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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Truck crashes into Līhu‘e restaurant

LĪHU‘E – No injuries were reported after a truck crashed into the Tip Top Café in Līhu‘e Friday afternoon.


Friday, February 15, 2019
High Surf Warning for east-facing shores through Saturday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. A High Surf Advisory for all north-facing shores is also in effect.


Friday, February 15, 2019
Kaua‘i police investigating second unattended death in Wailua

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police are now investigating two unattended deaths after a man and woman were found dead on Thursday along the shorelines of two beaches in Wailua.


Friday, February 15, 2019
Committee on Status of Women presents “Let’s Talk” for Women’s History Month on March 6

LĪHU‘E – The Committee on the Status of Women for Women's History Month invites the public to experience a free heart-to-heart talk with featured speakers and honorees Renae Hamilton-Cambeilh and Gina Kaulukukui on March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Līhu‘e.


Friday, February 15, 2019
DOW to conduct Emergency repairs in Kapaa near the Kuhio Highway & Papaloa Road intersection

KAPA‘A – Department of Water (DOW) crews will be conducting emergency repair work today, on Kūhi‘ō Highway, fronting the Coconut Marketplace in Kapa‘a, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Motorists are advised that one lane of Kūhi‘ō Highway will be partially closed, near the intersection of Kūhi‘ō Highway and Papaloa Road.  Please drive with caution when driving through the area. 


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wanted fugitive Richard Leibman arrested Thursday

PRINCEVILLE – Kaua‘i police arrested wanted fugitive Richard Leibman on three Bench Warrants Thursday morning.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Kaua‘i police investigating unattended death in Wailua

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a Kaua‘i woman was found dead near the shoreline behind Wailua Golf Course on Thursday morning.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Kaua‘i police investigating unattended death in Wailua

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a Kaua‘i woman was found dead near the shoreline behind Wailua Golf Course on Thursday morning.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
County officials seeking certified instructors to lead EnhanceFitness classes

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials are seeking certified instructors to lead senior fitness classes through the EnhanceFitness program that are available from Kīlauea to Kekaha.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
8 a.m. DOW final update – Water conservation notice lifted for

KOLOA– The water conservation notice has been lifted for Kōloa, Lāwa‘i and Omao customers as of approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning. Electrical power and water system functions have been restored to normal operations. 


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
County of Kaua‘i launches self-service motor vehicle registration kiosk in Līhu‘e Safeway

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials on Wednesday, in partnership with Līhu‘e Safeway and Intellectual Technology Inc., launched the island’s first self-service kiosk for motor vehicle registrations.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
12 p.m. DOW update - Water conservation request continues for Koloa, Lawai and Omao

KAPAA– The water conservation notice has been lifted for all Kapa’a customers as of approximately 12 p.m. this afternoon. Water tank levels in the Kapa‘a water system have been stabilized and customers in Kapa‘a may resume normal water use.  However, the water conservation request remains in place for customers located in Kōloa, Lāwa‘i and Omao until further notice, in an effort to maintain water services until electrical power, system repairs and well site functions can be restored to normal.  An update will be provided as soon as new information becomes available.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Ele'ele area on February 19

ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water service shutdown for customers located on Waialo Road, Okupu Street, Olali Street, Manawanui Court, Mānā Olana Court, Harbor Access Road and Aka Ula Street in Ele’ele.   Water service will be turned off on Tuesday, Feb. 19th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20th; weather permitting, in order to connect a new 12-inch bypass waterline to the existing system, as part of the Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Water Systems Improvements Project.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
8:15 a.m. DOW update – Water conservation request continues for Kōloa, Lāwa‘i, Omao and Kapa‘a

KOLOA– The water conservation notice remains in place for customers located in Kōloa, Lāwa‘i, Omao and Kapa‘a, until further notice as the Department of Water (DOW) work to assess water system operations and power outages affecting multiple well sites.  An update will be provided as soon as new information is received.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Presidents Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, along with all refuse transfer stations


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Man dies in Kapa‘a traffic crash

KAPA‘A – A 50-year-old O‘ahu man died as a result of a two-car crash in Kapa‘a Monday night.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
1:30 p.m. DOW update - Water conservation notice remains in place for Koloa, Lawai, Omao and Kapaa

