News Releases and Other Announcements

Thursday, May 25, 2017
KPD collects nearly 200 pounds of prescription drugs during Drug Take Back Day
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department collected 196 pounds in unused or expired prescription medications and other drugs during its 13th annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29th.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
KPD seeking participants for upcoming Citizens Police Academy
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department is seeking applicants for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy, an interactive program designed to give residents a hands-on look into the police department and the criminal justice system.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
County of Kaua‘i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney establishes Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit
LIHUE – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced the formation of the Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit (DNAU) within the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Memorial Day, County of Kaua'i offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, along with all of the refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, all HI-5 bottle redemption centers, and Puhi Metals Recycling Center.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Kapahi bridge set to reopen tomorrow afternoon
KAPAHI – The Department of Public Works today announced that the Kapahi bridge will be reopened to the public on May 25 in the late afternoon as the project is substantially complete.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
National Weather Service issues special weather statement
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service today issued a special weather statement relating to the coastal flooding that is expected to occur along all of the Hawaiian Islands over the next few days.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Mayor attends Japan-Hawai‘i Economic Summit
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. recently attended the first-ever Japan-Hawai‘i Economic Summit on the Big Island along with other Hawai‘i and Japanese leaders.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Lehua Street on Thursday, May 25
KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a one-hour water shutdown for Kapaa customers located on Lehua Street, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, weather permitting.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Visitor falls off Koke‘e trail, sustains minor injuries
KOKE‘E – A 24-year-old woman from Tucson, AZ sustained minor injuries after falling off the Waimea Canyon Trail Saturday afternoon.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Repair work completed at Hanapēpē transfer station
HANAPĒPĒ – The repair work at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station has been completed, and normal operations have resumed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Kaua‘i Police Chief encourages motorists to drive safely and refrain from drinking and driving

As the community prepares for graduation season and summer break, the Kaua'i Police Department is encouraging motorists to drive safely, and urging parents and the community to help prevent underage drinking.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Poipu area May 18
PO‘IPU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a two-hour water shutdown for customers in the Po‘ipu area located on Makanui Road, Oluolu Road and a portion of Pe‘e Road on Thursday, May 18.  Water will be turned off from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., weather permitting, to allow the DOW to test the valves for a future water line connection.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Older Americans Month Fair set for May 19
LĪHU‘E – As part of the celebration of May being Older Americans Month, the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA) will hold a resource fair for seniors on Friday, May 19.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Firefighters responding to three brush fires in Waimea

WAIMEA – Firefighters are responding to multiple brush fires that broke out in Waimea on Monday.


Monday, May 15, 2017
Senior Corps Week celebrated May 15-19
LĪHU‘E – Every year during Senior Corps Week, the extraordinary impact that Senior Corps volunteers make across the nation is celebrated. This year, Senior Corps Week takes place from May 15 to May 19.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Kalaheo, Wainiha and Haena residents
KALAHEO – The water conservation requests for Kalaheo, Wainiha and Haena residents has been lifted as of 2:15 p.m., Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Water conservation requested for all Wainiha and Haena residents
HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for all residents in Wainiha and Haena until further notice, due to an electrical power outage affecting the area’s well site. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Water conservation request continues for entire Kalaheo area
KALAHEO – The Department of Water’s (DOW) water conservation request remains in effect until further notice for the entire Kalaheo area.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Water conservation requested for entire Kalaheo area
KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for all Kalaheo residents until further notice, due to a power outage affecting the Kalaheo well site.  Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
KPD celebrates National Police Week, May 15-21
LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department will participate in several ceremonies and events next week in honor of National Police Week, May 15 – 21, 2017. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Male visitor dies while hiking Hanakāpī‘ai Trail

 

HANAKAPIAI – A male visitor died while hiking along the Hanakāpī‘ai Trail on Friday evening. 


Friday, May 12, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Kalaheo area on Monday, May 15

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 4-hour water shutdown for Kalaheo customers located on Papalina Road, between Maka Road and the mauka-side of Puu Road, including Texeira Tract. The shutdown will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15, weather permitting.


Friday, May 12, 2017
Free training for those who provide services to LEP individuals
LĪHU‘E – A free workshop for those who provide services to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals will be offered next month. 

