News Releases and Other Announcements

Friday, March 24, 2017
Annual Fair Housing Training to be held on April 11; Deadline to register is April 3

LIHUE  – The County of Kauai Housing Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i (LASH), will be hosting the annual Fair Housing Training as part of Fair Housing Month. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017
DOW completes Halewili Road Main Replacement Project
KALAHEO – Department of Water (DOW) officials announced the completion of the Halewili Road Main Replacement Project, in Kalaheo, and held a dedication ceremony on March 16, 2017 at the project site, along Halewili Road.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Committee on the Status of Women to celebrate Women’s History Month with free event on March 29

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) invites the public to attend a free event to celebrate Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
KPD is asking for help with finding runaway
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that county services will be affected by the Prince Kūhiō Day holiday. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ahupua‘a signs installed along Kaua‘i’s roadways

LĪHU'E – Do you know what moku and ahupuaʻa you live in? You will soon find out, as ahupua’a signs are now being installed along Kaua‘i’s roadways!

 


Monday, March 20, 2017
Tree Tunnel to close for maintenance work on April 1st

KŌLOA – Maluhia Road, from the Tree Tunnel to the Ala Kino’iki Road junction, will be closed on Saturday, April 1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow the Department of Public Works to do tree trimming and remove dead branches.


Friday, March 17, 2017
DOW offers free leak detection kits for ‘Fix a Leak Week’ March 20-24

LIHUE The Department of Water (DOW) is encouraging all water users to find and fix residential leaks during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual “Fix a Leak Week” from Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24.


Friday, March 17, 2017
Pavement work scheduled in Puhi on March 30 & March 31
PUHI – The public is advised that weather permitting, asphalt concrete pavement work is scheduled in Puhi on March 30 and March 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., that will impact traffic.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. submitted his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY1

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. submitted his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY18) to the Kaua‘i County Council on Tuesday.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanalei transfer station March 20-21
HANALEI – The public is advised that loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanalei refuse transfer station on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21 to allow repairs to be made.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Change in hours for Rice Street Farmers Market
LĪHU'E – The hours of the Rice Street Farmers Market have been changed. Beginning today, the new hours of the market are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Friday, March 10, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed on March 12
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, March 12 due to a staff shortage.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Mayor’s State of the County address set for March 16
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend next week a presentation by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tractor-trailer flips on its side along Ma‘alo Road
 KAPAIA – A tractor-trailer flipped onto its side Wednesday morning along Ma‘alo Road in Kapaia.

Monday, March 6, 2017
KPD warns of popular scams, encourages public to be vigilant

LĪHU'E – In light of recent scam alerts, the Kaua‘i Police Department encourages residents and businesses, particularly the elderly community, to be aware of potential scams.


Monday, March 6, 2017
Registration for Termite, Mighty Mite Basketball League set for March 8-9
LĪHUE – The Department of Parks and Recreation and Kaua‘i Ho‘ohui O Recreation will hold registration for the Termite and Mighty Mite (TMM) Basketball League on March 8 and March 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Friday night fire in Anahola displaces residents, damages home
ANAHOLA – A house fire in Anahola last night has displaced three residents and caused extensive damage to over half of the home.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Kaua‘i groups to host International Women’s Day celebration March 8
LĪHU‘E – In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, several local organizations are hosting a celebration at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Online registration for Spring Fun starts Monday, March 6; New registration system in place
LĪHU'E – Online registration for the county’s Spring Fun program begins Monday, March 6 at 8 a.m. on the Department of Parks & Recreation registration site, https://www.kauairecreation.org. Spring Fun will be offered at the Līhu‘e Neighborhood Center and Kalawai Park and Pavilion, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24. The program is open to children ages 5 to 11. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning in effect for Kaua`i - Wednesday, March 1

LIHU`E -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua`i effective at least until 9:45 a.m. March 1.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6 a.m., Wednesday, March 1 -- Kūhiō Highway closed near Hanalei Bridge; Flash Flood Warning in effec

HANALEI – Kūhiō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge is closed in both directions until further notice due to flooding. For updates on the road closure, please stay tuned to local media or call the automated road closures line at 241-1725.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i extended
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 9:45 a.m. March 1.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Update on closures due to the weather – 9:15 a.m.
LĪHU‘E – Due to the weather, the following green waste sites are currently closed - Hanalei, Kapa‘a, and Hanapēpē. The metals and tire collection sites are also closed at Hanapēpē.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Head-on collision in Kapa‘a results in fatality

