News Releases and Other Announcements

Monday, September 24, 2018
KPD hosts free car seat check as part of Child Passenger Safety Week

LĪHU‘E – In recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) will be hosting a free car seat safety inspection on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at Walmart in Līhu‘e.


Monday, September 24, 2018
Back parking lot of Wailua Homesteads Park to be closed from Sept. 26 to Oct. 5

WAILUA – The public is advised that the back parking lot of Wailua Homesteads Park will be closed from Wednesday, Sept. 26, to Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on weekdays. 


Monday, September 24, 2018
Department of Public Works reminding public of general guidelines, information on signs

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is reminding the public that the County of Kaua‘i’s sign ordinance has specific rules relating to specifications, permitting, and enforcement of signs.


Thursday, September 20, 2018
DOW's Make a Splash Festival celebrates 15 years of water education with Project WET

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Water (DOW) hosted its 15th annual water education event; the Make a Splash with Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Festival, on September 20, 2018 at the Pua Loke Arboretum.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. signs MOU to allow night football games for the 2018 season

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the County of Kaua‘i to allow the county to use stadium lights at night during the 2018 football season.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Road closure announced for portion of Kamalu, Olohena roads

WAILUA – The public is advised of a road closure near a single-lane bridge on a portion of Kamalu Road and Olohena Road, in Wailua Homesteads, on Monday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Haleko Road to close for tree trimming on Sept. 29

LĪHU‘E – Haleko Road will be closed for tree trimming and road maintenance work on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Monday, September 17, 2018
Hanalei Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting

Hanalei – Ocean Safety Bureau officials have closed Hanalei Beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Saturday, September 15, 2018
Water service restored to customers on Makana Road and Po'o Road in Kapa'a

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water service to customers located on Makana Road and Po’o Road in Kapa’a as of approximately, 10:45 p.m. on September 15th.  DOW crews completed repairs to the recent main line break and customers may resume normal water use.


Saturday, September 15, 2018
Water service shutdown for customers on Makana Road and Po'o Road in Kapa'a

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Makana Road and Po’o Road in Kapa’a for approximately 6 to 8 hours due to a recent mainline break in the area.  Additionally, a partial one-lane road closure will be in place near the intersection of Opaeka’a Road and Makana Road in Kapa’a as crews set up safety zones to work on the main line break alongside Opaeka’a Road.  Motorists are asked to proceed with caution and adhere to all safety and traffic control in place.


Friday, September 14, 2018
Pua Loke Street partially closed on Sept. 20 for Make a Splash Festival

LIHUE – Access to Pua Loke Street, from Haleko Road towards the Department of Water (DOW), will be temporarily closed on Thursday, September 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to accommodate the DOW’s 15th Annual Make a Splash Water Education Festival.


Friday, September 14, 2018
Public information meeting on Complete Streets project set for Sept. 26

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works will hold a public information meeting regarding a Complete Streets project for the areas of Kawaihau, Hau‘a‘ala, and Mailihuna roads.


Friday, September 14, 2018
Community meeting on drug addiction set for Sept. 18

KAPA‘A – The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Treatment and Community Integration will host “Drug Addiction 101,” a community meeting at Kapa'a Missionary Church on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wainiha-Hā‘ena placard exchange deadline extended to Sept. 24; updated schedule announced

County of Kaua‘i officials are extending the placard exchange deadline for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents and non-governmental agencies to Monday, Sept. 24.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6 p.m. Sept. 12, Update: Wind Advisory and Flash Flood Watch remain in effect

LĪHU‘E – As a Wind Advisory and Flash Flood Watch remain in effect for Kaua‘i County, officials are reminding residents to stay informed and remain vigilant.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Kaua‘i RSVP hosts collection drive for homebound veterans, caregivers through end of September

LĪHU‘E –  As part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, the Kaua‘i RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) sponsored by the County of Kaua‘i Agency on Elderly Affairs, is hosting a collection drive to purchase gift cards for homebound veterans and their caregivers through the end of September. 


