News Releases and Other Announcements

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Police operation leads to arrest of 10 fugitives

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) along with members of the State of Hawai‘i Sheriff Division conducted a special mission of the Kapa‘a area on Wednesday, which led to multiple arrests.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Prison sentence for perpetrator of child sex assaults

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Eirik James Stevens, age 51 of Līhu‘e, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a child in his apartment, and attempting to sexually assault another child in March 2016.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Līhu‘e man sentenced to year in jail for attacking endangered sea turtle

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Lance Kaaumoana, age 36, was sentenced this week to serve one year in jail for attacking an endangered Pacific green sea turtle in April 2017.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
KPD seeks public’s help in locating wanted fugitives

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating three wanted fugitives.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
County hosts Drug Take Back Day

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is collecting unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications and other drugs on National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, located at 3990 Ka‘ana St. in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
County of Kaua‘i, Kaua‘i Fatherhood Council team up to host second annual Men’s Conference

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fatherhood Council and the County of Kaua‘i invite men to attend the second annual Men’s Conference on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua. To register for the free event, please visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Kaua‘i Men’s Conference.”


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
KAUA‘I COUNTY COUNCIL, OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK TOPS GRANICUS DIGITAL STRATEGY AWARDS FOR WEBSITE

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The County of Kaua‘i is one of the top jurisdictions in the nation for website transparency, and achieving success informing and engaging citizens with their digital strategy to drive changes in behavior or inspire action.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
KPD warns public about letter scam

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police are warning the public to be aware of a financial letter scam being circulated to Kaua‘i residents.


Monday, October 16, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Kalepa Village Apartments on Oct. 18

HANAMAULU – The County of Kauai has scheduled an 8-hour water shutdown for customers located in the Kalepa Village Apartments on Kalepa Circle and Kale Place in Hanamaulu on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, October 16, 2017
Distressed swimmer rescued from waters off Larsen’s Beach

MOLOA‘A – Firefighters resuscitated and airlifted a 27-year-old California man from rough surf in waters off Ka‘aka‘aniu Beach, also known as Larsen’s Beach, on Sunday morning.


Thursday, October 12, 2017
Lane closures on Kūhiō Highway, Haleilio Road in Wailua set for Oct. 19-20

WAILUA – The public is advised of two separate lane closures in the vicinity of the Kūhiō Highway and Haleilio Road intersection from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, to allow the Wastewater Management Division to perform inspection and maintenance work on its sewer collection system.


Thursday, October 12, 2017
Kaua‘i Bus announces temporary change to Wilcox Hospital bus stop

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that starting Monday, Oct. 16, the Wilcox Hospital bus stop will be temporarily moved to the front of the hospital’s Infusion Center entrance, facing Walmart, until further notice.


Thursday, October 12, 2017
Kapa‘a man arrested for burglary

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested a Kapa‘a man on Monday morning in connection with a burglary at a Kapa‘a music store.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
KPD asks for help locating stolen vehicle involved in robbery

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was stolen from a Kapa‘a residence last month.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Roadwork to resume in Ulu Mahi Subdivision from Oct. 16 to Nov. 17

LĪHU'E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that DMK & Associates LLC will resume roadwork in the Ulu Mahi Subdivision in Līhu‘e from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, from Oct. 16 through Nov. 17.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
County to host community meeting on drug addiction

KAPA'A – 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, Oct. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Employees of the Month recognized at Police Commission meeting

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recognized three officers and one civilian employee as Employees of the Month during September’s Police Commission meeting held at the Pi‘ikoi Building.


Friday, October 6, 2017
Department of Public Works reminding public of general guidelines, information on signs

LIHUE – The Department of Public Works is reminding the public that the County of Kaua‘i’s sign ordinance has specific rules relating to specifications, permitting, and enforcement of signs.


Friday, October 6, 2017
County auction scheduled to begin October 16

LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that it County’s annual vehicle and equipment auction will begin on Monday, Oct. 16.


Thursday, October 5, 2017
Public reminded to register alarm systems

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is reminding residents and businesses to register or renew their alarm systems in order to comply with the Kaua‘i County Code.


