News Releases and Other Announcements

Friday, April 21, 2017
Kaua‘i Resource Center not accepting non-HI5 recyclables
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that effective Friday, April 21, the Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) will no longer be accepting non-HI5 recyclables as the county’s contract for services at the facility has been terminated. 

Friday, April 21, 2017
Free showing of “Miss South Pacific” slated April 29
WAIMEA – The public is invited to attend a free screening next week of “Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea”, a short documentary that addresses climate change and its impact on Pacific Island countries.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Judge affirms county shutdown of illegal vacation rental
LĪHU‘E – Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe yesterday ruled in favor of the county’s shutdown of an illegal vacation rental in Kīlauea.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
‘Aliomanu Road repair work to be discussed at April 25 meeting
ANAHOLA – The Department of Public Works will hold a meeting next week on the proposed alternatives for the repair work planned for ‘Aliomanu Road in Anahola.

Monday, April 17, 2017
Workshop series designed to help seniors manage diabetes
KŌLOA – Over the last few years, many Kaua'i kupuna 60 and older have benefitted from the Diabetes Self-Management Program offered by the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA).

Monday, April 17, 2017
Household hazardous waste collection set for April 29-30
LĪHU‘E -- County officials announced that household hazardous waste (HHW) will be collected free of charge on April 29 and April 30.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Water conservation lifted for Wainiha residents
 WAINIHA – The water conservation request for residents on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha has been lifted as of 7:30 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017.  Customers may return to normal water use.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Kekaha Beach closed to swimming due to apparent shark bite

KEKAHA – Ocean Safety officials have closed the entire stretch of Kekaha Beach to swimming due to an apparent shark bite that occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. 


Friday, April 14, 2017
Water conservation request issued for Wainiha
WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for residents located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha until further notice, due to a leak that is affecting the main water line to the area's water source.  Residents and businesses located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha are asked to limit water consumption to avoid a water outage.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Important DOW phone numbers every customer should have
LIHUE –With the launch of its new Customer Service Portal this week, the Department of Water (DOW) would like to remind residents about the other available ways to reach staff.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Kamalani Bridge closed for repainting this Saturday
WAILUA – Kamalani Bridge at Lydgate Park will be closed on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to allow a group of volunteers to spray paint the structure.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
County hosts Drug Take Back Day
LĪHU'E – The Kaua`i Police Department (KPD) is once again partnering with Life’s Choices Kaua`i to collect unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications and other drugs on National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, located at 3990 Ka`ana Street in Lihue.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Kaua‘i dispatchers recognized during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9 – 15, 20

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held a ceremony at KPD Headquarters on Monday to recognize the department’s emergency dispatchers in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9 through 15.


Thursday, April 13, 2017
KPD honors Child Abuse Prevention Month with Pinwheel Garden

LIHUE - To help raise public awareness in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Kaua`i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry and the Kaua`i Police Department took part in the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign at KPD headquarters, Ka Hale Maka‘i O Kaua‘i.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
DOW’s Customer Service Portal now available

LIHUE – In an effort to improve customer service, the Department of Water’s (DOW) new online “Customer Service Portal” is now available through www.kauaiwater.org.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Police respond to bomb threat at Port Allen Marina Center
PORT ALLEN – Kauai police evacuated the Port Allen Marina Center Tuesday afternoon after a male subject called in a bomb threat at approximately 12:50 p.m.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Police capture wanted KCCC escapee Ezekiel Bagano
Kaua‘i police officers apprehended wanted fugitive Ezekiel Bagano, who escaped from the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) on Sunday morning.

Friday, April 7, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Good Friday, county offices, along with all of the refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill and Kaua'i Resource Center will be closed on Friday, April 14.

Friday, April 7, 2017
KPD warns of phone scam known as the “Can you hear me?” or “Yes” scam

LĪHU'E – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a warning to consumers about an emerging scam known as the "Can you hear me?" phone scam, which can make an unsuspecting person a victim by saying one simple word: "Yes."


Friday, April 7, 2017
Volunteers sought for Sticker Shock prevention campaign
LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i is seeking volunteers for its Sticker Shock prevention campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed on April 9
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, April 9 due to a staff shortage.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē transfer station
HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that starting Monday, April 10, loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station for approximately three weeks to allow for the necessary repairs to be made.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Life sentence for 2013 Omao murder

LIHUE - Giovanni Lictawa Corpuz, 44, of Kōloa, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the December 31, 2013 murder of an 88-year old Ōma‘o man.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Police capture wanted fugitive Kalei Hi‘ilei Goodwin

Police officers apprehended wanted fugitive Kalei Hi‘ilei Goodwin at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday at a residence in Anahola.


