News Releases and Other Announcements

Saturday, January 21, 2017
High Wind Warning and High Surf Advisory issued for County of Kaua‘i

LĪHU'E – The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning effective from noon on Saturday through 6 a.m. on Sunday. A High Surf Advisory is also in effect from noon today through 6 p.m. on Sunday for all east-facing shores.


Friday, January 20, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Koloa area on Tuesday, Jan. 24

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled an 8-hour water shutdown for customers located on Waihohonou Road and select customers on Wailaau Road in Koloa.  The shutdown will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, weather permitting.


Friday, January 20, 2017
Police identify female body located in waters off Na Pali Coast
KALALAU – Police have identified the body of a woman who was found Wednesday afternoon in waters off the Na Pali Coast as Ramona van Schendel, age 39, of the Netherlands.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Idaho man dies in waters off Moloa‘a Beach

MOLOA‘A – An Idaho man drowned in waters off Moloa‘a Beach on Thursday afternoon. Police have identified him as 64-year-old Michael Tremblay.


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Firefighters respond to structure fire in Kalaheo

KALAHEO – Firefighters responded to a structure fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on Na‘au Road in Kalāheo. No injuries were reported. 


Thursday, January 19, 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.


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Prison sentence in ‘Ele‘ele stabbing incident

LIHUE – Christopher Cruz, 34, of ‘Ele‘ele, was today sentenced to an open 20-year prison term for stabbing his pregnant girlfriend in December of 2015.


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Police seek public’s assistance in identifying female body located in waters off Na Pali Coast

 KALALAU  – Police are seeking the public’s help in identify the body of a woman found Wednesday afternoon in waters off the Na Pali Coast on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. Foul play is not suspected in the cause of her death. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Police seek public’s assistance in identifying female body located in waters off Na Pali Coast

 KALALAU  – Police are seeking the public’s help in identify the body of a woman found Wednesday afternoon in waters off the Na Pali Coast on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. Foul play is not suspected in the cause of her death. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Kūhiō Highway closed following two-car crash in Princeville
PRINCEVILLE – Kūhiō Highway in Princeville was closed in both directions on Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision that occurred near Princeville Airport.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Guilty verdict in meth case

LIHUE – A Fifth Circuit jury on Tuesday found Stanley Lani Akau, Jr. guilty of four drug and weapon related charges.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Water shutdown scheduled for Hanamaulu area on Thursday, Jan. 19

HANAMAULU – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a 9-hour water shutdown for the Hanamaulu area on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Affected customers are located on Aikepa Street, Anai Street, Amo Street, Hanamaulu Road (from Amo Street to the end of the road), and Hehi Road.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Lane closures on Puhi Road set for Jan. 23-24
PUHI – The public is advised that there will be intermittent lane closures on Puhi Road next week between the intersections of Kaneka and Haleukana Street. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Public hearing re. Departmental Draft of General Plan update set for Jan. 31
LĪHU‘E – The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at the end of January regarding “Kaua‘i Kakou”, the Departmental Draft of the General Plan update. 

Friday, January 13, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore
Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at all North Shore beaches, west of the Hanalei Pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions

Friday, January 13, 2017
Safe Routes to School to be discussed at Hanamā‘ulu meeting

HANAMĀʻULU – The Department of Public Works will hold a public information meeting regarding the first phase of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) improvements planned for Hanamāʻulu.


Thursday, January 12, 2017
Male visitor dies of apparent drowning off Waiohai Beach
POIPU  – A 66-year-old male visitor died of an apparent drowning in waters off Waiohai Beach in Po‘ipū on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Waimea swimming pool closed Jan. 15-17

WAIMEA -- The Waimea swimming pool will be closed from Sunday, Jan. 15 to Tuesday, Jan. 17. The facility will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 18.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 along with the Kekaha Landfill, all refuse transfer stations, Kaua'i Resource Center and all neighborhood centers.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Guilty plea in 2013 murder case

LĪHU'E – Giovanni Lictawa Corpuz, 44, of Kōloa, today entered a plea of guilty to one count of Murder in the second degree.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Lane closure on Kuhio Highway in Waipouli, Friday, Jan. 13

WAIPOULI – The Department of Water (DOW) advises motorists that pavement patching will be performed on Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of North Papaloa Road and Coconut Marketplace from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Blessing held for Kaniko‘o phase two

LĪHU‘E – A blessing was held this morning to mark the completion of Kaniko‘o phase two, an affordable rental complex for seniors in Līhu‘e.


Friday, January 6, 2017
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē transfer station

HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that loose mixed waste will not be accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station until further notice due to a mechanical failure with the mixed waste hopper.


Friday, January 6, 2017
Survey to be conducted at Salt Pond Beach Park
HANAPĒPĒ – A small portion of Salt Pond Beach Park next to the restrooms will be closed to the public next week to allow SCS Engineers to conduct an archaeological survey.

Friday, January 6, 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.


