News Releases and Other Announcements

Friday, June 23, 2017
Kaua‘i Fire Department holds blessing ceremony for new Engine 1
HANALEI – The Kaua'i Fire Department held a blessing ceremony on Thursday at the Hanalei fire station for its new Engine 1 fire apparatus.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Repair work at Hā‘ena Beach Park to start June 26
HA‘ENA – The public is advised that repairs will be made to the Hā‘ena Beach Park parking lot for approximately two weeks starting Monday, June 26, weather permitting.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Statement from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on the FY18 Budget
While I am disappointed in the FY18 budget as amended by the Kaua‘i County Council, it is clear that my veto would not have changed the outcome. Therefore, I returned the submittal without my signature of approval.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Police detain juvenile for suspected arson

LĪHU‘E – Police detained a 14-year-old male from Līhu‘e, in connection with a brush fire that occurred on Kalepa Ridge in Līhu‘e on Monday afternoon.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Sentencing set in 2015 vehicular manslaughter case

LĪHU‘E – Evan Craft, 36, originally of California, appeared before the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe Wednesday morning with his attorney, and entered a no contest plea to a manslaughter charge arising out of the 2015 death of Kaua‘i man Michael B. Helppie Jr.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Female visitor airlifted from Queen’s Bath

 PRINCEVILLE – A 38-year-old woman from San Diego was airlifted Monday morning from Queen’s Bath in Princeville.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017
‘Aliomanu Road project rescheduled for tomorrow
ANAHOLA – The installation of the sandbags along ‘Aliomanu Road in Anahola has been rescheduled to June 22 and June 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
King Tides expected this week; coastal flooding possible
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service today issued a special weather statement about the arrival of the King Tides over the next few days that could result in coastal flooding.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
DOW's 2017 Water Quality Reports now available
LIHUE – The Department of Water’s (DOW) 2017 Water Quality Reports, covering from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016, are now available to view on the DOW’s website, www.kauaiwater.org.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Pedestrian in stable condition after being struck by vehicle

LAWAI – A 27-year-old male is in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Kaumuali‘i Highway in Lāwa‘i on Tuesday afternoon.


Monday, June 19, 2017
Visitor injured in Koke‘e fall
KOKE‘E – A female visitor from Utah was hiking along the Waipo‘o Falls trail in Koke‘e on Saturday afternoon when she fell and injured her ankle.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Mayor signs proclamation supporting Paris Agreement
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. today signed a proclamation in support of the Paris Agreement.

Friday, June 16, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Po'ipu area on June 20
PO‘IPU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a six-hour water shutdown for select customers located on a portion of Pe‘e Road, between Linaka Road and Oluolu Road in Po’ipu.  Water will be turned off on Tuesday, June 20 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, weather permitting.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Puhi area on June 15
PUHI – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water shutdown for customers located in the Puhi industrial area between Puhi Road and Haleukana Street, including select customers on Hanalima Street.  Water will be turned off on Thursday, June 15 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 16, weather permitting.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Landlord summit set for June 27
LIHU‘E – The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency in partnership with the Kaua‘i Board of Realtors and the Kaua‘i Community Alliance will co-host a landlord summit on Tuesday, June 27.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Aloha+ Challenge statewide meeting held on Kaua‘i
KALĀHEO – Approximately 50 key leaders and stakeholders from across the state recently convened on Kaua‘i to develop recommendations for the Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Free Kaua‘i Bus rides offered during Tropic Care
LĪHU'E – County officials announced that free rides will be offered on all of The Kaua‘i Bus routes during Tropic Care, which will take place from June 12 to June 21. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017
‘Aliomanu Road project set for June 14
ANAHOLA – The public is advised that Cushnie Construction has been hired by the county to install sandbags along ‘Aliomanu Road in Anahola next week.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Youth football camp set for June 14
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. along with Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo and University of Hawai‘i Head Football Coach Nick Rolovich and his staff will host a free youth football camp next week.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of King Kamehameha Day, County of Kaua‘i offices along with all of the neighborhood centers will be closed on Monday, June 12.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Guilty plea in kidnapping case
LIHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that on Monday morning, David Machado, 29, of Waimea, entered a plea of guilty to a kidnapping charge arising out of an incident that took place on September 27, 2016, involving Machado and his wife.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Road closures for Kamehameha Day Parade

LĪHU'E – The annual Kamehameha Day Parade is scheduled for this Saturday, June 10 at 9 a.m.


Sunday, June 4, 2017
Boat overturns near Lihi Canal
KAPA‘A – Three units of the Kaua‘i Fire Department responded to a report of an overturned boat in waters off Pono Kai Resort Saturday evening at about 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Lane closures on Kūhi‘ō Highway in Kapaia set for June 5-9
KAPAIA – The public is advised that lane closures are set this week for Kūhi‘ō Highway in Kapaia/Hanamā‘ulu between Ma‘alo Road and Laukona Street.

