News Releases and Other Announcements

Monday, May 21, 2018
Kīlauea mobile eWaste recycling event set for Sunday

The County of Kaua‘i Recycling Office is announcing a free electronic waste recycling event for residents and businesses set for Sunday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Anaina Hou Community Park behind Kaua‘i Mini Golf in Kīlauea.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Solid Waste Division flood-debris management update

The county’s Solid Waste Division advises residents of the following flood-related debris management updates.


Friday, May 18, 2018
KPD seeks information on fatal stabbing

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking anyone with information about the suspect who fatally stabbed a woman Thursday at First Hawaiian Bank in Līhu‘e to please come forward.


Friday, May 18, 2018
Transportation Agency driveway to be closed for repairs

LĪHU‘E  – The County of Kaua‘i Transportation Agency is announcing that its driveway on Ho‘olako Street in Līhu‘e will be closed for repairs from Monday, May 21, to Friday, May 25.


Thursday, May 17, 2018
Grand Jury indicts four men allegedly involved in Kaua‘i drug ring

Līhu‘e – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that a Fifth Circuit Grand Jury today indicted four men for their alleged involvement in a Kaua‘i drug ring that moved significant quantities of heroin and methamphetamine.


Thursday, May 17, 2018
Man in custody after fatal stabbing

LĪHU‘E – Louis Landsman, age 34, was arrested on Thursday for Murder in the Second Degree, after he stabbed and killed a woman at First Hawaiian Bank in Līhu‘e.


Thursday, May 17, 2018
Partial road closure scheduled for Kuli Road in Kalaheo on May 24

KALĀHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a partial road closure on Kuli Road in Kalāheo, scheduled for Thursday, May 24th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.  DOW will be conducting water system improvements at the beginning of Kuli Road, approximately 200 feet from Kaumuali‘i Highway.  The partial road closure will prevent motorists from accessing Kuli Road from Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kalāheo.  Residents and visitors are advised to plan ahead to utilize alternate routes; through Wawae Road or Pu’uwai Road, in order to access and exit Kuli Road during the scheduled road closure. 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall to reopen May 18 to limited use

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall will reopen Friday, May 18, for limited use.


Monday, May 14, 2018
KEMA urges residents to report flood damage for FEMA individual assistance appeal

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is urging Kaua‘i residents affected by the April 14-15 flooding event to submit any unreported damages of homes and businesses. All reports will be used in the state’s appeal to qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program.


Monday, May 14, 2018
Three swimmers rescued from waters off Waiohai Beach

PO‘IPŪ – Three swimmers were rescued from waters off Waiohai Beach in Po‘ipū on Wednesday, May 9, in separate incidents.


Monday, May 14, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Kapaia Bridge in Kapaia set for May 21 through 24

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Kapaia Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on three consecutive nights, starting on the evening of May 21 and finishing the morning of May 24.


Monday, May 14, 2018
KPD celebrates National Police Week

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department celebrates National Police Week, May 13 – 19, to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.


Monday, May 14, 2018
DOW announces new window service hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., effective June 1, 2018

LIHUE - The Department of Water (DOW) announces new window services hours of operation for its Fiscal and Engineering services from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays, effective June 1, 2018. 


Friday, May 11, 2018
4:45 P.M. MAY 11 UPDATE: County announces current updates for affected residents

County announces current updates for affected residents.


Thursday, May 10, 2018
Solid Waste Division reminds residents of flood-debris management updates

The County of Kaua‘i’s Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division is reminding residents of the following updates for flood-related refuse collection and debris management.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5 P.M. FINAL DOW UPDATE: Water services restored to customers in Wailua, partial one-lane road closu

(5 P.M. FINAL UPDATE) WAILUA- Water services have been restored to all customers located on Lihau Street, Aleo Street, Kuhoho Street, Paako Street, Molo Street, Iliki Street, Alahele Street and Hie Street including a portion of Kuamoo Road, between Opaekaa Road and Paako Street in Wailua at approximately 5 p.m. this evening.  Customers may resume normal water use.  Emergency repairs to the mainline have been completed, however DOW crews will continue to work in the area to conduct additional system repairs and roadwork. The partial one-lane road closure with alternating traffic control will remain in place along Kuamoo Road for approximately 5 to 6 hours.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
4 P.M. DOW UPDATE: Emergency water service shut down for a portion of Kuamoo Road in Wailua, today M