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Water services restored to customers on Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water service to all affected customers located on a portion of Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a; between Kawaihau Road and approximately a half-mile south of Kepano Street on Ka’apuni Road and includes customers located on Alapaki Road, as of approximately 1:45 p.m.  The contractor has completed the necessary work for the new service connection on Ka’apuni Road and customers may now resume normal water use.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Single-lane closures announced for portions of Kamalu, Olohena roads

WAILUA – The public is advised of single-lane closures on portions of Kamalu Road and Olohena Road, in Wailua Homesteads, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12. This is to allow the county’s contractor, Maui Kupono Builders, to conduct road reconstruction work in the area.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Partial one lane road closure on Ka’apuni Road in Kapaa

KAPA’A – The Department of Water announces a partial one lane road closure along a portion of Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a from Kawaihau Road to Olohena Road until further notice.  


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Water service shutdown extended for customers on Ka'apuni Road in Kapaa until noon

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a; between Kawaihau Road and approximately half-mile south of Kepano Street on Ka’apuni Road and includes customers located on Alapaki Road, until approximately 12 p.m. on September 12th, weather permitting.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
11 p.m., Sept. 11, Olivia Update
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Kaua‘i County, however, officials are urging residents and visitors to remain vigilant as a Wind Advisory and Flash Flood Watch remain in effect.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7:45 p.m., Sept. 11, Update: Kaua‘i County remains in Tropical Storm Warning

LĪHU‘E – As Kaua‘i County remains in a Tropical Storm Warning, officials are announcing the following important updates.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Hiker airlifted from Ho‘opi‘i Falls

KAPAA - Firefighters responded to a call of a female hiker in distress Monday afternoon near Ho‘opi‘i Falls in Kapa‘a.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
DOW reminds residents of water emergency preparedness guidelines

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds residents of water emergency preparedness guidelines for the storing of drinking water, essential water uses and other water emergency tips during a severe weather emergency.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018
11 a.m., Sept. 11, Update: Tropical Storm Warning issued for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.


Monday, September 10, 2018
Water conservation notice lifted for Haena customers

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for all Haena customers as of approximately 10 p.m. on September 10th.  Water tank levels have been stabilized and customers may now resume normal water use.


Monday, September 10, 2018
Immediate water conservation notice issued for Haena customers

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all Hā'ena customers, until further notice, due to the recent damage to the hydrant and system in the area that has affected water tank levels. Customers are urged to limit water use to essential uses only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes, in order to avoid a full water service outage in the system. 


Monday, September 10, 2018
Tropical Storm Watch issued for Kaua‘i County; Mayor Carvalho signs emergency proclamation

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Kaua‘i County as of 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.


Monday, September 10, 2018
Dozens attend sister city signing ceremony for the County of Kaua‘i and the City of Davao

LĪHU‘E – Several dozen attended a sister city signing ceremony for the County of Kaua‘i and the City of Davao at the Mo‘ikeha Courtyard in Līhu‘e on Monday.


Monday, September 10, 2018
Public urged to prepare for possible impacts of Hurricane Olivia

LĪHU‘E – As Hurricane Olivia continues its track towards the Hawaiian islands this week, County of Kaua‘i officials are reminding residents and visitors to get prepared and stay informed.


Friday, September 7, 2018
Mayor signs fourth supplementary emergency proclamation, extends emergency rule and order

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has signed a fourth supplementary emergency proclamation on Friday, Sept. 7, for the County of Kaua‘i in order to continue relief efforts for damages sustained during the April flood.


Friday, September 7, 2018
Meeting on Līhu‘e Town Core project set for Wednesday, Sept. 12

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i will hold an open house and presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to provide an update on the Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project.


Thursday, September 6, 2018
Water conservation notice lifted for Wainiha and Haena customers

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for all Wainiha and Hā'ena customers as of approximately 6 p.m., this evening.  Power has been restored to the pump stations and water tank levels have been stabilized.  Customers may now resume normal water use.  


