News Releases and Other Announcements

Friday, February 17, 2017
Police ask for public’s help in identifying man seen in surveillance photo

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identify the man seen in this photo. Police are looking to speak with him about an incident that occurred at the First Hawaiian Bank in Waimea on Oct. 21, 2016.


Friday, February 17, 2017
Coaches meeting for Mayor’s Youth Track Meet scheduled Feb. 28
LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled a coaches’ meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for the Mayor’s Youth Track Meet.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Kalāheo home destroyed by fire
KALAHEO – A three-bedroom home was destroyed by fire Wednesday night along Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kalāheo.

Tuesday, February 14, 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.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
KPD dispatcher and accreditation team recognized at Police Commission meeting

LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry and the Kaua‘i Police Commission recently presented Employee of the Month recognitions to a KPD dispatcher and to the team in charge of KPD’s CALEA accreditation.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Experts safely detonate live hand grenade in Kalāheo

KALAHEO  – The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (EOD) safely detonated a live hand grenade at a remote location in Kalāheo on Monday afternoon.


Monday, February 13, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of President’s Day, the County of Kaua‘i offices along with all of the refuse transfer stations, Kekaha Landfill, Puhi Metals Recycling Center, and the Kaua'i Resource Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Road, green waste closures due to weather
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that Weli Weli Road in Kōloa between Hapa and Ala Kino’iki Road is currently closed due to heavy ponding in the area. Also due to the weather, all green waste sites are currently closed. 

Friday, February 10, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Kekaha residents

KEKAHA – The water conservation request for all Kekaha residents has been lifted as of 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. Customers may return to normal water use.


Friday, February 10, 2017
Kekaha residents asked to continue water conservation until further notice
KEKAHA – The Department of Water (DOW) is requesting all Kekaha residents to continue water conservation measures until further notice. DOW crews are continuing to work on emergency repairs to a main line break that is affecting the main feed of the town’s water source.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Water conservation requested for all Kekaha residents

 

KEKAHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for all Kekaha residents until further notice, due to a main line break that is affecting the main feed of the town’s water source. Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage.

 


Friday, February 10, 2017
Firefighters respond to house fire in Kilauea

KILAUEA – Firefighters responded to a house fire that broke out late Thursday night on Kilauea Road in Kilauea.


Friday, February 10, 2017
Kapa‘a traffic crash results in critical injuries

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Malu Road in Kapa‘a on Wednesday night. 


Friday, February 10, 2017
Man dies of apparent drowning on Thursday

KEKAHA – A Kaua‘i resident died of an apparent drowning in waters off Kekaha on Thursday afternoon.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhi‘ō Highway near Kapaia Bridge set for Feb. 14

KAPAIA – Motorists are advised that the southbound lane of Kūhi‘ō Highway near the Kapaia Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Kaua‘i streetlights retrofit completed
LĪHU'E – All of Kaua‘i’s streetlights have been converted from high pressure sodium lights to energy-saving LED lights as a result of a joint project between the County of Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).

Friday, February 3, 2017
Hanalei green waste likely to have intermittent closures
HANALEI – The public is advised that over the next few days, the Hanalei green waste site will likely have intermittent closures as the repairs to the roll-off truck that normally services that site are taking longer than anticipated.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
County takes precautions after test confirms presence of asbestos at KWMCH

LIHU‘E – In December of 2016, the Department of Parks and Recreation hired an independent environmental consultant, Owen Environmental, to inspect the tile flooring of the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall for the presence of asbestos. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Search suspended for woman swept out to sea at ‘Anini; Police identify victim

‘ANINI – The multi-agency search for a Maryland woman who was swept out to sea on Monday evening was suspended Thursday afternoon.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Water restored to all Hanamaulu residents

HANAMAULU – Water service has been restored to all Hanamaulu residents, including Hehi Road and Hipa Road, as of 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Water shutdown extended for Hanamaulu customers on Hehi Road and Hipa Road until noon, Feb. 1
HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the water shutdown in the Hanamaulu area for customers located on Hehi Road and Hipa Road until approximately noon on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.    Water service has been restored to all other affected customers located on the makai-side of Kuhio Highway, from Laukona Street to Hanamaulu Road.