(4 P.M. UPDATE) WAILUA- The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water service shutdown for customers located on Lihau Street, Aleo Street, Kuhoho Street, Paako Street, Molo Street, Iliki Street, Alahele Street and Hie Street including a portion of Kuamoo Road, between Opaekaa Road and Paako Street in Wailua.  Water service was turned off to customers in the affected area at approximately 4 p.m. today, due to a recent 8-inch mainline break in the Kapaa system.  Water services to the affected area is expected to be unavailable for approximately 2 to 3 hours while DOW crews conduct emergency repairs.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
4 P.M. MAY 9 UPDATE: Placards for Wainiha, Hā‘ena residents to be available at Planning Department

Starting Monday, May 14, Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents may receive a placard and/or shuttle pass at the Planning Department at the Līhu‘e Civic Center in Līhu‘e from 9 to 11 a.m. on weekdays.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Emergency water service shut down for a portion of Kuamoo Road in Wailua, today May 9

WAILUA- The Department of Water (DOW) has announced an emergency water service shutdown for select Wailua customers located on Lihau Street, Aleo Street, Kuhoho Street, Paako Street, Molo Street, Iliki Street, Alahele Street and Hie Street; including a portion of Kuamoo Road, between Opaekaa Road and Paako Street in Wailua, due to an 8-inch mainline break.  DOW crews are currently conducting investigation of the break to determine the location and system requirements in order to repair the underground leak.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
No injuries reported after helicopter makes emergency landing

LUMAHA‘I – Rescue specialists and county officials responded to an incident involving an Airborne Aviation helicopter that made an emergency landing in Lumaha‘i on Tuesday.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Single-vehicle crash results in road closure, arrest

PO‘IPŪ – A 30-year-old O‘ahu man was arrested Sunday night, following a single vehicle crash on Maluhia Road in Po‘ipū.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The County of Kaua‘i Agency on Elderly Affairs to celebrate 25th Anniversary of NSHFD

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Agency on Elderly Affairs will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day (NSHFD) on Wednesday, May 30, at the Mo‘ikeha Building rotunda from 10 to 11 a.m.


Monday, May 7, 2018
Survey work to be conducted on Kōloa Road on Tuesday, May 8

KŌLOA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that one lane of alternating traffic will be open for portions of Kōloa Road to allow for the performance of pavement survey work on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.


Monday, May 7, 2018
4:15 P.M. MAY 7 UPDATE: County reminds North Shore residents of current updates

As emergency officials continue to demobilize from the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area, the public is advised of the following operational updates.


Monday, May 7, 2018
Online registration for Summer Enrichment Program begins May 9

LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that online registration for the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) will begin on Wednesday, May 9, 8 a.m., on the county website, www.kauai.gov/SummerPrograms.


Sunday, May 6, 2018
4 P.M. MAY 6 UPDATE: County announces operational updates for North Shore residents

Due to the reopening of Kūhiō Highway to limited local access, emergency officials are beginning to demobilize from the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area. The public is advised of the following operational updates.


Saturday, May 5, 2018
4:15 P.M. MAY 5 UPDATE: Modified schedule announced for limited local access to Wainiha, Hā‘ena

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced today a modified schedule for the single lane route on Kūhiō Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha, which will remain open to  local traffic only.


Friday, May 4, 2018
6 P.M. MAY 4 UPDATE: Over 300 attend community meetings for residents affected by April flood

Over 300 people in total attended the community meetings held this week in Kōloa, Anahola and Hanalei. At the meetings, over 30 representatives from county, state, federal and non-governmental agencies shared valuable resources, and updates on emergency relief efforts in and around the communities affected by the April flooding event. 


