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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Mayor Kawakami amends Emergency Rule #5

LĪHU’E—Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami has amended Emergency Rule #5 in response to newly recognized issues in the community.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Partial one lane road closure continues until 8 p.m. for portion of Kuhio Highway in Kapaa
KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces that a partial one lane road closure remains in effect until approximately 8:00 p.m. on Kuhio Highway, fronting the Coconut Marketplace, from Fernandes Road to Papaloa Road in Kapaa.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Sewer line installation at intersection of Hala Road, Haleko Road scheduled for April 10

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing sewer line installation work at the intersection of Hala Road and Haleko Road in Līhu‘e from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10, weather permitting.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Wailua Houselots from April 16 to April 21

WAILUA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of streets in Wailua Houselots will be closed from April 16 to April 21 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Traffic advisory on Kūhi‘ō Highway in Kapa‘a due to emergency main line break
KAPA‘A - The Department of Water (DOW) announces a partial one lane road closure beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Kūhi‘ō Highway, between Fernandes Road and Papaloa Road in Kapa‘a, due to a main line break.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Kaua‘i police issue nearly 60 misdemeanor citations to-date

LĪHU‘E — Kaua‘i police have issued almost 60 misdemeanor citations to-date in relation to violations of the county’s COVID-19 curfew and stay-at-home emergency orders, as well as the state’s 14-day travel quarantine order.  


Tuesday, April 7, 2020
KPD offers assistance and resources for victims of domestic violence

LĪHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department’s dispatchers have reported a slight uptick in the number of domestic violence-related calls. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Hawai‘i National Guard to assist KPD with checkpoints

The Hawai‘i National Guard will be assisting Kaua‘i police at two checkpoints on island on Tuesday in order to help monitor compliance of state and county emergency orders that are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 


Monday, April 6, 2020
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Good Friday, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Friday, April 10, along with all refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, and the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility.


Monday, April 6, 2020
Curfew and stay-at-home orders result in fewer traffic crashes

LĪHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department’s implementation of the emergency curfew and stay-at-home orders, along with the the community’s compliance, have significantly reduced the number of traffic crashes islandwide.


Monday, April 6, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Department of Parks and Recreation

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Parks and Recreation (DOPR) in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Monday, April 6, 2020
KPD resumes firearms records operations by appointment only

LĪHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) resumed limited firearms records operations on March 31 and is expected to expand to full-service operations by appointment only on April 7.


Monday, April 6, 2020
Public Hearing on the proposed rules and regulations on the use of sports fields/stadium facilities, playgrounds on April 7

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that a public hearing is set for April 7 on proposed Rules and Regulations on the Use of Sports Fields/Stadium Facilities and Playgrounds.


Sunday, April 5, 2020
Reynolds Recycling in Līhu‘e closed until further notice

Reynolds Recycling in Līhu‘e is closed until further notice due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Friday, April 3, 2020
Kaua‘i police arrest third man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E — Kaua‘i police arrested a third man, 31-year-old Bobby Edwards of Boynton, Florida on Friday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order. 


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Kaua‘i police arrest Washington man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested 50-year-old Devin Martin of Olympia, Washington on Thursday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order.


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Kaua‘i police continue efforts to curb COVID-19 community spread

KAPA‘A – On Wednesday, Kaua‘i police conducted an extensive COVID-19 related checkpoint on Kūhiō Highway by the south end entrance of the Kapa‘a Bypass Road, in accordance with the statewide emergency proclamation and county emergency rules.


Thursday, April 2, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Department of Public Works, Buildings Division

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works, Buildings Division, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, April 2, 2020
KPD warns of stricter punishments for graffiti and vandalism

LĪHU‘E – Vandalism and graffiti have been on the rise in county parks since the COVID-19 crisis and Kaua‘i police are warning those who are committing these crimes that violators will face harsher punishments.


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Lane closures scheduled for portions of streets in Līhu‘e from April 8 to April 14

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of streets in Līhu‘e will be closed from April 8 to April 14 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Licensed establishments approved for “to-go” sealed wine, beer sales with takeout meal orders

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control is announcing that licensed establishments may sell sealed “to-go” wine and/or beer with takeout meal orders.


Thursday, April 2, 2020
KPD warns public to be aware of rising number of scams

LĪHU‘E – Due to recent alerts, the Kaua‘i Police Department is urging residents and businesses to be aware of potential scams. Scammers are taking advantage of the current global COVID-19 crisis to steal money and personal information.


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Lane closures scheduled for Wa‘a Road on April 15

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that lane closures are scheduled on Wa‘a Road in Līhu‘e on April 15 to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Mayor signs emergency proclamation for March 2020 flood event

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed an emergency proclamation on April 1, 2020, for the County of Kaua‘i – in order to provide relief for disaster damagers, losses and suffering, and to protect the health safety, and welfare of the people – as a result from flash flooding during the March 2020 rain event on March 28.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Public access to Motor Vehicle Registration, Drivers Licensing Division sections to close through April 30

Effective through April 30, subject to extension as necessary, and pursuant to the Governor and Mayor’s stay-at-home orders, public access to the Motor Vehicle Registration Section and Drivers’ License Division will be closed through April 30.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Kaua‘i police arrest suspect for first-degree burglary

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested on Monday Matthew Davidson, a 46-year-old with no permanent address, for burglary in the first degree.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Kaua‘i police arrest Florida man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department arrested 62-year-old Dwight Anthony Tucker of Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
DOW conducting flushing protocol in Puhi, Lihue, Hanamaulu and Kapa’a systems

LIHUE - The Department of Water (DOW) is currently conducting a flushing protocol in the Puhi, Lihue, Hanamaulu and Kapa'a water systems to help clear the water lines after the recent severe weather and flooding conditions that affected nearby areas.  Some customers may have or are currently experiencing white or discolored water at the tap.  DOW has confirmed that water quality continues to be safe for normal use and that water is expected to clear up after the flushing process is completed.


Monday, March 30, 2020
KPD answers FAQs regarding stay-at-home order

Kaua‘i police are asking the public to please consider the nature of their non-emergency calls before contacting dispatch at 241-1711.


Monday, March 30, 2020
Roadwork to commence in Kalāheo from April 6 to April 14

KALĀHEO – The Department of Public Works is announcing that DMK and Associates will be begin roadwork in Kalāheo on weekdays from April 6 through April 14, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, March 30, 2020
Kaua‘i Recycles drop bin at Kukui Grove limited to single entrance

Due to security concerns at Kukui Grove, access to the Kaua‘i Recycles drop site  behind the old Kmart in Līhu‘e is limited to the entrance nearest the old Pier 1 store along Pikake Street.


Sunday, March 29, 2020
Refuse transfer stations for essential use only

County Officials would like to remind the public that  while County refuse transfer stations located in Hanalei, Kapa‘a, Līhu‘e, and Hanapēpē remain open during normal facility hours, use shall be limited to disposal of solid waste items resulting from essential activity, in observance of Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #5.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
Sewage spill reported at Lydgate Park in Wailua

WAILUA – County officials are notifying the public of a wastewater spill this morning at 8:15 a.m. from the Wailua Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The wastewater spill flowed into Lydgate Park and has been contained. Signs have been posted to inform the public to stay out of the affected area.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
4:20 AM UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Wailua Bridge closed in both directions

The National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i through 6:30 a.m. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
3:30 AM UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i through 6:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i through 6:30 a.m. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
2:40 AM UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the County of Kaua‘i until 3:30 a.m. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, March 28, 2020
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i; Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge closed

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


Saturday, March 28, 2020
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 island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Friday, March 27, 2020
Kaua‘i learns of two new positive COVID-19 cases

LĪHU`E— On Friday, county officials were informed of two new positive COVID-19 test results, which brings the cumulative total to seven cases for Kaua‘i.


Friday, March 27, 2020
Sewer line cleaning on Rice Street, Molokoa Village in Līhu‘e scheduled from March 30 to April 3

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that there will be intermittent traffic control on Rice Street and in the Molokoa Village area next week, starting March 30. Traffic will be modified from 3 to 10 p.m., beginning Monday evening, March 30, and ending Friday night, April 3, weather permitting.


Friday, March 27, 2020
KPD continues to conduct checkpoints around island

The Kaua‘i Police Department initiated islandwide checkpoints on Thursday in an effort to help mitigate the proliferation of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i, and in accordance with the statewide emergency proclamation and county emergency rules.