Thursday, September 6, 2018
Immediate water conservation notice issued for Wainiha and Haena customers

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all Wainiha and Hā'ena customers until further notice, due to a recent electrical power outage that is affecting our water facilities and pump stations in the area.  Customers are urged to limit water use to essential uses only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes, in order to avoid a full water service outage in the system. 


Thursday, September 6, 2018
Water service shutdown scheduled for Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a on September 11-12

KAPA’A - The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled an overnight water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a; from Kawaihau Road to approximately one half-mile, south of Kepano Street on Ka’apuni Road and includes Alapaki Road.  


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Reminder: Wainiha-Hā‘ena placard exchange deadline is Sept. 17; updated schedule announced

County of Kaua‘i officials are reminding Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents and non-governmental agencies to exchange their access placards by Monday, Sept. 17. In addition, officials have announced an updated placard exchange schedule to include a new date in Hanalei.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
‘Ele‘ele family displaced by house fire

‘ELE‘ELE – A three-bedroom home on Akalei Street in ‘Ele‘ele was damaged by fire Tuesday morning, displacing a family of four.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Firefighters extinguish fire in Līhu‘e industrial area

LIHUE – Firefighters responded to an industrial fire that broke out early Tuesday morning at Y. Hata & Co., Ltd., on Aukele Street in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
County Health and Wellness Fair scheduled for Sept. 19

LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend the County of Kaua‘i’s Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018
West Kaua‘i Community Plan open house events rescheduled to Sept. 10 and Sept. 12

The County of Kaua‘i is launching the West Kaua‘i Community Plan to update two outdated regional development plans: the Hanapēpē-‘Ele‘ele Development Plan (1974) and the Waimea-Kekaha Development Plan (1978). 


Friday, August 31, 2018
Blessing held for Hanapepe-Eleele Water System Reorganization and Improvements Project

‘ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) held a blessing ceremony on Friday, August 31st, to commence the Hanapēpē-‘Ele’ele Water System Reorganization and Improvements Project. 


Friday, August 31, 2018
Thirteen graduate from the Kaua‘i Fire Department’s 28th firefighter recruit class

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a special ceremony on Friday to graduate 13 recruits from KFD’s 28th firefighter recruit class at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha courtyard.


Friday, August 31, 2018
OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK EARNS NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The County of Kaua‘i’s Office of the County Clerk is one of the top jurisdictions in the nation for civic education and public information.


Thursday, August 30, 2018
Third annual prevention and awareness walk set for Sept. 8

The public is invited to participate in the third annual prevention and awareness walk, “Working Together to Prevent Suicide,” Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Kaua‘i Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium.


Thursday, August 30, 2018
7:45 a.m., August 30, DOW final updates, "Do not drink" advisory and conservation notice lifted

WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the “Do not drink” advisory for residents located on Ananalu Road, Anahulu Road and on a portion of Kūhi‘ō Highway; between Ala Eke Road and the Lumaha'i River in Wainiha as of 7:30 a.m., today. DOW officials have completed water quality and system assessments to confirm that the water quality is safe for consumption and in compliance with safe drinking water standards.  Customers may now resume normal water use.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Four-hour standoff ends in apparent murder-suicide

KEKAHA  –  After a four-hour standoff, two people were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Kekaha on Wednesday afternoon.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Water services restored to customers on Helena Lane and Kihei Road in Kapaa

KAPA’A– The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water services to customers located on Helena Lane in Kapa‘a at approximately 4:45 p.m., today. DOW crews have completed repairs to the mainline break on Helena Lane and customers may now resume normal water use. Additionally, DOW crews were able to maintain water services to customers on Kihei Road during the emergency repairs to the system.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Wainiha-Hā‘ena placard exchange deadline extended to Sept. 17

Due to the recent flooding this week on the North Shore, County of Kaua‘i officials are extending the placard exchange deadline for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents and non-governmental agencies to Monday, Sept. 17.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
20-year prison sentence for sexual assault on a minor