Thursday, October 5, 2017
KPD warns public of new scam targeting kupuna

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is urging residents to be aware of a new scam on the island that is targeting kupuna, ages 60 and older.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Kaua'i Job Fair set for Oct. 11 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.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017
KFD reminds public about drone-free zones during emergency operations

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Fire Department officials are reminding the public to follow flight safety rules for unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, during emergency response operations.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017
KFD promotes Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

LĪHU‘E – Seconds can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. That’s why having a home escape plan is critical, and it’s the main message behind this year’s national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 to 14.


Monday, October 2, 2017
DOW's Make a Splash festival welcomes over 785 students

LIHUE – Over 785 students attended the Department of Water’s (DOW) 14th Annual Make a Splash with Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Festival, on Thursday, Sept. 28th at the Pua Loke Arboretum.


Monday, October 2, 2017
County officials to hold meeting on Anahola Clubhouse improvements on Wednesday, Oct. 4

ANAHOLA – The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency and the Department of Parks and Recreation are announcing a meeting on park improvements to Anahola Clubhouse on site, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4.


Friday, September 29, 2017
KAUA‘I COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING TO BE HELD AT KAUA‘I WAR MEMORIAL CONVENTION HALL ON OCTOBER 4, 2017

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Kaua‘i County Council will hold the October 4, 2017 Council Meeting at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall (KWMCH), starting at 8:30 a.m.


Friday, September 29, 2017
Roadwork to take place in Anahola area from Oct. 2 – Oct. 31

ANAHOLA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Maui Kupono Builders will be conducting roadwork in Anahola from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, from Oct. 2 through Oct. 31.


Thursday, September 28, 2017
Burgess sentenced to prison for promoting methamphetamine

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Scott Kaipo Burgess, age 60, formerly of Kapa‘a, was sentenced today to serve 10 years in prison for his role in a 2013 drug bust that yielded nearly 227 grams of methamphetamine, associated drug paraphernalia, and more than $20,000 in U.S. currency.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Committee on the Status of Women to ‘Paint the Town Pink’

LIHUE – The Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) will be getting pink on purpose for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Monday, September 25, 2017
Firefighters conduct two air rescues on Sunday

Firefighters responded to two distress calls on Sunday which required Air 1 rescue support in Pīla‘a and Wailua.


Monday, September 25, 2017
Over 200 acres scorched in Po‘ipū brush fire

PO‘IPŪ – Fire officials estimate that approximately 215 acres of brush burned during a fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon in Po‘ipū.


Monday, September 25, 2017
K-PAL receives donation from Kaua‘i Visitor Industry Charity Walk

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) received a check for $4,000 earlier this month thanks to the Kaua‘i Visitor Industry Charity Walk.


Monday, September 25, 2017
Waimea swimming pool to be closed on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8

The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8, due to a staffing shortage.


Sunday, September 24, 2017
Firefighters remain at scene of Po‘ipū brush fire

POIPU – Firefighters are responding to a brush fire that broke out in Po‘ipū on Sunday afternoon.


Saturday, September 23, 2017
Kapa‘a woman arrested following assault

LĪHU‘E – Police arrested a 20-year-old Kapa‘a woman after she assaulted a Kaua‘i Bus driver at Kukui Grove Shopping Center Friday night.


Friday, September 22, 2017
KPD hosts free car seat check as part of Child Passenger Safety Week

LĪHU'E – In recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Kaua'i Police Department (KPD) will be hosting a free car seat safety inspection on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Walmart in Līhu‘e.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Pua Loke Street partially closed on Sept. 28 for Make a Splash Festival

LIHUE –Access to Pua Loke Street, from Haleko Road towards the Department of Water (DOW) in Lihue, will be temporarily closed on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to accommodate the DOW’s 14th Annual Make a Splash water education Festival.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Kupuna services offered to promote fall prevention, wellness

LĪHU‘E – In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Friday, Sept. 22, the Agency on Elderly Affairs is reminding caregivers and kupuna of services offered to prevent falling, promote general well-being and ensure safe living conditions.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Police operation leads to arrests, removal of illegal campsites

The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) conducted a special mission on Monday in the Līhu‘e and Kapa‘a areas, which led to arrests, the removal of illegal campsites and the removal of abandoned property.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Altercation in Hanalei parking lot results in injuries

HANALEI – Police responded to an altercation involving multiple subjects on Saturday night in a Hanalei restaurant parking lot.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Medicare open enrollment period begins October 15 to December 7

LĪHU‘E – The Agency on Elderly Affairs is announcing that the Medicare open enrollment period begins Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Roadwork to take place on Maluhia Road from Sept. 25 - Sept. 29

KOLOA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Maui Kupono Builders will be conducting roadwork repairs on Maluhia Road, from Kaumuali‘i Highway to Ala Kinoiki, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29. 