Friday, June 2, 2017
Anahola brush fire under control

ANAHOLA – A brush fire that broke out in Anahola at approximately 12:30 p.m. is now under control, according to fire officials. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Lane closures at Kūhi‘ō Highway, Haleilio Road intersection set for June 8
WAILUA – The public is advised of two separate lane closures set for one night next week at the intersection of Kūhi‘ō Highway and Haleilio Road in Wailua.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Online registration for Ninth annual Mayor-a-thon starts June 1
KAPA‘A – The public is invited to participate in the Ninth annual Mayor-a-thon scheduled on Saturday, June 24 at the Kapa‘a Beach Park.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
County to participate in USDA Summer Food Service Program
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i County Department of Parks and Recreation announced that it will be participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program from June 13 to July 21.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Hurricane season starts on June 1
LĪHU‘E – The official hurricane season in the central Pacific region, which includes Hawai'i, starts on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
KPD collects nearly 200 pounds of prescription drugs during Drug Take Back Day
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department collected 196 pounds in unused or expired prescription medications and other drugs during its 13th annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29th.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
KPD seeking participants for upcoming Citizens Police Academy
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department is seeking applicants for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy, an interactive program designed to give residents a hands-on look into the police department and the criminal justice system.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
County of Kaua‘i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney establishes Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit
LIHUE – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced the formation of the Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit (DNAU) within the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Memorial Day, County of Kaua'i offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, along with all of the refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, all HI-5 bottle redemption centers, and Puhi Metals Recycling Center.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Kapahi bridge set to reopen tomorrow afternoon
KAPAHI – The Department of Public Works today announced that the Kapahi bridge will be reopened to the public on May 25 in the late afternoon as the project is substantially complete.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
National Weather Service issues special weather statement
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service today issued a special weather statement relating to the coastal flooding that is expected to occur along all of the Hawaiian Islands over the next few days.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Mayor attends Japan-Hawai‘i Economic Summit
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. recently attended the first-ever Japan-Hawai‘i Economic Summit on the Big Island along with other Hawai‘i and Japanese leaders.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Lehua Street on Thursday, May 25
KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a one-hour water shutdown for Kapaa customers located on Lehua Street, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, weather permitting.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Visitor falls off Koke‘e trail, sustains minor injuries
KOKE‘E – A 24-year-old woman from Tucson, AZ sustained minor injuries after falling off the Waimea Canyon Trail Saturday afternoon.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Repair work completed at Hanapēpē transfer station
HANAPĒPĒ – The repair work at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station has been completed, and normal operations have resumed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Kaua‘i Police Chief encourages motorists to drive safely and refrain from drinking and driving

As the community prepares for graduation season and summer break, the Kaua'i Police Department is encouraging motorists to drive safely, and urging parents and the community to help prevent underage drinking.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Poipu area May 18
PO‘IPU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a two-hour water shutdown for customers in the Po‘ipu area located on Makanui Road, Oluolu Road and a portion of Pe‘e Road on Thursday, May 18.  Water will be turned off from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., weather permitting, to allow the DOW to test the valves for a future water line connection.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Older Americans Month Fair set for May 19
LĪHU‘E – As part of the celebration of May being Older Americans Month, the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA) will hold a resource fair for seniors on Friday, May 19.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Firefighters responding to three brush fires in Waimea

WAIMEA – Firefighters are responding to multiple brush fires that broke out in Waimea on Monday.


Monday, May 15, 2017
Senior Corps Week celebrated May 15-19
LĪHU‘E – Every year during Senior Corps Week, the extraordinary impact that Senior Corps volunteers make across the nation is celebrated. This year, Senior Corps Week takes place from May 15 to May 19.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Kalaheo, Wainiha and Haena residents
KALAHEO – The water conservation requests for Kalaheo, Wainiha and Haena residents has been lifted as of 2:15 p.m., Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Water conservation requested for all Wainiha and Haena residents
HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for all residents in Wainiha and Haena until further notice, due to an electrical power outage affecting the area’s well site. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Water conservation request continues for entire Kalaheo area
KALAHEO – The Department of Water’s (DOW) water conservation request remains in effect until further notice for the entire Kalaheo area.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Water conservation requested for entire Kalaheo area
KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for all Kalaheo residents until further notice, due to a power outage affecting the Kalaheo well site.  Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
KPD celebrates National Police Week, May 15-21
LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department will participate in several ceremonies and events next week in honor of National Police Week, May 15 – 21, 2017. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Male visitor dies while hiking Hanakāpī‘ai Trail

 

HANAKAPIAI – A male visitor died while hiking along the Hanakāpī‘ai Trail on Friday evening. 


Friday, May 12, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Kalaheo area on Monday, May 15

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 4-hour water shutdown for Kalaheo customers located on Papalina Road, between Maka Road and the mauka-side of Puu Road, including Texeira Tract. The shutdown will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15, weather permitting.


Friday, May 12, 2017
Free training for those who provide services to LEP individuals
LĪHU‘E – A free workshop for those who provide services to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals will be offered next month. 

