Liquor Control Commission

The basic function of the Commission is to control, supervise, and regulate the manufacture, importation, and sale of liquor within the county. The Commission:
  • Adopts rules regulations having the force and effect of law.
  • Grants, refuses, suspends and revokes any license for the manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors.
  • Investigates violations of liquor control laws through its investigators, hears, and determines all complaints and citations regarding violations of liquor control laws and imposes such fines or penalties as may be provided by law upon conviction thereof.

Meeting Time/Location:  4:00pm, Liquor Conference Room 3, 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month

Members   Commission correspondence can be sent to:
Paul Endo - Chair   County of Kauai Liquor Control Commission
Shirley Akita - Vice Chair                                     c/o Department of Liquor Control
William Gibson   4444 Rice Street, Suite 120
Jean Iida   Lihue, HI  96766
Maryanne Kusaka

Email: czaima@kauai.gov
Gerald Matsunaga  
Gary Pacheco  

Duties of The Commission

The Department provides the administrative services for the Commission.  It investigates all applications for liquor licenses and compiles all the facts and statistics on all the matters before the commission.

The Department has police powers to enforce the liquor laws.  It inspects all liquor licensed premises to ensure compliance with the liquor laws and the commission's rules and regulations.  It investigates all alleged violations and complaints of alleged violations and reports all violations to the Commission.

ADMINISTRATIVE BRANCH
The administrative branch consists of the Director, Commission/Department Secretary and Senior Account Clerk.  This branch provides services to the regulatory and enforcement branches, the Liquor Commission, as well as licensees and the general public.

ENFORCEMENT BRANCH
The enforcement branch is comprised of a Senior Investigator who serves as the immediate supervisor, and field investigators who are responsible for conducting daily inspections and investigations on possible liquor law violations.  They also assist the licenses to interpret and understand the liquor laws that regulate their particular operation.

Training sessions and workshops for servers of alcoholic beverages will be offered to all licensees.  Public information sessions and presentations will be made available to the general public.

Inspectors of liquor licensed premises are conducted daily by the liquor control investigators.  Inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the laws and to assist licensees in preventing violations from occurring.

REGULATORY BRANCH
The regulatory branch is primarily responsible for the licensing process, which involves applications for the fourteen classes of liquor licenses and collecting all mandatory information as required by State law and the liquor commission rules.  The regulatory branch investigates all license applications before they are submitted to the commission for disposition.  The regulatory branch, in coordination with the enforcement branch, also processes citations for hearing before the commission.

Liquor Commissioners

Mission Statement:
To protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Kauai County by effectively and fairly enforcing Federal and State laws and County liquor rules as they apply to the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.

Program Description:
The Department of Liquor Control, as authorized by State statute, is responsible for enforcement of Section 281 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, and the Rules & Regulations of the Liquor Control Commission.  The Department also serves as the staff for the seven-member commission that has the sole jurisdiction to approve or renew liquor applications, and also suspend or revoke a license once it had been issued.  Currently, the Commission meets twice monthly and performs both regulatory and adjudication functions.

The liquor department is divided into three distinctive branches with specific functions and responsibilities, all working toward the same mission.

Department Goals:
The goals of the Department of Liquor Control are:

  • To meet the public’s expectations by monitoring the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the County of Kaua'i.
  • To provide the highest level of service to the licensees in the County of Kaua'i and assist them in conducting a lawful and profitable business.

Agendas


Friday, November 1, 2019
11/07/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Thursday, October 10, 2019
10-17-2019 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, September 27, 2019
10/03/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Thursday, September 12, 2019
09/19/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, August 30, 2019
09/05/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, August 9, 2019
08/15/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, July 26, 2019
08/01/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, July 12, 2019
07/18/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, June 21, 2019
06/27/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Thursday, May 30, 2019
06/06/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Thursday, May 9, 2019
05/16/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, April 26, 2019
05/02/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, April 26, 2019
05/02/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, April 12, 2019
04/18/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, March 29, 2019
04/04/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, March 15, 2019
03/21/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, March 1, 2019
03/07/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, February 15, 2019
02/21/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, February 15, 2019
02/21/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, February 1, 2019
02/07/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Thursday, January 31, 2019
02/07/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, January 11, 2019
01/17/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, December 28, 2018
01/03/19 Agenda

Liquor Commission Meeting

Hearings

Minutes


Monday, August 26, 2019
07/18/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Monday, August 12, 2019
06/27/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Monday, August 5, 2019
06/06/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Wednesday, July 31, 2019
05/16/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Wednesday, July 31, 2019
05/02/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, May 3, 2019
04/18/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, April 19, 2019
04/04/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, April 5, 2019
03/21/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, March 22, 2019
03/07/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, March 8, 2019
02/21/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, February 22, 2019
02/07/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, February 8, 2019
01/17/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, January 18, 2019
01/03/19 Minutes

Liquor Commission Meeting


Friday, January 4, 2019
12/20/19 Minutes DRAFT

Liquor Commission Meeting

Documents

 TitleOwnerModified DateSize
Kauai County Charter Article XVILani Agoot11/3/201487.05 KB
Liquor Control Commission Rules and RegulationsLani Agoot2/20/2018295.60 KB

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