News Releases and Other Announcements

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Monday, September 11, 2017
Police recover body from Nāwiliwili

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


Friday, September 8, 2017
Male visitor dies while snorkeling

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


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

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


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

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


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

KAPA'A – The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Treatment and Community Integration will host “Drug Addiction 101,” a community meeting at Kapa'a Missionary Church on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
County announces holiday closures

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


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

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


Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Blessing held for phase three of islandwide bus shelter project

Hanamā‘ulu – A blessing was held on Wednesday at the Hanamā‘ulu bus stop near Peter Rayno Sr. to mark construction for the third phase of the islandwide bus stop passenger shelter project.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Roadwork to take place in Ulu Mahi Subdivision from Aug. 25 to Sept. 7

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 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, from Aug. 25 through Sept. 7.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017
KPD launches new online crime map

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recently launched a new online crime mapping program called LexisNexis Community Crime Map, which replaces the former program RAIDS Online.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Organizations invited to participate in County’s Health & Wellness Fair on September 20

LĪHU'E – Health and wellness organizations are invited to join the County of Kaua‘i’s Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.


Monday, August 21, 2017
11 P.M. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning cancelled

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has cancelled the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i as of 10:45 p.m., Monday.


Monday, August 21, 2017
10 P.M. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended until midnight

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until midnight, Tuesday. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, August 21, 2017
8 P.M. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended until 10 p.m.

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 10 p.m., as runoff and stream levels remain high over various areas across the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, August 21, 2017
5 P.M. UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning extended until 8 p.m.

HANALEI – The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 8 p.m., as runoff and stream levels remain high over areas across the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, August 21, 2017
4 P.M. UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge closed

HANALEI – Kūhiō Highway, in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge, is closed until further notice due to flooding. A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i continues to be in effect through 5 p.m. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop. The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hanalei Elementary School.


Monday, August 21, 2017
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 5 p.m., due to heavy rains occurring over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, August 21, 2017
Housing Agency to open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program announces it will be accepting applications for its Section 8 HCV waiting list during the open period from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.


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.