Monday, April 3, 2017
Public invited to “Coffee with Planners”
LĪHU‘E – The Planning Department will host “Coffee with Planners” next week to provide the public with the opportunity to ask county planners questions about the General Plan Update and other planning projects in an informal setting.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Kūhiō Highway in Keālia closed in both directions due to traffic crash
KEALIA – Kūhiō Highway remains closed in both directions, fronting St. Catherine Cemetery in Keālia, due to a two-vehicle crash. Traffic is being diverted onto Mailihuna and Kawaihau Roads until further notice.

Friday, March 31, 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. Officials also report that a wraparound effect is causing high surf at all beaches across the island and are urge beachgoers to use extreme caution today.


Friday, March 31, 2017
Puhi pavement work rescheduled to Monday
PUHI – The public is advised that the asphalt concrete pavement project in Puhi that was planned for today has been rescheduled to next week due to the asphalt pavement mix being unavailable today.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Rotunda Rally aims to raise awareness on community issues
LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i and other community organizations will host a Rotunda Rally next week to raise awareness about alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect, and sexual assault.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Puhi Road improvements meeting scheduled April 6
PUHI – The public is invited to attend an informational meeting next week on the latest design plans for the Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project phase two, which will span from Kaneka Street to Haleukana Street. 

Friday, March 31, 2017
April designated Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i
LĪHU‘E – In recognition of April being Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is joining the efforts of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and other emergency management agencies across the state to promote public awareness and preparedness.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Keālia traffic crash results in fatalities, critical injuries

KEALIA – Police have confirmed that two adults died as a result of a head-on traffic crash that occurred Friday morning on Kūhiō Highway in Keālia. One adult and one child remain in critical condition.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
K-PAL announces islandwide flag football registration

The Kaua'i Police Activities League (K-PAL) today announced registration for flag football programs in Kapa‘a-Anahola, Līhu'e, Kōloa-Kalāheo, Hanapēpē, and Waimea for all school-aged youth, from kindergarten to high school senior.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Equal Pay Day ceremony set for April 4
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend the Equal Pay Day proclamation ceremony hosted by the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
DOW to launch new online Customer Service Portal, April 10

LIHUE – In an effort to improve customer service, the Department of Water (DOW) will provide online self-service features through its new “Customer Service Portal,” starting Monday, April 10.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Police arrest several suspects for break-ins, theft

Kaua‘i police have made a several arrests in recent weeks related to thefts and break-ins that have occurred across the island. Police continue to urge residents and visitors to be vigilant, and report suspicious or illegal activity immediately.


Friday, March 24, 2017
Annual Fair Housing Training to be held on April 11; Deadline to register is April 3

LIHUE  – The County of Kauai Housing Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i (LASH), will be hosting the annual Fair Housing Training as part of Fair Housing Month. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017
DOW completes Halewili Road Main Replacement Project
KALAHEO – Department of Water (DOW) officials announced the completion of the Halewili Road Main Replacement Project, in Kalaheo, and held a dedication ceremony on March 16, 2017 at the project site, along Halewili Road.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Committee on the Status of Women to celebrate Women’s History Month with free event on March 29

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) invites the public to attend a free event to celebrate Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. 

Wednesday, March 22, 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that county services will be affected by the Prince Kūhiō Day holiday. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ahupua‘a signs installed along Kaua‘i’s roadways

LĪHU'E – Do you know what moku and ahupuaʻa you live in? You will soon find out, as ahupua’a signs are now being installed along Kaua‘i’s roadways!

 


Monday, March 20, 2017
Tree Tunnel to close for maintenance work on April 1st

KŌLOA – Maluhia Road, from the Tree Tunnel to the Ala Kino’iki Road junction, will be closed on Saturday, April 1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow the Department of Public Works to do tree trimming and remove dead branches.


Friday, March 17, 2017
DOW offers free leak detection kits for ‘Fix a Leak Week’ March 20-24

LIHUE The Department of Water (DOW) is encouraging all water users to find and fix residential leaks during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual “Fix a Leak Week” from Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24.