Friday, March 27, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Department of Public Works, Engineering Division

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 26, 2020
Kaua‘i police to conduct islandwide checkpoints

Beginning Thursday at 11 a.m., the Kaua‘i Police Department will be facilitating checkpoints at various locations around the island in response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
County encourages public to not flush wipes, paper towels

County officials would like to inform residents and businesses that wipes (including those labeled as “flushable”) and paper towels should not be flushed down the toilet.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
KPD Dispatch to screen calls for service

LĪHU‘E – Effective immediately, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kaua‘i Police Department dispatchers will be screening all incoming calls for service.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Mayor Kawakami signs Emergency Rule #5, implementing local guidance to Governor Ige’s Stay-at-Home Order

LĪHU`E— Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami announced Mayor’s Emergency Rule #5, which is “Kaua‘i’s Rules,” further implementing Governor David Ige’s statewide Stay-at-Home Order. This Rule goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, and will be in place until April 30. It may be amended or extended, if circumstances change.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Prince Kūhiō Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Thursday, March 26, along with all refuse transfer stations and the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Security deposits to be deferred at Koa’e Makana Workforce Housing in Kōloa

LĪHU‘E  –  Mark Development, with the support of Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, defers security deposits at Koa’e Makana Workforce Housing in Kōloa as the first 42 applicants selected their units.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Changes announced for vehicle licensing, safety check programs

The County of Kaua‘i is required  to follow the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division’s following changes to its vehicle licensing and safety check programs as part of the effort to reduce face-to-face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday, March 23, 2020
KPD closes walk-up window and firearms registration

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to practice the County of Kaua‘i’s social distancing messaging to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Kaua‘i Police Department is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its employees and community members.


Monday, March 23, 2020
Mayor Kawakami welcomes Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, will establish ‘local rules’ for Kaua‘i

LĪHU`E—Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami welcomes and fully supports Governor David Igeʻs statewide Stay-at-Home Order, and will establish additional "local rules" for Kaua`i residents as they are identified.


Monday, March 23, 2020
Department of Liquor postpones Liquor Control Commission meetings

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control is postponing its Liquor Control Commission meetings for April in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Monday, March 23, 2020
Public access to Motor Vehicle Registration, Drivers Licensing Division sections to close March 25 to April 3

Effective March 25 through April 3, and subject to extension as necessary, the County of Kaua‘i will be temporarily closing public access to the Motor Vehicle Registration Section and the Drivers Licensing Division. The health and safety of our associates is our primary focus. This is also consistent with the County’s messaging on social distancing and meant to encourage people to stay at home.


Monday, March 23, 2020
Water service shutdown reminder for Wailua area on March 24th
WAILUA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers of the water service shutdown scheduled for Pu’upilo Road, Pu’upilo Place, Po’o Road, Makana Road, Ilalo Road and a portion of Opaeka’a Road; between Pulana Street and Ilalo Road in Wailua on Tuesday, March 24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Mayor Kawakami to announce enhanced efforts to combat COVID-19

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, in consultation with Governor David Ige and the mayors of the other islands, expects to refine our county’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak very shortly.


Sunday, March 22, 2020
All solid waste, recycling facilities remain open on Kaua‘i

County Officials are notifying the public that all solid waste and recycling facilities are fully operational at this time.


Sunday, March 22, 2020
Mayor's Emergency Rule 4

LĪHUʻE – Mayor Derek S. K Kawakami has signed Emergency Rule #4, requiring non-residents to obtain a day-usage permit for any County of Kaua‘i beach park.


Saturday, March 21, 2020
KPD thanks public for positive response to curfew

 The Kaua‘i Police Department would like to thank the public for their overwhelmingly
positive response to the implementation of the curfew on Friday, and for voluntarily abiding by
the requirements of the curfew. There were no observed violations between 9 p.m. Friday and 5
a.m. Saturday. 


Saturday, March 21, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Parks and Recreation

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Wailua Golf Course in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Saturday, March 21, 2020
Mayor Kawakami supports Gov. Ige’s 14-day mandatory quarantine for the State of Hawai‘i

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami expressed his support for Governor David Igeʻs decision to enact a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from outside the state.


Friday, March 20, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for The Kaua‘i Bus

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for The Kaua‘i Bus service and administrative offices in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 20, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for offices within Pi‘ikoi Building at Līhu‘e Civic Center

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for offices within the Pi‘ikoi Building at the Līhu‘e Civic Center in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 20, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Human Resources

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Human Resources (HR) in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua’i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for The Agency on Elderly Affairs

Līhu‘e – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Agency on Elderly Affairs in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Office of Economic Development

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Office of Economic Development in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
DOW announces temporary customer service changes

LIHUE –During this time of awareness, protection and prevention against COVID-19, the Department of Water (DOW) will be implementing a temporary closure of its DOW offices and discontinuing all walk-in services, effective Friday, March 20, 2020.  DOW will continue to assist customers by phone, online, mail and email.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Wastewater Management Division

Līhu‘e – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works Wastewater Management Division in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Finance Department

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Finance Department in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces launch of “Kūpuna Kare of Farmer Fare” program and economic partnership with Kaua'i’s Sunshine Market vendors and Kaua'i Food Bank

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kauai announces the launch of the “Kūpuna Kare of Farmer Fare” program in an effort to deliver fresh Kaua'i grown produce directly to kūpuna. This effort pairs Kauai’s Sunshine Market vendors, the Kauai Food Bank, and the County’s Economic Development and Elderly Affairs offices. This program will acquire produce from our County Sunshine Market Farmers and distribute to our high risk kūpuna over the age of 70 throughout the island.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Housing Agency

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Housing Agency in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Thursday, March 19, 2020
Water conservation notice lifted for Eleele customers

ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for all Ele’ele customers as of approximately 6 a.m. this morning.  DOW crews have completed the necessary repairs to the transmission line and customers may now resume normal water use.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various County Agencies, Departments

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various county agencies and departments in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Nighttime curfew to go into effect starting Friday, March 20 in support of emergency efforts; Mayor’s tells visitors “Kaua‘i is on vacation”

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S.K Kawakami has implemented, via emergency rule, an islandwide nighttime curfew beginning Friday, March 20. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. daily until further notice. Every individual within the County of Kaua‘i must remain in their residence during these specified hours.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Water service shutdown scheduled for Wailua area on March 24

WAILUA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located on Pu’upilo Place, Po’o Road, Makana Road, Ilalo Road and a portion of Opaeka’a Road; between Pulana Street and Ilalo Road in Wailua on Tuesday, March 24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.  The water service shutdown is necessary in order to allow private contractor, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. to tie-in a new 6-inch water line onto the existing system.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Water conservation notice issued for Ele'ele customers until further notice

ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for Ele’ele customers, including the Port Allen harbor areas until further notice.  Customers are advised to limit water use to essential needs only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes in order to avoid a full water service outage in the system.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Water conservation notice lifted for Wainiha and Haena customers

WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for all Wainiha and Haena customers as of approximately 6 a.m. this morning.  Electrical power service has been restored to the well site and storage tank levels have stabilized.  Customers may resume normal water use.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sewage spill reported in Waimea, discharged into ocean at Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor

WAIMEA – County officials are notifying the public of a wastewater spill from the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to an irrigation ditch next to the facility.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sewage spill reported in Waimea Town

WAIMEA – County officials are notifying the public of a wastewater spill from several manholes on Waimea Road between Panako Road and Alawai Road and on Alawai Road in the vicinity of the Waimea Road intersection.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sewage spill reported in Wailua, Lydgate Park closed

WAILUA – County officials are notifying the public of a wastewater spill this morning at 9:20 a.m. from the Wailua Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The wastewater spill flowed into Lydgate Park and has been contained. Lydgate Park in the area of Kamalani Playground is closed to the public. Signs have been posted to inform the public to stay out of the affected area.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
​Finance Department announces further changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

LĪHU‘E – The Finance Department announces effective March 18, until further notice, the following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be implemented at the public-facing counters in the Kapule Building at the Līhu‘e Civic Center.    