Friday, May 12, 2017
Safadago indicted for Manslaughter in connection with death of 19-year-old Kaua‘i woman

LIHU‘E – A Fifth Circuit Grand Jury on Wednesday indicted 46-year-old Cody M. Safadago, who is believed to be originally of Washington state, on nine charges associated with the death of 19-year old Kayla Huddy-Lemn. The Grand Jury added a charge of Manslaughter to the eight charges for which Safadago was initially arrested.


Friday, May 12, 2017
Road closures planned for Charity Walk
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised of the road closures planned for Saturday, May 13 to accommodate the 39th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Prison sentence for Waimea man in drug and gun case
Allan Bactad Jr., age 59, of Waimea, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve a 10-year prison sentence for his involvement in a case involving methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and guns.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Public information meeting on ‘Anini Bridge repairs set for May 18

‘ANINI – The Department of Public Works will hold a meeting next week regarding the proposed ‘Anini Bridge No. 2 repair work.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Online registration for Summer Enrichment Program begins on May 17
LĪHU‘E -- County officials announced that online registration for the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) will begin on Wednesday, May 17, 8 a.m., on the county website, www.kauai.gov/SummerPrograms.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Work to resume on county’s elevated boardwalk
KAPA‘A – A group of military personnel recently arrived on Kaua‘i to work on the elevated boardwalk of the Kawaihau Spur, an offshoot of the county’s multi-use path Ke Ala Hele Makalae. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
County issues reminder on proper disposal of liquid household waste
LĪHU‘E -- A recent assessment of residential materials disposed at the refuse transfer stations and in refuse carts has prompted county officials to issue a reminder about the proper disposal of liquid household waste. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Kōloa man arrested following Monday night’s traffic crash in Kīpū
KIPU – Police arrested a Kōloa man following a two-car crash that occurred on Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kīpū on Monday night.

Monday, May 8, 2017
County celebrates International Compost Awareness Week, May 7-13

LĪHU‘E – In recognition of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the County Recycling Team is promoting the value of composting and encouraging the public to give it a try.


Monday, May 8, 2017
Kalāheo man charged with Welfare Fraud and Theft
LIHUE – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that felony information and non-felony charges were filed against Daniel Joao, 29, of Kalāheo. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Hanamā‘ulu man in custody after alleged stabbing
HANAMĀ‘ULU – A 37-year-old Hanamā‘ulu man is in police custody after allegedly stabbing his wife, age 37, Friday evening.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Police arrest suspect in Līhu‘e bank robbery
LĪHU'E – Kaua'i police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for Thursday’s robbery at the First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Līhu‘e.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Police make arrest in Kapahi hit-and-run

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police have arrested a Kapa‘a woman in connection with a hit-and-run crash that occurred in Kapahi on Thursday night, which left a female bicyclist seriously injured. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Police search for suspect in Līhu‘e bank robbery
LĪHU'E – Kaua'i police are searching for the man responsible for robbing the First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Līhu‘e Thursday morning.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Bicyclist hospitalized after being struck by hit-and-run driver

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and injured a bicyclist along in Kapa‘a on Thursday night.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Mayor issues statement re. the need to extend the 2017 Legislative Session
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. today issued a statement regarding the need to extend the 2017 Legislative Session to address statewide fiscal issues:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Male visitor found unresponsive in waters off Waiohai

POIPU – A male visitor from Massachusetts was found unresponsive in waters off Waiohai Bay in Po‘ipū on Monday.


Monday, May 1, 2017
Repair work continues at Hanapēpē transfer station
HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that the repair work on the compactor at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station will be continuing for a few more weeks. While the work is underway, loose mixed waste will not be accepted.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Puhi Metals Recycling Center to implement fees for commercial accounts
PUHI – The public is advised that effective Monday, May 15, the Puhi Metals Recycling Center (PMRC) vendor will begin charging commercial haulers for metals and large/bulky eWaste recyclables. 

Friday, April 28, 2017
Waimea swimming pool is closed today
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool is closed today due to a staff shortage.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Applications for Long-Term Affordable Rental program available online
LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that the owners of long-term affordable rental units on Kaua‘i can now apply online for a tax relief program at www.kauaipropertytax.com. 

