- Access to Haena State Park is by reservation. For more info Click Here
-Construction closures to complete the replacements of Waikoko Bridge and Waipa Bridge are currently scheduled for the nights of Wednesday, 6/12 and Thursday, 6/13. The full weekend closure for Waikoko Bridge is scheduled for 6/14-17.
-The second full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway at Waipa Bridge is now scheduled for July 12-15. This closure was scheduled to avoid the weekends of the Haena to Hanalei Run and the July 4th Holiday weekend.
- Wainiha and Haena residents and other authorized placard-holders should retain their placards for access during the full weekend closure in July.
- Shuttles will be available during the full road closure. A complete schedule of shuttle times during the full closure will be released shortly.

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June 7, 2019

Kauai Ocean Experience Day 6/11

June 11th starting at 10:30 am - 2:00 pm at Lydgate Park
AccesSurf mission is to build an inclusive community that empowers people with disabilities through the accessible beach and water programs. Their vision is to follow the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku, AccesSurf continues to be a pioneer in the advancement of adaptive water sports, ocean recreation, and therapeutic instruction for people with disabilities throughout the state of Hawaii and worldwide. Today, AccesSurf hosts more than 40 events each year, facilitating well over 2500 ocean experiences annually and has a volunteer base of over 900 people. For more info Click Here

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June 4, 2019

Kauai’s 1st Ever Comic Convention - 6/8


Saturday, June 8th, 8am till 5pm at the Kauai Marriott Resort
Calling all fans of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, comic books, movies, TV, music, art, cosplay, video games, D&D, anime, toys, martial arts, cartoons, Tokusatsu and more! Celebrate pop culture at the beautiful Kauai Marriott Resort in Lihue. Featuring entertainment, Q&A panels, gaming, cosplay contest and more! Experience our Artist Alley, Gaming Area, Cosplayers and Exhibitors! CHILDREN (12 years old and under): FREE with paying adult $10.- For more info & tickets Click Here

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May 31, 2019

Pau Hana Fridays at Anaina Hou Community Park

Ready to relax into the weekend or just looking for a fun way to wind up your day? Gather with your friends and family at Pau Hana, savor ono food (yummy!) and enjoy drink specials, wine, and half-price draft beers. Every Friday at Porter Pavilion from 5pm till 8pm. Family friendly with games! 
Every 1st Friday is the very popular Pau Hana Trivia Night. Get in the game just for fun, or get competitive and bring your trivia expert friends and `ohana to win the bragging rights. The 1st Friday of the month from 5pm - 8pm. Click here for more information. 

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May 28, 2019

Taste of Hawaii 2019 - Sun 6/2

Sunday, June 2nd, from 11:30am till 3:30pm at Smith's Tropical Paradise
Taste of Hawaii is a fundraiser event held by the Rotary Club of Kapaa. They started Taste of Hawaii in 1988, as the first event of its kind in Hawaii, and it has grown into the premier culinary event on Kauai and in Hawaii. The finest Chefs from around the state gather to provide our guests with a tasting extravaganza second to none. By contributing to our non-profit efforts, you get to taste the best food in Hawaii. Then you get to wash it down with offerings from 15+beverage vendors providing microbrews, big-name beer wine (dozen of varieties), soda or bottled.
Taste of Hawaii is a fundraiser event featuring:
25+ chefs from restaurants around Hawaii
15+ beverage vendors
10+ musical and entertainment groups
A large silent auction
Smith’s™ Tropical Paradise stunning 30 acre private park
Parking and shuttle service to/from Smith’s™
The event raises funds for:
Scholarship programs for college-bound high school students
Scholarships for vocational studies for community college students
Recognition of Outstanding Humanitarian Vocational Contributions
Community projects that give financial support directly other non-profits or community organization that provide or support:
Kanuikapono Music Festival
youth programs (e.g. holiday gifts for children, baby supplies for young mothers)
programs for the homeless and hungry (e.g. donated funds to Hale Hoomalu, Kauai Food Bank)
Local Kapaa/Wailua refurbishing projects (e.g. refurbish/paint local park facilities, picnic tables, pavilions)
Youth services including:
Kapaa Elementary Adopt-a-Classroom 
$5,000 to sponsor 5 after school clubs at Kapaa Elementary School
$25,000 of Support for Junior Achievement at Kapaa High School Interact Club
Kapaa High School Interact Club
Kauai Middle School Robotics Club
Kapaa High School Project Grad
Sponsorship to Rotary Youth Leadership Association Camp February 27-March 1, 2016
Recruitment and selection of Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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May 24, 2019

The Banana Poka Round-Up


FOREST EDUCATION FAIR
Banana Poka RoundUp is set for Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Koke‘e Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Koke‘e State Park. It takes place from 10am and ends by 4pm. It is sponsored by Hui o Laka and the family event features vine basket making, guava wood walking stick decorations, children’s games, silent auction, and hands-on exhibits from over ten environmental and conservation organizations and agencies on the island. One of the features of the fair is a crowing contest at noon featuring Russell da Rooster from Storybook Theater of Hawai‘i. There are snacks and live Hawaiian music performances throughout the day. It is sponsored in part by the County of Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Banana Poka RoundUp is free and open to the public. Parking is around the meadow with a short walk up the driveway to the camp overlooking the Lodge and Museum. A shuttle is provided. Hui o Laka members get a special museum shop discount. 

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May 22, 2019

Hanalei School May Day Program 2019

Come & enjoy the annual Hanalei School May Day Program this Friday, May 24th at 9:30 am
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i
Garlands of flowers ev’ry where
All of the colors in the rainbow
Maidens with blossoms in their hair
Flowers that mean we should be happy
Throwing aside our load of care, Oh!
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i
Lei Day is happy day out there.
Land of green mountains, gardens, and fountains
Beaches of white shining sand
Where each one I see has a smile just for me
And has ready a welcoming hand
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i
Garlands of flowers ev’ry where
All of the colors in the rainbow
Maidens with blossoms in their hair
Flowers that mean we should be happy
Throwing aside our load of care, Oh!
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i
Lei Day is happy day out there.
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May 18, 2019

7th Annual Hare and Hound, Poker Run Races

We are honored to be one of the sponsors for this years Boy’s Day Hare and Hound & Poker Run Race. Hosted by the Garden Island Motorcycle Club, are set for May 19th in Omao. The races are held in memory of Kapa Moke Jr., who died in a swimming accident in 2012, who was just 3 years old. The hare and hound races, in which riders collect checkpoints along the course and the first to turn in with all the checks wins, will have a Class A for expert riders and a Class B for intermediates. In the poker runs, in which racers collect cards instead of checks and then whoever gets the best hand wins, there will be a Class C for novice and a Class D for beginners. Participants can sign up the morning of the event. Gates will open at 6:30 am Registration will begin at 7 am, and the races will start at 9 am. Registration is $40 for adults and $20 for keiki 12 years old and younger. Free carnival games, shave ice and fish pond, and prizes are part of the event. For more info, Click Here

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May 16, 2019

10th annual Pedal to the Meadow / Kaua`i Omnium bicycle races

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 8:00am – Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 3:00pm Three USA Cycling-sanctioned bicycle races in two days: 10th annual Pedal to the Meadow hill race from Kekaha to Koke’e on Sat., May 25; followed by the Mana Time Trial in Kekaha and Cycle on the Strip Criterium at Kaua’i Raceway Park on Sun., May 26. Free group fun ride on Mon. May 27. Sign up and get details at www.PedaltotheMeadow.com. Entry fees vary; FREE to watch. Ages 10+ to ride. For race news & more info Click Here

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