Friday, May 4, 2018
Public meetings for Draft Environmental Impact Statement for new municipal solid waste landfill set

The County of Kaua‘i will host two public meetings to provide information on the county’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the new Kaua‘i landfill to be located on Ma‘alo Road.


Friday, May 4, 2018
Emergency rule and order prohibits operation of TVRs, limiting accessibility of transportation

Effective May 4 until at least May 31, 2018, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has promulgated an emergency rule and order prohibiting the operation of Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) in the Lumaha‘i, Wainiha, Hā‘ena area and limiting the accessibility to said area. These restrictions may be extended beyond May 31, 2018.


Friday, May 4, 2018
Kaua‘i Fire Department rededicates Kalāheo fire station

KALAHEO - The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a blessing and rededication ceremony on Monday for the newly renovated Kalāheo fire station.


Friday, May 4, 2018
Ocean Safety officials dedicate new lifeguard tower Tuesday

POIPU - Ocean Safety and Kaua‘i Fire officials held a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, for the county’s newest lifeguard tower located off Nukumoi Point at Po‘ipū Beach Park.


Thursday, May 3, 2018
3:45 P.M. MAY 3 UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Waikoko to Wainiha to open to local traffic

The County of Kaua‘i and the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation have announced that one lane on Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Waikoko and Wainiha will be open to local traffic only beginning Friday, May 4.


Thursday, May 3, 2018
Hanalei Beach Park in the vicinity of Black Pot Beach closed due to safety concerns

Hanalei – Hanalei Beach Park in the vicinity of Black Pot Beach is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Waimea, Kapa‘a swimming pools to resume normal business hours and will reopen on Sundays

The Waimea and Kapa‘a swimming pools will resume normal business hours and will reopen on Sundays beginning May 13.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:30 P.M. MAY 1 UPDATE: Building permits not required for repairs under $10K

The Department of Public Works Buildings Division is reminding residents affected by the flood that property damage under $10,000 does not require a building permit for repairs.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
KPD plants pinwheels for child abuse prevention

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) held a pinwheel garden planting ceremony Wednesday, April 25, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
KPD collects 273 pounds of prescription drugs during Drug Take Back Day

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department collected 273 pounds in unused or expired prescription medications and other drugs during its 15th annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28.


Monday, April 30, 2018
Motor Vehicle Registration deadline extended for isolated Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents

Isolated residents in the Wainiha and Hā‘ena area who missed the Motor Vehicle Registration deadline on April 30 will have until May 31 to renew their registrations.


Monday, April 30, 2018
Registration for Keiki and Junior Lifeguard programs begins May 1

LĪHU'E – Ocean Safety officials announce that online registration for the 2018 Keiki and Junior Lifeguard programs will begin on Tuesday, May 1.


Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:15 P.M. APRIL 28 UPDATE: Mayor Carvalho visits Kōloa, Hanalei communities

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and county officials on Friday and Saturday visited residents in Kōloa and Hanalei affected by the recent flood. County officials also toured Kahiliholo Road in Kilauea which suffered major flood-related damage.


Friday, April 27, 2018
7:15 P.M. APRIL 27 UPDATE: One-lane emergency route opens Saturday; road still not safe for public

A one-lane emergency access route to Wainiha and Hā‘ena will open on Saturday, April 28, according to Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT). This one-lane route will be used exclusively for designated emergency responders and coordinated disaster recovery operations.


Friday, April 27, 2018
Notice from the Kaua‘i District Health Office

Health Recommendations Related to the Flood Response


Friday, April 27, 2018
Site blessing held for Koa‘e Makana on Friday

KŌLOA – The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency in partnership with Mark Development held a site blessing for Koa‘e Makana, a new Workforce Housing project to be located in Kōloa, on Friday.


Friday, April 27, 2018
UPDATE: Community meetings set for next week

Community meetings will be held next week for all Kaua‘i residents affected by the recent flooding.


Friday, April 27, 2018
Kauai Board of Water Supply appoints Bryan Wienand as Manager and Chief Engineer

LIHUE – The Kauai Board of Water Supply (KBWS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Wienand as Manager and Chief Engineer for the Department of Water (DOW) effective May 1, 2018.  Mr. Wienand has been with DOW since 2015 and currently serves as Deputy Manager.  He will lead DOW’s 88 employees within its seven divisions and oversee operations of the county’s nine water systems currently servicing over 21,000 service connections, island wide.