LIHUE– The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for most of its customers as of approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon.  However, upon further assessment of water systems and power outages affecting multiple well sites, the water conservation notice will remain in place for customers located in Kōloa, Lāwa‘i, Omao and Kapa‘a, until further notice.  All other customers residing outside of these areas, may return to normal water use. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
High Surf Warning for east-facing shores through Thursday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. A High Surf Advisory for all north-facing shores is also in effect.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Kainahola Road to close for bridge work from Feb. 25 to 27

KAPA‘A – Kainohola Road in Kapa‘a will be closed for bridge work from Feb. 25 to 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Water service shutdown on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road postponed to 9 p.m. tonight

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has postponed the water service shutdown scheduled for Ka'apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa'a to 9 p.m., this evening.  Water service will be turned off from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, weather permitting. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7:30 a.m. DOW update -Kapa’a water tank levels remain low, water conservation notice continues

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) urges customers in Kapa‘a to minimize water use until further notice.  Water storage tank levels in the Kapa‘a water system have reported lower-than- normal operating levels and may not be able to keep up with water service demand throughout the day, especially during peak hours.  Low water storage tank levels can affect water services causing low water pressure and water service outages.  DOW officials will continue to monitor the system’s operations in an effort to maintain water services for Kapa’a customers.   


Monday, February 11, 2019
Water service shutdown reminder for customers on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa’a on Feb 12.

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) would like to remind customers located on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa’a, of a scheduled water service shutdown on Tuesday, February 12th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, February 11, 2019
County officials seeking vendors for Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center foundation

HANAMĀ‘ULU – County officials are seeking vendors to provide services for the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center. The center is scheduled to be completed in April.


Monday, February 11, 2019
4 p.m. DOW update - Water service update for Kapahi area, water conservation request continues

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) activated a temporary power source at the Kapa‘a well site in order to begin water service restoration to its Kapahi customers, as of approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.  Some customers in the area may begin to experience water service, however DOW asks that customers limit water use to essential uses only, in order to allow water tank levels to stabilize, while Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative officials work to restore electrical power at the well site this evening.


Monday, February 11, 2019
Kekaha fire destroys vacant structure

KEKAHA – A fire that broke out on the grounds of the old Kekaha Sugar Mill Sunday night left an unoccupied structure destroyed and caused roughly $50,000 in damage.


Monday, February 11, 2019
11:45 am DOW update - Water conservation continues, water service outage reported for Kapahi

LIHUE – Water conservation notice remains in place for all Department of Water (DOW) customers until further notice.  Customers are asked to continue water conservation measures in an effort to maintain water services until electrical power, system repairs and well site functions can be restored to normal.


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Public advised to remain vigilant as severe weather warnings continue throughout the night

LĪHU‘E – Officials continue to address multiple fallen trees and downed utility lines across the island Sunday as the High Wind and High Surf warnings remain in effect for the County of Kaua‘i until Monday morning.


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Water conservation notice issued for all DOW customers until further notice

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for all customers until further notice, due to multiple electrical power outages affecting well sites and system functions, as a result of the recent weather conditions.  The water conservation notice is in place as a precautionary measure and all customers are asked to limit water use to essential uses only; such as cooking, consumption and sanitation purposes, in order to avoid a full water service outage. DOW personnel will continue to monitor and assess its water systems island wide, in an effort to maintain water services to all customers until electrical power and well site functions can be restored to normal. 


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Water conservation request issued for Wainiha, Haena and Hanalei until further notice

WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all customers in Wainiha, Haena and Hanalei until further notice, due to an electrical power outage affecting the well pumps and systems in the area.  Customers are asked to limit water use to essential uses only in order to avoid a full water outage.


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Fallen trees, downed power lines with no injuries reported as severe weather warnings continue for K
LĪHU‘E – County officials are reporting multiple fallen trees, downed power lines and dangerous surf as the High Wind and High Surf warnings continue for the County of Kaua‘i. There are no highway closures at this time and no injuries reported.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
National Weather Service issues High Wind Warning; Kīlauea Holding Center will open at 8 p.m.
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning effective 4 a.m. Sunday, as damaging winds with gusts of up to 60 MPH are expected. A High Surf Warning for all north and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau also remains in effect through Monday morning.