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The list below provides a summary of recent announcements that have been posted to the various website pages located under the Government menu. You may follow these links to their originating pages in order to review the announcement in more detail along with any document links that may be associated with the selected announcement.

Published 4-4-20
Update Saturday and Sunday 4/4/20 and 4/5/20

All transfer stations are open including all green waste.

For updates call 212-4683.

Published 4-3-20
Kaua‘i police arrest third man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E — Kaua‘i police arrested a third man, 31-year-old Bobby Edwards of Boynton, Florida on Friday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order. 

Published 4-3-20

Beginning next week our office will begin mailing out packets for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Liquor License Renewals.  As is our usual protocol, packets will be sent to the mailing address provided on your previous year's renewal, or to the address listed on your initial application if you are a new licensee.  If you do not receive your packet by the end of April, please contact our office at 241-4966 or email PLEASE NOTE: Per Rule 2.6, applications shall be submitted NO EARLIER THAN June 1, and NO LATER than June 31.

As we are unsure when our office return to its normal operations due to the COVID-19 events, we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in trying to make the renewal process as smooth as possible.

Please make sure to read through the packet documents thoroughly to ensure you follow all procedures accordingly, and obtain the correct documents, and contact us should you have any questions regarding the renewal requirements. This will help avoid any delays or problems with processing your application. 

Mahalo, and stay safe and healthy, Kauai.

Published 4-3-20

Letter to Restaurant, Brewpub, Small Craft Producer Pub, and Club licensees regarding "Liquor to Go" allowance.

Published 4-3-20



Published 4-3-20
IFB 3698 - Various Heavy Trucks

Published 4-2-20
Kaua‘i police arrest Washington man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested 50-year-old Devin Martin of Olympia, Washington on Thursday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order.

Published 4-2-20
Kaua‘i police continue efforts to curb COVID-19 community spread

KAPA‘A – On Wednesday, Kaua‘i police conducted an extensive COVID-19 related checkpoint on Kūhiō Highway by the south end entrance of the Kapa‘a Bypass Road, in accordance with the statewide emergency proclamation and county emergency rules.

Published 4-2-20
KPD warns of stricter punishments for graffiti and vandalism

LĪHU‘E – Vandalism and graffiti have been on the rise in county parks since the COVID-19 crisis and Kaua‘i police are warning those who are committing these crimes that violators will face harsher punishments.

Published 4-2-20
Licensed establishments approved for “to-go” sealed wine, beer sales with takeout meal orders

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control is announcing that licensed establishments may sell sealed “to-go” wine and/or beer with takeout meal orders.

Published 4-2-20
04-08-2020 Council Meeting


Published 4-2-20
04-08-2020 Committee Meeting


Published 4-2-20
KPD warns public to be aware of rising number of scams

LĪHU‘E – Due to recent alerts, the Kaua‘i Police Department is urging residents and businesses to be aware of potential scams. Scammers are taking advantage of the current global COVID-19 crisis to steal money and personal information.

Published 4-2-20
All stations fully operational today

Wednesday 4/2/20 All sites are fully operational including all green waste sites.

Published 4-1-20
County announces changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Department of Public Works, Buildings Division

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i announces the following County-related changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Department of Public Works, Buildings Division, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 4-1-20
Public Hearing Note for the April 7, 2020 Public Hearing

Pursuant to the Supplementary Emergency Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, issued by Governor David Y. Ige, this public hearing will be closed to the public consistent with social distancing practices.  The public hearing will be read into the record and testimony may be submitted in writing to; via facsimile to (808) 241-5126; mailed to the Department of Parks and Recreation at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 105, Lihue, Hawaii,  96766; or by telephone at (808) 241-4456.

Published 4-1-20
Public access to Motor Vehicle Registration, Drivers Licensing Division sections to close through April 30

Effective through April 30, subject to extension as necessary, and pursuant to the Governor and Mayor’s stay-at-home orders, public access to the Motor Vehicle Registration Section and Drivers’ License Division will be closed through April 30.

Published 3-31-20
Kaua‘i police arrest Florida man for violating 14-day quarantine

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department arrested 62-year-old Dwight Anthony Tucker of Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order.

Published 3-31-20
Public Statement Regarding County&Federal Protection Against Foreclosures&Evictions During COVID19 Emergency

Many in our community have faced job loss as a result of the Covid-19 Emergency. This sudden loss of income has left many deeply concerned about how they will pay for necessities and the roof over their heads. During the Covid-19 Emergency, the County Housing Agency has adopted a policy of no evictions from County owned properties, and no foreclosures of County issued mortgage loans. Additionally, the County will waive any late fees for missed or untimely payments. These forbearance policies will continue until July 23, 2020. When this emergency is behind us, we will work with our tenants and holders of County loans to work out reasonable payment plans that keep folks in their homes and rentals. In addition, all recipients of rental assistance through the County who have suffered a loss of income are encouraged to contact the Housing Agency at 241-4440 to file a change of circumstance form documenting your loss of income. In most cases this will enable the County to increase your rental assistance to help cover your lost income. Although the County Housing Agency is not open for in-person visits, we are still working by phone to serve  our clients.