Friday, April 27, 2018
Kīlauea Neighborhood Center to process permits starting April 30

The Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that the Kīlauea Neighborhood Center will start processing permits for County of Kaua‘i park facilities starting on Monday, April 30.


Thursday, April 26, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 26 UPDATE: Bulky items collected today in Wainiha, Hā‘ena

Department of Public Works officials began a limited bulky item pick-up today for the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area. Officials will continue to collect limited bulky items such as furniture, mattresses, and rolled up carpets. Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents are asked to leave out these bulky items along Kūhiō Highway or the county’s right of way. Other items such as appliances and metals will be collected at a later date. A regular schedule for bulky item collection has not yet been set.


Thursday, April 26, 2018
Community meetings set for next week

Community meetings will be held next week for all Kaua‘i residents affected by the recent flooding.


Thursday, April 26, 2018
County announces updates to solid waste collection and services

The Department of Public Works has announced that household trash will be collected on Monday, April 30, for residents in Wainiha and Hā‘ena. Residents are asked to bag and secure their trash, and set it out on Sunday evening. If you do not have a county trash bin, please bag and secure your trash by 7 a.m. on Monday.


Thursday, April 26, 2018
Water services restored to customers located along a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water services to customers located along the Makai-end of Weke Road near Black Pot Beach in Hanalei as of Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  DOW crews have installed a temporary service connection along Weke Road to restore water services to customers until a permanent replacement of the damaged mainline along Weke Road can be completed.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 25 UPDATE: Kaua‘i’s flash flood event could set new national record

According to the National Weather Service, preliminary data indicates that the rainfall during the flash flood event from April 14 to 15 broke the national record of the most rainfall during a 24-hour period. Kaua‘i’s rain gage located in Waipa recorded 49.69 inches of rain, and if verified, it would break the current record of 43 inches of rain reported at Alvin, Texas, in 1979.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Kekaha man dies from injuries following traffic crash

KEKAHA – A 76-year-old man died from his injuries following a traffic collision in Kekaha Saturday night.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 24 UPDATE: Mayor signs supplementary emergency proclamation

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. signed a supplementary emergency proclamation Tuesday as the County of Kaua‘i continues to engage in various emergency response operations islandwide.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
National Denim Day is April 25

LĪHU‘E – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day, the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) along with the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i and Hanalei are encouraging all to wear denim on Wednesday, April 25.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 23 UPDATE: Trash picked up and fuel distributed in Wainiha-Hā‘ena area today

Public Works officials successfully collected bagged trash from Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents on Monday, April 23. A regular schedule for trash collection in this area has not yet been established, and residents are asked to hold their larger items for disposal to be announced at a later date.


Monday, April 23, 2018
County hosts Drug Take Back Day

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department and Life’s Choices Kauai are teaming up to collect unused or expired prescription medication and other drugs on Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, 3990 Ka‘ana St. in Līhu‘e.


Monday, April 23, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 23 UPDATE: Trash picked up and fuel distributed in Wainiha-Hā‘ena area today
Public Works officials successfully collected bagged trash from Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents on Monday, April 23. A regular schedule for trash collection in this area has not yet been established, and residents are asked to hold their larger items for disposal to be announced at a later date.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 22 UPDATE: Over 400 people attend community meeting in Wainiha

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., the County of Kaua‘i, state, federal, and community partners held a community meeting today at the Hanalei Colony Resort for the isolated Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
5:50 P.M. APRIL 21 UPDATE: Water and power return to normal in Wainiha, Hā‘ena

Drinking water and electricity have been restored to normal for all affected residents in the Wainiha and Hā‘ena communities.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Brown water advisory remains in effect for most of Kaua‘i

A Brown Water Advisory remains in effect for most of Kaua‘i, according to the Hawai‘i Department of Health.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Police reminding the public Kūhiō Highway, between Waikoko and Waihnia, is closed to public