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
5:20 AM UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Kaua‘i; impacts may include Kekaka, Waimea, Kikiaola Harbor, and Pākalā Village

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Kaua‘i. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop. At 5:13 a.m., a severe thunderstorm was located just southwest of Kekaha, moving northeast at 10 miles per hour.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
5:20 AM UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Kaua‘i; impacts may include Kekaka, Waimea, Kikiaola Harbor, and Pākalā Village

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Kaua‘i. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop. At 5:13 a.m., a severe thunderstorm was located just southwest of Kekaha, moving northeast at 10 miles per hour.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Water conservation notice issued for Wainiha and Haena customers

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for Wainiha and Haena customers until further notice.  An electrical power outage has affected the well site and pump stations in the area and customers are urged to limit water use to essential needs only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes in order to avoid a full water service outage.  Utility personnel, including DOW crews are not able to access the site to trouble shoot the power issues due to severe weather conditions and road closures. 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:35 AM UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i; Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i through 6:45 a.m., due to heavy rains over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tornado Warning issued for Ni‘ihau

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for the island of Ni‘ihau. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
12:40 AM UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i; Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i through 3:45 a.m., due to heavy rains over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, March 16, 2020
Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Kaua‘i; Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Kaua‘i, due to a severe thunderstorm located near Kalāheo, moving north at 20 miles per hour. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, March 16, 2020
Flash Flood Warning canceled for Kaua‘i; public shelter opens at Hanalei Elementary School

The National Weather Service has canceled the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, effective 5:36 p.m.


Monday, March 16, 2020
Power temporarily restored to DOW offices, partial lane closure on Pua Loke Street

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) temporarily restored power to its offices through the DOW’s emergency base yard generator at approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon, to sustain limited office services until electrical power can be restored in the area.  Utility crews from Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and Hawaiian Telcom are on the scene and continue to work on the damaged utility pole on Pua Loke Street in Lihue through this afternoon.  Access to DOW on Pua Loke Street has reopened, however a partial one lane closure is in place until work is completed.  DOW offices are expected to resume normal business operations at 8 a.m. tomorrow, however the community is encouraged to continue to utilize alternative service options whenever possible, to minimize person-to-person contact in public settings. 


Monday, March 16, 2020
Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i until 5:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘I through 5:45 p.m., due to heavy rains occurring over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, March 16, 2020
County-related postponements, cancelations, changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) announced

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related postponements, cancelations, and changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Monday, March 16, 2020
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 island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, March 16, 2020
DOW office prepares for a power outage at 1:30 p.m. today

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a possible power outage beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, until further notice due to an electrical power outage in the area.  The DOW is currently operating on a temporary electrical power source and is expected to lose power at approximately 1:30 p.m. today.  An electrical power outage will affect DOW’s internet and electronic services that allow personnel to communicate and assist customers with service requests and payments.  Furthermore, the DOW’s phone lines may also be affected during the power outage and advises all customers to limit phone calls to emergency service issues during this time, until an announcement is made that power is restored. 


Saturday, March 14, 2020
Roadwork in Kōloa scheduled from March 16 to April 2

KŌLOA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that DMK and Associates will be conducting roadwork in Waikomo Subdivision in Kōloa on weekdays, from March 16 through April 2, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. Road closures are scheduled from March 23 through 31.


Friday, March 13, 2020
K-PAL and community relations activities postponed until further notice

The Kaua‘i Police Department is announcing the postponement of all K-PAL and community relations events beginning this weekend until further notice, due to public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 13, 2020
Sunshine Markets to close until further notice starting March 16

The County of Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development is announcing closures of all eight Sunshine Markets – starting Monday, March 16  until further notice – due to the public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Friday, March 13, 2020
DOW’s ‘Fix a Leak’ awareness kit distribution postponed

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) would like to inform the community that its annual distribution of free leak detection starter kits; in honor of “Fix a Leak Week”, been postponed until further notice.  This includes DOW's previously scheduled distribution and participation at the Waimea Health Fair on March 14th and at the DOW’s office from March 16-20th.   The decision was made to postpone the promotional pick-up of free leak detection starter kits in an effort to provide employees, customers and communities with the opportunity to practice prevention preparedness and minimize walk-in visits to the office at this time. 


Friday, March 13, 2020
DOW encourages all to practice prevention for COVID-19

LIHUE – As statewide efforts for prevention and protection from COVID-19 evolves, the Department of Water’s (DOW) commitment to provide safe, affordable and sufficient water service to our communities remains unchanged.  Customers can be assured that water is safe to drink and that there are no water service advisories issued at this time.  Water is tested on a continuous schedule and continues to meet state and federal drinking water requirements.  DOW is proactive in providing awareness and preventative health measures at their Lihue offices through increased sanitization efforts in work environments and customer service areas.  Customers are also encouraged to consider utilizing DOW’s online Customer Account Portal (CAP) to manage, monitor and make payments on their water service accounts, in lieu of frequent visits into the DOW’s Lihue office.  Customer service inquiries are also available by phone and email.


Thursday, March 12, 2020
Department of Parks and Recreation announces closure of various facilities; Mayor’s Track Meet on April 4 and 5 is canceled

The County of Kaua‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing closures of various county facilities and events – starting Monday, March 16, for a period of 60 days – due to the public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Pu‘uopae Bridge to be temporarily closed for construction work from March 19 to 20 and March 27, 30, and 31

WAILUA – The public is advised that Pu‘uopae Bridge in Wailua Homesteads will be temporarily closed from March 19 to March 20 and then on March 27, 30, and 31 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete the remaining major bridge construction work. The dates may change depending on the weather.


Monday, March 9, 2020
Blessing held for ʻŌpaekaʻa Bridge in Wailua; completion slated for September

WAILUA – A blessing was held Friday for the ʻŌpaekaʻa Bridge, between Puʻupilo Road and Pulana Street. Closed since January for pre-construction work, the bridge is slated to open in September. The closure period could be extended due to weather delays.


Monday, March 9, 2020
DOW NR 03-09-20_(Water service shutdown scheduled for Eleele area on March 11)
ELEELE - The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for approximately 22 customers located along portions of Eleele Road, Poni Road and Uliuli Road on Wednesday, March 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Injured hiker rescued from trail near Queen’s Bath Saturday

PRINCEVILLE – A female visitor from New York was rescued on a trail near Queen’s Bath yesterday afternoon after injuring her ankle while hiking. 


Saturday, March 7, 2020
Motorcyclist in critical condition following early morning crash

HANAMĀ‘ULU – Kaua‘i police responded Saturday morning to a motorcycle crash on Laukona Steet in Hanamā‘ulu.


Friday, March 6, 2020
Mayor Kawakami to deliver State of the County Address via video in lieu of public gathering

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami will deliver his second State of the County Address via video, which will be uploaded to the County of Kaua‘i website and Facebook page by noon on Friday, March 13.


Thursday, March 5, 2020
DOW offers leak detection starter kits in honor ‘Fix a Leak Week’

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) is encouraging all water users to detect and fix residential leaks during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual “Fix a Leak Week” which is celebrated nationally from March 16 through March 20.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Mayor signs emergency proclamation for COVID-19

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed an emergency proclamation on March 4, 2020, for the County of Kaua‘i, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Mayor’s proclamation was issued in coordination with the Governor’s Office and fellow counties.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Water service shutdown reminder for a portion of Pu’uopae Road, Kalama Road, Kipapa Road and Holio Road on March 5

KAPA‘A – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers of a water service shutdown scheduled for a portion of Pu’uopae Road; between Opaeka’a Road and Kalakea Road, and includes Holio Road, Kalama Road and Kipapa Road in Kapa‘a.  Water service will be unavailable on Thursday, March 5th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha to relocate to Kekaha sugar mill site on March 18

KEKAHA – The Kekaha HI5 Bottle Redemption site operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services will be relocated to its former location across from the old Kekaha sugar mill site on Kekaha Road on Wednesday, March 18.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Roadwork scheduled in Waialeale Subdivision from March 9 through March 19

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will begin asphalt crack sealing roadwork in Kapa‘a on weekdays, from March 9 through March 19, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Sewer system inspection work to be performed in Līhu‘e along Kūhiō Highway starting March 8

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the Department of Public Works, Wastewater Management Division’s contractor will be performing closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspections on the Līhu‘e sewer collection system along Kūhiō Highway from Ehiku Street to Hardy Street. The inspections will occur daily, from the evening of March 8 through the morning of March 13.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Water service shutdown reminder for Ele’ele area on March 4-5; Partial one lane closure on Waialo Road

ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers about a scheduled a water service shutdown on Waialo Road, Okupu Street, Olali Street, Manawanui Court, Mānā Olana Court, Harbor Access Road and Aka Ula Street in Ele’ele.   Water service will be turned off on Wednesday, March 4th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Thursday, March 5th; weather permitting, in order to connect a new 12-inch main line to the existing system, as part of the Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Water Systems Improvements Project. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Male visitor dies while scuba diving

PORT ALLEN – Hugh Morris, a 58-year-old man from Oregon, died Monday while scuba diving in waters off Port Allen Small Boat Harbor in a location known as “Amber’s Arches.”


