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Headlines from the last 7 days are listed below. To view additional news, please go to the Press Releases main page.

Friday, April 20, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 20 UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch cancelled; EOC remains activated through the weekend

As recovery efforts continue through the weekend, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency’s (KEMA) Emergency Operations Center will remain activated in coordination with county, state, federal and non-governmental partners.


Friday, April 20, 2018
2018 VOTER REGISTRATION NOTIFICATION MAILING

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division will be mailing voter registration notifications to voters beginning on Friday, April 20, 2018.  Supplemental mailings will be completed over the next few months.


Friday, April 20, 2018
Kīlauea man arrested after extorting victims during the North Shore relief efforts

WAINIHA – Kaua‘i Police arrested a 33-year-old male of Kīlauea on Thursday after he allegedly extorted money from flood victims during the relief efforts on the North Shore of Kaua‘i.


Friday, April 20, 2018
Events celebrate Older Americans Month

Kaua‘i recognizes Older Americans Month during May to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the kupuna in our community. They are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection.They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to enrich their communities.


Friday, April 20, 2018
2:50 A.M. APRIL 20 UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning in effect for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the islands. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:45 P.M. APRIL 19 UPDATE: Mayor Carvalho visits North Shore communities

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. completed a site visit Thursday to communities in Lumaha‘i, Wainiha and Hā‘ena.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
“Do not drink” advisory issued for customers located along a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a “Do not drink” advisory for residents located along a portion of Kuhio Highway; between Manoa Stream and the Limahuli Stream area in Haena. DOW has completed the repairs to the damaged mainline to begin restoring water services to customers at approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, however due to the impact of the damage to the mainline and possible exposure of the service lines, DOW is advising residents not to drink or cook with tap-water, as precautionary measure, until further notice.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
Shipwreck’s Beach closed to swimming due to apparent shark bite

Po‘ipū – Ocean Safety officials have closed Keoneloa Bay, also known as Shipwreck’s Beach, to swimming after a 29-year-old male visitor was apparently bit by a shark while body boarding around 8 a.m. Thursday.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
8 A.M. APRIL 19 UPDATE: Damage assessments to be conducted on Kaua‘i Thursday

Starting today at 9 a.m., teams of County of Kaua‘i employees and American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door through Kōloa in search of properties that have been impacted by the recent storm. The County will continue conducting assessments of other storm-affected areas across the island. If you are a property owner or renter that suffered damages, please visit http://arcg.is/v99jH or call Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) at 241-1800 for more information or to make your report.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Water services update for Weke Road customers in Hanalei

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed partial repairs to the damaged main line along Weke Road minimizing the affected service area and restoring water to additional customers between Pilikoa Street and the Makai-end of Weke Road. The affected water service outage on Weke Road has been updated to include customers located along the Makai-end of Weke Road near Black Pot Beach only, until further notice. Additionally, DOW would like to clarify for all Hanalei customers, including customers located on Weke Road, that water is safe and customers may continue to resume normal water use. Officials completed the water quality assessment this afternoon at approximately 4 p.m., this afternoon which confirmed that the water quality remained safe in accordance with safe drinking water standards.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7 P.M. APRIL 18 UPDATE: Evacuation operations continue Thursday; over 425 people airlifted since Mon

The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the County of Kaua‘i have ceased air evacuations Wednesday and will resume on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 425 people have been evacuated via air operations from the Hā‘ena and Wainiha area since Monday. The public is also advised to heed the Flash Flood Watch issued for the County of Kaua‘i between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
“Do not drink” advisory lifted for Wainiha and Haena residents

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the “Do not drink” advisory for all Wainiha and Haena customers as of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Officials have completed the required water quality assessments to the affected systems to determine that water services for the Wainiha and Haena systems are safe for drinking, cooking and normal consumption.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Do not drink advisory remains in effect for Wainiha, Haena and a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers that the ‘Do not drink’ advisory remains in effect for residents in Wainiha, Haena and residents located along a portion of Weke Road; from Pilikoa Street to the Makai-end of Weke Road in Hanalei.  DOW is conducting investigations on the water systems in the affected areas to determine the status of the water quality before the next update can be provided to customers.  Therefore, residents located in Wainiha, Haena and those located along a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei, are advised not to drink or cook with tap-water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 A.M. UPDATE: Flood response and recovery efforts continue; Flash Flood Watch issued for Kaua‘i

The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center remains fully activated, coordinating with county, state, federal, and non-governmental partners for response and recovery efforts.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:40 P.M. UPDATE: Over 125 people airlifted out of North Shore area Tuesday

The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the County of Kaua‘i have airlifted over 125 people from the Hā‘ena and Wainiha area. Those who need to be evacuated may go to the Camp Naue landing zone between approximately 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, weather permitting.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
1 P.M. UPDATE: Multi-agency relief efforts continue on Kaua‘i

Multi-agency relief efforts are continuing this morning for residents and visitors stranded in the isolated communities of Hā‘ena and Wainiha. National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Kaua‘i Fire Department, Kaua‘i Police Department, American Medical Response, the American Red Cross, along with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and other partners work together to provide essential public safety services, food, water and supplies into Wainiha and Hā‘ena.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
8:45 A.M. UPDATE: Multi-agency relief efforts continue on Kaua‘i

Multi-agency relief efforts are continuing this morning for residents and visitors stranded in the isolated communities of Hā‘ena and Wainiha. National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Kaua‘i Fire Department, Kaua‘i Police Department, American Medical Response, the American Red Cross, along with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and other partners work together to provide essential public safety services, food, water and supplies into Wainiha and Hā‘ena.