Wednesday, February 1, 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.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Multiple agencies search for woman in waters off ‘Anini Beach

‘ANINI – Rescuers continue to search for a female visitor in waters off ‘Anini Beach after she was apparently swept out to sea while swimming Monday evening.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Kūhiō Highway near Kalihiwai Bridge closed due to traffic crash
KALIHIWAI – Kaua‘i police have closed Kūhiō Highway near Kalihiwai Bridge due to a traffic crash.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed on Feb. 5
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 5 due to a staff shortage.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore
Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at all North Shore beaches, west of the Hanalei Pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.

Friday, January 27, 2017
Two men in critical condition following early-morning crash in Līhu‘e

LIHU‘E – A 27-year-old Lāwa‘i man and a 23-year-old Kōloa man are in critical condition following a single-car crash that occurred at the intersection of Kaumuali‘i Highway and Nāwiliwili Road early Friday morning.


Friday, January 27, 2017
Lane closure on Kaumualii Highway in Kalaheo scheduled for Feb 2-3
KALAHEO – A one-lane road closure of the westbound/outbound lane of Kaumualii Highway between Lauoho Road and Anuhea Place in Kalaheo is scheduled to occur Thursday night, Feb. 2, through Friday morning, Feb. 3, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Hanamaulu area Jan. 31 to Feb. 1

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 12-hour water shutdown for a large Hanamaulu area starting Tuesday night, Jan. 31, through Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., weather permitting. Affected customers are located on all roads on the makai-side of Kuhio Highway, from Laukona Street to Hanamaulu Road, including King Kaumualii Elementary School and Hanamaulu Beach Park.


Thursday, January 26, 2017
Nominations accepted for Outstanding Older American awards
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to submit nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Male and Female Older American awards. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Real property taxes are due soon
LĪHU‘E – County officials would like to remind Kaua‘i property owners that the second installment of real property taxes for the 2016-2017 tax year are due on Feb. 20.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Open houses to highlight Kaua‘i Short-Range Transit Plan
LĪHU'E – The public is invited to share their ideas about the future of The Kaua‘i Bus at any of the open houses set for next week.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Stranger approaches child in Līhu‘e; Police urge public to be vigilant

LIHUE  – The Kaua‘i Police Department is urging the public to be vigilant after a student was approached by a stranger while walking along Hardy Street in Līhu‘e on Friday. 

Monday, January 23, 2017
Update on seal coating work for Kapa‘a subdivisions
KAPA‘A – Due to the weather, a change has been made in the schedule for the seal coating work on the three remaining streets in the Pu‘u Ka‘a and Awa‘a subdivisions in Kapa‘a.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
High Wind Warning and High Surf Advisory issued for County of Kaua‘i

LĪHU'E – The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning effective from noon on Saturday through 6 a.m. on Sunday. A High Surf Advisory is also in effect from noon today through 6 p.m. on Sunday for all east-facing shores.


Friday, January 20, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Koloa area on Tuesday, Jan. 24

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled an 8-hour water shutdown for customers located on Waihohonou Road and select customers on Wailaau Road in Koloa.  The shutdown will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, weather permitting.


Friday, January 20, 2017
Police identify female body located in waters off Na Pali Coast
KALALAU – Police have identified the body of a woman who was found Wednesday afternoon in waters off the Na Pali Coast as Ramona van Schendel, age 39, of the Netherlands.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Idaho man dies in waters off Moloa‘a Beach

MOLOA‘A – An Idaho man drowned in waters off Moloa‘a Beach on Thursday afternoon. Police have identified him as 64-year-old Michael Tremblay.


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Firefighters respond to structure fire in Kalaheo

KALAHEO – Firefighters responded to a structure fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on Na‘au Road in Kalāheo. No injuries were reported. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017
KPD is asking for help with finding runaway

 LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway.


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Prison sentence in ‘Ele‘ele stabbing incident

LIHUE – Christopher Cruz, 34, of ‘Ele‘ele, was today sentenced to an open 20-year prison term for stabbing his pregnant girlfriend in December of 2015.