Monday, September 18, 2017
Search suspended for missing California man

HAENA – The search for a missing California man in waters off Hā‘ena was suspended Monday morning following a three-day, multi-agency effort.


Monday, September 18, 2017
CERT announces upcoming classes in Kapa‘a

KAPA‘A – The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) announces upcoming training courses in Kapa‘a.


Monday, September 18, 2017
Statement from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on reinstating night football games
“For the past several years, we have been working diligently with our partners at the federal, state, and county levels to responsibly reinstate night football games during the endangered seabird fledgling season, which runs from September 15 through December 15 each year.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Multiple agencies search for missing California man

HAENA – Police, firefighters, personnel from the Ocean Safety Bureau and Coast Guard are searching for a missing California man in waters off Ha‘ena.


Friday, September 15, 2017
Hanalei woman arrested following Grand Jury indictment in Meth Case
LIHU‘E - Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced Friday that Aquila Ecolono, aka Aquila Say, 42, of Hanalei, was indicted on September 13 by a Fifth Circuit Grand Jury for six charges associated with an October 2016 incident in which officers from the Kaua‘i Police Department allegedly recovered more than an ounce of methamphetamine, as well as other drugs including hydrocodone, tramadol, alprazolam, diazepam, and more than an ounce of marijuana.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
County to prohibit vehicular access to shoreline at Hanalei Black Pot Beach
HANALEI – The Department of Parks and Recreation announces that vehicular access to the shoreline at Hanalei Black Pot Beach, between the Hanalei River mouth and the Hanalei Pier, will be prohibited as of Friday, Sept. 15 due to beach erosion.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
20-year prison sentence for Evan Craft in 2015 vehicular manslaughter case

LIHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Evan Randal Craft, 36, originally of Westlake Village, California, was today sentenced to serve an open 20-year term of imprisonment for running over and killing Michael Helppie, Jr., in the early morning hours of June 1, 2015, outside the Nāwiliwili Tavern in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Waimea swimming pool to be closed on Sunday

The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 16, due to a staffing shortage.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
County Health and Wellness Fair scheduled for September 20

LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend the County of Kaua‘i’s Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by Life’s Choices Kaua‘i with the Office of the Mayor and the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
DOW reminds Kilauea customers of water shutdown scheduled for Sept 13

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds Kilauea customers of the scheduled water shutdown on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, weather permitting.  Water will be turned off to customers located on Kauapea Road, Mihi Road, Makana Ano Place, Pali Momi Place, Iwalani Lane, Kahili Quarry Road, Titcomb Street, and Kanikele Street in addition to customers located on private connecting roads and along a portion of Kilauea Road from Keneke Street to the Kilauea Lighthouse.  To view a detailed map of the affected area, visit www.kauaiwater.org or visit the DOW’s Lihue office.


Monday, September 11, 2017
Public invited to Rice Street Block Party on Sept. 23

LĪHU'E – The public is invited to the Rice Street Block Party, a family-focused event, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, to experience a revitalized Rice Street District, and to see what proposed Rice Street improvements will look like as a part of the Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project.


Monday, September 11, 2017
Police recover body from Nāwiliwili

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police recovered the body of a 65-year-old man from waters near the Nāwiliwili Small Boat Harbor in Līhu‘e on Sunday morning.


Friday, September 8, 2017
Male visitor dies while snorkeling

KAUMAKANI – Kaua‘i police report that a male visitor died while snorkeling in waters approximately 40 yards off shore fronting Kaumakani on Friday morning.


Friday, September 8, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway at Haleilio Road set for September 11

WAILUA – The public is advised of a lane closure next week on Kūhiō Highway at the intersection of Haleilio Road in order for the Department of Public Works to install a steel plate over a manhole.


