News Releases and Other Announcements

Monday, October 24, 2016
Traffic advisory for Veteran’s Day Parade

LĪHU'E – County officials announce road closures and bus stop modifications to accommodate the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 5 along Rice Street in Lihue, starting at 10 a.m.

Friday, October 21, 2016
KIUC infrastructure vandalized; KPD seeking public assistance in ongoing investigation
WAILUA - The Kaua‘i Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying anyone who may have been involved in vandalizing Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative’s (KIUC) water diversion site on the North Fork of the Wailua River.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Kaua‘i Historic Preservation Commission celebrates 30th anniversary

LĪHU‘E – Established in 1986 by county ordinance, the Kaua‘i Historic Preservation Review Commission (KHPRC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Friday, October 21, 2016
School bus involved in fender bender in Wailua on Friday morning
WAILUA – A school bus was involved in a traffic collision on Friday morning in Wailua while transporting students.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Work to improve Kōloa Road set to begin Monday, Oct. 24
KOLOA - County officials announced that work on the guardrail and other safety improvements along Kōloa Road are set to begin on Monday, October 24. The project is expected to be completed by the beginning of November.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Committee on the Status of Women to “Paint the Town Pink” on Wednesday

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) invites the public to help them “Paint the Town Pink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual walk will start from the Līhu‘e Civic Center Moikeha Building on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11:15 a.m. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Early voting at Lihue Neighborhood Center starting Oct. 25
LIHUE – The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is informing the public that early voting services will be temporarily relocated to the Līhu‘e Neighborhood Center for the 2016 General Elections.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Part of Puhi Road to reopen to two-way traffic starting Oct. 21
PUHI – County officials today announced that phase one of the Puhi Road Rehabilitation project is a little ahead of schedule.

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Partial closure of Haleko Road set for Oct. 21
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that later this week the westbound lane of Haleko Road between Pua Loke Street and Kukui Grove Street will be closed. The closure will allow for the installation of a new cell phone tower in the vicinity of the Kukui Grove Cinemas. The project is scheduled on Friday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Friday, October 14, 2016
Hanapēpē Stadium improvements completed in time for Saturday’s games
HANAPĒPĒ – County officials today announced that major improvements to the Hanapēpē Stadium were completed last week.

Friday, October 14, 2016
County of Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Fatherhood Council team up to host Men’s Conference; Registration now op

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fatherhood Council and the County of Kaua‘i invite men to attend the inaugural Men’s Conference on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua. To register for the free event visit and search for “Kaua‘i Men’s Conference.”

Friday, October 14, 2016
Office of the Prosecuting Attorney awarded grant funds to tackle drug house problem

LIHUE – The County of Kaua‘i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has been selected to receive a grant award from Hawai‘i’s 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to establish a Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Screening of “Equal Means Equal” set for Oct. 21
PUHI – The public is invited to attend a free screening of “Equal Means Equal” directed by Kamala Lopez, which won the Best U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the 2016 Traverse City Film Festival.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Water conservation request lifted for Kalaheo

KALAHEO – The water conservation request for all Kalaheo residents has been lifted as of 8 a.m., today, October 12. All customers may return to normal water usage.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Rice Street Farmers’ Market to open Oct. 18
LĪHU'E – County officials today announced the start next week of the Rice Street Farmers’ Market. The new market will open on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the Historic County Building in Līhu‘e. The regular hours of the Tuesday market will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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 fallen tree that has affected the powerline to the area's well site.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tree Tunnel to close for maintenance work Oct. 15
KŌLOA – Maluhia Road, from the Tree Tunnel to the Ala Kino’iki Road junction, will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow the Department of Public Works to do tree trimming and remove dead branches. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Several displaced after home destroyed by fire
LAWAI – Four individuals have been displaced from their Lāwa‘i home following a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Puhi subdivision intersection closed for concrete pour starting

PUHI – The public is advised that the eastern (residential) side of the Puhi Road/Leleiona Street intersection is closed for a concrete pour on Puhi Road.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Traffic impacted by waterline installation on Maluhia Road
KŌLO‘A – The public is advised that next week traffic will be impacted by the installation of a new waterline at the intersection of Maluhia and Waila‘au Road in Kōloa.

Monday, October 10, 2016
CDBG application workshops scheduled Oct. 18 & 19
LĪHU‘E – In its efforts toward efficiency, the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency is set to implement a new online application system for the upcoming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Kapa‘a man arrested for Attempted Murder after shooting neighbor

KAPAA – A Kapa‘a man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly shot his roommate early Sunday morning.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Kapa‘a swimming pool closed today
KAPA‘A -- The Kapa‘a swimming pool is closed today due to staffing issues.

Friday, October 7, 2016
Explanation for proposed charter amendments available online, in print
LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i voters will have the opportunity to decide on seven proposed charter amendments in the coming general election.

Friday, October 7, 2016
KPD asks for help in locating missing Kaua‘i man
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Police Department asks the public to help locate a missing Kaua‘i man.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Kaua'i Job Fair set for Oct. 12 at Convention Hall
LĪHU'E – Kaua‘i residents have the opportunity to attend the Kaua‘i Job Fair next week, where dozens of employers will be looking to hire. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
General Election voter registration deadline Oct. 10
LIHUE -- The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is reminding the public that the last day to register to vote for the 2016 General Election is Monday, Oct. 10.

Monday, October 3, 2016
County adds RecycleCoach to recycling efforts
LĪHU‘E – In an effort to expand its recycling efforts, the County of Kaua‘i has launched a technological innovation called RecycleCoach.

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Kaua‘i Made, Kaua‘i Grown tradeshow set for Oct. 4
LĪHU'E – The public is invited to attend the Kaua‘i Made and Kaua‘i Grown tradeshow. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Līhu‘e.

Friday, September 30, 2016
Building maintenance scheduled at Historic County Building, Elections Annex Oct. 3
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i: The public is advised that the electrical power at the Historic County Building and Elections Annex will be temporarily unavailable on Monday, October 3, 2016 from approximately 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. due to required maintenance of the buildings.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Sewage spill reported in Līhu‘e
LĪHU‘E – Digested sewage sludge overflowed early Thursday morning from the Līhu‘e Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to the drainage channel next to the facility.

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,, 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.