Mission Statement and Vision


To protect lives and property in the County of Kauaʻi by coordinating and integrating efforts among all levels of government and the private sector to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other threats and hazards.



The Kauaʻi Emergency Management Agency strives to actively promote and enhance whole-community preparedness, resilience and safety in the face of numerous threats, hazards and disasters that can potentially affect our island communities.


Friday, May 31, 2019
Monthly Siren Test - Monday, June 3rd at 11:45 am

The monthly test of the Statewide OutdoorWarning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 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 Hawaii’s broadcast industry. There will be no exercise or drill accompanying the test.

The Outdoor Siren Warning System for Public Safety is one part of Hawaii’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, or cellular Wireless Emergency Alert.

Wireless Emergency Alert delivers sound-and-text warnings to compatible mobile cellular phones. The Emergency Alert System & Wireless Emergency Alert’s notifications are managed by FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Mayor Kawakami signs eighth supplementary emergency proclamation, amends rule and order

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed an eighth supplementary emergency proclamation for the County of Kaua‘i, and has amended the emergency rule and order (Rule #1) as it applies to legal Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) in the Lumaha‘i, Wainiha, and Hā‘ena area.

On Monday, Mayor Kawakami joined state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials and representatives from the Federal Highways Administration on a site visit to the Wainiha area. After careful consideration and assessment of the current highway repairs, state officials determined that the highway would not be reopening to the full public on May 1. Therefore, state DOT officials announced Tuesday that the reopening of Kūhiō Highway is now anticipated for the week of May 20, 2019.

Following this announcement, and based on the community’s request for a soft opening of the restricted area, the County has decided to allow legal TVRs to operate starting May 1.

“I would like to thank Governor Ige and our state and federal officials for taking all concerns into consideration as we work toward a full reopening of the highway,” said Mayor Kawakami. “As of May 1, we will allow legal TVRs to operate with the understanding that all parks and beaches in Hā‘ena remain closed and off limits. We will continue to work with our government partners and the community during this time of transition.”

The County will be working with permitted TVR owners to ensure that their guests receive temporary vehicle placards into the Wainiha area, and further reminds all residents and visitors of the restrictions that remain in place.

Contact Information

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Elton Ushio

Kauai Emergency Management Agency
3990 Kaana Street, Suite 100
Lihue, Hawaii, 96766

Phone: (808) 241-1800
Fax: (808) 241-1860
Email: kema@kauai.gov

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