A fair day for recycling
University Laboratory School is holding its second Recycle-A-Thon and Sustainability Fair today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People may drop off electronic items, beverage containers and other recyclable items. Vendors, games, crafts and even food booths will promote sustainability themes. People are encouraged to bring their own plates and utensils. Suggested donation for admission is $1 or five recyclable items.
Firefighters gain against volcano blaze
The National Park Service is reporting progress in the battle against a wildfire that has burned 2,076 acres in the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano.
The Napau fire was 50 percent contained as of yesterday afternoon, the Park Service reported. The fire is confined to its perimeter, the Park Service said.
Lighter tradewinds and rain helped the 50 National Park Service firefighters in their attempts to prevent the wildfire from spreading on its southern perimeter to Chain of Craters Road.
The wildfire was sparked March 5 by lava from the Kamoamoa eruption.
The fire, which had threatened a rain forest home to endangered species, is about seven miles southeast of the Kilauea visitor center.
Lighting work to shut Lihue tennis courts
The Lihue County Park tennis courts will be closed for one month beginning Monday for a lighting replacement project, Kauai County announced yesterday.
The county is installing shielded lights that reduce the amount of light shining upward, which can attract seabirds and put them at risk.
Paul’s Electrical Contracting was awarded a $1.1 million contract to retrofit lights at Hanapepe Stadium, Isenberg Park, Lihue County Park tennis courts, Peter Rayno Park and Vidinha Stadium.
"We are committed to installing bird-friendly lighting at all of our facilities in order to minimize the impacts on endangered and threatened seabirds," said Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo, noting that there were no lighting-related bird deaths at any county facility last season. He said the shielded lights are energy efficient and are designed to reduce "spillover" onto nearby homes.