County of Kauai Press Releases

Updates will be posted as information becomes available. Official county press releases are posted here or you may follow the County of Kauai Facebook page.

North Shore Kuhio Highway Updates

For up-to-date information on the Hanalei Hill landslide on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) past Mile Marker 1, visit HDOT's 2021 Hanalei Hill Landslide Website.

Vehicles will be escorted through the work zone by a pilot vehicle. Please be advised that you will not be able to drive through the landslide work zone at times outside of the schedule.

  • Monday through Saturday
    • Morning access: 5:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. (Hanalei side goes first)
    • Afternoon access: 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays (Princeville side goes first)
    • Wednesday afternoon access: 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Princeville side goes first)
    • Evening access: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Princeville side goes first)
    • (Note, afternoon access was planned around Hanalei School schedule)
  • Sundays and observed State Holidays
    • 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Hanalei side goes first) 

Weight Restrictions

Due to concerns with loads on the highway above the landslide, vehicles in excess of ¾ of a ton may not use Kuhio Highway between Kolopua Apartments and Hanalei Plantation Road, and must detour through Princeville via Ka Haku Road, Lei O Papa Road and Hanalei Plantation Road.

Due to concerns with loads on the highway below the landslide, Kuhio Highway between Hanalei Plantation Road and the Hanalei Bridge is restricted to 15 tons.

HDOT reminds motorists that the Hanalei Bridge is restricted to a weight limit of 15 tons.

Damage Assessment

If your home was damaged as a result of the March 2021, please complete the form linked below. If you require assistance with the form, please contact KEMA at (808) 241-1800.

The information you provide will help the County of Kauai understand the scope of residential damage and impacts to our community. Damage Reports may be used to determine whether our jurisdiction qualifies for any state or federal assistance. Affected parties still need to file claims with their Insurance companies for residential damage and personal property losses. Completion of a Damage Report does not constitute an application for assistance or relief programs, however, if you would like us to share your information with non-profit partners if assistance becomes available, please be sure to check the appropriate box as indicated in the form.

Kauai Bus Service

Due to the reopening of Kūhiō Highway to public access, the Kaua‘i Bus will provide a Special Shuttle for Hanalei passengers to access the mainline bus routes starting and ending in Princeville. There will be no charge to ride the Special Shuttle in and out of Hanalei; however, bus fares will be collected on all mainline routes beyond Princeville. The Kaua‘i Bus has announced the following schedule for this Special Shuttle and will provide updates as needed.

Saturday, March 20 to Friday, March 26; and Monday, March 29 until further notice (Except Sundays):

A Special Shuttle at the Princeville Bus Stop with service into Hanalei is scheduled as follows:

  • 6:44 a.m.
  • 12:44 p.m. (Wednesday only)
  • 1:44 p.m. (all days except Wednesday)
  • 5:44 p.m.
  • 6:44 p.m.
  • 7:44 p.m.
  • 8:44 pm

A Special Shuttle from the Hanalei Neighborhood Center to the Princeville Bus Stop is scheduled as follows:

  • 6:15 a.m.
  • 7:15 a.m.
  • 1:15 pm (Wednesday only)
  • 2:15 p.m. (all days except Wednesday)
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 7:15 p.m.
  • 8:15 p.m.
  • 9:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28; and all subsequent Sundays:

  • The Princeville to Hanalei Special Shuttle will follow the normal bus schedule as listed on the Kaua‘i Bus website, www.kauai.gov/transportation.
  • The Hanalei to Princeville Special Shuttle will also follow the normal bus schedule as listed on the Kaua‘i Bus website, except there will be no bus pick up at 5:15 a.m.

North Shore Pharmacy

Affected Hanalei to Haena residents needing to fulfill medical prescriptions may call the North Shore Pharmacy at (808) 828-1844. 

Refuse Services

The Solid Waste Division will resume normal household refuse collection services to North Shore residents.

Residents are asked to place bagged refuse in their carts the night prior. Officials will not be picking up loose waste or bulky waste. For questions or more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at 241-4841.

Postal Services

The U.S. Postal Service announces that the Hanalei Post Office located at 5-5226 Kuhio Highway on the North Shore has resumed its normal hours of operation.

Additional Resources

  • For information on power outages, visit Kauai Island Utility Cooperative's Website and Facebook Page.
  • For information on water services, visit Kauai Department of Water's Facebook Page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Individuals who have COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be able to reschedule them. If necessary, extra clinic dates will be added to accommodate them. CDC guidelines recommend receiving your second dose within 42 days of the first dose, but if that is not possible, appointments can still be scheduled later. It is never necessary to repeat the first dose.

For updates on the County's vaccine program, visit www.kauai.gov/vaccine. If you have vaccine related questions, please call (808) 241-3495.

If You Are Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

North Shore residents or visitors who have traveled off of Kauai in the last 14 days and experience symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 are encouraged to isolate in their home or accommodation and to seek health care as needed. Travelers may contact the health department at (808) 241-3387 for further guidance.

Free Mental Health Counseling

Free mental health counseling is available to all Kauai residents through WorkLife Hawaii. WorkLife Hawaii counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (808) 543-8445. These services are free and completely confidential.

Those with health insurance may also set up telehealth counseling with their providers.

Stay Out of Standing Water

The public is advised to stay out of floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Continue to practice good personal hygiene by washing off with soap and clean water and washing hands before handling food.

Health Recommendations

Telehealth is a good option for anyone experiencing a health concern. North Shore residents are encouraged to access their usual health care providers by phone or online. 

Kauai District Health Office: 808-241-3495

Mental Health Services

Kauai Family Guidance Center: 808-274-3883

Kauai Community Mental Health Center: 808-274-3190

Crisis Line of Hawaii (24/7): 1-800-753-6879

Child & Family Services Parent Line: 1-800-816-1222

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, TTY 1-800-846-8517, Text TalkWithUs to 66746

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/amhd/consumer/access/

Brown Water Advisories

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/cwb/

Tetanus

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/tetanus/

March 2021 Flooding



Leptospirosis

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/leptospirosis/

Mosquito concerns

Environmental Health Vector Control: 808-241-3306

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/epo/strategic/disease/

Control rats, slugs and snails on your property

For more information visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ctahr/farmfoodsafety/rat-lungworm/

Food safety tips

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/san/food-information/

Mold Exposure and Removal

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/irhb/iaqpdf/