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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.