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Male visitor dies while snorkeling in Po‘ipū

PO‘IPŪ – Thomas Bossert, a 64-year-old man from Minnesota, died of an apparent drowning on Monday in waters fronting the Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club at about 11:30 a.m.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Officer commended for going above and beyond call of duty

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recognized Jason Scalzo as Officer of the Month during the Police Commission meeting held on Feb. 28 at the Mo‘ikeha Building.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha to relocate to Kekaha sugar mill site on March 18

KEKAHA – The Kekaha HI5 Bottle Redemption site operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services will be relocated to its former location across from the old Kekaha sugar mill site on Kekaha Road on Wednesday, March 18.


Monday, March 2, 2020
Public meeting for ‘Aliomanu Road improvements scheduled for March 5

ANAHOLA – As part of the Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) for the ‘Aliomanu Road Repair Project, a public meeting is scheduled for March 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Kapa‘a State Library. The meeting will be prepared by Oceanit and the County of Kaua‘i.


Monday, March 2, 2020
Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency actively engaged with partners relating to COVID-19; no cases identified on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency has been actively engaged with our County, State, Federal, and non-governmental organizations, ensuring situational awareness and coordination of preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts relating to COVID-19.


Friday, February 28, 2020
Groundbreaking held for new ‘Ohana Zone Project in Līhu‘e

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency, Office of the Mayor, and Women in Need held a ceremony Thursday to mark the groundbreaking of Kealaula on Pua Loke – the County’s upcoming permanent supportive housing facility for families.


Friday, February 28, 2020
Historic Hanapepe Bridge reopens to motorists today

HANAPEPE– The Department of Water (DOW) is pleased to announce the reopening of the Historic Hanapepe Bridge on Hanapepe Road to all; including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, this morning.  Bridge access was previously limited to pedestrians and bicyclists during the design and construction work, as part of the DOW’s Hanapepe-Ele’ele Water Systems Improvement Project. 


Thursday, February 27, 2020
STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL CHAIR ARRYL KANESHIRO ON THE ARREST OF COUNCILMEMBER ARTHUR BRUN

Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i:  On a personal level it has been difficult to watch what has transpired with Councilmember Brun’s personal situation.  This is a testament of the hardships everyone deals with in their personal lives and the repercussion of the decisions we make as individuals.  As Councilmembers, we are looked upon to uphold the integrity of the office.  I hope Councilmember Brun will do what is right for his family, supporters, and the community.    


Thursday, February 27, 2020
Statement by Mayor Kawakami on the arrest of Councilmember Arthur Brun

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has issued the following statement on today’s arrest of Councilmember Arthur Brun.


Thursday, February 27, 2020
Water service shutdown scheduled for a portion of Pu’uopae Road, Kalama Road, Kipapa Road and Holio Road on March 5

KAPA‘A – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located on a portion of Puuopae Road; between Opaeka’a Road and Kalakea Road, and includes Holio Road, Kalama Road and Kipapa Road in Kapa‘a.  Water service will be unavailable on Thursday, March 5th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 


Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kaua‘i police conduct massive islandwide drug sweep

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD), in conjunction with federal agencies, was responsible for the arrests of 12 individuals today, including Kaua‘i County Councilmember Arthur Brun.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Roadwork to continue in Kekaha through March 3

KEKAHA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that DMK and Associates will be doing roadwork in the Kekaha are on weekdays, through March, weather permitting.  


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Pu‘uopae Bridge to be temporarily closed for construction on March 5 and March 6

The public is advised that Pu‘uopae Bridge in Wailua Homesteads will be temporarily closed from March 5 to 6 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for construction of the new waterline. The dates may change dependent on the weather.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Water service shutdown scheduled for Ele’ele area on March 4th

ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water service shutdown for customers located on Waialo Road, Okupu Street, Olali Street, Manawanui Court, Mānā Olana Court, Harbor Access Road and Aka Ula Street in Ele’ele.   Water service will be turned off on Wednesday, March 4th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Thursday, March 5th; weather permitting, in order to connect a new 12-inch main line to the existing system, as part of the Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Water Systems Improvements Project.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women announces 2020 Women’s History Essay Contest

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) is seeking entries for the 2020 Women’s History Essay Contest from high school students in private, public, charter, and home schools.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect through Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau through 6 a.m. Wednesday.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hanapēpē Swinging Bridge reopens

HANAPĒPĒ – The Department of Public Works is announcing that repairs to the Hanapēpē Swinging Bridge have been completed and the bridge is once again open to the public.


Monday, February 24, 2020
Boy airlifted from Kalalau Trail Sunday

KALALAU – Firefighters responded to a call of a 13-year-old boy in distress Sunday morning along the Kalalau Trail.


Monday, February 24, 2020
Forums set for March 23 to 26 to seek public input on KFD Strategic Plan development

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department is announcing a series of community forums will be held March 23 to 26 to gather the public’s input as the department develops its 10-year Strategic Plan.


Sunday, February 23, 2020
Lifeguards revive woman at ‘Anini beach

‘ANINI – Lifeguards revived a female visitor Saturday afternoon after she was found unresponsive in shallow waters off ‘Anini Beach.


Friday, February 21, 2020
County of Kaua‘i staff pilots pesticide-free training

KAPA‘A – The County of Kaua‘i’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Public Works Roads Division staff took part in pilot, pesticide-free trainings on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.


Friday, February 21, 2020
Mayor signs thirteenth supplementary emergency proclamation

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed a thirteenth supplementary emergency proclamation on Friday, Feb. 21, for the County of Kaua‘i, extending the emergency relief period for damages sustained during the April 2018 flood.


Thursday, February 20, 2020
Kīlauea Gym closed until further notice due to safety concerns, electrical work

KĪLAUEA – The County of Kaua‘i’s Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that due to electrical work and safety concerns the Kīlauea Gym is closed until further notice.


Thursday, February 20, 2020
Kaua‘i police arrest Lori Vallow on $5 million warrant from Idaho

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) arrested 47-year-old Lori Vallow (a.k.a. Lori Daybell) of Idaho on Thursday in relation to an investigation being conducted by the Rexburg Police Department.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Mayor signs administrative policy prohibiting disposable plastics on County property starting Jan. 1, 2021

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami signed on Tuesday a County of Kaua‘i administrative policy to prohibit the purchase, use, or distribution of disposable plastics on County property.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Bus service on Rice Street unavailable nightly from Feb. 24 to 28

LĪHU‘E – Due to nightly road work from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the Kaua‘i Bus will not have bus service on Rice Street from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28. Dates may change depending on the paving schedule and weather.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Civil Service Commission selects Annette Anderson as new Human Resources Director

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i’s Civil Service Commission is pleased to announce the selection of Annette Anderson as the new Human Resources Director for the Department of Human Resources.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Newly-designed Kaua‘i Made website to launch Feb. 19

LĪHU‘E – The Office of Economic Development is announcing that the newly-designed Kaua‘i Made website is set to launch Wednesday, Feb. 19.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Access to Ahukini Pier closed to public on Wednesday

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the Ahukini Recreational Pier in Līhu‘e will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the Kaua‘i Fire Department conducts its helicopter and water rescue operations training together with the Ocean Safety Bureau.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Salvation Army ARC islandwide thrift store pick-up scheduled for Feb. 27

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will be servicing thrift stores across the island on Feb. 27. David Chung of the ARC will be traveling around the island, gathering thrift store unsaleable items that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.


Monday, February 17, 2020
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming at Salt Pond Beach; Box Jellyfish reported

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at Salt Pond Beach, as Box Jellyfish are washing ashore.


Saturday, February 15, 2020
Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Kapa‘a

KAPA‘A – Firefighters extinguished a structure fire that broke out early Saturday morning in a two-story residential building on Laipo Road in Kapa‘a.


Friday, February 14, 2020
Portions of Rice Street to close between Kūhiō Highway and the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Highway for road paving work from Feb. 24 to 28

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that construction work will continue at night closing portions of Rice Street from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Work is planned from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, weather permitting.


Friday, February 14, 2020
KPD promotes four officers at special ceremony Thursday

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) held a special ceremony Thursday to promote four officers at its headquarters in Līhu‘e.