Friday, March 17, 2017
Pavement work scheduled in Puhi on March 30 & March 31
PUHI – The public is advised that weather permitting, asphalt concrete pavement work is scheduled in Puhi on March 30 and March 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., that will impact traffic.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. submitted his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY1

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. submitted his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY18) to the Kaua‘i County Council on Tuesday.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanalei transfer station March 20-21
HANALEI – The public is advised that loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanalei refuse transfer station on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21 to allow repairs to be made.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Change in hours for Rice Street Farmers Market
LĪHU'E – The hours of the Rice Street Farmers Market have been changed. Beginning today, the new hours of the market are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Friday, March 10, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed on March 12
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, March 12 due to a staff shortage.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Mayor’s State of the County address set for March 16
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend next week a presentation by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tractor-trailer flips on its side along Ma‘alo Road
 KAPAIA – A tractor-trailer flipped onto its side Wednesday morning along Ma‘alo Road in Kapaia.

Monday, March 6, 2017
KPD warns of popular scams, encourages public to be vigilant

LĪHU'E – In light of recent scam alerts, the Kaua‘i Police Department encourages residents and businesses, particularly the elderly community, to be aware of potential scams.


Monday, March 6, 2017
Registration for Termite, Mighty Mite Basketball League set for March 8-9
LĪHUE – The Department of Parks and Recreation and Kaua‘i Ho‘ohui O Recreation will hold registration for the Termite and Mighty Mite (TMM) Basketball League on March 8 and March 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Friday night fire in Anahola displaces residents, damages home
ANAHOLA – A house fire in Anahola last night has displaced three residents and caused extensive damage to over half of the home.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Kaua‘i groups to host International Women’s Day celebration March 8
LĪHU‘E – In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, several local organizations are hosting a celebration at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Online registration for Spring Fun starts Monday, March 6; New registration system in place
LĪHU'E – Online registration for the county’s Spring Fun program begins Monday, March 6 at 8 a.m. on the Department of Parks & Recreation registration site, https://www.kauairecreation.org. Spring Fun will be offered at the Līhu‘e Neighborhood Center and Kalawai Park and Pavilion, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24. The program is open to children ages 5 to 11. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning in effect for Kaua`i - Wednesday, March 1

LIHU`E -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua`i effective at least until 9:45 a.m. March 1.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6 a.m., Wednesday, March 1 -- Kūhiō Highway closed near Hanalei Bridge; Flash Flood Warning in effec

HANALEI – Kūhiō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge is closed in both directions until further notice due to flooding. For updates on the road closure, please stay tuned to local media or call the automated road closures line at 241-1725.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i extended
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 9:45 a.m. March 1.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Update on closures due to the weather – 9:15 a.m.
LĪHU‘E – Due to the weather, the following green waste sites are currently closed - Hanalei, Kapa‘a, and Hanapēpē. The metals and tire collection sites are also closed at Hanapēpē.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Head-on collision in Kapa‘a results in fatality

KAPA‘A – An Anahola woman died from injuries sustained during a head-on crash that occurred on the Kapa‘a Bypass Road on Tuesday afternoon.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i cancelled
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has cancelled the Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
One lane of Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge reopened – 10:50 a.m.
HANALEI – The southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge has been reopened and Kaua‘i police are alternating traffic on the roadway.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Prison sentence for repeat methamphetamine offender

LIHUE – Ricardo Navor Jr., 42, of Hanamā‘ulu, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for methamphetamine and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe handed down the sentence on Tuesday, after hearing arguments from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tim Tate and defense counsels Kai Lawrence and Chris Donahoe.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Both lanes of Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge are now open
HANALEI – Both lanes of Kūhiō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge have been reopened.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Mayor, Council Chair return from successful Philippine Trade Mission
LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and Council Chair Mel Rapozo returned to Kaua‘i last week after leading the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i’s (FCCH) 26th trade mission to the Philippines.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Statement from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on the passing of Deacon Thomas P. Contrades

I am heartbroken by the passing of my beloved friend Deacon Thomas Contrades. On behalf of my family and the people of Kaua‘i, we send our heartfelt condolences to Tommy’s wife, Jackie, and the entire Contrades ‘Ohana.


Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting on Salt Pond Beach Park wastewater project set for March 2
HANAPĒPĒ – The Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite the public to attend an informational meeting on the Salt Pond Beach Park wastewater project.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
‘Anini Road temporarily closed to vehicles over three tons

‘ANINI - The public is advised that ‘Anini Road is temporarily closed to all vehicles over three tons. The three-ton weight limit was posted two years ago at a bridge located 1.1 miles from Kalihiwai Road.