Beyond these County actions, the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) contains protections for many homeowners and renters. Under the CARES Act servicers of federally backed mortgage loans (FHA, USDA, VA, HUD Section 184a, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac) are prohibited from initiating any judicial or non-judicial foreclosure actions, from moving for foreclosure judgment or order of sale, or from executing a foreclosure related eviction of foreclosure sale between March 18, 2020 and May 17, 2020. Borrowers of federally backed mortgages experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19 may request forbearance from their loan servicer for up to 180 days. You should contact your loan servicer directly to request forbearance. With regard to renters, until July 26, 2020, property owners with federally guaranteed loans or participating in federal housing programs, are prohibited from filing for eviction or charging any additional fees for unpaid rent. Property owners with federally guaranteed loans or participating in federal housing programs may not issue a notice to vacate until July 26, 2020. Renters seeking additional information or assistance should contact the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i or a HUD approved housing counselor. You can find the nearest HUD counselor by calling 1 (800) 569-4287. Please note that these County and federal actions provide protections from foreclosures and evictions, for County properties and loans, and with regard to properties with federally backed mortgages. These protections do not necessarily cover all mortgages and tenant situations. The County, however, encourages landlords and private mortgage companies to similarly show forbearance to tenants and borrowers who find themselves in financial hardship. It is also important to understand that while these policies are near term protections from evictions and foreclosures, tenants and homeowners will still be legally responsible for unpaid rents or loan payments that accrue during the Covid-19 emergency. But the County and federally backed loan servicers will work with you to establish reasonable repayment plans to keep our community housed.


Published 3-31-20
Garden Isle Disposal: modified hours of service

Due to COVID-19, Garden Isle Disposal has temporarily modified their hours of service for accepting commercial recyclables at their recycling warehouse in Nawiliwili.  Their new hours of service are:  Monday through Saturday, 7:00am to 2:00pm with a closure for lunch from 11:00am-12:00pm.   

Published 3-31-20
Refuse Transfer Stations: Essential Use Only

Refuse transfer stations for essential use only:

Use of Refuse Transfer Stations shall be limited to disposal of solid waste items resulting from essential activity in observance of Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #5.

Essential activity for the majority of individuals observing the Mayor’s Emergency Rule will require disposal of mostly garbage/refuse or other material subject to rotting and health and safety concerns when not disposed of in a timely manner.

The need to haul and dispose of construction debris, scrap metal, green waste or other debris should only be a result of activity to preserve health, safety, prevent damage to property, or provide new housing.

In accordance with Mayor’s Emergency Rule, the public is asked to stay at home with very limited exceptions. There is a small portion of the public that has opted out of refuse collection, therefore their use of the refuse transfer stations to dispose of home generated solid waste is expected.

Collection customers who will exceed their refuse cart capacity are encouraged to either order a larger or additional refuse cart, or deliver the excess refuse/garbage items to the nearest County Refuse Transfer Station.

Customers are urged to practice social distancing while at County facilities to protect themselves and the County employees who help make the service possible.

Kaua‘i Recycles drop bins are open and HI5 Redemption Centers are operating on the normal schedules. Please only deliver targeted recyclables to these locations.

Days and times of operation for redemption centers are posted on the County’s website at:

Household refuse collection is operating on the normal schedule Monday through Friday. Please call 241-4091 with questions.

County staff is available Monday through Friday during business hours to answer questions on all waste and recycling services at 241-4841 or

COVID-19 Refuse Transfer Station Sign refuse drop off to essential needs only including health, safety, and sanitation.

Published 3-31-20
05-13-2020 Notice of Publication and Notice of Public Hearing


Published 3-31-20
Refuse Transfer Station for Essential Use Only

All sites and services are open today. Reminder, the County Officials would like to remind residents that the use of the facility should be limited to disposal of solid waste items resulting from essential activity in observance of Mayor Kawakami's Emergency Rule #5.

For questions, please call our main office line at 241-4841.

Published 3-31-20



Published 3-30-20
KPD answers FAQs regarding stay-at-home order

Kaua‘i police are asking the public to please consider the nature of their non-emergency calls before contacting dispatch at 241-1711.

Published 3-30-20
Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget Follow-Up Questions & Responses

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget Follow-Up Questions & Responses

Published 3-30-20
Kauai Recycles Drop Bin at Kukui Grove is open

Due to security concerns at Kukui Grove, access to the Kaua‘i Recycles drop site behind the old Kmart in Līhu‘e is limited to the entrance nearest the old Pier 1 store along Pikake Street.

There are no changes to what can be accepted at the seven Kaua‘i Recycles drop bin locations throughout the island.

Published 3-30-20
Solid Waste services limited to essential uses only

All Solid Waste services are operating normally, but use should be limited to essential needs only (health, safety, and sanitation).

Solid Waste services essential use


Published 3-30-20
Monthly Siren Test - Wednesday, April 1st at 11:45 am

The monthly test of the all-hazard Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

During this monthly test, all Statewide Outdoor Warning Sirens will sound a one-minute Attention Alert Signal (Steady Tone). A simultaneous test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System is conducted with the monthly siren sounding, in cooperation with Hawai'i’s broadcast industry. There will be no exercise or drill accompanying the test.

The all-hazard Outdoor Siren Warning System for Public Safety is one part of Hawai'i’s Statewide Alert & Warning System used to notify the public during emergencies.

If you hear this siren tone in circumstances other than a test, follow emergency information and instructions provided by official government channels. This may be in the form of a local radio, television station broadcast, and/or cellular Wireless Emergency Alert.

Published 3-30-20
2020 04-06 FC Agenda

Fire Commission Meeting

Published 3-29-20
Refuse transfer stations for essential use only

County Officials would like to remind the public that  while County refuse transfer stations located in Hanalei, Kapa‘a, Līhu‘e, and Hanapēpē remain open during normal facility hours, use shall be limited to disposal of solid waste items resulting from essential activity, in observance of Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #5.

Published 3-29-20
Transfer Station Update Sunday 3/29/20

All refuse transfer stations are accepting trash.

Greeen waste is closed in Kapaa and Lihue due to muddy conditions. Hanalei and Hanapepe green waste is open.

For updates call 212-4683.

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