News Releases and Other Announcements

Friday, July 21, 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.


Monday, July 17, 2017
Partial one lane road closure on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a partial one lane road closure on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa; makai-side between Papaloa Road and the northern entrance to Aleka Loop, today, July 17 from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.  The partial one lane road closure will allow DOW to work on emergency repairs to a recent 12” water main line break along the highway.


Friday, July 14, 2017
Two arrested following multi-agency operations

A multi-agency effort conducted this week led the Kaua‘i Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshals Service to the arrest of a registered sex offender for non-compliance, and a suspect in a custodial interference investigation.


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Public info sessions for Kaua'i Bus Short-Range Transit Plan next week

LĪHU'E – The County of Kaua'i’s Transportation Agency will be holding islandwide, public information and community comment sessions on the Kaua'i Bus Short-Range Transit Plan starting next week.

 


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Sentencing set in methamphetamine trafficking case

LĪHU‘E – Scott K. Burgess, 59, formerly of Kapa‘a, faces 10 years in prison following his no contest plea to a felony drug charge in the Fifth Circuit Court on Wednesday.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Water services restored to customers on Anini Road

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed the emergency repairs to the water main line in Kilauea and services have been restored to all affected customers on Anini Road at approximately 7 p.m., today.  Customers may resume normal water use.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Water shutdown extended for customers on Anini Road until further notice

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the water shutdown for customers located on Anini Road, including the Anini Beach Park until further notice.   


Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Water shutdown notice issued for customers on Anini Road DOW to resume emergency repairs

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a 4 hour water shutdown for customers located on Anini Road in Kilauea, to resume the emergency repairs from last night’s main line break.  Water will be turned off today, July 12th from 1 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m., weather permitting.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Water services restored to Hanamaulu customers

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has restored services to all affected Hanamaulu customers located on Hipa Road, Hehi Road and on a portion of Kuhio Highway; mauka side, near Laukona Street as of 7 a.m. this morning.  The water conservation request has also been lifted for all Hanamaulu customers. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Water shutdown extended for Hanamaulu customers until 7 a.m., July 12

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the water shutdown in the Hanamaulu area for customers located on Hehi Road, Hipa Road and a portion of Kuhio Highway; mauka-side near Laukona Street until approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  All Hanamaulu customers are asked to continue water conservation efforts, limiting water use to essential uses only until the request has been lifted. 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Water service restored temporarily for customers on Anini Road

KILAUEA–The Department of Water (DOW) has temporarily restored service to affected customers on Anini Road in Kilauea as of 8:30 p.m. this evening.  Upon assessing the main line break, further investigation is required to repair specific areas of the main line.  Work to complete the repairs will resume at a later date.  Customers located on Anini Road may experience low water pressure until repairs are completed.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Water outage for customers on Anini Road

KILAUEA– The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water outage for customers located on Anini Road, in Kilauea for approximately 4 to 6 hours due to an unexpected water main line break in the area.  DOW crews are on the scene now and have begun making emergency repairs.

 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Firefighters extinguish fire in Po‘ipū restaurant

PO‘IPŪ – Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out Monday night in the Olympic Café restaurant in Po‘ipū.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Public information meeting on ‘Anini Bridge repairs set for July 26

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


Monday, July 10, 2017
Brush fire extinguished in Anahola

ANAHOLA – Kaua‘i firefighters responded to a brush fire in Anahola on Sunday afternoon.


Monday, July 10, 2017
Housing Agency to hold community meeting on Koa‘e, July 13

Po‘ipū - In preparation for Koa‘e, a new Workforce Housing project to be located in Po‘ipū, the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency and its development partner Mark Development will hold an open community meeting on Thursday, July 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kōloa Neighborhood Center located at 3461 Weliweli Road, Kōloa.


Monday, July 10, 2017
Change in schedule at KCRS Kapa‘a HI5 bottle redemption center

Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS), who owns and operates the HI5 bottle redemption center located in the Arzadon Industrial Park in Kapa‘a, has changed the schedule of this facility effective immediately.


Monday, July 10, 2017
DOW reminds Hanamaulu residents of water shutdown and conservation request scheduled for July 11

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds Hanamaulu residents of the scheduled water shutdown on Tuesday, July 11 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 12; weather permitting.  The shutdown will affect Hanamaulu customers located on Hehi Road, Hipa Road and along a portion of Kuhio Highway; mauka-side near Laukona Street.  All other Hanamaulu customers are advised to limit water consumption to essential uses only.


Friday, July 7, 2017
Police investigate recent brush fires

Kaua‘i police and fire officials are investigating a string of brush fires that occurred this week, and are reminding residents to be vigilant about fire safety.


Thursday, July 6, 2017
Vehicles destroyed by fire
KOKE‘E – Firefighters responded to a multi-vehicle fire that occurred on Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Pu‘u O Kila Lookout in Koke‘e State Park.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Truck crashes into Kapa‘a buildings

KAPA‘A – No injuries were reported after a truck crashed into two commercial buildings in Kapa‘a early Thursday morning.