KAPA‘A – An Anahola woman died from injuries sustained during a head-on crash that occurred on the Kapa‘a Bypass Road on Tuesday afternoon.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i cancelled
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has cancelled the Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
One lane of Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge reopened – 10:50 a.m.
HANALEI – The southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge has been reopened and Kaua‘i police are alternating traffic on the roadway.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Prison sentence for repeat methamphetamine offender

LIHUE – Ricardo Navor Jr., 42, of Hanamā‘ulu, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for methamphetamine and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe handed down the sentence on Tuesday, after hearing arguments from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tim Tate and defense counsels Kai Lawrence and Chris Donahoe.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Both lanes of Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge are now open
HANALEI – Both lanes of Kūhiō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge have been reopened.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Mayor, Council Chair return from successful Philippine Trade Mission
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and Council Chair Mel Rapozo returned to Kaua‘i last week after leading the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i’s (FCCH) 26th trade mission to the Philippines.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Statement from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on the passing of Deacon Thomas P. Contrades

I am heartbroken by the passing of my beloved friend Deacon Thomas Contrades. On behalf of my family and the people of Kaua‘i, we send our heartfelt condolences to Tommy’s wife, Jackie, and the entire Contrades ‘Ohana.


Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting on Salt Pond Beach Park wastewater project set for March 2
HANAPĒPĒ – The Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite the public to attend an informational meeting on the Salt Pond Beach Park wastewater project.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
‘Anini Road temporarily closed to vehicles over three tons

‘ANINI - The public is advised that ‘Anini Road is temporarily closed to all vehicles over three tons. The three-ton weight limit was posted two years ago at a bridge located 1.1 miles from Kalihiwai Road.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Līhu‘e man arrested for alleged sexual assault of a minor

LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i police have arrested a 37-year-old Līhu‘e man suspected of sexually assaulting a minor. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Department of Water welcomes Thomas Canute to the Kauai Board of Water Supply
LIHUE – Thomas “Tom” J. Canute was recently appointed to the Department of Water’s Board of Water Supply (KBWS).  Mr. Canute is the vice president and Lihue branch manager for First Hawaiian Bank.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Mills indicted for multiple charges, including alleged kidnapping and robbery

LIHU‘E – A Fifth Circuit Grand Jury last week indicted Walter L. Mills, 43, of Kapa‘a, on 10 charges connected to a series of incidents that took place on November 4, 2016, after he allegedly left the grounds of the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center on the night of November 3.


Friday, February 17, 2017
Police ask for public’s help in identifying man seen in surveillance photo

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identify the man seen in this photo. Police are looking to speak with him about an incident that occurred at the First Hawaiian Bank in Waimea on Oct. 21, 2016.


Friday, February 17, 2017
Coaches meeting for Mayor’s Youth Track Meet scheduled Feb. 28
LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled a coaches’ meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for the Mayor’s Youth Track Meet.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Kalāheo home destroyed by fire
KALAHEO – A three-bedroom home was destroyed by fire Wednesday night along Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kalāheo.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore

Due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions, Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at all North Shore beaches, west of the Hanalei Pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach, including ‘Anini Beach.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
KPD dispatcher and accreditation team recognized at Police Commission meeting

LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry and the Kaua‘i Police Commission recently presented Employee of the Month recognitions to a KPD dispatcher and to the team in charge of KPD’s CALEA accreditation.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Experts safely detonate live hand grenade in Kalāheo

KALAHEO  – The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) safely detonated a live hand grenade at a remote location in Kalāheo on Monday afternoon.


Monday, February 13, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of President’s Day, the County of Kaua‘i offices along with all of the refuse transfer stations, Kekaha Landfill, Puhi Metals Recycling Center, and the Kaua'i Resource Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Road, green waste closures due to weather
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that Weli Weli Road in Kōloa between Hapa and Ala Kino’iki Road is currently closed due to heavy ponding in the area. Also due to the weather, all green waste sites are currently closed. 

Friday, February 10, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Kekaha residents

KEKAHA – The water conservation request for all Kekaha residents has been lifted as of 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. Customers may return to normal water use.


