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Nancy Kanna of the Kauai Economic Development Board and David Sosner, general manager of Kukui Grove Center, reach for bags of school supplies to hand out to the throng of families waiting to get theirs Saturday during the Back to School Bash at the center.

Photo by Manuel S. Henriques / The Countdown
Waimea's Kawelo Huddy, left, makes a catch against Kauai's Rickey Malu Ralston during 7-on-7 scrimmages Saturday morning at Kauai High School.

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Ted Blake cleans a road sign along the Tree Tunnel (Maluhia Road) during Saturday's annual cleanup.

Photo courtesy Josh Burton
Marcus Schultz, center, is presented grant checks by nonprofit The "W" of Kauai during an NBC volleyball camp at Waimea High School on July 7. From left: board member Tino Manuel, vice president Erika Burton, Marcus Schultz, Mark Schultz, Jill Schultz, president Josh Burton.

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Frances Kamoku, left, updated her address with the County Clerk's Elections Division office Thursday at the drive-through voter registration opportunity in Lihue. Throughout this election cycle, Rowena Pangano, right, said she's been working hard to help younger people register to vote.

Photo submitted by Mary Ellen Pearlman
Children from the Boys & Girls Club Lihue gather for a photo after a day of learning at Retro Farms in Moloaa.

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Joshua Huntoon peers from behind his work Silver Surf at the Kauai Society of Artists gallery in Kukui Grove Center.

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Kauai High School students Tiffany Sagucio and Gwyneth Abella have fun packing supplies for the Back to School Bash Wednesday at Kukui Grove Center. The bash takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. at the center.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island
Kumu Sabra Kauka, right, watches as Robin Keawe and Sharon Lasker of Kumu's Cupboard pour water from Waialeale and Elyse Litvack holds Hanapepe sea salt for the blessing of the new Kumu's Cupboard facility Tuesday afternoon adjacent to Great Harvest Bread Company in Kukui Grove Marketplace, near Big Kmart.

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Hawaii Farm Bureau Executive Director Brian Miyamoto, left, congratulates the 2018 Kauai County Farm Bureau board after swearing-in ceremonies Sunday during the Kauai County Farm Bureau annual meeting at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu. From left are Miyamoto, Johnny Gordines, Laurie Ho, Ryan Oyama, Rodney Haraguchi, Sandi Kato-Klutke, Jerry Ornellas and Randy Yokoyama. Missing are Roy Oyama and Joey Silva.

Jessica Else / The Garden Island
General Robert Brown, commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, right, listens to pre-operation briefings at Pacific Missile Range Facility with Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force officials during a RIMPAC 2018 test of the Japanese SSM12 missile.

Contributed photo
Intern Austin Yardly helps with farm rebuild work in the Malama Kauai ag internship program.

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