Friday, February 14, 2020
County of Kaua‘i with University of Hawai‘i to host 44th annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate golf tournament

WAILUA – The County of Kaua‘i with the University of Hawai‘i men’s golf team will be hosting the 44th annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course from Feb. 19 to 22.


Friday, February 14, 2020
Water service update for customers on Pu’uopae Road, Kalama Road, Holio Road, Kalakea Place and Kipapa Road in Wailua

(9:30 a.m.) WAILUA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces that water service will be restored to customers located on Pu’uopae Road, Kalama Road, Holio Road, Kalakea Place and Kipapa Road in the Wailua Homesteads at approximately 10 a.m. this morning.  DOW crews were able to successfully isolate the waterline break and will be restoring water services to customers sooner than expected. 


Friday, February 14, 2020
Emergency water service shutdown on Pu’uopae Road, Kalama Road, Holio Road, Kalakea Place and Kipapa Road in Wailua

WAILUA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Pu’uopae Road, Kalama Road, Holio Road, Kalakea Place and Kipapa Road in the Wailua Homesteads for approximately 6 hours, due to a recent main line break.  Water service will be turned off at approximately 9 a.m. this morning in order avoid further flooding in the area and to allow DOW crews to access the damaged mainline and begin emergency repairs immediately.  Additionally, a partial one-lane road closure will be in place near the worksite at the intersection of Pu’uopae Road and Opaeka’a Road.  Motorists are asked to slow down and adhere to traffic control when driving in the area.


Friday, February 14, 2020
Kaua‘i police to hold next Coffee with a Cop in Kīlauea

KĪLAUEA – Join the Kaua‘i Police Department for its next Coffee with a Cop from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 22 at Anaina Hou Community Park’s Café in Kīlauea.


Thursday, February 13, 2020
Coaches meeting for Mayor’s Youth Track Meet scheduled Feb. 18

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled a coaches’ meeting on Feb. 18 for the Mayor’s Youth Track Meet.


Thursday, February 13, 2020
Female visitor dies after falling from cliff near Shipwreck Beach

PO‘IPŪ – A 64-year-old visitor from Massachusetts, Karen Smith, died on Wednesday around 10 a.m. after slipping and falling from a cliff while hiking north of Keoneloa Bay, also known as Shipwreck Beach, in Po‘ipū.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
KPD continues efforts to help restore safe, public spaces

WAILUA – The Kaua‘i Police Department is continuing its efforts to help restore a greater sense of safety to public spaces around the island. The most recent endeavor included the parking lot of Wailua Beach, adjacent to the bridge.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Presidents Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, along with all refuse transfer stations, the Puhi Metals Recycling Center, and all of the neighborhood centers.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Open house scheduled for Wainiha Community Resilience Center on Feb. 26

WAINIHA – The Office of the Mayor will hold a community open house focused on the Wainiha Community Resilience Center on Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hanalei Neighborhood Center at the Old Courthouse.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Roadwork to continue in Molokoa Subdivision from Feb. 19 through March 2

LĪHU‘E  – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will be doing roadwork in the Molokoa Subdivision on weekdays, from Feb. 19 through March 2.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Sewer system inspection work to be performed in Līhu‘e in February and March

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the Department of Public Works Wastewater Management Division’s contractor will be performing closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspections on the Līhu‘e sewer collection system from Feb. 18 through the third week of March, weather permitting.  


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Roadwork to recommence in Ulu Ko Subdivision from Feb. 19 through Feb. 28

Līhu‘e  – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will recommence with seal coating roadwork in Līhu‘e on weekdays, from Feb. 19 through Feb. 28.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Kaua‘i police open second degree murder investigation

MOLOA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department has opened an investigation into a second degree murder that occurred in Moloa‘a last week. A Kaua‘i man was found dead along the side of Kūhiō Highway on the morning of Feb. 6.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Water conservation notice lifted for Kilauea

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for Kilauea customers as of approximately 6 a.m. this morning.  The Kilauea water tanks have stabilized to normal operating levels and customers may now resume normal water use.


Monday, February 10, 2020
Water conservation notice continues for Kilauea customers

KILAUEA – The water conservation notice remains in effect for Kilauea customers until further notice.  Electrical power has been restored to the Kilauea deep well pump stations, however customers are advised to continue to minimize water use to essential needs only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes in order to allow the system’s water tank levels to stabilize and avoid a water service outage.


Monday, February 10, 2020
KPD, OPA and Life’s Choices to host community safety meetings

The Kaua‘i Police Department, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and Life’s Choices Kaua‘i present “Keeping your Community Safe,” a series of island-wide meetings that aim to inform, educate and provide safety resources to the public.


Sunday, February 9, 2020
Water conservation request issued for Kilauea customers

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for customers in Kilauea until further notice, due to an electrical power outage affecting the Kilauea water pump station and well site.  Customers are asked to limit water use to essential needs only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes in order to avoid a full water service outage in the system.


Sunday, February 9, 2020
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect starting Sunday evening

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that will take effect from 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.


Saturday, February 8, 2020
Traffic crash Friday causes temporary closure of Kapa‘a Bypass Road

KAPA‘A — On Friday afternoon around 5 p.m., Kaua‘i police responded to a traffic crash on Kapa‘a Bypass Road in the vicinity of mile marker 5. 


Saturday, February 8, 2020
1 p.m. Final update - Water service restored to customers on Mamane Street in Kapa’a

KAPA’A– The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water service to all customers on Mamane Street in Kapa’a, as of approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon.  DOW crews have completed the required repairs to the main line and customers may now resume normal water use.


Saturday, February 8, 2020
12 p.m. Update - Water service shutdown for customers on Mamane Street in Kapa’a; road closure on Ulu Street

KAPA’A– The emergency water service shutdown has been revised to Mamane Street only.  Department of Water (DOW) crews were able to isolate the repairs on the main line to minimize service disruption and as a result, customers on Koa Street and Ulu Street in Kapa’a will not be affected.  Additionally, the water service shutdown for customers on Mamane Street in Kapa’a has been revised to approximately 2 hours.


Saturday, February 8, 2020
Emergency water service shutdown for customers on Ulu Street, Koa Street and Mamane Street in Kapaa

KAPA’A– The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Ulu Street, Koa Street and Mamane Street in Kapa’a for approximately 6 to 8 hours due to a recent main line break on Ulu Street.  Water service will be turned off at approximately 11 a.m. this morning in order to prevent further flooding in the area and allow crews to access the damaged main line to begin repairs.  Customers located in the affected area are advised to store enough water to meet your needs during the shutdown. 


Friday, February 7, 2020
Lane closure scheduled for portions of Ka‘apuni Road from Feb. 12 to Feb. 21

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Ka‘apuni Road, from Kawaihau Road to Olohena Road, will be closed from Feb. 12 to Feb. 21 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Friday, February 7, 2020
Emergency road work on Kūhiō Highway in Kapa‘a to begin at 8:30 a.m.

KAPA’A – The public is advised that emergency road repairs will be conducted on Kūhiō Highway; between Aleka Loop and Papaloa Road in Kapa’a, near the Coconut Marketplace from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.  Two-way traffic will be maintained during the road work and the nearby contra-flow operation will continue with traffic control in place. 


Thursday, February 6, 2020
Kaua‘i police investigate unattended death in Moloa‘a

MOLOA‘A  – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a Kaua‘i man was found dead Thursday along the side of Kūhiō Highway in Moloa‘a.


Thursday, February 6, 2020
Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i through 2:15 p.m.; Kūhiō Highway in vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed

HANALEI – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i through 2:15 p.m. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop. Additionally, Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed due to flooding.


Thursday, February 6, 2020
Kūhiō Highway in vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed; Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i

HANALEI – Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed due to flooding. The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i through 11:15 a.m., due to heavy rains occurring over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Thursday, February 6, 2020
Hanalei Elementary School to be closed; Flash Flood Warning in effect for Kaua‘i

Due to flash flooding and the closure of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge, Hanalei Elementary School will be closed today, Feb. 6. There will be no bus service for students living in Hanalei, Hā‘ena, and Wainiha who attend Kapa‘a Middle School and Kapa‘a High School.


Thursday, February 6, 2020
Inclement weather causes Hanalei Bridge closure

HANALEI – Due to inclement weather and flash flooding conditions, Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge has closed.