Thursday, July 6, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Hanamaulu area on July 11
HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water shutdown for select Hanamaulu customers located on Hipa Road, Hehi Road and on a portion of Kuhio Highway; mauka side, near Laukona Street.  Water will be turned off on Tuesday, July 11 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday July 12; weather permitting.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
County to host community meeting on drug addiction

LĪHU'E – The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Treatment and Community Integration will host “Drug Addiction 101,” a community meeting at Kapa'a Missionary Church on Tuesday, July 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Wailua crash results in injuries, highway closure

WAILUA – Kūhiō Highway in Wailua, near Marine Camp Road, was closed on Tuesday morning while police responded to a two-car crash that resulted in injuries.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017
30 acres scorched in Anahola brush fire
ANAHOLA – Kaua‘i firefighters extinguished a brush fire that broke out in Anahola on Monday evening.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Kūhiō Highway closed following two-car crash

WAILUA – Police continue to investigate a traffic crash that occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Kūhiō Highway in Wailua, near Marine Camp Road.


Monday, July 3, 2017
Man arrested in connection with Princeville burglary

PRINCEVILLE – Kaua‘i police arrested an ‘Anini man in connection with a burglary complaint at the Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville.


Monday, July 3, 2017
Mayor participates in Hawai'i on the Hill, meets with federal agencies

LĪHU'E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr traveled to Washington, D.C., from June 10 to June 16 to participate in Hawaii on the Hill and met with federal agencies as well as Congressional delegation to discuss priorities for the County of Kaua'i.


Friday, June 30, 2017
Kaua‘i Fire Department holds special ceremony

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. and Kaua‘i Fire Chief Robert Westerman held a special pinning-on ceremony Friday, June 23, to promote two ocean safety officers and five firefighters at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha courtyard.


Friday, June 30, 2017
Residents reminded of fireworks laws, required permits for 4th of July

 LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Fire officials are reminding the public that a permit must be obtained by the fire department by Monday, July 3, to purchase and ignite firecrackers on the Fourth of July.


Thursday, June 29, 2017
Police arrest suspects in Kapa‘a burglary

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i police arrested two adults and detained one juvenile in connection to a burglary investigation at Kaua‘i Shores Hotel in Kapa‘a.


Thursday, June 29, 2017
Kaua‘i DMV services restored to normal

LĪHU‘E – The computer issue that impacted Kaua‘i’s motor vehicle and licensing services this week has been resolved, and all services have been restored to normal as of Thursday.


Thursday, June 29, 2017
Road closures for annual Concert in the Sky
LĪHU'E  – The 28th Annual Kaua'i Hospice “Concert in the Sky” is scheduled for July 4 from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Līhu'e.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Repair work at Hā‘ena Beach Park completed
HA‘ENA – The repairs to the Hā‘ena Beach Park parking lot were completed today, and the parking lot is now completely open.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Tree Tunnel to close for community clean-up, striping on July 8
KŌLOA – The public is advised that Maluhia Road, from the Tree Tunnel to the Ala Kino‘iki Road junction, will be closed on Saturday, July 8, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Waimea, Kapa‘a swimming pools closed on July 1 and July 22
The Waimea and Kapa‘a swimming pools will be closed on July 1 for session 1 graduation of the “Learn to Swim” program.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Kaua‘i DMV extends vehicle registration deadline to July 7

LĪHU‘E – Vehicle owners whose registrations expire on June 30 have been granted an extension until July 7, in order to accommodate those impacted by this week’s computer disruption.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Kapa‘a crash results in injuries, road closure

KAPA‘A – The Kapa‘a Bypass Road was temporarily closed in both directions early Wednesday morning following a two-car crash that resulted in injuries.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Prison sentence for man convicted of domestic violence and drug crimes

LIHUE – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Joshua Dasalia-Soto, age 26, of Līhu‘e, was on Wednesday sentenced to serve a five-year prison sentence for illegal possession of hydrocodone.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Waimea

WAIMEA – Firefighters responded to a structure fire that broke out Monday afternoon on Pokole Road in Waimea.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Statewide computer issue affecting Kaua‘i DMV

LĪHU‘E – A computer issue that started on O‘ahu Monday is affecting services at the County of Kaua‘i Department of Motor Vehicles and Licensing.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Kaua‘i Bus announces route, schedule changes beginning July 3

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to improve overall service to the public, the Kaua‘i Bus has announced numerous changes starting July 3 to its island-wide mainline and shuttle routes.


Monday, June 26, 2017
Hofgaard Park closes for construction starting Tuesday

WAIMEA – Hofgaard Park in Waimea will be closed beginning Tuesday to allow the County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency to start construction on access improvements aligned with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Monday, June 26, 2017
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Independence Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, along with all of the refuse transfer stations and HI-5 bottle redemption centers. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Hā‘ena Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting
HA‘ENA – Ocean Safety officials have closed Ha‘ena Beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.

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.