News Releases and Other Announcements

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
County hosts Drug Take Back Day

LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department and Life’s Choices Kaua'i are teaming up to collect unused or expired prescription medication and other drugs on Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, located at 3990 Kaana Street in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanalei transfer station on Sept. 29
HANALEI – The public is advised that loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanalei refuse transfer station on Thursday, Sept. 29 to accommodate the repair of the compactor.

Monday, September 26, 2016
DOW’s water education festival makes a splash

LIHUE – Over 750 students attended the Department of Water’s (DOW) 13th Annual “Make a Splash” Festival on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Pua Loke Arboretum.


Monday, September 26, 2016
Better Choices Better Health senior workshops set for Kōloa
KŌLOA – The Better Choices Better Health (BCBH) workshop series will be held at the Kōloa Neighborhood Center on Tuesdays, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., starting Oct. 4.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Prison sentence in DUI homicide case

LĪHU'E – James Monroe, 54, of Kīlauea, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for charges arising out of a 2014 drunk driving crash that left a young man dead and his father seriously injured.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Public input sought on proposed WIOA Local Area Plan
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Workforce Development Board (KWDB) today announced the completion of the draft Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Local Area Plan for 2017 to 2020. The plan is now available for public review and comment.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Kaua'i comes together for town hall meetings on underage drinking
LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that the County of Kaua‘i will host town hall meetings as part of its efforts to help prevent underage drinking.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.’s statement re. LUC’s approval of the Robinson Family Partners’ petition
LIHUE -- Today’s action by the Land Use Commission marks a significant milestone for our state.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Critical crash closes Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kaumakani

KAUMAKANI – Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kaumakani was closed for several hours following a critical traffic crash that occurred early Saturday morning.


Friday, September 16, 2016
County to require checklists for building permit applications
LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that starting next month all building permit applications, residential and commercial, must be accompanied by a completed checklist.

Friday, September 16, 2016
Residential household hazardous waste collection set for Oct. 1-2
LĪHU‘E -- County officials announced that residential household hazardous waste (HHW) will be collected free of charge on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

Friday, September 16, 2016
Study on potential access routes to proposed landfill presented Sept. 22
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend a community meeting next week and provide input on the preliminary findings of a feasibility study about the potential access routes to the proposed landfill and resource recovery park. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Male visitor dies while snorkeling off Makua Beach

HA‘ENA – Kaua‘i police report that a male visitor died while snorkeling in waters off Makua Beach, also known as Tunnels, on Wednesday afternoon.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Pua Loke Street partially closed Sept. 22 for Make a Splash Festival
LIHUE – Pua Loke Street, from Haleko Road towards the Department of Water (DOW), will be closed Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to accommodate the DOW’s 13th Annual Make a Splash Festival.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Prison sentence in theft case

LĪHU'E – Walter L. Mills, 43, of Kapa‘a, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve five years in prison for stealing a laptop from Walmart on August 9, 2015.  


Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Residents reminded of proper disposal of medical needles
LĪHU‘E – County officials are reminding the public that sharps or medical needles must be properly disposed of.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Intermittent lane closures in Līhu‘e set for next week
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that there will be intermittent lane closures in Līhu‘e next week to allow the county’s geotechnical contractor to do exploratory soil borings in the area.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Guilty verdict in Protective Order case

LĪHU'E – On Monday, Justin Bright, 33, of Kapa‘a, was found guilty of violating a protective order sought by his spouse, following a bench trial in the Fifth Circuit Family Court. 

Monday, September 12, 2016
Planning Department to implement new procedures for CPR applications
LĪHU‘E – The Planning Department next month will implement new procedures for inspections and zoning clearances for Condominium Property Regime (CPR) applications. 

Monday, September 12, 2016
Workshop series offers seniors help with managing 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). “I encourage kupuna who would like to improve their health to sign up for the upcoming workshops,” said Kealoha Takahashi, executive on aging.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Vehicle flips in single car crash
HULEIA – A Toyota multi-purpose vehicle traveling west on the inner lane of Kaumuali‘i Highway near the Halfway Bridge Friday night flipped and landed on its roof on the westbound side of the roadway. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016
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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
County conducts online survey regarding draft policies for General Plan
LĪHU‘E – The Planning Department is conducting an online survey regarding draft policies for Kaua‘i Kakou, the Kaua‘i County General Plan update.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Rental applications available for second phase of senior community
LĪHU‘E – With the second phase of an affordable housing community for seniors in Līhu‘e set for completion in the next few months, rental applications are now being accepted by the management company, EAH Housing.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
County auction scheduled to begin Sept. 19

LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that its annual vehicle and equipment auction will begin on Monday, Sept. 19. To view the list of items in the auction and instructions on how to submit a bid, please go to the county’s website, www.kauai.gov, click on Bids and Proposals then public auction and refer to 2017-SA-1.