Thursday, February 6, 2020
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 island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020
New Safe Exchange Zone at KPD

LĪHU‘E – In a joint effort between Kaua‘i police and the Mayor’s Office, there is a new Safe Exchange Zone at the Kaua‘i Police Department headquarters in Līhu‘e.


Monday, February 3, 2020
Lane closures scheduled for portions of streets in Līhu‘e from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of streets in Līhu‘e will be closed from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, February 3, 2020
Lane closures scheduled for portions of streets in Līhu‘e from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of streets in Līhu‘e will be closed from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Thursday, January 30, 2020
Kaua‘i police search for man suspected of stealing mountain bike

KAPA’A – The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect who apparently stole a mountain bike around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 from the garage of a Kapa‘a home.


Thursday, January 30, 2020
South Shore Ocean Safety Awareness Clinic scheduled for Feb. 15

PO‘IPŪ – The South Shore Ocean Safety Awareness Clinic presented by the Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau and the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort in Po‘ipū.


Thursday, January 30, 2020
‘Anini lifeguard tower closed Thursday

‘ANINI – Due to a staffing shortage, the ‘Anini lifeguard tower is closed today, Jan. 30.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Public invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Older Americans Recognition

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami and the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA) invites the public to submit nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Older Americans Recognition.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
All Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) HI5 Bottle Redemption Centers to be closed Feb. 4 and Feb. 5

KAPA‘A – Due to construction on its main facility in Kapa‘a, all HI5 redemption centers operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services LLC (KCRS) including its Kapa‘a, Kīlauea, and Kekaha sites will be closed on Feb. 4 and Feb. 5.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
2020 CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND FILING

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk will begin offering candidate nomination and filing services beginning on Monday, February 3, 2020.  The candidate filing period runs from February 3 thru June 2, 2020.  Services are offered Monday through Friday during the regular office hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Roadwork in Molokoa Subdivision scheduled through Feb. 6

LĪHU‘E  – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions has roadwork in Molokoa Subdivision in Līhu‘e scheduled on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Feb 6.


Monday, January 27, 2020
Portion of Puaole Street and Vidinha Stadium road to close for reconstruction work starting Jan. 30

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that a portion of Puaole Street and the road between Vidinha Stadium and the soccer field will be closed at their intersection to Ho‘olako Street. This will be a 24-hour closure from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, weather permitting.


Sunday, January 26, 2020
Kaua‘i police assist in search for missing children

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is assisting the Rexburg Police Department in regards to an active case pertaining to the missing children of Lori Vallow.


Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on north- and west-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north- and west-facing shores due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Friday, January 24, 2020
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect starting Saturday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that will take effect from 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, through 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.


Friday, January 24, 2020
Real property taxes due Feb. 20

LĪHU‘E – County officials would like to remind Kaua‘i property owners that the second installment of real property taxes for the 2019-2020 tax year are due on Thursday, Feb. 20.


Friday, January 24, 2020
Partial lane closures scheduled for Maluhia Road on Jan. 29

KŌLOA – The Department of Public Works is announcing partial road closures on Maluhia Road near Anne Knudsen Park and at the intersection of Maluhia Road and Kōloa Road on Jan. 29 to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.


Friday, January 24, 2020
Public Hearing on Sunshine Market rules set for Feb. 24

LĪHU‘E – The Office of Economic Development is announcing that a public hearing is set for Feb. 24 on proposed amendments to the Sunshine Market rules for the County of Kaua‘i.


Thursday, January 23, 2020
Safadago sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years for causing death of Kapa‘a woman

LĪHU‘E – Cody M. Safadago, 48, formerly of Washington state, was sentenced Thursday to serve life in prison plus 10 years for stealing a truck and causing a fatal collision in 2017.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Kaua‘i Police Chief to host inaugural Coffee with a Cop

LĪHU‘E – Chat with the Chief at Kaua‘i Police Department’s inaugural Coffee with a Cop event from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 28 on the lāna‘i adjacent to the gift shop at Kaua‘i Coffee Company.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020
KFD promotes 5 firefighters at special ceremony Tuesday

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department (KFD) held a special ceremony Tuesday morning at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall to promote five firefighters.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect starting Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that will take effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, through 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.


Monday, January 20, 2020
First responders extinguish fire at Po‘ipū restaurant

PO‘IPŪ – First responders extinguished a fire that broke out early Monday morning at Pietro’s Pizza and Pasta in Po‘ipū.


Sunday, January 19, 2020
Statement by Mayor Kawakami on shooting near Diamond Head on O‘ahu

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has issued the following statement regarding Sunday’s shooting near Diamond Head on O‘ahu.


Sunday, January 19, 2020
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming at Salt Pond Beach, Kekaha Beach; Box Jellyfish reported

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at Salt Pond Beach and Kekaha Beach, as Box Jellyfish are washing ashore.


Sunday, January 19, 2020
Green waste not accepted at Kekaha Landfill, Hanalei refuse transfer station

Green waste is not being accepted until further notice at the Kekaha Landfill and the Hanalei refuse transfer station due to mechanical problems.


Saturday, January 18, 2020
Motorists advised of partial lane closure on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa
KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a partial lane closure on Kuhio Highway fronting the Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight to approximately 1 a.m. Sunday morning to allow DOW crews to repair a main line break in the area. Water service will not be affected.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Green waste not accepted at Hanalei refuse transfer station

HANALEI – Green waste is not being accepted until further notice at the Hanalei refuse transfer station due to mechanical problems.


Friday, January 17, 2020
Grant funding opportunities available for community groups, nonprofit organizations

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, Life’s Choices Kaua‘i Program at Hale Kōkua is now accepting grant applications from community groups and nonprofit organizations.


Friday, January 17, 2020
Crime Stoppers Kaua‘i joins P3 Tips App

LĪHU‘E – Residents and visitors can now submit information anonymously through an easy-to-use Crime Stoppers’ app called P3 Tips.


Friday, January 17, 2020
One-day operation results in 10 arrests

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested 10 individuals and served 14 warrants during an operation aimed at locating defendants wanted by the court.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
Household hazardous waste collection set for Jan. 18 and 19

County officials are announcing that residentially-generated household hazardous waste (HHW) will be accepted free of charge on Jan. 18 and 19.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
Haleko Road to close for roadside maintenance on Jan. 25

LĪHU‘E – Haleko Road will be closed for shoulder grading and road maintenance work on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
KFD announces upcoming CERT classes in Hanalei

HANALEI – The Kaua‘i Fire Department has announced its upcoming training courses for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will be held in Hanalei, starting in February.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
Public meeting for Po‘ipū Road multimodal improvements scheduled for Jan. 23

KŌLOA – A public meeting regarding Po‘ipū Road multimodal improvements is scheduled for Jan. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Kōloa Neighborhood Center.


Thursday, January 16, 2020
Striping roadwork in ‘Ele‘ele from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31

‘Ele‘ele – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will continue roadwork in ‘Ele‘ele on weekdays, Jan. 21 to Jan. 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kaua‘i police positively ID all 7 helicopter crash victims

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Crime Scene and Laboratory Unit has positively identified the pilot and six passengers aboard the helicopter that crashed on Dec. 26 in Kōkeʽe.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020
K-PAL announces 2020 registration

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) is currently accepting registrations for its 2020 programs at www.kauai.gov/kpal.


Monday, January 13, 2020
Firefighters rescue 13 hikers from Hanakāpī‘ai

HANAKĀPĪ'AI – Hanalei firefighters rescued 13 hikers who were stranded in Hanakāpī‘ai Sunday afternoon.


Monday, January 13, 2020
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, along with all refuse transfer stations, the Puhi Metals Recycling Center, and all of the neighborhood centers.


Monday, January 13, 2020
Kapa‘a swimming pool to reopen Tuesday

KAPA‘A – The Kapa‘a swimming pool will reopen Tuesday to modified hours of operation.