The Kaua‘i Police Department is reminding the public that Kūhiō Highway, between Waikoko and Wainiha, remains closed as crews work to clear multiple landslides.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Do not drink advisory lifted for customers located along a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the “Do not drink” advisory for residents located along a portion of Kuhio Highway; between Manoa Stream and the Limahuli Stream area in Haena as of 11 a.m. today, April 21, 2018.  Customers may resume normal water use.  DOW has completed the water quality assessments to confirm that the water quality is safe for drinking and in compliance with safe drinking water standards.  There are no other water quality advisories reported for DOW systems at this time.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Community meeting for Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents set for Sunday

A community meeting for isolated Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hanalei Colony Resort on 5-7130 Kūhiō Highway.


Friday, April 20, 2018
6 P.M. APRIL 20 UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch cancelled; EOC remains activated through the weekend

As recovery efforts continue through the weekend, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency’s (KEMA) Emergency Operations Center will remain activated in coordination with county, state, federal and non-governmental partners.


Friday, April 20, 2018
2018 VOTER REGISTRATION NOTIFICATION MAILING

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division will be mailing voter registration notifications to voters beginning on Friday, April 20, 2018.  Supplemental mailings will be completed over the next few months.


Friday, April 20, 2018
Kīlauea man arrested after extorting victims during the North Shore relief efforts

WAINIHA – Kaua‘i Police arrested a 33-year-old male of Kīlauea on Thursday after he allegedly extorted money from flood victims during the relief efforts on the North Shore of Kaua‘i.


Friday, April 20, 2018
Events celebrate Older Americans Month

Kaua‘i recognizes Older Americans Month during May to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the kupuna in our community. They are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection.They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to enrich their communities.


Friday, April 20, 2018
2:50 A.M. APRIL 20 UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning in effect for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the islands. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:45 P.M. APRIL 19 UPDATE: Mayor Carvalho visits North Shore communities

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. completed a site visit Thursday to communities in Lumaha‘i, Wainiha and Hā‘ena.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
“Do not drink” advisory issued for customers located along a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a “Do not drink” advisory for residents located along a portion of Kuhio Highway; between Manoa Stream and the Limahuli Stream area in Haena. DOW has completed the repairs to the damaged mainline to begin restoring water services to customers at approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, however due to the impact of the damage to the mainline and possible exposure of the service lines, DOW is advising residents not to drink or cook with tap-water, as precautionary measure, until further notice.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
Shipwreck’s Beach closed to swimming due to apparent shark bite

Po‘ipū – Ocean Safety officials have closed Keoneloa Bay, also known as Shipwreck’s Beach, to swimming after a 29-year-old male visitor was apparently bit by a shark while body boarding around 8 a.m. Thursday.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
8 A.M. APRIL 19 UPDATE: Damage assessments to be conducted on Kaua‘i Thursday

Starting today at 9 a.m., teams of County of Kaua‘i employees and American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door through Kōloa in search of properties that have been impacted by the recent storm. The County will continue conducting assessments of other storm-affected areas across the island. If you are a property owner or renter that suffered damages, please visit http://arcg.is/v99jH or call Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) at 241-1800 for more information or to make your report.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Water services update for Weke Road customers in Hanalei

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed partial repairs to the damaged main line along Weke Road minimizing the affected service area and restoring water to additional customers between Pilikoa Street and the Makai-end of Weke Road. The affected water service outage on Weke Road has been updated to include customers located along the Makai-end of Weke Road near Black Pot Beach only, until further notice. Additionally, DOW would like to clarify for all Hanalei customers, including customers located on Weke Road, that water is safe and customers may continue to resume normal water use. Officials completed the water quality assessment this afternoon at approximately 4 p.m., this afternoon which confirmed that the water quality remained safe in accordance with safe drinking water standards.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7 P.M. APRIL 18 UPDATE: Evacuation operations continue Thursday; over 425 people airlifted since Mon

