News Releases and Other Announcements

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.

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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Waimea man arrested for liquor store robbery

WAIMEA – Kaua‘i police have arrested a Waimea man in connection with a liquor store robbery that occurred Thursday morning in Waimea.


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
Kūhiō Highway in Hanalei is closed – 5:35 p.m.
HANALEI – Kūhi‘ō Highway near the Hanalei Bridge has been closed due to rising water levels in the area. The roadway will be reopened when authorities deem it safe for passage.

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. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Community meeting to discuss Black Pot Beach Park preferred alternative
HANALEI – The Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled its third community meeting regarding the development of a master plan for the expansion of a popular North Shore beach park.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Visitor falls approximately 150’ while hiking near Wailua Falls
KAPAIA – An 18 year-old exchange student who was visiting from Oahu fell approximately 150 feet Tuesday afternoon while hiking on an unestablished trail near Wailua Falls. The young woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Lane closure on Kuhio Highway in Waipouli, Friday, Dec. 2

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, Dec. 2, 2016. 


Tuesday, November 22, 2016
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU‘E – In observance of Thanksgiving Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 along with all refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, Puhi Metals Recycling Center and the Kaua‘i Resource Center.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Deadline extended for comments on General Plan discussion draft
LĪHU'E – The Department of Planning has extended the deadline to Friday, Dec. 16 for comments to be submitted regarding the General Plan discussion draft. In addition, the Department will hold two more open houses for those who missed the first round.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Reward offered in KIUC vandalism case

The Kauaʻi Police Department and Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) are asking for the public’s help in identifying persons responsible for damage to the utility’s hydro power infrastructure in Wailua. KIUC is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the case.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Kaua‘i police department receives CALEA national accreditation

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Police Department has received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Chief Darryl Perry, Deputy Chief Michael Contrades and members of KPD’s accreditation team received the news earlier this month, following a final assessment interview that took place in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Registration for Winter Basketball League set
LĪHU‘E -- The Department of Parks and Recreation today announced that registration for the Boys and Girls Winter Basketball League will begin next week.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Two people killed in apparent murder-suicide in Hanamā‘ulu

HANAMĀ‘ULU – Kaua‘i police responded to a call in Hanamā‘ulu early Saturday morning at approximately 3:47 a.m.


Friday, November 18, 2016
Court rules Kaua‘i County’s Ordinance 960 preempted by Hawai‘i state law
LĪHU'E – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the decision made by the U.S. District Court of Hawai‘i in the case of Syngenta Seeds, et al vs. the County of Kaua‘i, et al.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Apply online for employment in county winter program
LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that applications are now being accepted online for employment in the Winter Fun Program.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Online registration for Winter Fun Program set for Dec. 8
LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation announced that registration for the county’s Winter Fun Program will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 on the county website, www.kauai.gov/parks. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Body recovered from waters off Hanakāpī‘ai Beach
HANAKAPIAI –The body of a Hanamā‘ulu woman was recovered Saturday afternoon from waters off Hanakāpī‘ai Beach on Kaua‘i’s North Shore.

Sunday, November 13, 2016
North Shore Shuttle to end Monday
PRINCEVILLE – The North Shore Shuttle, which has transported residents and visitors between Princeville and Kē‘ē Beach over the last three months, will end on Monday, Nov. 14.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Launch of Kaua‘i Keiki Recycles website set for America Recycles Day
LĪHU‘E – To celebrate America Recycles Day, the Solid Waste Division will officially launch its Kaua‘i Keiki Recycles website, http://www.kauaikeikirecycles.com/, on Nov. 15.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Female visitor dies of apparent drowning off Po‘ipū Beach

POIPU  – A Kansas woman died while swimming in waters off Po‘ipū Beach on Wednesday afternoon.  


Thursday, November 10, 2016
Kapa‘a man arrested after threatening juveniles, firing shots

KAPAA – A Kapa‘a man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he reportedly threatened juveniles and fired shots on his property.


Thursday, November 10, 2016
KPD is asking for help with locating missing Kapa‘a woman

KAPA‘A – The Kaua'i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing elderly woman. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
2nd annual Garden Island Film Festival set for Nov. 11-19
LĪHU'E – As part of the Kaua‘i Creative Industries Month, the Kaua‘i County Film Office will host the Second annual Garden Island Film Festival featuring two weeks of free films and documentaries.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Kaua‘i Fire Department holds blessing ceremony for its first ladder truck
LĪHU'E – The Kaua'i Fire Department held a hands-on blessing ceremony led by Kahu Jade Battad for the county’s first quint ladder response vehicle. Approximately 75 KFD personnel, government officials, private industry representatives and community partners attended Friday’s event at the Kōloa fire station.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Free seminar on biomechanics of pitching set for Nov. 14
LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that a free seminar on the biomechanics of proper baseball pitching will be offered next week for youth ages 10 to 18, along with their parents and coaches.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
One lane of Apopo Road closed while firefighters respond to green waste fire at Kapaa RTS