Sunday, September 4, 2016
Waikoko traffic crashes cause Kūhiō Hwy. closure

WAIKOKO – At approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday, police were notified of a vehicle that drove off Kūhiō Highway in Waikoko, on the island’s North Shore.


Saturday, September 3, 2016
Saturday, Sept. 3 update on Hurricane Lester

LĪHU'E – The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that as of 5 a.m. Saturday, Hurricane Lester continues to move west-northwest at 16mph and is expected to remain to the north of the state today through Sunday. This general motion is expected to continue through Saturday night with a turn toward the northwest on Sunday. The public is urged to remain vigilant over the next 48 hours as any shift to Lester's track could result in severe weather impacts.


Saturday, September 3, 2016
Kuhio Highway closed in both directions due to traffic crashes

WAINIHA  – Kūhiō Highway in Wainiha remains closed in both directions following two separate traffic crashes that occurred in the same area shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Kuhio Highway in Wainiha now open
WAINIHA – Kūhiō Highway in Wainiha is now open in both directions following two separate traffic crashes that occurred earlier this morning within a mile of each other.

Friday, September 2, 2016
DOW shares tips on how to prepare for a water emergency
LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) is continuing to monitor the approach of Hurricane Lester and is reminding all Kauai residents to have their emergency preparedness kits ready in the event that high winds and/or flooding disrupt the power supply to DOW’s water sources over the weekend.

Friday, September 2, 2016
High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau until 6 a.m. on Sunday.


Friday, September 2, 2016
County officials continue to monitor Hurricane Lester

LĪHU'E – As Hurricane Lester approaches the island chain, county officials are urging residents and visitors to get prepared and stay informed.


Thursday, September 1, 2016
Water conservation lifted for Eleele, Port Allen

ELEELE – The water conservation request for all Eleele and Port Allen residents has been lifted as of 6 p.m., Sept. 1. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has restored power to the Department of Water’s (DOW) Eleele booster pump and storage tank site. 

 


Thursday, September 1, 2016
DOW dedicates new office building set to open Sept. 6
LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) held a dedication ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the completion of its new administration building on Pua Loke Street, in Lihue.

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Kalāheo man electrocuted at construction site

LAWAI – A Kalāheo man died after being electrocuted during an apparent accident at a home construction site in Lāwa‘i.


Thursday, September 1, 2016
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Labor Day, County of Kaua'i offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 along with all of the refuse transfer stations and HI-5 redemption centers, Kekaha Landfill, Puhi Metals Recycling Center and Kaua‘i Resource Center.

In addition, all of the neighborhood centers will be closed.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Water conservation requested for Eleele, Port Allen

 

ELEELE – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for all Eleele and Port Allen residents until further notice, due to a power outage at the area’s booster pump station. Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, as a precautionary measure to avoid a water outage.

 


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Water shutdown scheduled for Wailaau, Waihohonou roads on Sept. 1

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 5-hour water shutdown for customers located on Wailaau Road and Waihohonou Road, in Koloa, on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. The shutdown will allow the DOW to make waterline maintenance repairs in the area.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Female visitor drowns while scuba diving in waters off Koloa

KOLOA  – A 59-year-old Oregon woman died while scuba diving in waters off Po‘ipū on Wednesday morning. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Hā‘ena Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting

HAENA – Ocean Safety officials have closed Haena Beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Hā‘ena Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting

HAENA – Ocean Safety officials have closed Haena Beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
DOW to hold public hearing on proposed amendments to FRC applicability, Sept. 7

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 7, regarding the proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Water Supply, Part 5 Facilities Reserve Charge (FRC) Section III – Applicability. The hearing will be held at 5 p.m., at the Department of Water’s Microbiology Lab Building, second floor, 4398 Pua Loke Street, Lihue.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
County of Kauaʻi, KIUC Collaborate on Home Efficiency Program
LIHUE - Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and the County of Kauaʻi are sponsoring Pono Home, a program that helps qualified low-income and elderly families on Kaua‘i become energy efficient and reduces their utility bills.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Kuamoo Road closed in both directions due to traffic crash

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police have closed Kuamoo Road in both directions in Wailua due to a critical traffic crash that occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The road is expected to remain closed until 11:30 p.m.


Monday, August 29, 2016
DOW moves into new office building on Tuesday, Sept. 6
LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) is advising its customers and the general public that starting on Tuesday, Sept. 6, all administrative, billing and engineering services will operate from the DOW’s new administration building, located at 4398 Pua Loke Street in Lihue.  