The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the County of Kaua‘i have ceased air evacuations Wednesday and will resume on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 425 people have been evacuated via air operations from the Hā‘ena and Wainiha area since Monday. The public is also advised to heed the Flash Flood Watch issued for the County of Kaua‘i between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
“Do not drink” advisory lifted for Wainiha and Haena residents

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the “Do not drink” advisory for all Wainiha and Haena customers as of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Officials have completed the required water quality assessments to the affected systems to determine that water services for the Wainiha and Haena systems are safe for drinking, cooking and normal consumption.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Do not drink advisory remains in effect for Wainiha, Haena and a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers that the ‘Do not drink’ advisory remains in effect for residents in Wainiha, Haena and residents located along a portion of Weke Road; from Pilikoa Street to the Makai-end of Weke Road in Hanalei.  DOW is conducting investigations on the water systems in the affected areas to determine the status of the water quality before the next update can be provided to customers.  Therefore, residents located in Wainiha, Haena and those located along a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei, are advised not to drink or cook with tap-water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 A.M. UPDATE: Flood response and recovery efforts continue; Flash Flood Watch issued for Kaua‘i

The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center remains fully activated, coordinating with county, state, federal, and non-governmental partners for response and recovery efforts.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:40 P.M. UPDATE: Over 125 people airlifted out of North Shore area Tuesday

The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the County of Kaua‘i have airlifted over 125 people from the Hā‘ena and Wainiha area. Those who need to be evacuated may go to the Camp Naue landing zone between approximately 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, weather permitting.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
1 P.M. UPDATE: Multi-agency relief efforts continue on Kaua‘i

Multi-agency relief efforts are continuing this morning for residents and visitors stranded in the isolated communities of Hā‘ena and Wainiha. National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Kaua‘i Fire Department, Kaua‘i Police Department, American Medical Response, the American Red Cross, along with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and other partners work together to provide essential public safety services, food, water and supplies into Wainiha and Hā‘ena.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
8:45 A.M. UPDATE: Multi-agency relief efforts continue on Kaua‘i

Multi-agency relief efforts are continuing this morning for residents and visitors stranded in the isolated communities of Hā‘ena and Wainiha. National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, Kaua‘i Fire Department, Kaua‘i Police Department, American Medical Response, the American Red Cross, along with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and other partners work together to provide essential public safety services, food, water and supplies into Wainiha and Hā‘ena.


Monday, April 16, 2018
Do not drink advisory issued for customers located along a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a ‘do not drink’ advisory for customers located along a portion of Weke Road, from Pilikoa Street to the Makai-end of Weke road towards Black Pot Beach in Hanalei.  DOW crews have repaired a portion of a damaged main line to restore water to the affected area, however due to the exposure to the service lines from recent damage, residents along the described portion of Weke Road in Hanalei are advised not to drink or cook with tap water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.


Monday, April 16, 2018
Do not drink advisory and conservation notice issued for Wainiha and Haena

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a do not drink advisory and conservation notice for residents located in Wainiha and Haena.  DOW has activated generators in the area allowing pump stations to begin filling the storage tank sites, until electrical power services can be restored.  As this occurs, water services may be slowly restored to customers in Wainiha and Haena, however due to weather-affected areas that remain inaccessible, DOW is not able to assess all damage or exposure to the service lines in the system, and therefore residents are advised not to drink or cook with tap water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.  Additionally, a conservation notice has also been issued for customers that have begun to receive water from the Wainiha – Haena system.


Monday, April 16, 2018
1:55 a.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning expired; Road closures continue

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has expired, but a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
11:20 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 1:45 a.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 1:45 a.m., and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water service restoration and water outage update for Hanalei

HANALEI–The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water services to most of the affected customers in Hanalei as of 8:00 p.m. this evening, however, water services continue to be unavailable to select customers located along a portion of Weke Road; between Aku Road and the Makai-end of Weke Road, near Black Pot Beach in Hanalei, due to a damaged mainline affecting the connection to the affected service area.  A timeline for repairs to customers located on the affected portion of Weke Road in Hanalei is currently unavailable, due to the extensive damage to the water line.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
8:20 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 10:45 p.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 10:45 p.m., and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 7:45 p.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 7:45 p.m. and the National Weather Service is reporting that the most intense rains have now shifted over the east and southeast slopes of the island.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water service outage in Hanalei