 KAPAA – Firefighters are responding to a green waste fire that broke out early Tuesday morning at the Kapa‘a refuse transfer station on Kahi Road. 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Police Dispatch non-emergency line experiencing outage

LĪHU'E – The County of Kaua‘i’s Police Dispatch non-emergency line (241-1711) is experiencing an outage at this time. This outage does not affect the emergency 911 line, but the public should only call 911 in case of emergency.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016
8:46 AM UPDATE: Apopo Road now open; KFD remains on scene at Kapa‘a green waste fire
KAPAA – Apopo Road is now open in both directions as firefighters continue to extinguish a fire that broke out at Kapa‘a green waste early Tuesday morning on Kahi Road.

Monday, November 7, 2016
Two men arrested in connection with Hanapēpē murder
Kaua‘i police have arrested two Waimea men in connection with the murder of 34-year-old Jon Togioka of Kekaha.  

Monday, November 7, 2016
All of Puhi Road to reopen to two-way traffic Nov. 14
PUHI – Weather permitting, all of Puhi Road will be reopened to two-way traffic on Monday, Nov. 14. On the same day, a size restriction on vehicles using Kaneka Street will begin due to the roadwork at the Puhi Road/Kaneka Street intersection, and will be in effect for approximately one month. 

Monday, November 7, 2016
Kaua‘i Apprenticeship Day and Career Fair set for Nov. 16
LĪHU'E – Agencies across the country are gearing up for National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14 to Nov. 20. Here on the Garden Isle, the Kaua‘i Apprenticeship Day and Career Fair will be part of the celebration. 

Friday, November 4, 2016
Manhunt continues for robbery suspect

Kaua'i police continue their search for the suspect wanted in connection with multiple robberies and carjackings on Kaua‘i today. Police believe the suspect is 43-year-old Walter Mills, a KCCC inmate who escaped from jail Thursday night and has not yet been located.


Friday, November 4, 2016
Walter Mills now in police custody

Kaua‘i police have apprehended wanted fugitive Walter Mills, ending a nearly eight-hour manhunt.


Thursday, November 3, 2016
Kaua‘i police identify body found in Hanapēpē on Tuesday; Police investigating homicide

HANAPEPE – Kaua‘i police have identified the body found near Salt Pond in Hanapēpē on Tuesday morning as 34-year-old Jon Togioka of Kekaha. Following an autopsy performed on Wednesday, police have confirmed that homicide is the cause of Togioka’s death.


Thursday, November 3, 2016
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.


Thursday, November 3, 2016
Lima Ola public meetings set for Nov. 9 & 10
‘ELE‘ELE – The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency will provide next week an update on Lima Ola, an affordable housing community with a range of rental and homeownership opportunities that’s planned for ‘Ele‘ele.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
County announces holiday closures
LĪHU'E – County offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of General Election and Veteran‘s Day respectively.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Male visitor drowns in waters off Lepeuli Tuesday morning

KILAUEA  – A California man died while swimming in waters off Lepeuli, also known as Larsen’s Beach, in Kīlauea on Tuesday morning. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Rice Street, Kalāheo Sunshine markets closed on Nov. 8
LĪHU'E – In observance of General Election Day, the Rice Street and Kalāheo Sunshine markets will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Kaua‘i Fire Department welcomes new deputy fire chief during promotional ceremony
LĪHU'E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. and Kaua'i Fire Chief Robert Westerman held a special ceremony Friday morning to formally announce Kilipaki Vaughan as the Kaua‘i Fire Department’s new deputy fire chief.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
General Plan discussion draft to be released online Nov. 4
LĪHU'E – County officials announced that a discussion draft of the General Plan will be released online on Friday, Nov. 4 for public review with island-wide community meetings to follow.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Water bottle fillers installed at Līhu‘e Civic Center
LĪHU‘E – As part of its sustainability efforts, the County of Kaua‘i recently installed three water bottle fillers at the Līhu‘e Civic Center that can quickly dispense cold filtered water into personal water bottles or cups.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Kaua‘i police investigating unattended death in Hanapēpē

HANAPEPE – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a man was found unresponsive near Salt Pond in Hanapēpē on Tuesday morning.


Thursday, October 27, 2016
Police arrest suspected Līhu‘e burglar; property owners urged to take precautions

LIHUE  – Police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for multiple break-ins that have occurred in Līhu‘e this week. 


Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Deadline for absentee mail ballot application Nov. 1
LIHUE -- The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is informing the public that the deadline to apply for an absentee mail ballot for the 2016 General Election is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Public input sought on bicycle, pedestrian access to Kīlauea Pt. overlook
LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to provide input on the Kīlauea Point Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Project at an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Kīlauea Neighborhood Center.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Water conservation requested for entire Kalaheo area
KALAHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for all Kalaheo residents until further notice, due to a fallen tree that has affected the powerline to the area's well site.