Friday, August 26, 2016
Guilty verdict in drunk driving case

LIHUE – Michelle Lindstedt, 59 of Princeville, was today found guilty of Operating a Vehicle Under an Intoxicant and Inattention to Driving following a bench trial in the District Court of the Fifth Circuit.


Friday, August 26, 2016
Pedestrian in critical condition following Thursday night’s crash
KAPAA – A 70-year-old Kilauea woman was medevaced to Queen’s Hospital in critical condition Thursday night after being struck while crossing Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘a.  

Friday, August 26, 2016
Kaua‘i police chief warns public about IRS scam
LĪHU'E – Kauai police have received numerous reports this week regarding an IRS phone scam. Police Chief Darryl Perry is warning the public to be aware of this and other types of money fraud. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Water main repairs completed, Kaumualii Highway reopens

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed the repairs to the water main break on Kaumualii Highway, between Lauoho Road and Hokua Road, in Kalaheo, and all lanes are now reopen.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Water main repairs completed, Kaumualii Highway lane to reopen around 1 a.m., Aug. 25

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed the repairs to the water main break on Kaumualii Highway, between Lauoho Road and Hokua Road, in Kalaheo. Water was restored to affected customers at approximately 10 p.m., Aug. 24. 

 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016
East-bound lane on Kaumualii Highway closed for water main repairs, Aug. 24

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) advises motorists to expect traffic delays on Kaumualii Highway in Kalaheo, today, Aug. 24, while the DOW performs emergency repairs to a main line break located on the highway shoulder.


Friday, August 19, 2016
Kaumuali‘i Highway closed following single-vehicle crash in Kipu
KIPU – A single-vehicle crash that occurred on Kaumuali‘i Highway Thursday night in Kīpū caused the highway to be closed for several hours.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Update on Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project
PUHI – The public is advised that phase one of the Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project has reached the halfway point, and traffic control changes are planned for the coming weeks, weather permitting. Phase one spans from Kaumuali‘i Highway to Kaneka Street.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Guilty verdict in crystal methamphetamine case

LIHUE – A fifth circuit jury on Thursday found Jennifer Carvalho, 33, of Līhu‘e, guilty of three felony charges related to possession of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 


Thursday, August 18, 2016
County hosts public meeting on Waikomo Road restriping project

KOLOA – The County of Kaua‘i invites the public to a workshop to discuss Safe Routes to School options for Kōloa School, including the potential to convert a portion of Waikomo Road to one-way traffic. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kōloa Elementary School cafeteria.


Thursday, August 18, 2016
County receives Transformational Achievement Award
LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i was honored Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by the Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum (HEPF) on O‘ahu.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mother and daughter hospitalized following critical crash in Kilauea
Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Kūhiō Highway in Kīlauea on Tuesday night that resulted in severe injuries for a Kīlauea woman and her daughter.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Workshop helps seniors to manage chronic health conditions
KAUMAKANI – The popular six-week workshop series for seniors with chronic health conditions is set to begin on Aug. 24.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Statehood Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 19, along with all refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, and Kaua‘i Resource Center.

Monday, August 15, 2016
Blessing for North Shore Shuttle held today
PRINCEVILLE – A blessing was held this afternoon at the Princeville Airport to mark the launch of the North Shore Shuttle.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
North Shore Shuttle set to launch Aug. 15
PRINCEVILLE – The North Shore Shuttle is set to launch on Monday, Aug.15, and will operate for three months.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Pedestrian sustains head injuries, medevacked to Queen’s
 HANAMĀ‘ULU – A 35-year-old Hanamā‘ulu man was walking in the westbound lane on Hehi Road in Hanamā‘ulu at approximately 6:08 p.m. this evening when he was struck by a Nissan sedan.

Friday, August 12, 2016
Hawai‘i Supreme Court reinstates Hilario murder conviction
LĪHU‘E – The Hawai‘i Supreme Court today issued a memorandum opinion in State v. Vicente Hilario reinstating his conviction for Murder in the First Degree.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Four injured in three-car crash in Waipouli
WAIPOULI – A chain reaction this afternoon resulted in a three-car crash on Kūhiō Highway in Waipouli. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. just south of mile marker 7 near the Coconut Marketplace.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Water conservation request lifted for Hanapepe, Eleele

HANAPEPE – The water conservation request for all Hanapepe and Eleele residents has been lifted as of 10 a.m., today.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Police capture wanted fugitive David Mainaaupo, Jr.