Monday, April 16, 2018
Do not drink advisory issued for customers located along a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a ‘do not drink’ advisory for customers located along a portion of Weke Road, from Pilikoa Street to the Makai-end of Weke road towards Black Pot Beach in Hanalei.  DOW crews have repaired a portion of a damaged main line to restore water to the affected area, however due to the exposure to the service lines from recent damage, residents along the described portion of Weke Road in Hanalei are advised not to drink or cook with tap water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.


Monday, April 16, 2018
Do not drink advisory and conservation notice issued for Wainiha and Haena

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a do not drink advisory and conservation notice for residents located in Wainiha and Haena.  DOW has activated generators in the area allowing pump stations to begin filling the storage tank sites, until electrical power services can be restored.  As this occurs, water services may be slowly restored to customers in Wainiha and Haena, however due to weather-affected areas that remain inaccessible, DOW is not able to assess all damage or exposure to the service lines in the system, and therefore residents are advised not to drink or cook with tap water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.  Additionally, a conservation notice has also been issued for customers that have begun to receive water from the Wainiha – Haena system.


Monday, April 16, 2018
1:55 a.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning expired; Road closures continue

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has expired, but a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
11:20 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 1:45 a.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 1:45 a.m., and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water service restoration and water outage update for Hanalei

HANALEI–The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water services to most of the affected customers in Hanalei as of 8:00 p.m. this evening, however, water services continue to be unavailable to select customers located along a portion of Weke Road; between Aku Road and the Makai-end of Weke Road, near Black Pot Beach in Hanalei, due to a damaged mainline affecting the connection to the affected service area.  A timeline for repairs to customers located on the affected portion of Weke Road in Hanalei is currently unavailable, due to the extensive damage to the water line.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
8:20 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 10:45 p.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 10:45 p.m., and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 7:45 p.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 7:45 p.m. and the National Weather Service is reporting that the most intense rains have now shifted over the east and southeast slopes of the island.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water service outage in Hanalei

HANALEI –The Department of Water (DOW) has announced a water service outage for Hanalei customers until further notice. Severe inclement weather has affected the emergency repairs response to the reported mainline break, causing depletion of the storage tank supply. There is currently no available timeline for water service restoration or service repairs at this time, due to the inaccessibility of the area. Affected customers are advised to collect and utilize rain water for non-potable water needs.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water conservation notice issued for all Hanalei residents

HANALEI– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all residents in Hanalei until further notice.  The conservation notice is issued due to a mainline break that occurred in the Hanalei system that is currently inaccessible for repairs due to severe weather conditions and road closures in and around the area. Residents and businesses in Hanalei are urged to limit water consumption to emergency essential uses only, in order to avoid a full water outage.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
12:45 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 1:45 p.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 1:45 p.m. and will likely be extended as the North Shore of Kaua‘i continues to get hit with heavy rains. The National Weather Service reports that Hanalei experienced over 27 inches of rain over the past 24 hours.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
9:30 a.m. UPDATE: Air recue operations commence on Kaua‘i

LĪHU'E – Air rescue operations have commenced on the North Shore area of Kaua‘i, as heavy rain and severe flooding continues to affect the island.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water service outage in Wainiha and Haena

HAENA –The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service outage for Haena and Wainiha customers until further notice.  Severe weather has affected the electrical power and other working functions of the DOW's well site and pump stations causing its tank to deplete storage capacities.  There is no current timeline for water service restoration at this time, due to the inaccessibility of the area.  Affected customers are advised to collect rain water to use for non-potable water needs. 


Sunday, April 15, 2018
7 a.m. UPDATE: Mayor signs emergency proclamation to conduct emergency operations in the North Shore

LĪHU'E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. has signed an emergency proclamation as the County of Kaua‘i engages in various emergency response operations associated with record-breaking rains, flooding and thunderstorms.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:15 p.m. UPDATE: Homes destroyed by landslide

The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is reporting that severe flooding and mudslides have ripped two homes from their foundations along Wainiha Powerhouse Road in Wainiha Saturday evening.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Water conservation notice issued for all Wainiha and Haena residents

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all residents in Wainiha and Haena until further notice, due to inclement weather and an electrical power outage affecting the area’s well site.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway in Waikoko and Wainhia to remain closed in both directions

Both lanes of Kūhiō Highway in Waikoko and Wainiha will remain closed in both directions throughout Saturday night following three landslides that occurred in the area at approximately 2 p.m.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
1 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i expired

A Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i has expired, according to the National Weather Service. However, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the island.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
12 p.m. UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway remains closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave

Kūhiō Highway remains closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave due to rushing waters.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
10 a.m UPDATE: A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has been extended to 1 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has been extended to 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
9 a.m UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave

Kūhiō Highway is closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave due to rushing waters.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:25 a.m. Update: Flash Flood Warning for island of Kaua‘i extended to 10 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has been extended to 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the islands. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.

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Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.
Mayor, County of Kauaʻi