News Releases and Other Announcements

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Brennecke’s Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting
POIPU – Ocean Safety officials have closed Brennecke’s Beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Friday, December 15, 2017
Two visitors rescued at ‘Anini Beach

‘ANINI –Two men from Wisconsin were rescued from extremely rough surf off ‘Anini Beach on Wednesday.


Friday, December 15, 2017
Public advised to expect delays at DMV today

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised of possible delays today, Dec. 15, at the County of Kaua‘i Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Licensing.


Thursday, December 14, 2017
CERT announces upcoming classes in Līhu‘e

LĪHU‘E – The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) announces upcoming training courses in Līhu‘e.


Thursday, December 14, 2017
Transportation Agency to hold public hearing regarding bus stop rules

LIHUE – The County of Kaua‘i Transportation Agency is holding a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed rules and regulations regarding county bus stops.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Dispute leads to stabbing, arrest

KAPA‘A – A 39-year-old Kapa‘a man was transported to Wilcox Hospital after a stabbing that occurred Tuesday night.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north facing shores including ‘Anini Beach, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017
K-PAL seeks participants for 2018 programs

The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) is accepting registrations for its juvenile jiu-jitsu and Chess with the Chief programs.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Construction begins at Kalāheo fire station

KALĀHEO – County of Kaua‘i officials announced that construction has begun for the Kalāheo Fire Station Driveway Restoration Project.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wanted suspect Jesse Korn arrested Monday

KŌLOA – The man believed to have sexually assaulted two adult female victims Sunday morning in Kōloa, prompting a two-day manhunt, was arrested by Kaua‘i police on Monday without incident.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Road closures for Waimea Christmas Light Parade

WAIMEA – The annual Waimea Christmas Light Parade is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:15 p.m.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming at Kē‘ē, Hā‘ena

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at Kē‘ē and Hā‘ena beaches, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Monday, December 11, 2017
Striping work to take place on Rice Street from Dec. 18-29

LIHUE – The public is advised that striping work will take place on Rice Street, from Haleko Road to the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Highway, from Monday, Dec. 18, to Friday, Dec. 29, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Monday, December 11, 2017
Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Hā‘ena

HAENA – Firefighters extinguished a structure fire that broke out in Hā‘ena on Sunday evening, Dec. 10.


Monday, December 11, 2017
Wanted suspect Jesse Korn now in police custody
KOLOA – Kaua‘i police have arrested the man believed to have sexually assaulted two adult female victims Sunday morning in Kōloa, ending an islandwide search.

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Suspect wanted for questioning in sex assault case

KŌLOA – A male suspect who is believed to have sexually assaulted two female victims Sunday morning is wanted for questioning by Kaua‘i police.


Friday, December 8, 2017
KPD asks for public’s help identifying man in surveillance photo

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man seen in this photo. Police are looking to speak with him about an incident that occurred at the NAPA Auto Parts store on Kipuni Way, in Kapa‘a, on July 31, 2017.


Thursday, December 7, 2017
Police operation leads to 10 arrests

The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) along with members of the Hawai‘i State Sherriff’s Division conducted a special mission in the Koloa, Kalaheo and Waimea areas on Wednesday, which led to multiple arrests.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Officers seize illegal plants from Kalalau Valley

KALALAU – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) participated in a two day multi-agency operation this week that led to the removal of 15 coca plants from Kalalau Valley.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall to close from Jan. 1 to June 30

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall will be closed from Monday, Jan. 1, to Saturday, June 30, 2018, for asbestos abatement as well as for new flooring and ceramic tile installation.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway, at Haleilio Road intersection in Wailua, set for Dec. 11

WAILUA – The public is advised of a lane closure in the vicinity of the Kūhiō Highway and Haleilio Road intersection on Monday, Dec. 11, to allow the Wastewater Management Division to perform maintenance work on its sewer collection system.


Monday, December 4, 2017
Kaua‘i’s 7th drowning victim identified

HANALEI – Byron Elmendorf, a 73-year-old man of Washington, was determined as Kaua‘i’s seventh drowning victim of 2017.