Saturday, January 11, 2020
Rice Street Reveal event cancelled due to weather

LĪHU‘E – Due to inclement weather, the Rice Street Reveal event that was scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 12, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date. An announcement will be made when a new date has been confirmed.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center to assist County thrift store reuse program on Friday

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center will be on-site tomorrow, Jan. 10,  at the Kaua‘i Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist thrift stores and residents that want to drop off bulky or regular household items for the County’s thrift stores reuse program.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
Firefighters extinguish structure fires in Hanapēpē

Hanapēpē – Firefighters extinguished two structures on fire Wednesday night in Hanapēpē.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
Electric Vehicle Charging Station rebate incentives program opens

To ring in the New Year, the State of Hawai‘i, under contract with the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, began the Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) incentives program. The EVCS incentives program will supply rebates for the installation of shared-use EV charging stations and is available to businesses, residences, and institutions.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
High Surf Warning for east-facing shores through Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores of Kaua‘i, in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Vehicle’s location extended early morning closure of Kaumuali'i Highway

PĀKĀLA – Kaua‘i police opened both lanes of Kaumuali‘i Highway around 8:30 a.m. following a single car crash that occurred around 2:45 a.m. in the vicinity of Pākalā Village near mile marker 21.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Department of Finance announces new hours of operation for Drivers Licensing Division

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Finance is announcing new hours of operation for the Drivers Licensing Division, beginning next month.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Single car crash causes extended closure of Kaumuali'i Highway

PĀKĀLA – As of around 8:30 a.m., Kaua‘i police opened both lanes of Kaumuali‘i Highway following a single car crash that occurred around 2:45 a.m. in the vicinity of Pākalā Village near mile marker 21. Expect delays due to residual traffic.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020
KPD honors 91st Police Recruit Class graduates

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) held its 91st Police Recruit Graduation ceremony on Jan. 2 at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Kaua‘i police asking for help with finding runaway

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating an endangered runaway juvenile.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Public invited to Rice Street Reveal event on Jan. 12

LĪHU‘E – The Public is invited to the Rice Street Reveal event along the shared-use path by ‘Eiwa Street in Līhu‘e on Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event celebrates portions of the Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project that are near completion.


Monday, January 6, 2020
ʻŌpaekaʻa Bridge in Wailua to close for construction from Jan. 16 to Sept. 15

WAILUA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that ʻŌpaekaʻa Bridge, between Puʻupilo Road and Pulana Street, will be closed for construction from Jan. 16 to Sept. 15. The closure period could be extended due to weather delays.


Monday, January 6, 2020
Dispatchers recognized for help with delivery of baby

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recognized two Employees of the Month in December 2019.


Monday, January 6, 2020
Seal Coating Roadwork in Ulu Ko Subdivision scheduled through Jan. 23, 2020

LĪHU‘E  – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will be doing roadwork in Ulu Ko Subdivision on weekdays through Jan. 23, 2020.


Friday, January 3, 2020
Waimea swimming pool to reopen Saturday

WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will reopen Saturday to normal hours of operation.


Friday, January 3, 2020
Registration for boy and girls basketball begins Jan. 8

LĪHUE – County officials are announcing that registration for boys and girls basketball, grades fifth through eighth, begins Jan. 8.


Friday, January 3, 2020
Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women presents Human Trafficking Forum on Jan. 9

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women invites the public to a forum on Human Trafficking from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha Building in Meeting Room 2A/2B.


Friday, January 3, 2020
Sunshine Markets vendor list application open through March 29

LĪHU‘E – The Office of Economic Development for the County of Kauai announces the opening of the qualified farmer vendor list for the eight Kaua‘i Sunshine Markets.


Friday, January 3, 2020
Christmas trees accepted for recycling

LĪHU‘E – Christmas trees are accepted for recycling daily except on holidays at the green waste drop-off areas of the Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a, and Līhu‘e refuse transfer stations from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., and the Kekaha Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Thursday, January 2, 2020
Waimea swimming pool closed due to mechanical issues

WAIMEA – Due to mechanical issues, the Waimea swimming pool is closed until further notice.


Thursday, January 2, 2020
Public Hearing on Convention Hall rules set for Jan. 10

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that a public hearing is set for Jan. 10 on proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations for the County’s Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall (KWMCH).


Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Fatal traffic crash involving motorcyclist and ambulance

HANAPĒPĒ - Shawn Parraga, a 39-year-old Kekaha man, died in a traffic crash early this morning. 


Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Reynold’s Līhu‘e HI5 Bottle Redemption Center to expand days of service

LĪHU‘E – Beginning Jan. 8, 2020, Reynold’s Recycling HI5 Redemption Center in Līhu‘e, located at 3460 Ahukini Road at the Kaua‘i Resource Center, will be temporarily expanding its days of service to include Wednesdays.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Kaua‘i police finalize helicopter crash recovery efforts

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is finalizing its efforts to recover the last remains and personal effects of the pilot and passengers aboard the helicopter that crashed on Dec. 26 in Kōkeʽe.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Rescuers respond to distressed swimmers on Kaua‘i’s North Shore on Monday

Ocean Safety officials and firefighters responded to multiple calls of distressed swimmers on Monday at Hanakāpī‘ai Beach and ‘Anini Beach, on the North Shore.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019
NWS implements new Impact-Based Flash Flood Warning Format

The public is advised that starting early January, the National Weather Service (NWS) will no longer issue the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) for base-level Flash Flood Warnings. As such, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all Kaua‘i residents to sign up for Blackboard Connect, the county’s emergency notification service, if you wish to be alerted when Flash Flood Warnings of all levels are issued.


Monday, December 30, 2019
Distressed swimmers rescued from waters off Po‘ipū on Sunday

PO‘IPŪ – Lifeguards rescued six people in distress from waters off Po‘ipū Beach on Sunday afternoon.


Monday, December 30, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on north- and west-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north- and west-facing shores due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Sunday, December 29, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect starting Monday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that will take effect from 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.


Saturday, December 28, 2019
Kaua‘i police confirm no helicopter crash survivors

KŌKE‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department, Kaua‘i Fire Department and the Department of Land and Natural Resources continued recovery efforts Saturday of the helicopter crash that occurred in Kōke‘e.


Saturday, December 28, 2019
Pilot and two passengers on helicopter identified

KŌKE‘E – The pilot and two passengers on board the helicopter that crashed have been preliminarily identified, according to the flight manifest.


Friday, December 27, 2019
Reynold’s Kapahi HI5 Bottle Redemption Center to temporarily close

Kapahi, HI – After operating for 14 years, Reynold’s Recycling will be closing their Kapahi HI5 Redemption Center on Kawaihau Road on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m.


Friday, December 27, 2019
Remains of six recovered from helicopter wreckage

KŌKE‘E – The remains of six individuals were recovered Friday afternoon at the site of the helicopter wreckage in Kōke‘e near Nu‘alolo.


Friday, December 27, 2019
Helicopter wreckage found in Kōke‘e

KŌKE‘E – The crash site of the helicopter missing since Thursday afternoon has been confirmed in Kōke‘e near Nu‘alolo. Seven individuals were on the flight, including one pilot and six passengers.


Friday, December 27, 2019
Multi-agency search continues for missing helicopter

NĀ PALI – Multiple agencies are continuing to search Friday for a commercial helicopter that was reported missing Thursday evening.


Friday, December 27, 2019
Water conservation request lifted for customers in Kīlauea
(KILAUEA) - The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation request for customers in Kīlauea as of 7:45 a.m., today.

Thursday, December 26, 2019
No injuries reported following multiple rescues during Flash Flood Warning on Wednesday

No injuries were reported after firefighters responded to multiple rescue calls on Christmas day during the Flash Flood Warning on Kaua‘i.


Thursday, December 26, 2019
K-PAL receives donation at new Kukui Grove Center facility

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) received a check for $2,000 last week from Enterprise Holdings Foundation at its new Līhu‘e location at Kukui Grove Center.


Thursday, December 26, 2019
Water conservation request lifted for Hanalei customers and remains in effect for Kilauea customers
HANALEI – The Department of Water has lifted the water conservation request for customers in Hanalei as of 7:15 a.m., today.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
1 P.M., UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning cancelled on Kaua‘i; Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge remains closed

The Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i has been cancelled, according to the National Weather Service. However, Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge remains closed until further notice due to flooding.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Water conservation request lifted for Hanapepe & Eleele customers. Conservation request remains in effect for Kilauea & Hanalei customers.
HANAPEPE – The water conservation request for customers in Hanapepe and Eleele has been lifted, as of 1:20 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on north-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at north-facing beaches due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Water conservation request issued for Hanalei, Kilauea, Eleele and Hanapepe customers
HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for customers in Hanalei, Kilauea, Eleele and Hanapepe until further notice.

Monday, December 23, 2019
Male visitor dies during surf lesson in Po‘ipū

PO‘IPŪ – A 60-year-old male visitor from Virginia died while taking a surf lesson at Po‘ipū Beach at approximately 2:30 p.m. today.


