April 2018 Flooding

Mayor's Emergency Proclamation (04/14/18)

Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (04/22/18)

Second Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (05/23/18)

Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (07/11/18)

Fourth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (09/07/18)

Mayor's Emergency Rule #1 (rev. 09/07/18)

  • Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has issued the following statement in regards to the emergency proclamation and rule in effect for the County of Kauai:

"The safety of our residents in the affected areas of Wainiha and Haena continues to be of the utmost priority. I want to remind everyone that due to emergency roadwork repairs on Kuhio Highway from Waikoko to Wainiha, the current emergency proclamation and rule is necessary for the well-being of our entire community.

“It is my intention to continue this emergency rule – which limits access to residents and authorized vehicles only – until the highway is deemed safe for normal travel. It is also my intention to continue to extend this emergency proclamation until all county-repairs are completed.”

“Mahalo to the people of Kauai as well as our visitors for your continued patience, understanding and aloha while we as a community remain committed to the recovery of our North Shore.”

Wainiha-Haena placard exchange deadline extended to Sept. 24

County of Kauai officials are extending the placard exchange deadline for Wainiha-Haena residents and non-governmental agencies to Monday, Sept. 24.

Please see the updated table below for the various locations, dates, and times for the placard exchange.

As a reminder, all goldenrod August work passes are valid until Sept. 24.


  Friday, 9/14:

  9:00 a.m. – Noon

  Planning Department Office, Lihue

  Monday, 9/17:

  9:00 a.m. – Noon

  Planning Department Office, Lihue

  Friday, 9/21:

  9:00 a.m. – Noon

  Planning Department Office, Lihue

  Monday, 9/24:

  9:00 a.m. – Noon

  Planning Department Office, Lihue

FEMA Individual Assistance

Homeowners and renters in the City and County of Honolulu and Kaua’i County that registered for disaster assistance with FEMA following the April storms and flooding are encouraged to stay in touch.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed, but applicants can still track their application and should notify FEMA of changes to their information such as a mailing address, phone number, email address, insurance settlement information or other documentation.

Homeowners and renters can update their information in the following ways:

  • By going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
  • By calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362
  • By downloading the FEMA mobile app

Click here for more information.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes still have until March 27, 2019 to apply for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 for more information.

Kuhio Highway Access between Waikoko and Wainiha

Kuhio Highway Wainiha_Waikoko


  • Access into Wainiha and Haena is limited to (see Mayor's Emergency Rule #1):
  • Area Residents
  • Emergency Response (9-1-1)
  • Official County/State/Federal Government Officials and Contractors
  • Approved Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
  • Access Schedule (in effect 8/15)

Monday through Saturday

  • 5:50 AM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 6:20 AM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 6:50 AM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 7:20 AM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 7:50 AM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 8:20 AM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 12:30 PM Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 1:00 PM    Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 1:30 PM    Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 2:00 PM    Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 5:00 PM    Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 5:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 6:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 6:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 7:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 7:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 8:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 8:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 9:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 9:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 10:15 PM Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 11:00 PM Hanalei to Wainiha

Sunday and Holidays

  • 7:00 AM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 7:30 AM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 8:00 AM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 8:30 AM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 9:00 AM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 9:30 AM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 10:00 AM Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 10:30 AM Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 11:00 AM Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 11:30 AM Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 12:00 PM Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 12:30 PM Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 1:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 1:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 2:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 2:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 3:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 3:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 4:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 4:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 5:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 5:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 6:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 6:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 7:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 7:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 8:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 8:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 9:00 PM   Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 9:30 PM   Hanalei to Wainiha
  • 10:30 PM Wainiha to Hanalei
  • 11:00 PM Hanalei to Wainiha

Please note that construction activities Monday through Saturday may sometimes result in slight delays to the schedule as the crews button up the work zones to make it safe for vehicles to pass, but the convoy will not leave prior to the scheduled time.

Shuttle times for the shuttle operated by the Hanalei Colony Resort are not included on this schedule.

HDOT has coordinated with Department of Education (DOE) to provide access to school buses by providing contractor passes for the middle school and high school buses. In the mornings, the elementary school bus will travel into Wainiha on the 6:20 a.m. convoy and out of Wainiha on the 6:50 a.m. convoy; the middle and high school buses will head into Wainiha, traveling on their own, and will leave Wainiha for Hanalei at 6:20 a.m. In the afternoons, all DOE buses will travel in with the 2 p.m. convoy and back out using the contractor passes.