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Police seek public’s assistance in identifying female body located in waters off Na Pali Coast

 KALALAU  – Police are seeking the public’s help in identify the body of a woman found Wednesday afternoon in waters off the Na Pali Coast on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. Foul play is not suspected in the cause of her death. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Police seek public’s assistance in identifying female body located in waters off Na Pali Coast

 KALALAU  – Police are seeking the public’s help in identify the body of a woman found Wednesday afternoon in waters off the Na Pali Coast on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. Foul play is not suspected in the cause of her death. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Kūhiō Highway closed following two-car crash in Princeville
PRINCEVILLE – Kūhiō Highway in Princeville was closed in both directions on Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision that occurred near Princeville Airport.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Guilty verdict in meth case

LIHUE – A Fifth Circuit jury on Tuesday found Stanley Lani Akau, Jr. guilty of four drug and weapon related charges.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Hanamaulu area on Thursday, Jan. 19

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 9-hour water shutdown for the Hanamaulu area on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Affected customers are located on Aikepa Street, Anai Street, Amo Street, Hanamaulu Road (from Amo Street to the end of the road), and Hehi Road.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Lane closures on Puhi Road set for Jan. 23-24
PUHI – The public is advised that there will be intermittent lane closures on Puhi Road next week between the intersections of Kaneka and Haleukana Street. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Public hearing re. Departmental Draft of General Plan update set for Jan. 31
LĪHU‘E – The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the end of January regarding “Kaua‘i Kakou”, the Departmental Draft of the General Plan update. 

Friday, January 13, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore
Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at all North Shore beaches, west of the Hanalei Pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions

Friday, January 13, 2017
Safe Routes to School to be discussed at Hanamā‘ulu meeting

HANAMĀʻULU – The Department of Public Works will hold a public information meeting regarding the first phase of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) improvements planned for Hanamāʻulu.


Thursday, January 12, 2017
Male visitor dies of apparent drowning off Waiohai Beach
POIPU  – A 66-year-old male visitor died of an apparent drowning in waters off Waiohai Beach in Po‘ipū on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed Jan. 15-17

WAIMEA -- The Waimea swimming pool will be closed from Sunday, Jan. 15 to Tuesday, Jan. 17. The facility will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 18.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 along with the Kekaha Landfill, all refuse transfer stations, Kaua'i Resource Center and all neighborhood centers.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Guilty plea in 2013 murder case

LĪHU'E – Giovanni Lictawa Corpuz, 44, of Kōloa, today entered a plea of guilty to one count of Murder in the second degree.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Lane closure on Kuhio Highway in Waipouli, Friday, Jan. 13

WAIPOULI – The Department of Water (DOW) advises motorists that pavement patching will be performed on Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of North Papaloa Road and Coconut Marketplace from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Blessing held for Kaniko‘o phase two

LĪHU‘E – A blessing was held this morning to mark the completion of Kaniko‘o phase two, an affordable rental complex for seniors in Līhu‘e.


Friday, January 6, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē transfer station

HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station until further notice due to a mechanical failure with the mixed waste hopper.


Friday, January 6, 2017
Survey to be conducted at Salt Pond Beach Park
HANAPĒPĒ – A small portion of Salt Pond Beach Park next to the restrooms will be closed to the public next week to allow SCS Engineers to conduct an archaeological survey.

Friday, January 6, 2017
KPD is asking for help with finding runaway

LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway.


Friday, January 6, 2017
KPD is asking for help with finding runaway
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhi‘ō Highway near Kapaia Bridge set for tomorrow
KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane on Kūhiō Highway (heading towards Līhu‘e) in Kapaia will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Workshop series designed to help seniors manage diabetes

LĪHU‘E – Over the last few years, many Kaua'i kupuna have benefitted from the Diabetes Self-Management Program offered by the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA).


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Kapa‘a swimming pool to close for KIF swim meet
KAPA‘A -- The Kapa‘a swimming pool will be closed to the public on Saturday, Jan. 7 for a Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation (KIF) swim meet.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Seal coating work scheduled for Pu‘u Ka‘a and Awa‘a subdivisions
KAPA‘A – The public is advised that in the coming weeks, no parking will be allowed in the designated work zones in the Pu‘u Ka‘a and Awa‘a subdivisons to allow for seal coating work.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
CERT announces upcoming classes in Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a and Princeville

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) announces upcoming training courses in Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a and Princeville. CERT is a free six-week disaster and emergency preparedness course that is tailored to citizens and taught by firefighters.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Hanapēpē home destroyed by fire

HANAPEPE – A Hanapēpē home was completely destroyed after a fire broke out Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported. 


Sunday, January 1, 2017
Man injures hand with fireworks
WAILUA – A 28-year-old man sustained serious injuries to his right hand in a fireworks related incident in Wailua Houselots shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Friday, December 30, 2016
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that county services will be affected by the New Year holiday.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016
RSVP launches school supplies collection drive
LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i RSVP, an organization that’s sponsored by the Agency on Elderly Affairs, today announced the launch of its school supplies collection drive for students in need at Kōloa Elementary School.