Monday, December 23, 2019
Male visitor dies of apparent drowning in waters off Hanakāpī‘ai Beach

HĀ‘ENA – A 27-year-old male visitor from China died of an apparent drowning Sunday afternoon after swimming in waters off Hanakāpī‘ai Beach in Hā‘ena.


Monday, December 23, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of roads in Kekaha from Dec. 27 to Jan. 15

KEKAHA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of roads in Kekaha will be closed from Dec. 27 to Jan. 15 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, December 23, 2019
Mayor signs twelfth supplementary emergency proclamation

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed a twelfth supplementary emergency proclamation on Monday, December 23, for the County of Kaua‘i, extending the emergency relief period for damages sustained during the April 2018 flood.


Sunday, December 22, 2019
Swimmer rescued in Hanalei Sunday

HANALEI – Ocean Safety Bureau personnel rescued a swimmer in distress off waters at Waioli Beach Park, also known as Hanalei Pine Trees, on Sunday afternoon.


Friday, December 20, 2019
Update: National Weather Service issues High Wind Warning

The High Wind Warning for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau is now in effect as of 3:28 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.


Friday, December 20, 2019
Residents reminded of fireworks laws, required permits for New Year’s Eve

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Fire officials are reminding the public that a permit must be obtained from the fire department by Tuesday, Dec. 31, to purchase and ignite firecrackers on New Year’s Eve.


Friday, December 20, 2019
National Weather Service issues High Wind Warning starting at 6 p.m. tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau effective 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday.


Friday, December 20, 2019
Two Division of Purchasing employees designated Certified Professional Public Buyers

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Finance is announcing that two employees in the Division of Purchasing have been designated as Certified Professional Public Buyers (CPPB) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) Board of Directors.


Thursday, December 19, 2019
County offers free bus rides from Dec. 21 to 25

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami is announcing free bus rides from Dec. 21 to 25 to encourage all residents and visitors to explore retailers and businesses islandwide, in an effort to relieve economic hardships of businesses affected by the April 2018 flood disaster.


Thursday, December 19, 2019
County thrift store reuse open house scheduled for Jan. 7

The County Thrift Store Reuse Program is having an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. Thrift store organizations and the public are invited to walk through the Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) and see the staging area for reusable items and learn more about why it’s important to make sure reusable items are kept out of our landfill and distributed to people that need them.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, County of Kaua‘i offices along with all refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, and Puhi Metals Recycling Center will be closed on Dec. 25, 2019, and Jan.1, 2020.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Kaua‘i police keep blue cruise lights on 24/7

LĪHU‘E – Under a new provision declared by Kaua‘i Police Chief Todd G. Raybuck, officers and sergeants on patrol, unless otherwise specified and under special authorized circumstances, are now required to keep their vehicle’s stationary blue cruise lights on at all times.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Water service shutdown reminder for Kōloa area on Dec. 17-18

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds Kōloa customers of the water service shutdown scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18th; weather permitting.  Water service will be unavailable for customers located in the following service areas: Waila’au Road, Emi Road, a portion of Ala Kinoiki Road; from Maluhia Road to Waila’au Road, Waihohonou Road, Aloha Place, Wailani Road, Ohuoho Road, Ho’olei Street, Olona Street,  Tapa Street, Mamaki Street, Ohuohu Street, Maki Street, Pala’a Place, Waikomo Road, Waoke Street, Waoke Place, A’alu Place, Puni Road, Kapau Road, Malino Road, including a portion of Weliweli Road; from Kōloa Road to Waikomo Road, a portion of Kōloa Road; from Waikomo Road to Po'ipū Road, a portion of Po'ipū Road; from Kōloa Road to Pa’anau Road and a portion of Maluhia Road; from Waila’au Road to Kōloa Road. 


Monday, December 16, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect through Tuesday evening

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau through 6 p.m. Tuesday.


Monday, December 16, 2019
Kīlauea home destroyed by fire, family displaced

KĪLAUEA – A family of three has been displaced from their home on A‘alona Street in Kīlauea following a fire that broke out Sunday morning.


Friday, December 13, 2019
Road closures for Waimea Christmas Light Parade

WAIMEA – The annual Waimea Christmas Light Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 at 6:15 p.m.


Thursday, December 12, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for portion of Ho‘olako Street from Dec. 16 to Jan. 31

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that construction will continue on Ho‘olako Street, closing a portion of Ho‘olako Street between Halau Street and the Vidiniha Stadium soccer field. Work will be from Dec. 16 through Jan. 31, weather permitting.


Thursday, December 12, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on north-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at north-facing beaches due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Illegal campers removed from Salt Pond Beach Park on Wednesday after multiple warnings

HANAPĒPĒ – Kaua‘i police arrested three individuals on Wednesday who refused to comply with county park camping rules at Salt Pond Beach Park.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect starting Wednesday afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that will take effect from noon Wednesday, Dec. 11, through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Ocean Safety officials host successful conference on Kaua‘i

LĪHU‘E – Ocean Safety officials and experts from various regions of the nation gathered on Kaua‘i from Dec. 4 to 7, to attend the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Board of Directors Meeting and Conference at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Kōloa on Dec.17-18

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown in Kōloa, scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18th; weather permitting.  During the scheduled shutdown, water service will be unavailable for customers located in the following service areas: Waila’au Road, Emi Road, a portion of Ala Kinoiki Road; from Maluhia Road to Waila’au Road, Waihohonou Road, Aloha Place, Wailani Road, Ohuoho Road, Ho’olei Street, Olona Street,  Tapa Street, Mamaki Street, Ohuohu Street, Maki Street, Pala’a Place, Waikomo Road, Waoke Street, Waoke Place, A’alu Place, Puni Road, Kapau Road, Malino Road, including a portion of Weliweli Road; from Kōloa Road to Waikomo Road, a portion of Kōloa Road; from Waikomo Road to Po'ipū Road, a portion of Po'ipū Road; from Kōloa Road to Pa’anau Road and a portion of Maluhia Road; from Waila’au Road to Kōloa Road. 


Monday, December 9, 2019
Tree trimming work in Kapa‘a scheduled for Dec. 12

KAPA‘A – The Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting tree trimming work in the vicinity of mile-marker 6 near Kūhiō Highway in Kapa‘a on Dec. 12.


Monday, December 9, 2019
Kaua‘i Fire Department holds blessing ceremony for new Engine 3

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a blessing ceremony on Monday fronting the Historic County Building in Līhu‘e for its new Engine 3 fire apparatus.


Monday, December 9, 2019
Woman ordered to forfeit items, pay fine for wildlife trafficking

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Vivian Satow, age 73, of Anahola, was ordered on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to pay $250 in fines and forfeit illegal whale items she attempted to sell at a local farmer’s market.


Friday, December 6, 2019
The Kaua‘i Bus announces modified schedule for Christmas Eve and New Year’s eve

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised of modifications to the Kaua‘i Bus schedule that will be in effect on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.


Friday, December 6, 2019
Tehinnah Aiona wins Crime Stoppers Kaua‘i contest

KAPA‘A – Crime Stoppers Kaua‘i recently awarded Tehinnah Aiona, a Kapa‘a High School senior, with a $100 check for a poster she created to help crack down on crime.


Friday, December 6, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for portion of Hanapēpē Road

Hanapēpē – The Department of Public works is announcing a lane closure for a portion of Hanapēpē Road, from Moi Road to Hanapēpē Bridge, from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20, weather permitting.


Friday, December 6, 2019
Reminder: New fare structure to go into effect January 2020

LĪHU‘E – As part of the recommendations provided by Kaua‘i’s recently completed Short Range Transit Plan (STRP), The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing that a new fare structure will be going into effect Jan. 1, 2020.


Thursday, December 5, 2019
Grand opening held for Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center

HANAMĀ‘ULU – Over 100 people attended the grand opening of the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center (ATHC) on Thursday. Hope Treatment Services will manage operations for the center.


Thursday, December 5, 2019
Officers commended for tactics used to disarm male subject

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recognized two Officers of the Month during November’s Police Commission meeting held on Nov. 22 at the Mo‘ikeha Building.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Statement by Mayor Kawakami on Pearl Harbor shooting

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami has issued the following statement regarding Wednesday’s shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for portion of Ala Kalanikaumaka on Dec. 12

PO‘IPŪ – The Department of Public Works is announcing that one lane of Ala Kalanikaumaka in the vicinity of Lopaka Paipa Boulevard will be periodically cl