Friday, April 28, 2017
Head-on crash involving stolen pickup results in fatality, arrest

KAPA‘A – A 19-year-old Kapa‘a woman died Thursday night after a head-on crash that occurred on Kūhiō Highway in Kapa‘a, fronting the Courtyards at Waipouli apartment complex.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
Reminder: Tax relief programs available for Kaua‘i homeowners
LĪHU‘E – County officials are encouraging homeowners to take advantage of the county’s real property tax relief programs.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mayor issues statement re. USPS plans for another comment period

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. welcomes an expansion of the public comment process that would allow additional input on the proposal by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to relocate the retail operations at the historic Līhu‘e Post Office to its carrier annex facility near the Līhu‘e Airport.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Wainiha, Haena residents
WAINIHA – The water conservation request for Wainiha and Haena residents has been lifted as of 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 25.  Customers may return to normal water use.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Wainiha, Haena residents asked to continue water conservation
WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) is requesting all Wainiha and Haena residents to continue water conservation measures until further notice.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Public input sought on plans for Anahola Village Park playground
ANAHOLA – The Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a meeting next week regarding the Anahola Village Park playground.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Water conservation requested for all Wainiha, Haena residents

WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for all Wainiha and Haena residents until further notice, due to a leak that is affecting the area’s storage tank. Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage. 


Monday, April 24, 2017
HI5 bottle redemption services to be restored on Wednesday
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that an interim arrangement has been achieved to address the issue with the HI5 bottle redemption and commercially generated recyclable services.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Family rescued at Queen’s Bath
HANALEI – A family of three from Milwaukee was rescued yesterday afternoon at Queen’s Bath in Hanalei.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Body of missing female hiker found in Wailua
WAILUA – The body of a female hiker who went missing late Saturday afternoon in Wailua was found early Sunday morning in the stream.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Kaua‘i Resource Center not accepting non-HI5 recyclables
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that effective Friday, April 21, the Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) will no longer be accepting non-HI5 recyclables as the county’s contract for services at the facility has been terminated. 

Friday, April 21, 2017
Free showing of “Miss South Pacific” slated April 29
WAIMEA – The public is invited to attend a free screening next week of “Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea”, a short documentary that addresses climate change and its impact on Pacific Island countries.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Judge affirms county shutdown of illegal vacation rental
LĪHU‘E – Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe yesterday ruled in favor of the county’s shutdown of an illegal vacation rental in Kīlauea.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
‘Aliomanu Road repair work to be discussed at April 25 meeting
ANAHOLA – The Department of Public Works will hold a meeting next week on the proposed alternatives for the repair work planned for ‘Aliomanu Road in Anahola.

Monday, April 17, 2017
Workshop series designed to help seniors manage diabetes
KŌLOA – Over the last few years, many Kaua'i kupuna 60 and older have benefitted from the Diabetes Self-Management Program offered by the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA).

Monday, April 17, 2017
Household hazardous waste collection set for April 29-30
LĪHU‘E -- County officials announced that household hazardous waste (HHW) will be collected free of charge on April 29 and April 30.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Water conservation lifted for Wainiha residents
 WAINIHA – The water conservation request for residents on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha has been lifted as of 7:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017.  Customers may return to normal water use.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Kekaha Beach closed to swimming due to apparent shark bite

KEKAHA – Ocean Safety officials have closed the entire stretch of Kekaha Beach to swimming due to an apparent shark bite that occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. 


Friday, April 14, 2017
Water conservation request issued for Wainiha
WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for residents located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha until further notice, due to a leak that is affecting the main water line to the area's water source.  Residents and businesses located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha are asked to limit water consumption to avoid a water outage.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Important DOW phone numbers every customer should have
LIHUE –With the launch of its new Customer Service Portal this week, the Department of Water (DOW) would like to remind residents about the other available ways to reach staff.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Kamalani Bridge closed for repainting this Saturday
WAILUA – Kamalani Bridge at Lydgate Park will be closed on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to allow a group of volunteers to spray paint the structure.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
County hosts Drug Take Back Day
LĪHU'E – The Kaua`i Police Department (KPD) is once again partnering with Life’s Choices Kaua`i to collect unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications and other drugs on National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, located at 3990 Ka`ana Street in Lihue.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Kaua‘i dispatchers recognized during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9 – 15, 20

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held a ceremony at KPD Headquarters on Monday to recognize the department’s emergency dispatchers in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9 through 15.