HANALEI –The Department of Water (DOW) has announced a water service outage for Hanalei customers until further notice. Severe inclement weather has affected the emergency repairs response to the reported mainline break, causing depletion of the storage tank supply. There is currently no available timeline for water service restoration or service repairs at this time, due to the inaccessibility of the area. Affected customers are advised to collect and utilize rain water for non-potable water needs.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water conservation notice issued for all Hanalei residents

HANALEI– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all residents in Hanalei until further notice.  The conservation notice is issued due to a mainline break that occurred in the Hanalei system that is currently inaccessible for repairs due to severe weather conditions and road closures in and around the area. Residents and businesses in Hanalei are urged to limit water consumption to emergency essential uses only, in order to avoid a full water outage.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
12:45 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended to 1:45 p.m.

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues until at least 1:45 p.m. and will likely be extended as the North Shore of Kaua‘i continues to get hit with heavy rains. The National Weather Service reports that Hanalei experienced over 27 inches of rain over the past 24 hours.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
9:30 a.m. UPDATE: Air recue operations commence on Kaua‘i

LĪHU'E – Air rescue operations have commenced on the North Shore area of Kaua‘i, as heavy rain and severe flooding continues to affect the island.


Sunday, April 15, 2018
Water service outage in Wainiha and Haena

HAENA –The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service outage for Haena and Wainiha customers until further notice.  Severe weather has affected the electrical power and other working functions of the DOW's well site and pump stations causing its tank to deplete storage capacities.  There is no current timeline for water service restoration at this time, due to the inaccessibility of the area.  Affected customers are advised to collect rain water to use for non-potable water needs. 


Sunday, April 15, 2018
7 a.m. UPDATE: Mayor signs emergency proclamation to conduct emergency operations in the North Shore

LĪHU'E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. has signed an emergency proclamation as the County of Kaua‘i engages in various emergency response operations associated with record-breaking rains, flooding and thunderstorms.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:15 p.m. UPDATE: Homes destroyed by landslide

The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is reporting that severe flooding and mudslides have ripped two homes from their foundations along Wainiha Powerhouse Road in Wainiha Saturday evening.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Water conservation notice issued for all Wainiha and Haena residents

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all residents in Wainiha and Haena until further notice, due to inclement weather and an electrical power outage affecting the area’s well site.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway in Waikoko and Wainhia to remain closed in both directions

Both lanes of Kūhiō Highway in Waikoko and Wainiha will remain closed in both directions throughout Saturday night following three landslides that occurred in the area at approximately 2 p.m.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
1 p.m. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i expired

A Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i has expired, according to the National Weather Service. However, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the island.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
12 p.m. UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway remains closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave

Kūhiō Highway remains closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave due to rushing waters.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
10 a.m UPDATE: A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has been extended to 1 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has been extended to 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
9 a.m UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave

Kūhiō Highway is closed in the vicinity of Hā‘ena Beach Park and the Dry Cave due to rushing waters.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:25 a.m. Update: Flash Flood Warning for island of Kaua‘i extended to 10 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has been extended to 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the islands. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Thursday, April 12, 2018
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, April 12, 2018
Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Kalāheo

KALĀHEO – Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Kalāheo early Thursday morning.


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Water services restored to all customers located on Keapana Road, Makamaka Road and Hauaala Road in

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water services to customers located on Makamaka Road, Keapana Road and Hauaala Road in Kapaa at approximately 12 a.m. on April 12, 2018.  The emergency repairs on the 6-inch water mainline in the Kapaa water system have been completed.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Emergency water service shutdown extended for customers located on Keapana Road, Makamaka Road and a

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the emergency water service shutdown until approximately 12 a.m., April 12, 2018 for customers located on Makamaka Road, Keapana Road and along a portion of Hauaala Road; between Kolohala Road and Keapana Road in Kapaa. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Keapana Road, Makamaka Road and a portion

