Early Detection Key to Keeping Kaua‘i’s Streams Healthy

By Ruby Pap Salvinia molesta collected from Kilauea. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Brock If you see Salvinia molesta (Salvinia) in any of our streams please report it immediately to the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee (KISC) at 821-1490. In doing so, you will help prevent this noxious weed from taking over the ecosystem. Commonly [...]

By | 2017-09-08T13:25:03+00:00 September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Dogs on the Path

By Tommy Noyes Cheryl and Joy Claypoole were glad to meet Dianne Kennedy on the path — they both own Old English Sheep Dogs. Path Ambassador Thomas Noyes and Kaua‘i Humane Society volunteer Randy Blake approached the dog owners to be sure they had poop bags and were complying with the county’s requirements. [...]

By | 2017-09-12T00:14:44+00:00 September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Be a Winner for Life, Save a Dog or a Cat

By Léo Azambuja Licorice was a foster dog from the Kaua‘i Humane Society. When they called me back to return him to the shelter, we decided to keep him. I became a 'failed foster.' As I sit down to write this, my three dogs are safe asleep under my roof. In the morning, [...]

By | 2017-09-08T12:45:41+00:00 September 9th, 2017|0 Comments

They Followed the Starry Nights

By Virginia Beck A starry night illuminates Kalalau Stream in this long-exposure picture taken by @molokaitodd in June. The ancient Polynesian navigators used a highly trained awareness of the natural world to chart their way to these islands. They lived by the planetary clock, the planets, the tides, the currents, the seasons. Such [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:31:45+00:00 August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Alakoko Fishpond

By Jan TenBruggencate Menehune Fishpond There are lots of versions of the story about the building of the Alakoko Fishpond. It is an island feature full of mystery and misinformation. The pond along the Hule‘ia River celebrates one of the longest rock walls in the Islands, one of the biggest geological features — [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:31:58+00:00 August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Community Resilience

By Tommy Noyes This was the view from the Mayor’s Office in Lihu‘e’s Historic County Building 25 years ago as Hurricane ‘Iniki ripped across Kaua‘i. Make time now to prepare because soon we might face another comparably destructive event. As many of us vividly remember, on Sept. 11, 1992 the strongest and most [...]

By | 2017-07-31T16:34:53+00:00 August 4th, 2017|0 Comments

On Kalalau Permitting System

By Léo Azambuja Left to right, Halli Holmgren, Todd Yamashita and Léo Azambuja during sunset in Kalalau in June. Kalalau, the crown jewel of Napali Coast and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, is right here in our backyard. But because of a permitting system favoring the visitor industry, local residents [...]

By | 2017-08-08T10:07:49+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Aloha Rules the ‘Ohana

By Virginia Beck Hanai sisters Tiallah Mortell and Halli Holmgren are best friends who are often mistaken as blood sisters. They don’t mind; they know they are each others' ‘ohana. A jewel of the Pacific, Kaua‘i is also the peak of a huge mountain. Rising some 17,000 feet from the sea floor, Kaua‘i [...]

By | 2017-07-12T10:30:09+00:00 July 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Rain Man Lives

By Larry Feinstein If what I am about to tell you is not true, I will smack myself really hard on either of my temples, depending upon which hand is free. We can really expose our stuff when the right things go off the rails, causing us to lose our footing. When we are cruising, [...]

By | 2017-06-26T13:04:40+00:00 July 12th, 2017|0 Comments


By Jan TenBruggencate These examples of the three edible Hawaiian ‘opihi are all of legal size for harvesting. At top, with green border, is makaiauli; right with yellow foot, is ‘alinalina; left, with gray foot, is ko‘ele. There are three species of edible limpets, called ‘opihi in Hawai‘i, that crawl the shoreline boulders. [...]

By | 2017-06-26T12:32:04+00:00 July 10th, 2017|0 Comments