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Community news & feature magazine for the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. All local, Kauai made, original stories, great photos.



    Legacy of Kekaha Sugar Co. Lives OnThe Kauai Historical Society recently finished a massive project to preserve the history of Kekaha Sugar Co., connecting descendants of its plantation workers to their ancestors. Story page 8

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    Haven AestheticsBeauty and youth for men and womenpage 9



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    In April, 39 Kauai artists will open the doors to their studios during self-guided tours, offering a rare window to their techniques and ideas. Its an opportunity for visitors and the community to see artists working in their studios, said event founder and producer Donia Lilly, also one of the artists in the Kauai Art Tour. The free event kicks off April 9 with a reception and meet-and-greet at the Kauai Society of Artists Gallery at Kukui Grove Center from 5 to 8 p.m. The month-long Preview Exhibit will display works from each artist. Then on April 18 and 19, artists from Lihue to Waimea will open the doors to their studios, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On April 25 and 26, artists from Wailua to Hanalei will open their studios, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artwork may be available for purchase. Weve got all kinds of art that we normally dont see, said Lilly, adding there will be textile artists, weavers, jewelers, painters, ceramic artists and traditional Hawaiian carvers. Kauai Art Tour is partly sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kauai Society of Artists and the Hanapepe Economic Alliance. Visit for more information.

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    Max Lemaire paining in his studio.

    Liedeke Bulder in her studio.Marion Taboniar painting.

    Beachbreak, from Evelin Kekeski.Zoe Babits Waterfall Surfboard.

    Painter Donia Lilly in her studio.

    Leslie Hagen at the wheel.

    Zoe Babit painting a surfboard.

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    Kauai is enjoying a reputation around the state for our dedication to improving everybodys fitness and wellness. One organization that has been instrumental in coordinating this fundamental shift in our community is Get Fit Kauai. The changes taking place here are so inspiring that our island-wide efforts have attracted the attention of national health officials.

    In February, Get Fit Kauai director Bev Brody was invited to Washington D.C., where she

    was honored with the 2015 National Physical ActivityPlan Champion Award in the Transportation and Community Design Sector. County of Kauai elected officials used the occasion of this national award to express their own appreciation for Get Fit Kauais efforts by issuinga mayoral proclamation and holding a special session of the County Council dedicated to the organization. Brody attributes all this recognition to the many dedicated in-dividuals who have been collaborating for years to advance public health on Kauai,and to the compelling nomination submitted to the National Physical Activity Plan Congress by Lehua Choy, MPH. Choy worked on the University ofHawaii at Manoas Healthy Hawaii Initia-tive Evaluation Team. She documented Get Fit Kauais performance in Influencing the Built Environment to Promote Physical Activity. Choy used the findings in that report as the core material to nominate Get Fit Kauai for recognition.

    Get Fit Kauai Gets National AwardBy Tommy Noyes The National Physical Activity Plans vision is that, one day, all

    Americans will be physically active and will live, work and play in environmentsthat facilitate regular physical activity. This year, more than two thousand nominations were sent in, yet only three organiza-tions in the entire nation wereactually honored with awards Get Fit Kauai was one. Following are some of Get Fit Kauais achievements that earned this recognition. In 2009, Get Fit Kauai convened Safe Routes to School and Built En-vironment task forces to instigate policy, systems and environmental changesconducive to increased physical activity for all. Policy changes championed by the Get Fit Kauai coalition led to the county adopting a Complete Streets policy, the state passing a law that fundsSafe Routes to School programs through increased fines for speeding in school zones, and changes to the subdivision code that establishes shorter blocklengths and requires sidewalks. The coalition worked closely with government agencies and policy makers to ensure accountability and that these policies are being implementedin a timely manner. The coalition collaborated with the Department of Public Works to develop infrastructure improvement plans for schools participating in the SafeRoutes to School program, several of which have already been implemented. Other notable Get Fit Kauai endeavors include organizing Worksite Wellness programs for 25 businesses on Kauai, organizing lunch-timewalks in Lihue, and the annual Mayor-a-Thon that celebrates Ke Ala Hele Makalae a built environment that supports active living!

    The National Physical Activity Plan and Kauais elected officials recog-nized the Get Fit Kauai coalitions achievements underBev Brodys leader-ship. Back row, left to right, Gary Hooser, Tommy Noyes, Pat Griffin and Kilipaki Vaughn; fourth row, Michelle Jenkins, Ross Kagawa, MelRapozo and Arryl Kaneshiro; third row, Leanora Kaiaokamalie, Marie Williams, Missy Ho-esel, Eva LaBarge, Lee Steinmetz and Mason Chock; second row:Kathy Leon-ard, Alice Baptista and Sue Smith; front row: Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Bev Brody and JoAnn Yukimura.


    Tommy Noyes works for the Hawaii State Department of Healths Public Health Preparedness branch, serves on Kauai Paths board of directors, and is a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor.

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