Friday, January 6, 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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhi‘ō Highway near Kapaia Bridge set for tomorrow
KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane on Kūhiō Highway (heading towards Līhu‘e) in Kapaia will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Workshop series designed to help seniors manage 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).


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Kapa‘a swimming pool to close for KIF swim meet
KAPA‘A -- The Kapa‘a swimming pool will be closed to the public on Saturday, Jan. 7 for a Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation (KIF) swim meet.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Seal coating work scheduled for Pu‘u Ka‘a and Awa‘a subdivisions
KAPA‘A – The public is advised that in the coming weeks, no parking will be allowed in the designated work zones in the Pu‘u Ka‘a and Awa‘a subdivisons to allow for seal coating work.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
CERT announces upcoming classes in Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a and Princeville

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) announces upcoming training courses in Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a and Princeville. CERT is a free six-week disaster and emergency preparedness course that is tailored to citizens and taught by firefighters.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Hanapēpē home destroyed by fire

HANAPEPE – A Hanapēpē home was completely destroyed after a fire broke out Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported. 


Sunday, January 1, 2017
Man injures hand with fireworks
WAILUA – A 28-year-old man sustained serious injuries to his right hand in a fireworks related incident in Wailua Houselots shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Friday, December 30, 2016
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that county services will be affected by the New Year holiday.


Thursday, December 29, 2016
County issues alert re. third party bill payment service

LĪHU‘E – County officials issued an alert today about the additional surcharge for online payments made via doxo.com for county services such as real property taxes, motor vehicle registration renewals, sewer and water bills.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016
RSVP launches school supplies collection drive
LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i RSVP, an organization that’s sponsored by the Agency on Elderly Affairs, today announced the launch of its school supplies collection drive for students in need at Kōloa Elementary School.

Friday, December 23, 2016
Christmas trees accepted for recycling

LĪHU‘E – County officials are encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees. 

Friday, December 23, 2016
Kaua‘i Police Chief encourages motorists to drive safely this holiday season
Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl D. Perry and the Kaua'i Police Department urges motorists to drive safely throughout the holiday season.

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Permits required to ignite New Year’s Eve firecrackers

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua'i Fire Department is reminding residents that a permit from the fire department is required to purchase and ignite firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that county operations will be affected by Christmas falling on a Sunday this year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Deadline approaching for input on Black Pot Beach Park master plan
 LĪHU'E – Department of Parks and Recreation (DOPR) officials are reminding the public that the deadline to provide input on the draft preferred master plan for Black Pot Beach Park is Saturday, Dec. 31.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Update on HI5 redemption centers

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that only two HI5 bottle redemption centers are currently open due to the transition to a new vendor at the Kaua‘i Resource Center and a delay in the arrival of a certified scale.


Monday, December 19, 2016
Kalaheo residents reminded about overnight water shutdown, roadwork Dec. 20 - 21

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) is reminding Kalaheo residents that an 8-hour water shutdown is scheduled for the Brydeswood Subdivision and Kaumualii Highway, between Papalina Road and Halewili Road.  The closure will take place from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, weather permitting.


Saturday, December 17, 2016
Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. issues statement re. his intent to veto Bill 2635
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Kaua‘i County Council passed Bill No. 2635, which allows the sale of alcohol at the Wailua Golf Course via roving concessions.

Friday, December 16, 2016
All North Shore beaches are closed today
LĪHU‘E – The Ocean Safety Bureau has closed all of the North Shore beaches today, from Hanalei to Kē‘ē, due to hazardous ocean conditions.

Friday, December 16, 2016
Kūhiō Highway closed in Kalihiwai due to traffic crash – 3:10 p.m.
KALIHIWAI – Kaua‘i police have closed Kūhiō Highway at the South Kalihiwai Road junction due to a major traffic crash.

Friday, December 16, 2016
Motorcyclist dies in Kalihiwai traffic crash
 KALIHIWAI – A 63-year-old Kapa‘a man died in a traffic crash while riding a motorcycle in Kalihiwai this afternoon. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Road closures for Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade
WAIMEA – The annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Apology to Firefighter Dylan K. James

LĪHU'E – On Saturday, July 16, 2016, The Garden Island newspaper erroneously reported that Dylan Kekoa James, a firefighter with the Kaua‘i Fire Department, was indicted on five counts of first-degree sexual assault. The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney wishes to notify the public that Kaua‘i Firefighter Dylan Kekoa James, a graduate of the 26th KFD Recruit Class, was wrongly identified in this news article and has no connection to this court case.