Friday, May 12, 2017
Safadago indicted for Manslaughter in connection with death of 19-year-old Kaua‘i woman

LIHU‘E – A Fifth Circuit Grand Jury on Wednesday indicted 46-year-old Cody M. Safadago, who is believed to be originally of Washington state, on nine charges associated with the death of 19-year old Kayla Huddy-Lemn. The Grand Jury added a charge of Manslaughter to the eight charges for which Safadago was initially arrested.


Friday, May 12, 2017
Road closures planned for Charity Walk
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised of the road closures planned for Saturday, May 13 to accommodate the 39th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Prison sentence for Waimea man in drug and gun case
Allan Bactad Jr., age 59, of Waimea, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve a 10-year prison sentence for his involvement in a case involving methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and guns.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Public information meeting on ‘Anini Bridge repairs set for May 18

‘ANINI – The Department of Public Works will hold a meeting next week regarding the proposed ‘Anini Bridge No. 2 repair work.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Online registration for Summer Enrichment Program begins on May 17
LĪHU‘E -- County officials announced that online registration for the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) will begin on Wednesday, May 17, 8 a.m., on the county website, www.kauai.gov/SummerPrograms.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Work to resume on county’s elevated boardwalk
KAPA‘A – A group of military personnel recently arrived on Kaua‘i to work on the elevated boardwalk of the Kawaihau Spur, an offshoot of the county’s multi-use path Ke Ala Hele Makalae. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
County issues reminder on proper disposal of liquid household waste
LĪHU‘E -- A recent assessment of residential materials disposed at the refuse transfer stations and in refuse carts has prompted county officials to issue a reminder about the proper disposal of liquid household waste. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Kōloa man arrested following Monday night’s traffic crash in Kīpū
KIPU – Police arrested a Kōloa man following a two-car crash that occurred on Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kīpū on Monday night.

Monday, May 8, 2017
County celebrates International Compost Awareness Week, May 7-13

LĪHU‘E – In recognition of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the County Recycling Team is promoting the value of composting and encouraging the public to give it a try.


Monday, May 8, 2017
Kalāheo man charged with Welfare Fraud and Theft
LIHUE – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that felony information and non-felony charges were filed against Daniel Joao, 29, of Kalāheo. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Hanamā‘ulu man in custody after alleged stabbing
HANAMĀ‘ULU – A 37-year-old Hanamā‘ulu man is in police custody after allegedly stabbing his wife, age 37, Friday evening.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Police arrest suspect in Līhu‘e bank robbery
LĪHU'E – Kaua'i police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for Thursday’s robbery at the First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Līhu‘e.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Police make arrest in Kapahi hit-and-run

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police have arrested a Kapa‘a woman in connection with a hit-and-run crash that occurred in Kapahi on Thursday night, which left a female bicyclist seriously injured. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Police search for suspect in Līhu‘e bank robbery
LĪHU'E – Kaua'i police are searching for the man responsible for robbing the First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Līhu‘e Thursday morning.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Bicyclist hospitalized after being struck by hit-and-run driver

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and injured a bicyclist along in Kapa‘a on Thursday night.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Mayor issues statement re. the need to extend the 2017 Legislative Session
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. today issued a statement regarding the need to extend the 2017 Legislative Session to address statewide fiscal issues:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Male visitor found unresponsive in waters off Waiohai

POIPU – A male visitor from Massachusetts was found unresponsive in waters off Waiohai Bay in Po‘ipū on Monday.


Monday, May 1, 2017
Repair work continues at Hanapēpē transfer station
HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that the repair work on the compactor at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station will be continuing for a few more weeks. While the work is underway, loose mixed waste will not be accepted.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Puhi Metals Recycling Center to implement fees for commercial accounts
PUHI – The public is advised that effective Monday, May 15, the Puhi Metals Recycling Center (PMRC) vendor will begin charging commercial haulers for metals and large/bulky eWaste recyclables. 

Friday, April 28, 2017
Waimea swimming pool is closed today
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool is closed today due to a staff shortage.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Applications for Long-Term Affordable Rental program available online
LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that the owners of long-term affordable rental units on Kaua‘i can now apply online for a tax relief program at www.kauaipropertytax.com. 

Friday, April 28, 2017
Head-on crash involving stolen pickup results in fatality, arrest

KAPA‘A – A 19-year-old Kapa‘a woman died Thursday night after a head-on crash that occurred on Kūhiō Highway in Kapa‘a, fronting the Courtyards at Waipouli apartment complex.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
Reminder: Tax relief programs available for Kaua‘i homeowners
LĪHU‘E – County officials are encouraging homeowners to take advantage of the county’s real property tax relief programs.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mayor issues statement re. USPS plans for another comment period

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. welcomes an expansion of the public comment process that would allow additional input on the proposal by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to relocate the retail operations at the historic Līhu‘e Post Office to its carrier annex facility near the Līhu‘e Airport.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Wainiha, Haena residents
WAINIHA – The water conservation request for Wainiha and Haena residents has been lifted as of 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 25.  Customers may return to normal water use.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Wainiha, Haena residents asked to continue water conservation
WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) is requesting all Wainiha and Haena residents to continue water conservation measures until further notice.