KEKAHA – Members of the Kaua‘i Police Department’s Vice and Special Response teams captured a wanted fugitive on Monday afternoon at the Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor in Kekaha.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Water conservation requested for Hanapepe, Eleele areas
HANAPEPE – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for all Hanapepe and Eleele residents until further notice, due to a transmission line break that requires extended emergency repairs. Residents and businesses are asked to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Meeting re. Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project phase two set for Aug. 16
PUHI – The public is invited to attend an informational meeting regarding phase two of the Puhi Road Rehabilitation Project, which will span from the Kaneka Street junction to the Haleukana Street intersection.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Green waste collection site at Hanalei transfer station reopens
HANALEI – The repair work at the Hanalei refuse transfer station has been completed, and the green waste collection site has reopened. 

Monday, August 8, 2016
A portion of Leleiona Street to close for one week starting Aug. 15
PUHI – The public is advised that a portion of Leleiona Street west of the Puhi Road intersection will be closed to eastbound traffic for approximately one week starting Monday, Aug. 15 to allow for a concrete pour. 

Monday, August 8, 2016
Green waste not accepted at Hanalei transfer station until further notice
HANALEI –The Hanalei refuse transfer station is not accepting green waste until further notice due to repair work.

Monday, August 8, 2016
Maluhia Road closure set for Aug. 11
KOLO‘A – Maluhia Road near the Kōloa Road junction will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the installation of a pedestrian walkway that crosses the Waihohonu Stream.

Monday, August 8, 2016
Two-car crash results in vehicle fire; no injuries reported

KĪLAUEA – Police and firefighters responded to a two-car crash that occurred on Kūhiō Highway near the Kapuna Road intersection Monday morning.


Monday, August 8, 2016
Travel related case of Zika Virus reported on Kauai
LIHUE, Kauai, Hawaii – The Kauai District Health Office and the County of Kauai jointly announced today another imported case of Zika virus on Kauai.

Monday, August 8, 2016
Multi-agency preparedness exercises set for this week
LĪHU‘E – County, state, federal and other emergency response partners are conducting joint exercises with the Hawai‘i National Guard’s 93rd Civil Support Team (CST) on Kaua‘i this week.

Saturday, August 6, 2016
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Kūhiō Highway in Hanalei closed due to landslide

HANALEI – Kaua‘i police have closed Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge until further notice due to a landslide. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.


Friday, August 5, 2016
Officer of the Month recognized at Police Commission meeting

LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry and the Kaua‘i Police Commission presented the department’s Officer of the Month award at last month’s commission meeting held at the Līhu‘e Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building.


Friday, August 5, 2016
Līhu‘e man arrested for violating Protective Order

LĪHU'E – A Līhu‘e man was arrested at his home on Thursday for violating a Protective Order against a minor child.


Thursday, August 4, 2016
Deadline to apply for absentee ballot Aug. 6
LIHUE -- The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is informing the public that the deadline to apply for an absentee mail ballot is August 6, 2016. Since the application deadline falls on a Saturday, the Elections Division will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to receive and process absentee applications.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
KPD honors 87th Police Recruit Class graduates
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department held its 87th Police Recruit graduation ceremony last month at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Free workshop offered on how to use Census mapping tools
LĪHU'E – A free hands-on workshop on how to use Census mapping tools for market research, community analysis and planning, grant proposals and general decision-making will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Late voter registration services offered Aug. 3-11
LIHUE– The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is informing the public that effective this year, qualified Kaua‘i residents who are not registered to vote may go in-person to the Early Voting facility at the Līhu‘e Neighborhood Center to register and vote.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Kaua‘i RSVP launches collection drive to help homeless shelter
LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i RSVP, which is part of the Agency on Elderly Affairs, today announced the kick-off of a collection drive that will benefit Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity’s homeless emergency shelter.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Police search for suspects in Hanalei robbery; CrimeStoppers reward offered

HANALEI – The Kaua‘i Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects involved in a robbery that was reported on Saturday night at Waioli Beach Park in Hanalei.


Monday, August 1, 2016
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Kapa‘a transfer station
KAPA‘A – The Kapa‘a refuse transfer station will not be accepting loose mixed waste for approximately three days due to mechanical issues with the compactor.

Monday, August 1, 2016
Repairs completed on compactor at Kapa‘a transfer station
KAPA‘A – The repair work on the compactor at the Kapa‘a refuse transfer station was completed this afternoon, much sooner than expected. Therefore, loose mixed waste is being accepted again.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
Injured hunter extricated from Waipouli hunting zone
WAIPOULI – A 25-year-old man was extricated yesterday morning after sustaining a leg injury in the hunting zone near the end of Olohēna Road in Waipouli.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
Rescue personnel help dozens of hikers out of Hanakāpī‘ai, Ho‘olulu Valley
HANAKĀPĪ‘AI – Rescue personnel responded to three separate incidents in Hanakāpī‘ai and Ho‘olulu Valley this afternoon and into the evening due to the effects of the heavy rain. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.