Thursday, December 15, 2016
Waimea swimming pool closed on Dec. 18
WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 18 due to a staff shortage.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē transfer station – 10 a.m.
HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that loose mixed waste is currently not being accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station due to a mechanical failure with the mixed waste hopper.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Water shutdown, roadwork scheduled for Kalaheo area Dec. 20 - 21

KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled an 8-hour water shutdown for Kalaheo residents in the Brydeswood Subdivision and on Kaumualii Highway between Papalina Road and Halewili Road. The closure will take place from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, weather permitting.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Four HI5 redemption centers to close for a few days next week
LĪHU‘E – The four HI5 bottle redemption centers that are operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) will be closed for a few days next week while the new processing vendor mobilizes. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Hiker airlifted from Uluwehi Falls
WAILUA – Firefighters responded to a call of a female hiker in distress Friday afternoon near Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls, in Wailua.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Kūhiō Highway in Kīlauea closed in both directions
KILAUEA – Kūhiō Highway in Kīlauea is closed in both directions as of 6 p.m. Saturday, due to a downed utility line between Pāpa‘a Road and S. Koolau Road.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Wailua set for Dec. 14
WAILUA – Motorists are advised that the outer northbound lane on Kūhiō Highway in Wailua will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Name change for Kaua‘i Civil Defense Agency effective Dec. 8
LĪHU‘E – The voters in the 2016 General Election approved an amendment to the Kaua‘i County Charter that renames the county’s Civil Defense Agency (KCDA) as the Emergency Management Agency.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
DOW warns customers of phone scam
LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) is warning the public about a possible telephone scam targeting DOW customers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Public input sought via survey for Kaua‘i transit plan
LĪHU'E – In its efforts to develop a road map for the future of The Kaua‘i Bus, the County Transportation Agency is conducting a survey and is encouraging the public to provide input.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Kaua‘i Recycles drop bins not available in Lāwa‘i Dec. 10-13
LĀWA‘I -- The Kaua‘i Recycles drop bins at the Lāwa‘i post office will not be available for four days, from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, to allow for the repaving of the parking lot.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Body of missing kayaker found this morning
WAILUA – The body of the female visitor who went missing Saturday evening while on a kayak tour on the Wailua River was found this morning.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i
LĪHU‘E – A Flash Flood Warning (FFW) for the island of Kaua‘i was issued by the National Weather Service at 4 p.m. this afternoon. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i extended – 7 p.m.
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 10 p.m. tonight.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
One lane open on Kūhiō Highway in Hanalei – 7:15 p.m.
HANALEI – Kaua‘i police have reopened one lane of Kūhi‘ō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge and are alternating traffic in the area.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i cancelled
HANALEI – While the National Weather Service has cancelled the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect at least until Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Nine kayakers rescued on Wailua River, one missing
WAILUA – Nine people on a kayak tour were rescued Saturday evening on the Wailua River, while one person remains missing.

Friday, December 2, 2016
10 AM FRIDAY: Kūhiō Highway in Hanalei is closed
HANALEI – Kūhi‘ō Highway, in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge, has been closed due to due to rising water levels in the area. The roadway will be reopened when authorities deem it safe for passage.

Friday, December 2, 2016
12:30 PM FRIDAY: Flash Flood Warning extended for north-facing slopes; Kūhiō Highway remains closed

LĪHU'E – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for the north-facing slopes of Kaua‘i, including Hā‘ena, Hanalei, Kē‘ē, Kīlauea, Koke‘e, Na Pali, and Princeville. The Flash Flood Warning was dropped for all other areas across the island. 

Friday, December 2, 2016
One lane open on Kūhiō Highway in Hanalei
HANALEI – Kaua‘i police have reopened one lane of Kūhi‘ō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge and are alternating traffic in the area.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Wailua set for Dec. 5-9

WAILUA – Motorists are advised that the outer northbound lane on Kūhiō Highway in Wailua will be closed from Monday, Dec. 5 to Friday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Thursday, December 1, 2016
Temporary closure of Kaua‘i Resource Center to begin Dec. 14
LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) will be closed temporarily starting Dec. 14 as the county transitions to a new vendor and the permitting, contracting, and mobilization processes for the new contract are completed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Roadwork on Kuhio Highway postponed

WAIPOULI – The Department of Water (DOW) has postponed the roadwork that was planned for Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, on Kuhio Highway in Waipouli, due to the anticipation of high traffic volumes for the annual Lights on Rice Parade scheduled that day.


Monday, November 28, 2016
Traffic advisory for Lights on Rice Parade and Christmas Craft Fair
LĪHU'E – The annual Lights on Rice Parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, November 28, 2016
New ordinance extends re-certification period for ADUs
LĪHU'E – A bill relating to additional dwelling units (ADU) was recently passed by the Kaua‘i County Council and signed into law by Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Sewage spill reported on Kūhiō Highway in Hanamā‘ulu

HANAMAULU – Wastewater officials responded to a sewage spill that occurred on Kūhiō Highway in Hanamā‘ulu on Saturday.


Saturday, November 26, 2016
Hanamā‘ulu traffic crash closes Kūhiō Highway
HANAMAULU – A single-vehicle traffic crash that occurred Saturday morning in Hanamā‘ulu caused Kūhiō Highway to be closed in both directions near the Kapaia Road junction.