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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 24 UPDATE: Mayor signs supplementary emergency proclamation

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. signed a supplementary emergency proclamation Tuesday as the County of Kaua‘i continues to engage in various emergency response operations islandwide.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
National Denim Day is April 25

LĪHU‘E – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day, the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) along with the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i and Hanalei are encouraging all to wear denim on Wednesday, April 25.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 23 UPDATE: Trash picked up and fuel distributed in Wainiha-Hā‘ena area today

Public Works officials successfully collected bagged trash from Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents on Monday, April 23. A regular schedule for trash collection in this area has not yet been established, and residents are asked to hold their larger items for disposal to be announced at a later date.


Monday, April 23, 2018
County hosts Drug Take Back Day

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department and Life’s Choices Kauai are teaming up to collect unused or expired prescription medication and other drugs on Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, 3990 Ka‘ana St. in Līhu‘e.


Monday, April 23, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 23 UPDATE: Trash picked up and fuel distributed in Wainiha-Hā‘ena area today
Public Works officials successfully collected bagged trash from Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents on Monday, April 23. A regular schedule for trash collection in this area has not yet been established, and residents are asked to hold their larger items for disposal to be announced at a later date.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 22 UPDATE: Over 400 people attend community meeting in Wainiha

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., the County of Kaua‘i, state, federal, and community partners held a community meeting today at the Hanalei Colony Resort for the isolated Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
5:50 P.M. APRIL 21 UPDATE: Water and power return to normal in Wainiha, Hā‘ena

Drinking water and electricity have been restored to normal for all affected residents in the Wainiha and Hā‘ena communities.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Brown water advisory remains in effect for most of Kaua‘i

A Brown Water Advisory remains in effect for most of Kaua‘i, according to the Hawai‘i Department of Health.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Police reminding the public Kūhiō Highway, between Waikoko and Waihnia, is closed to public

The Kaua‘i Police Department is reminding the public that Kūhiō Highway, between Waikoko and Wainiha, remains closed as crews work to clear multiple landslides.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Do not drink advisory lifted for customers located along a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the “Do not drink” advisory for residents located along a portion of Kuhio Highway; between Manoa Stream and the Limahuli Stream area in Haena as of 11 a.m. today, April 21, 2018.  Customers may resume normal water use.  DOW has completed the water quality assessments to confirm that the water quality is safe for drinking and in compliance with safe drinking water standards.  There are no other water quality advisories reported for DOW systems at this time.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Community meeting for Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents set for Sunday

A community meeting for isolated Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hanalei Colony Resort on 5-7130 Kūhiō Highway.


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

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


Friday, April 20, 2018
2018 VOTER REGISTRATION NOTIFICATION MAILING

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


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

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


Friday, April 20, 2018
Events celebrate Older Americans Month

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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