Friday, September 8, 2017
Ord. 1015 extends Assessment Cap to those properties where title was transferred

The Real Property Tax Assessment office announces that property owners who were previously denied the 3 percent Assessment Cap for Home Exemption due to a transfer of title may now retroactively adjust their 2017 assessments pursuant to Kauai County Ordinance 1015.


Thursday, September 7, 2017
County to host community meeting on drug addiction

KAPA'A – 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, Sept. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Thursday, September 7, 2017
Tree trimming planned for Kōloa Road on Sept. 14

KOLOA – The public is advised that Kōloa Road will be open to one lane of alternating traffic between Kaumuali‘i Highway and Lauoho Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.


Thursday, September 7, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Kilauea area on Sept 13

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an 8-hour water shutdown scheduled for Kilauea customers located on Kauapea Road, Mihi Road, Makana Ano Place, Pali Momi Place, Iwalani Lane, Kahili Quarry Road, Titcomb Street, Kanikele Street, including customers located on private connecting roads and on a portion of Kilauea Road, from Keneke Street to the Kilauea Lighthouse.  Water will be turned off on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., September 14, 2017, weather permitting.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Kaua‘i Made, Kaua‘i Grown tradeshow set for Sept. 15

LĪHU‘E – The public and wholesale buyers are invited to attend the Kaua‘i Made and Kaua‘i Grown Wholesale Tradeshow on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Līhu‘e.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017
KPD holds ceremony for Citizens Police Academy graduates

 LĪHU‘E – Thirteen civilians graduated from the Kaua‘i Police Department’s fifth Citizens Police Academy class on Thursday evening, Aug. 31, in the courtyard of Ka Hale Maka‘i o Kaua‘i, Police Headquarters.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017
ADA access improvements, additions to Hofgaard Park complete

WAIMEA – The County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency is announcing that construction on access improvements aligned with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Hofgaard Park is complete and the park open to the public.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Roadwork to take place on Kōloa Road from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22

KOLOA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Maui Kupono Builders will be conducting roadwork repairs on Kōloa Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, from Sept. 18 through Sept. 22.


Monday, September 4, 2017
Child in critical condition after being struck by vehicle

WAILUA – A four-year-old boy remains in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck on Sunday afternoon at Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua. 


Thursday, August 31, 2017
4 P.M. UPDATE: Temporary bridgework on ‘Anini Road complete; ‘Anini Road now open

‘Anini – The Department of Public Works is announcing that a temporary bridge structure over the existing ‘Anini Bridge No. 2 on ‘Anini Road is complete and ‘Anini Road is open in both directions.


Thursday, August 31, 2017
Jury returns guilty verdict in stolen car case

LĪHU‘E – Stephen Kaliko Makanani, age 32 of Kapa‘a, was found guilty today by a Fifth Circuit jury, of two felony charges relating to the theft of a vehicle from the parking lot behind the Dragon Building in Kapa‘a, in October 2016.


Thursday, August 31, 2017
Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Kekaha

KEKAHA – Firefighters extinguished a structure fire that broke out in Kekaha on Wednesday evening.


Thursday, August 31, 2017
Roadwork to take place in Lāwa‘i Hillside subdivision from Sept. 5 to Oct. 17

LAWAI – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Maui Kupono Builders will be conducting roadwork in Lāwa‘i Hillside subdivision in Lāwa‘i from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, from September 5 through October 17.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway at Haleilio Road set for Sept. 6-7

WAILUA – The public is advised of a lane closure next week on Kūhiō Highway at the intersection of Haleilio Road, in order for the Department of Public Works to conduct sewer-related inspections.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Waimea man sentenced to prison for domestic violence, kidnapping

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that David Alika Machado, age 30 of Waimea, was sentenced today to serve 10 years in prison for kidnapping and abusing his then wife at their home in September 2016.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Labor Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, along with all of the refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, all HI-5 bottle redemption centers, and Puhi Metals Recycling Center.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Lane closure on Olohena Road set for Sept. 5-8

KAPA‘A – One lane on Olohena Road in Kapa‘a will be closed between Waipouli Road and Hauiki Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Friday, Sept. 8. Alternating traffic will be directed though the open lane.