Friday, February 10, 2017
Kekaha residents asked to continue water conservation until further notice
KEKAHA – The Department of Water (DOW) is requesting all Kekaha residents to continue water conservation measures until further notice. DOW crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs to a main line break that is affecting the main feed of the town’s water source.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Water conservation requested for all Kekaha residents

 

KEKAHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for all Kekaha residents until further notice, due to a main line break that is affecting the main feed of the town’s water source. Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage.

 


Friday, February 10, 2017
Firefighters respond to house fire in Kilauea

KILAUEA – Firefighters responded to a house fire that broke out late Thursday night on Kilauea Road in Kilauea.


Friday, February 10, 2017
Kapa‘a traffic crash results in critical injuries

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Malu Road in Kapa‘a on Wednesday night. 


Friday, February 10, 2017
Man dies of apparent drowning on Thursday

KEKAHA – A Kaua‘i resident died of an apparent drowning in waters off Kekaha on Thursday afternoon.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhi‘ō Highway near Kapaia Bridge set for Feb. 14

KAPAIA – Motorists are advised that the southbound lane of Kūhi‘ō Highway near the Kapaia Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Kaua‘i streetlights retrofit completed
LĪHU'E – All of Kaua‘i’s streetlights have been converted from high pressure sodium lights to energy-saving LED lights as a result of a joint project between the County of Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).

Friday, February 3, 2017
Hanalei green waste likely to have intermittent closures
HANALEI – The public is advised that over the next few days, the Hanalei green waste site will likely have intermittent closures as the repairs to the roll-off truck that normally services that site are taking longer than anticipated.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
County takes precautions after test confirms presence of asbestos at KWMCH

LIHU‘E – In December of 2016, the Department of Parks and Recreation hired an independent environmental consultant, Owen Environmental, to inspect the tile flooring of the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall for the presence of asbestos. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Search suspended for woman swept out to sea at ‘Anini; Police identify victim

‘ANINI – The multi-agency search for a Maryland woman who was swept out to sea on Monday evening was suspended Thursday afternoon.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Water restored to all Hanamaulu residents

HANAMAULU – Water service has been restored to all Hanamaulu residents, including Hehi Road and Hipa Road, as of 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Water shutdown extended for Hanamaulu customers on Hehi Road and Hipa Road until noon, Feb. 1
HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the water shutdown in the Hanamaulu area for customers located on Hehi Road and Hipa Road until approximately noon on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.    Water service has been restored to all other affected customers located on the makai-side of Kuhio Highway, from Laukona Street to Hanamaulu Road.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore

Due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions, Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at all North Shore beaches, west of the Hanalei Pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach, including ‘Anini Beach.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Multiple agencies search for woman in waters off ‘Anini Beach

‘ANINI – Rescuers continue to search for a female visitor in waters off ‘Anini Beach after she was apparently swept out to sea while swimming Monday evening.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Kūhiō Highway near Kalihiwai Bridge closed due to traffic crash
KALIHIWAI – Kaua‘i police have closed Kūhiō Highway near Kalihiwai Bridge due to a traffic crash.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed on Feb. 5
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 5 due to a staff shortage.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore
Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at all North Shore beaches, west of the Hanalei Pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.

Friday, January 27, 2017
Two men in critical condition following early-morning crash in Līhu‘e

LIHU‘E – A 27-year-old Lāwa‘i man and a 23-year-old Kōloa man are in critical condition following a single-car crash that occurred at the intersection of Kaumuali‘i Highway and Nāwiliwili Road early Friday morning.


Friday, January 27, 2017
Lane closure on Kaumualii Highway in Kalaheo scheduled for Feb 2-3
KALAHEO – A one-lane road closure of the westbound/outbound lane of Kaumualii Highway between Lauoho Road and Anuhea Place in Kalaheo is scheduled to occur Thursday night, Feb. 2, through Friday morning, Feb. 3, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Hanamaulu area Jan. 31 to Feb. 1

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 12-hour water shutdown for a large Hanamaulu area starting Tuesday night, Jan. 31, through Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., weather permitting. Affected customers are located on all roads on the makai-side of Kuhio Highway, from Laukona Street to Hanamaulu Road, including King Kaumualii Elementary School and Hanamaulu Beach Park.