Thursday, April 13, 2017
KPD honors Child Abuse Prevention Month with Pinwheel Garden

LIHUE - To help raise public awareness in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Kaua`i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry and the Kaua`i Police Department took part in the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign at KPD headquarters, Ka Hale Maka‘i O Kaua‘i.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
DOW’s Customer Service Portal now available

LIHUE – In an effort to improve customer service, the Department of Water’s (DOW) new online “Customer Service Portal” is now available through www.kauaiwater.org.


Sunday, April 9, 2017
Police capture wanted KCCC escapee Ezekiel Bagano
Kaua‘i police officers apprehended wanted fugitive Ezekiel Bagano, who escaped from the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) on Sunday morning.

Friday, April 7, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Good Friday, county offices, along with all of the refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill and Kaua'i Resource Center will be closed on Friday, April 14.

Friday, April 7, 2017
KPD warns of phone scam known as the “Can you hear me?” or “Yes” scam

LĪHU'E – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a warning to consumers about an emerging scam known as the "Can you hear me?" phone scam, which can make an unsuspecting person a victim by saying one simple word: "Yes."


Friday, April 7, 2017
Volunteers sought for Sticker Shock prevention campaign
LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i is seeking volunteers for its Sticker Shock prevention campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed on April 9
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, April 9 due to a staff shortage.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē transfer station
HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that starting Monday, April 10, loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station for approximately three weeks to allow for the necessary repairs to be made.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Life sentence for 2013 Omao murder

LIHUE - Giovanni Lictawa Corpuz, 44, of Kōloa, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the December 31, 2013 murder of an 88-year old Ōma‘o man.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Police capture wanted fugitive Kalei Hi‘ilei Goodwin

Police officers apprehended wanted fugitive Kalei Hi‘ilei Goodwin at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday at a residence in Anahola.


Monday, April 3, 2017
Public invited to “Coffee with Planners”
LĪHU‘E – The Planning Department will host “Coffee with Planners” next week to provide the public with the opportunity to ask county planners questions about the General Plan Update and other planning projects in an informal setting.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Kūhiō Highway in Keālia closed in both directions due to traffic crash
KEALIA – Kūhiō Highway remains closed in both directions, fronting St. Catherine Cemetery in Keālia, due to a two-vehicle crash. Traffic is being diverted onto Mailihuna and Kawaihau Roads until further notice.

Friday, March 31, 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. Officials also report that a wraparound effect is causing high surf at all beaches across the island and are urge beachgoers to use extreme caution today.


Friday, March 31, 2017
Puhi pavement work rescheduled to Monday
PUHI – The public is advised that the asphalt concrete pavement project in Puhi that was planned for today has been rescheduled to next week due to the asphalt pavement mix being unavailable today.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Rotunda Rally aims to raise awareness on community issues
LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i and other community organizations will host a Rotunda Rally next week to raise awareness about alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect, and sexual assault.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Puhi Road improvements meeting scheduled April 6
PUHI – The public is invited to attend an informational meeting next week on the latest design plans for the Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project phase two, which will span from Kaneka Street to Haleukana Street. 

Friday, March 31, 2017
April designated Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i
LĪHU‘E – In recognition of April being Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is joining the efforts of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and other emergency management agencies across the state to promote public awareness and preparedness.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Keālia traffic crash results in fatalities, critical injuries

KEALIA – Police have confirmed that two adults died as a result of a head-on traffic crash that occurred Friday morning on Kūhiō Highway in Keālia. One adult and one child remain in critical condition.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
K-PAL announces islandwide flag football registration

The Kaua'i Police Activities League (K-PAL) today announced registration for flag football programs in Kapa‘a-Anahola, Līhu'e, Kōloa-Kalāheo, Hanapēpē, and Waimea for all school-aged youth, from kindergarten to high school senior.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Equal Pay Day ceremony set for April 4
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend the Equal Pay Day proclamation ceremony hosted by the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
DOW to launch new online Customer Service Portal, April 10

LIHUE – In an effort to improve customer service, the Department of Water (DOW) will provide online self-service features through its new “Customer Service Portal,” starting Monday, April 10.