Department of Liquor Control

The Department of Liquor Control provides the administrative services for the Liquor Control Commission. It investigates all applications for liquor licenses and provides data to enable the Commission to properly execute its duties. The Department has police powers to enforce the liquor laws, and inspects all liquor licensed premises to ensure compliance with the State liquor laws and the Commission’s rules and regulations. It investigates all alleged violations and complaints, and reports all violations to the Commission.

The department, upon request, provides instructions on the State liquor laws and the Commission rules and regulations to the Police Department, bartenders, waitresses, and employees in liquor licensed premises.

Friday, December 3, 2021
Public Hearing on proposed amendments to Liquor Control rules set for Dec. 9

The Liquor Control Commission of the County of Kaua‘i will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., on proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations of the Kaua‘i Liquor Control Commission.

News Release

Monday, October 11, 2021
Amendments to the Rules & Regulations of the Liquor Control Commission.

The Department is currently working on amendments to the Rules & Regulations of the Liquor Control Commission. The proposed amendments are currently available by clicking the link below or you may call our office to get a copy emailed to you.

Amendments to the Rules & Regulations of the Liquor Control Commission

Friday, September 3, 2021
New Emergency Rule Establishes Fines for COVID Safety Violations

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami issued a new emergency rule establishing fines of $250 for individuals and $500 for businesses and organizers for noncompliance with the State of Hawai‘i’s COVID safety rules. Effective September 3, 2021.

Click here for information on the New Emergency Rule.

Message from Director of Liquor Control, Leo Sandoval.

Thursday, June 17, 2021
County of Kauai Liquor Control Director Roundtable Meeting

Local members of the alcoholic beverage industry are invited to join the new County of Kauai Liquor Control Director at a roundtable meeting to be held on line through Microsoft Teams video conference. For the convenience of the licensees, this roundtable meeting will be limited to 25 attendees per session in order to facilitate a question and answer session related to the direction of the Liquor Control Department in relation to the alcoholic beverage industry for the County of Kaua'i. Within the next few weeks, each licensee should expect to be contacted directly by a staff member of the department directly to provide you with the dates available to attend. 

Manager's Assistant Manager's Blue/Red Card Test Information

Due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Red and Blue card testing will be done on Wednesday's Only and by appointment only (space is limited).  To schedule an appointment click on "Schedule Online" below. You will be required to provide a picture I.D. and pass a written exam in order to obtain a Red or Blue Card. Please contact our office should you have any questions. 

Schedule Online

As a reminder, as Rule 2.9(b) states: "Every licensee shall ensure that its employees involved with the sale of liquor are familiar with the rules of the commission and liquor laws of Hawai'i. No Training other than the material(s) provided by Department of Liquor Control can be used as a substitute to obtain a Red or Blue Card. Any claim by other organizations offering training which states that upon completion you will be certified to obtain a Red or Blue card is incorrect.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, or an interpreter for non-English speaking persons, contact our office at (808) 241-4966 or email as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request.




Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Department of Liquor Control Kauai Facebook Page

The Department of Liquor Control has launched a new Facebooj page to help connect the industry members and staff throughout the County of Kauai with our Department. Our page can be found by clicking here.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Mayor's Emergency Rule #12

Please see Mayor's Emergency Rule #12 relating to Bars and Bar-Top Service

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Changes in Standard Operating Procedures for COVID-19 response

Effective July 1, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Changes in Standard Operating Procedures for COVID-19 response

Social distancing and safety practices remain in effect.  Masks are required to enter the office.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Letter to Restaurant, Brewpub, Small Craft Producer Pub, and Club licensees regarding "Liquor to Go" allowance.

Monday, March 16, 2020
Social Distancing for COVID-19


As the health and safety of our staff and community members are of utmost importance, during the current COVID-19 pandemic our office will be implementing social distancing measures.  Whenever possible, we are encouraging you to conduct business with us via email or over the phone, and try to avoid coming in to the office unless absolutely necessary.  We sincerely thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate through this situation.