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Senior workshops encourage healthy aging

Senior workshops encourage healthy aging

LĪHU‘E – The Agency on Elderly Affairs has scheduled another round of the popular workshop series for older adults titled “Better Choices, Better Health” (BCBH).

“Many Kaua'i kupuna have benefitted from this program since we started offering it four years ago,” said Kealoha Takahashi, Kaua'i County executive on aging. “I encourage everyone who would like to improve their health to sign up for the workshop.”

Designed and tested at Stanford University, the workshop series aims to improve the health of older adults by empowering and teaching them how to better manage their chronic conditions and to work towards achieving personal health goals. The program does not conflict with other health programs and treatments.

Two types of BCBH workshops will be offered in the coming months:

Registration for Summer Enrichment Program set for May 15 &16

Registration for Summer Enrichment Program set for May 15 &16

County officials announced that registration for the 2012 Summer Enrichment Program is scheduled on Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program is open to youngsters’ age’s five to 11. The program dates are June 12 to July 20, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration will be held at the following neighborhood centers: Hanapēpē, 335-3731; Kapa‘a, 822-1931; Kalāheo, 332-9770; Kekaha, 337-1671; Kīlauea, 828-1421; Kōloa, 742-1313; and Līhu‘e, 241-6858.

The fee schedule is as follows:

  • One child, $100 – Income eligible families, $50
  • Two children, $123 – Income eligible, $62
  • Three children, $135 – Income eligible, $68
  • Four children, $140 – Income eligible, $68

Income eligible families must provide verification of financial or food stamp assistance at the time of registration.

Fuller, Walker honored as Kaua‘i’s Outstanding Older Americans

Fuller, Walker honored as Kaua‘i’s Outstanding Older Americans

LĪHU‘E – Kōloa resident Nancy Fuertes Fuller and David Walker, of Waimea, today were named Kaua‘i’s 2012 Outstanding Older Americans.

The announcement was made this morning at the 46th annual Older American Awards Ceremony held at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort.

The awardees were selected from a field of 10 nominees including: Florencia Balualua; Dorothy Brierley; Martina Brun; Fuller; Kay Hill; John Lydgate; Shirley Matsuo; Lorin Wade; Walker; and Joanne Watanabe.

Fuller, a former community service worker for the County of Kaua‘i, was nominated by Priscilla Badua.

Since her retirement, Fuller has served as a volunteer for many organizations, including: Kaua‘i Hospice; state Department of Health; American Cancer Society; and the West Kaua‘i United Methodist Church.

KPD holds annual DARE Day celebration

KPD holds annual DARE Day celebration

LĪHU'E – Roughly 700 fifth grade students attended this year’s Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) Day celebration at the Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall yesterday.

Students from 11 different elementary schools across the island completed the DARE program, a 10-part curriculum taught by specially trained police officers over the course of the school year.  The program focuses on the facts of drugs and alcohol use to encourage children to make better life choices and stand up against negative pressures.

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. encouraged the students to stay on a positive path in life.

“The more you learn, the better choices you make,” said Mayor Carvalho. “And when you make good choices in life, you will make a positive difference in the world.”

Kaua'i Police Chief Darryl Perry reiterated to students to “Just Say No” to drugs and alcohol, a popular DARE slogan and recurring message of the program.

Hawai'i’s film offices receive prestigious marketing award

Hawai'i’s film offices receive prestigious marketing award

The film commissions of all four Hawai'i counties, the Hawai'i Film Office, and the Creative Industries Division of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) were recently honored with a collaborative award from the American Marketing Association (AMA).

The Best Non-Profit/Government/Non-Commercial Marketing award was presented to the film offices by AMA’s Hawai'i chapter at a luncheon held last month at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

“To be recognized by AMA with this marketing award, especially in the company of other distinguished winners -- Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa, the APEC Host Committee and Farmers Insurance -- is truly an honor,” said Kaua'i Film Commissioner Art Umezu. “Hawai‘i’s film industry is flourishing and this award will help energize our marketing effort to reach out to global film makers.”

“Shattered Dreams” staged at Waimea High School and other locations

“Shattered Dreams” staged at Waimea High School and other locations

WAIMEA – Although last week was the sixth time that Life’s Choices Kaua'i Coordinator Theresa Koki participated in the “Shattered Dreams/Every 15 minutes” program, she said it was every bit as emotional as the first time.

“By the end of the second day, I was exhausted. It’s an emotionally-charged experience to take part in a mock car crash, mock trial and mock memorial,” said Koki. “But it was definitely worth our time and energy to raise awareness about the real life risks associated with underage drinking and impaired driving. Hopefully this will change students’ and parents’ beliefs and behaviors as well as the community.”

County sponsors Earth Day photo contest

County sponsors Earth Day photo contest

LĪHU'E – In an effort to raise awareness about Earth Day, which falls on April 22, the county’s Staff Level Green Team is sponsoring a photo contest.

Digital photos depicting memorable Earth Day activities are eligible.

Entries should include a brief description of how the photo relates to Earth Day, along with contact information, i.e. name and phone number.

Photos must be emailed to sblane@kauai.gov by Friday, April 27.

The top three photos will be featured on the county’s Facebook page, and also entered in a drawing for bus passes including: 12-month; 6-month; and 1-month bus passes, valued at $240, $120 and $25 respectively.

The primary mission of the Staff Level Green Team is to improve the county’s resource management that will result in cost-savings and reduce the county’s carbon footprint.

The team’s goals include: