News Releases and Other Announcements

Thursday, August 17, 2017
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Olohena Road open to one lane of alternating traffic from August 21 to 25

KAPA‘A – The public is advised that Olohena Road in Kapa‘a will be open to one lane of alternating traffic between Waipouli Road and Hauiki Road, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 25.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Prison sentence for repeat domestic violence offender

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced today that Eldred B. Silva Jr., age 32 of Waimea, was ordered to serve a five-year prison sentence for an incident from June 2016 in which he bit, choked and punched his girlfriend during an early morning attack at the couple’s home.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tree Tunnel to close for maintenance work on August 26

KŌLOA – Maluhia Road, from the Tree Tunnel to the Ala Kino’iki Road junction, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, to allow the Department of Public Works to do tree trimming and remove dead branches.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Water conservation request lifted for Wainiha residents

WAINIHA – The water conservation request for residents located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha has been lifted as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Electrical power has been restored to the area’s water tank and pump station.  Customers may resume normal water use.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanalei transfer station

HANALEI – The public is advised that the Hanalei refuse transfer station will not accept any waste for the remainder of today, Aug. 15, due to an equipment problem.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Water conservation request issued for Wainiha

WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for residents located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha until further notice, due to an electrical power outage scheduled by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), today, August 15th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Residents and businesses located on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha are advised to limit water consumption to essential uses only, in order to avoid a water outage.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Statehood Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 18, along with all refuse transfer stations and the Kekaha Landfill.


Friday, August 11, 2017
Lane closures in the vicinity of Kūhiō Highway and Haleilio Road set for August 21 through August 23

WAILUA – The public is advised of three separate lane closures in order to allow for inspection work on sewer pipelines in the areas of Kūhiō Highway and Haleilio Road from Aug. 21 through Aug. 23.


Friday, August 11, 2017
K-PAL offers boxing, jiu jitsu classes

The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) is accepting registrations for boxing and jiu jitsu classes, including a new all-girls boxing program.


Thursday, August 10, 2017
Agency on Elderly Affairs to host “Live Well, Age Well” symposium on August 17

LĪHU‘E – The Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA) will be hosting “Live Well, Age Well,” a symposium for our kupuna that focuses on healthier choices, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall on Thursday, August 17, at 3 p.m.


Wednesday, August 9, 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, August 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Bridgework, road closure to take place on ‘Anini Road from Aug. 28 to 31

‘Anini – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Kaikor Construction Company will be installing a temporary bridge structure over the existing ‘Anini Bridge No. 2 on ‘Anini Road from Aug. 28 through Aug. 31, which will result in road closures during working hours.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017
KPD promotes Neighborhood Watch program

LĪHU‘E – Neighborhood Watch is a valuable program for communities across the nation, and the Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is encouraging Kaua‘i residents to participate and get involved.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
Roadwork to take place in Ulu Mahi Subdivision from Aug. 7 to Aug. 17

LĪHU'E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that DMK & Associates LLC will be conducting roadwork in Ulu Mahi Subdivision in Līhu‘e from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, from Aug. 7 through Aug. 17.


Monday, July 31, 2017
Survey for Kaua'i Bus Short-Range Transit Plan open until Sept. 4

LĪHU'E – After holding islandwide, public information and community comment sessions on the Kaua'i Bus Short-Range Transit Plan, the County of Kaua'i’s Transportation Agency is reminding the public that a survey for the plan will be open until Sept. 4.


Friday, July 28, 2017
Mayor Carvalho, Kaua‘i Yankees complete goodwill mission to Japan

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. recently returned from a successful goodwill mission in Japan to promote Kaua‘i as a sports and cultural-exchange destination.


Friday, July 28, 2017
Kaua‘i Bus announces modified schedule for Saturday, July 29

KŌLOA – The public is advised of modifications to the Kaua‘i Bus schedule that will be in effect on Saturday, July 29, to accommodate the Historic Kōloa Plantation Days Parade.


Friday, July 28, 2017
CASPER survey to assess emergency preparedness on Kaua‘i

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is assisting the Department of Health’s (DOH) Kaua‘i District Health Office to conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey to assess the emergency preparedness levels of local residents.


Friday, July 28, 2017
Real property taxes due Aug. 20

LĪHU‘E – County officials would like to remind Kaua‘i property owners that the first installment of real property taxes for the 2017-2018 tax year are due on August 20.


Thursday, July 27, 2017
Road closures for portions of Olohena Road from Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 14-18

KAPA‘A – The public is advised of two separate road closures set for portions of Olohena Road in Kapa‘a. The closures will allow the Public Works Roads Division to trim large albizia trees along Olohena Road.


Thursday, July 27, 2017
Road closures for Historic Kōloa Plantation Days Parade

KŌLOA – The annual Historic Kōloa Plantation Days Parade is scheduled for this Saturday, July 29 at 10 a.m.


Thursday, July 27, 2017
KPD honors 88th Police Recruit Class graduates

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held its 88th Police Recruit graduation ceremony on July 20 at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Kaua‘i man sentenced in monk seal harassment case

Līhu‘e – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Shylo Kaena Akuna, 20, of Līhu‘e, was today sentenced to serve a prison sentence for his harassment of a Hawaiian monk seal at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapēpē on April of 2016.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017
County to host inaugural community bike ride event

LĪHU'E – The public is invited to attend the inaugural Rice Roll bicycle event on Aug. 1 at 4:45 p.m. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities will meet at the Lihue Civic Center Rotunda for an opportunity to ride their bikes together in a safe and fun-filled atmosphere.


Monday, July 24, 2017
Jury finds pair guilty in methamphetamine case

Līhu‘e – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced today that a fifth circuit jury found Michelle Salvas and Cory Sarmiento, both 38 and of Kapa‘a, guilty of 11 of 12 counts in the felony information and non-felony complaint relating to crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia found in their vehicle after a lengthy police chase in July of 2012.


Monday, July 24, 2017
County to hold community meeting on Workforce Housing project

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 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kōloa Neighborhood Center located at 3461 Weliweli Road, Kōloa.


Monday, July 24, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Hanamaulu area on July 27

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water shutdown for customers located on the mauka-side of Kuhio Highway, between Laulima Street and Kapule Highway in Hanamaulu.  Water will be turned off on Thursday, July 27 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday July 28; weather permitting.


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.