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Makamaka Road, Keapana Road and along a portion of Hauaala Road; between Kolohala Road and Keapana Road in Kapaa.  Water services were turned off around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon in response to a 6-inch mainline break in the Kapaa water system.  Water service is expected to be turned off for approximately 4 to 6 hours in order to conduct the emergency repairs. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
County of Kaua‘i to pursue suit to fight opioid epidemic

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i will be the first governmental body in the state of Hawai‘i to pursue opioid litigation against the manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of opioid pain medications.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Kaua‘i dispatchers recognized during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 8 – 14

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held a ceremony at KPD Headquarters on Wednesday to recognize the department’s emergency dispatchers in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 8 through 14.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
General Plan Update available online

LĪHU'E – The General Plan Update is now available online at www.plankauai.com.


Friday, April 6, 2018
Transportation Agency driveway to be closed for repairs

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Transportation Agency is announcing that its driveway on Ho‘olako Street in Līhu‘e will be closed for repairs from Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 20.


Friday, April 6, 2018
KPD to increase enforcement of parking violations on sidewalks

LĪHU‘E – Due to an increase in complaints for cars being parked on sidewalks, the Kaua‘i Police Department is reminding motorists to follow parking laws as officers will be stepping up enforcement.


Friday, April 6, 2018
Statement from Mayor Carvalho on the passing of Senator Daniel K. Akaka

“It is with a heavy heart that we say aloha to Senator Akaka. He was a humble leader and mentor – known to most of us as “Uncle Danny.”


Friday, April 6, 2018
MEDIA STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL CHAIR RAPOZO

“The people of Hawai‘i are grieving today as we mourn the loss of our beloved leader, Senator Daniel K. Akaka. Many strive to have the purity of heart and aloha spirit that Senator Akaka embodied so easily; yet his unwavering spirit and advocacy for Native Hawaiians, veterans, and the people of Hawai‘i were unparalleled. Mahalo Senator Akaka for your lifetime of service. The Kauai County Council extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Millie Akaka and the entire Akaka family.”


Wednesday, April 4, 2018
April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) and other emergency management agencies across the state are promoting public awareness and preparedness in recognition of April being Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018
DOW reminds meter applicants of Facilities Reserve Charge meter installation grace period ending Nov

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds all water meter applicants who have applied and paid for a Facilities Reserve Charge (FRC) prior to the Nov. 29, 2015 enactment of Part 5 of the DOW’s Rules & Regulations, of the three year meter installation grace period, ending on Nov. 29, 2018. 


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Jury finds man guilty in Salt Pond murder case

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that a Fifth Circuit Jury on Thursday found Koma Kekoa Texeira Jr., 21, formerly of Waimea, guilty as charged on all counts following a two-week-long jury trial concerning the murder of Jon Togioka.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Kaua‘i man dies in waters off Po‘ipū Wednesday

PO‘IPŪ – A Kaua‘i resident died in waters off Po‘ipū on Wednesday afternoon.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Standoff in Kalāheo ends in arrest

KALĀHEO – A nearly seven-hour standoff with police ended without injury Wednesday night in Kalāheo and the suspect, a 42-year-old Kalāheo man, remains in police custody.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Rotunda Rally aims to raise awareness on community issues

LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i and other community organizations will host a Rotunda Rally on Monday, April 2, to raise awareness about alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect, and sexual assault.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē refuse transfer station

HANAPĒPĒ – Due to an electrical problem, loose mixed waste is not being accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station until further notice.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Lane closures on Kūhiō Highway, at Haleilio Road intersection in Wailua, set for March 27

WAILUA – The public is advised of lane closures in the vicinity of the Kūhiō Highway and Haleilio Road intersection tonight, March 27, to allow the Wastewater Management Division to repave around the newly-repaired sewer manhole.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Volunteers sought for Sticker Shock prevention campaign

LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i is seeking volunteers for its Sticker Shock prevention campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking.


Friday, March 23, 2018
Fire department holds promotions ceremony

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday morning to promote three firefighters at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha courtyard.