Monday, December 4, 2017
DOW's Paua Valley tank remains offline for maintenance

KEKAHA - The Department of Water (DOW) will be proceeding with a refurbishment plan for the Paua Valley tank, a 45-year-old storage tank located in Kekaha, in accordance to the improvement directives provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Water services will not be affected during repair work.


Monday, December 4, 2017
New cashiering system installed for Motor Vehicle Registration, Real Property Collections, and DLD

The Department of Finance is announcing that a new cashiering system has been installed for Motor Vehicle Registration, Real Property Collections, and the Drivers License Division.


Monday, December 4, 2017
Online registration for Winter Fun Program set for Dec. 8

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that registration for the county’s Winter Fun Program will take place on Friday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. on the county’s website, www.kauai.gov/parks.


Monday, December 4, 2017
County to host community meeting on mental health

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, Dec. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Friday, December 1, 2017
Tanigawa joins Public Works Engineering Division
LIHUE - Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. announced the County's plan to reorganize the Department of Public Works Engineering Division.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Unregistered sex offender convictions affirmed by Appeals Court

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals filed an order today affirming the convictions of Rogelio Lahip Ganotisi on three counts of Failure to Comply With Covered Sex Offender Registration, all class C felonies.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
Police operation leads to 12 arrests

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) conducted a special mission of the Līhu‘e area on Monday, which led to multiple arrests.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
KPD temporarily relocates Kawaihau substation

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Kawaihau substation has been temporarily relocated to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Kapa‘a Baseyard until further notice.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
Comfort station at Kapahi Park closed

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the comfort station at Kapahi Park has been closed until further notice due to roof replacement work.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:45 a.m. weather update: Flash Flood Warning expires on Kaua‘i

A Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i has expired. Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge remains closed until further notice.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
4 a.m. weather update: Hanalei Elementary School to close as Flash Flood Warning remains in effect

The Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Hanalei Elementary School will be closed today due to a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i. Additionally, bus services will be unavailable for Kapa‘a High School and Kapa‘a Middle School students who live from Hanalei to Hā‘ena.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
Kūhiō Highway closed near Hanalei Bridge as Flash Flood Warning remains in effect

Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is closed until further notice due to a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i. Heavy rains are occurring over the islands, according to the National Weather Service. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Kaua‘i Fire Department holds special ceremony

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a special ceremony Tuesday to promote six firefighters and welcome five new firefighters at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha courtyard.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Life Champion Bowl set for Saturday

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i’s Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the fourth annual Life Champion Bowl will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Vidinha Stadium.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Road resurfacing to take place on Kukui Street Dec. 4 - 6

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Maui Kupono Builders is conducting road resurfacing work on Kukui Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 4, to Wednesday, Dec. 6.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Road resurfacing to take place on Kahau Road through Dec. 1

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Maui Kupono Builders is conducting road resurfacing work on Kahau Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 1.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Waimea swimming pool to be closed on Dec. 2 and 3

The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, due to a staffing shortage. Additionally, the Kapa‘a swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 3, because of staffing shortage.


Monday, November 27, 2017
Motorcyclist in critical condition following crash on Friday

HANAPĒPĒ – Kaua‘i police responded to a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Alii Road in Hanapēpē at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Friday.


Monday, November 27, 2017
Traffic advisory for Lights on Rice Parade, Christmas Craft Fair

LĪHU‘E – The annual Lights on Rice Parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 starting at 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Communal hall at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery closed for repairs starting Monday, Nov. 27

HANAPĒPĒ – Department of Parks and Recreation officials announced that improvements to the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery Communal Hall will begin on Monday, Nov. 27.


Monday, November 20, 2017
Test of new signal scheduled Dec. 1

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency is announcing that a new siren signal will be tested on Friday, Dec. 1, at 11:45 a.m.