HDOT is currently anticipating emergency repairs and bridge upgrades to be completed and the road to open to all traffic without convoys in October. Weekly updates are posted on the HDOT website at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/2018-kuhio-highway-emergency-repairs/

  • Distribution for Wainiha-Hā‘ena Placards, Work Passes and Shuttle Passes:

Starting on Monday, June 4, resident placards, work passes and shuttle passes for the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area will be verified and distributed through the County’s Planning Department at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, during the following office hours, excluding holidays:

Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and

Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Resident Placards:

To receive a resident placard, Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents must physically bring their vehicle to the Līhu‘e Civic Center and be able to prove that their identity matches the residency and ownership information in the County’s real property tax database. Documents that prove residency, such as a real property tax bill or a utility bill, much show an address and must also match a government issued photo ID presented by the applicant. Trust documents may be required for those homes held in a trust, or marriage certificates for spouses of owners.

Work Passes:

Insurance adjusters, utility company personnel, private contractors and others needing access to work in the isolated Wainiha-Hā‘ena area may apply for a five-day weekday work pass, and a two-day weekend work pass through the Planning Department at the days and times stated above.

To receive a work pass, individuals must bring a work order or authorization from the landowner listed on the County’s real property tax database. Planning officials may call the landowner to further verify the applicant’s information and to ensure the individual is seeking to conduct legitimate business in the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area.

Work passes will be distributed to no more than two passes per company or organization, per address. No overnight stays are permitted with these passes. Passes are limited in quantity, and will be distributed first-come, first-served.

Shuttle Passes:

Shuttle passes for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents will be distributed through the Planning Department at the days and times stated above. To receive a shuttle pass, Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents must be prepared to prove residency.

Department of Education Updates

Satellite School to Open at Hanalei Colony Resort

In support of these students and families the Hawaii State Department of Education Satellite School will reopen on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the Hanalei Colony Resort. The satellite opening is delayed one day to allow for finalizing the hiring of staff, set-up of the classrooms and preparation for the lunch service at the Opakapaka Grill and Restaurant.

Students enrolled at Hanalei Elementary, Kapaa Middle and Kapaa High Schools who have confirmed their attendance at the satellite school are to report to the Hanalei Colony Resort on Tuesday, August 7th.

School will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Opakpaka Grill and Restaurant.

An Open House/Parent Meeting is also scheduled on Monday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hanalei Colony Resort.

Bus Schedule Modified for Students Residing in Wainiha and Haena

Due to the revised Department of Transportation convoy scheduled to be in effect on Monday, August 6, 2018, the student bus service schedule has been modified.

This bus schedule is only for students residing in Wainiha and Haena who attend Hanalei Elementary, Kapaa Middle and Kapaa High schools.

The morning and afternoon schedules can be found here.  For more information or if you have any questions please contact the Kauai Student Transportation Branch at 808-241-7120.

Building Permits

Public Works - Building Division

(808) 241-4854

Building Permit Quick Start Guide

Expedited Permitting

The Planning Department is the lead agency for this expedited permitting qualification.  Click here for more information.

Emergency Ordinance Qualification Process FAQs

Rain 2018 Qualification Form

Health Recommendations

Kauai District Health Office: 808-241-3495

Mental Health Services

Kauai Family Guidance Center: 808-274-3883

Kauai Community Mental Health Center: 808-274-3190

Crisis Line of Hawaii (24/7): 1-800-753-6879

Child & Family Services Parent Line: 1-800-816-1222

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, TTY 1-800-846-8517, Text TalkWithUs to 66746

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/amhd/consumer/access/

Brown Water Advisories

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/cwb/


For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/tetanus/


For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/leptospirosis/

Mosquito concerns

Environmental Health Vector Control: 808-241-3306

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/epo/strategic/disease/

Control rats, slugs and snails on your property

For more information visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ctahr/farmfoodsafety/rat-lungworm/

Food safety tips

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/san/food-information/

Mold Exposure and Removal

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/irhb/iaqpdf/

Flood-Related Debris Management


Refuse collection services for residents affected by the April flood in the Wainiha and Haena area will move to Fridays, starting on Aug. 10. Residential refuse will be collected this Sunday, Aug. 5.

The Solid Waste Division will continue to provide the following services:

  • Refuse collectors will accept bagged trash as well as trash in carts set at the county right of way in front of all households.
  • A solid waste staging area at Kepuhi Point will be open to residents and businesses for drop-off of source-separated waste, including bulky items, green waste, tires, metals, white goods, and propane tanks. Household trash is not accepted at this site.
  • The Solid Waste Division encourages residents to utilize the Hanalei transfer station if possible, including the residential recycling bins.

For questions or more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at 241-4841.