Thursday, November 16, 2017
Prison sentence in stolen car case

LĪHU‘E – Stephen Kaliko Makanani, age 32 of Kapa‘a, was sentenced to serve five years in prison following his conviction on 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, November 16, 2017
KPD educates public on active shooter preparedness

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is encouraging the public to become educated on active shooter preparedness and assaulter response, due to the recent number of mass shootings throughout the United States.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Thanksgiving Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, along with all refuse transfer stations, the Kekaha Landfill, and Puhi Metals Recycling Center.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Firefighters respond to Līhu‘e structure fire

LĪHU'E – Firefighters responded to a structure fire that broke out Monday afternoon on Wilcox Road in Nāwiliwili.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Reminder: Puhi Metals accepts e-waste for recycling

PUHI – Resource Recovery Solutions, the operator of Puhi Metals Recycling Center (PMRC), accepts e-waste at no cost to residents and businesses.


Monday, November 13, 2017
Registration for Winter Basketball League begins Nov. 15

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation today announced that registration for the Boys and Girls Winter Basketball League will begin Wednesday, Nov. 15, and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 22


Friday, November 10, 2017
Comfort station at Po‘ipū Beach Park closed

PO‘IPŪ – The main comfort station at Po‘ipū Beach Park has been closed until further notice due to work being conducted for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DOPR) Po‘ipū Beach Park improvements project.


Thursday, November 9, 2017
Grand jury indicts man accused of stabbing at Tahiti Nui

Līhu‘e – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that on Wednesday a Fifth Circuit grand jury returned an indictment charging Michael Beck, age 28 of Moloa‘a, with one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree relating to an incident occurring at the Tahiti Nui restaurant in Hanalei on Sept. 16, 2017.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Waimea swimming pool to be closed on Nov. 12, 19, 21

The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Nov. 12, 19, and 21, due to a staffing shortage. As a reminder, the Kapa‘a and Waimea pools will also be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Waimea swimming pool to be closed on Nov. 12, 19, 21

The Waimea swimming pool will be closed on Nov. 12, 19, and 21, due to a staffing shortage. As a reminder, the Kapa‘a and Waimea pools will also be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Anahola man arrested following Keālia crash

KEĀLIA – A 34-year-old Anahola man was arrested Tuesday evening following a three-car crash that temporarily closed Kūhiō Highway in Keālia, and resulted in injuries.


Monday, November 6, 2017
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Veterans Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10. In addition, all neighborhood centers will be closed on Friday.


Monday, November 6, 2017
Emergency water shutdown and partial road closure on Lala Road in Lihue

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) announced an emergency water shutdown for customers located on Lala Road in Lihue at approximately 11 a.m., today, Nov. 6, in order for DOW crews to begin repairs to a recently damaged water main.      


Monday, November 6, 2017
KPD warns public of scams

LĪHU‘E – In light of recent scam alerts, the Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is reminding residents and businesses to be aware of potential scams.


Friday, November 3, 2017
Employee of the Month recognized at Police Commission Meeting

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recognized School Resource Officer (SRO) Bobby Thompson as the Employee of the Month during October’s Police Commission meeting held on Oct. 27, at the Pi‘ikoi Building.


Thursday, November 2, 2017
Hanalei Bay closed to swimming due to shark sighting

HANALEI – Ocean Safety officials have closed Hanalei Bay to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Thursday, November 2, 2017
Flash Flood Watch cancelled for Kaua‘i; County services resume

LĪHU'E – The Flash Flood Watch for the island of Kaua'i was cancelled at 3 a.m. Thursday. Additionally, both lanes of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge opened at the same time.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
4:15 p.m. weather update: Flash Flood Warning cancelled for Kaua‘i

While a Flash Flood Warning has been cancelled for the island of Kaua‘i, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued. Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge remains closed until further notice.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. weather update: Service disruptions continue on Kaua‘i

The Hanalei River Upstream gage appears to be malfunctioning, and a repair crew is being dispatched, according to the United States Geological Survey.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. weather update: Kekaha Landfill, HI5 Redemption Center closed; Brown Water Advisory issued

The Kekaha Landfill and the Kekaha HI5 Redemption Center are closed due to heavy rains and unsafe conditions.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. weather update: Kūhiō Highway closed near Hanalei Bridge; Hanalei Shelter open

Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is closed until further notice due to a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i. The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hanalei Elementary School.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i: Hanalei School, Green Waste Services and Kalalau T
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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge closed; Hanalei shelter opens

HANALEI – Kūhiō Highway, in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge, is closed until further notice due to flooding. The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hanalei Elementary School.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Lane closures on Kūhiō Highway, Haleilio Road in Wailua set for Nov. 7

WAILUA – The public is advised of a lane closure in the vicinity of the Kūhiō Highway and Haleilio Road intersection on Nov. 7 to allow the Wastewater Management Division to perform maintenance work on its sewer collection system.


Monday, October 30, 2017
Del Sherman named Information Technology Manager

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr today announced the promotion of Del Sherman as the county’s new information technology manager.


Monday, October 30, 2017
Traffic advisory for Veteran’s Day Parade

LĪHU‘E – County officials announce road closures and bus stop modifications to accommodate Saturday’s Veteran’s Day Parade on Rice Street in Līhu‘e.


Monday, October 30, 2017
Ragasa’s sex assault convictions affirmed by Appeals Court

LĪHU‘E – On Monday, the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals filed a Summary Disposition Order affirming the convictions of Larry Cass Ragasa on two counts of Sexual Assault in the First Degree, both class A felonies, and one count of Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree, a misdemeanor.


Saturday, October 28, 2017
Escaped inmate now in police custody

The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) on Saturday captured Kamoeli‘i Kolo, a 35-year-old Anahola man who escaped from Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) on Wednesday.


Friday, October 27, 2017
OPA awarded funds for Drug Nuisance Abatement, Sex Assault Prosecution

LĪHU‘E – Nearly $250,000 in federal grant funds were awarded to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney (OPA) to continue funding its Drug Nuisance Abatement Unit (DNAU) and Sex Assault Prosecution Unit (SAPU).


Friday, October 27, 2017
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming on North Shore

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north facing shores including ‘Anini Beach, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Friday, October 27, 2017
Portion of Kanaele Road to close from Nov. 13 - Nov. 17

KAPAA – The Department of Public Works will be closing a portion of Kanaele Road to replace a drain line from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 13 through Nov. 17.


Thursday, October 26, 2017
Search continues for escaped inmate

Kaua‘i police continue to search for Kamoeli‘i Kolo, an inmate who escaped from Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) on Wednesday.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Kaua‘i police capture one KCCC escapee

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police officers apprehended one inmate who escaped from Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) on Wednesday afternoon, and continue to search for the second wanted fugitive.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Blessing held for Koloa Well 16 A and 16 B Site and Building Improvements Project

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) held a blessing ceremony on Oct. 18, to commence the Koloa Well 16 A and 16 B Site and Building Improvements Project in Koloa.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
North Shore beaches closed due to high surf

All North Shore beaches, from Hanalei Bay to Ke‘e Beach and ‘Anini Beach, are closed to swimming today due to high surf conditions. Ocean Safety officials report wave heights of up to 25 feet in these areas.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017
County helps distribute local author’s book to Kaua‘i schools

LĪHU‘E – The County Recycling Office recently partnered with a local educator and writer, Dr. Liela Nitta, to distribute her illustrated children’s book to Kaua‘i students.


Monday, October 23, 2017
Kalāheo man dies while kayak fishing

HANAPĒPĒ – A Kalāheo man died while kayak fishing in waters off Port Allen in Hanapēpē on Sunday morning.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Police operation leads to arrest of 10 fugitives

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) along with members of the State of Hawai‘i Sheriff Division conducted a special mission of the Kapa‘a area on Wednesday, which led to multiple arrests.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Prison sentence for perpetrator of child sex assaults

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Eirik James Stevens, age 51 of Līhu‘e, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a child in his apartment, and attempting to sexually assault another child in March 2016.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
Līhu‘e man sentenced to year in jail for attacking endangered sea turtle

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Lance Kaaumoana, age 36, was sentenced this week to serve one year in jail for attacking an endangered Pacific green sea turtle in April 2017.