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Samson W. Harong, formerly of Puhi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl while burglarizing a home in Puhi in May 2017.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Water service shutdown in Kapa‘a for customers located on Kihei Road and Helena Lane

KAPAA– The Department of Water (DOW) has announced an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Kihei Road in Kapa‘a.  The 4-hour water service shutdown began at approximately 12 p.m. this afternoon, due to a main line break. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
1 p.m. August 29, DOW Update, "Do not Drink" advisory issued for select customers in Wainiha

WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a “Do not drink” advisory for residents located on Ananalu Road, Anahulu Road and on a portion of Kūhi‘ō Highway; between Ala Eke Road and the Lumaha'i River in Wainiha, until further notice.  DOW crews have completed the main line repairs and will be returning water back to the mainline, as this occurs, customers in the affected area may experience water service being restored, however due to the possible exposure to the service lines during the recent weather events, DOW is advising residents not to drink or cook with tap-water, as a precautionary measure, until further notice.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
12:45 p.m., August 29, Update: Damage assessment begins for Kaua‘i

While flash flooding has now subsided for the island of Kaua‘i, officials are deploying equipment assets and have begun damage assessments for the flood-affected areas islandwide.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Labor Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, along with all refuse transfer stations as well as the Kapa‘a and Waimea swimming pools.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Ten year prison sentence for Kapa‘a meth dealer

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Henry Dorati, 45, formerly of Kapa‘a, was sentenced to ten years in prison for selling methamphetamine to support his heroin habit.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
KPD is asking for help with locating missing woman

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
10:30 a.m. August 29, DOW updates, Water service shutdown extended for Anahulu Road, Ananalu Road

WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) has extended the emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Anahulu Road, Ananalu Road and a portion of Kūhi‘ō Highway; between Ananalu Road and Powerhouse Road in Wainiha, until further notice.  Additional assessments of the infrastructure is required before repairs can begin due to the complexity of the repairs and location of the break in the system.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
9:30 a.m. August 29, DOW Updates, Emergency water service shutdown for Ananalu Road, Anahulu Road

WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Anahulu Road, Ananalu Road and a portion of Kūhi‘ō Highway; between Ananalu Road and Powerhouse Road in Wainiha for 2 to 3 hours and began at approximately 9 a.m. today.  DOW crews are conducting repairs to a mainline break in the system and have isolated the leak to minimize water service disruption for customers, therefore, services to some customers in the area may not be affected during the shutdown.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Kapa‘a swimming pool closed on Sunday, Sept. 2

The Kapa‘a swimming pool will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 2, due to staffing issues.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
8 a.m. August 29, DOW updates, Potable water access available in Wainiha

WAINIHA - The Department of Water (DOW) is providing access to potable water for Wainiha residents from two hydrant connections fitted with faucets, located at the intersection of Powerhouse Road and Kūhi‘ō Highway in Wainiha.  Additionally, a trailer-mounted water tank containing potable water is also available to residents and is stationed at the Hanalei Colony Resort’s parking lot; located at 5-7130 Kūhi‘ō Highway in Hanalei.  Customers should bring their own water containers to fill up. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Body recovered from Waikomo Stream during Tuesday’s flood event on Kaua‘i

County officials are confirming one fatality that occurred during the flash flooding event on Kaua‘i on Tuesday.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Immediate water conservation notice issued for Wainiha residents

HAENA– The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all Wainiha customers until further notice, in order to avoid a full water outage in the system.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
11:30 a.m., August 28, Update: Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 2:30 p.m., and a Flash Flood Watch for the island remains in effect through this afternoon.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
8:30 a.m., August 28, Update: Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 11:30 a.m., and a Flash Flood Watch for the island remains in effect through this afternoon.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
5:30 a.m., August 28, Update: Flash Flood Warning extended for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i until 8:30 a.m., and a Flash Flood Watch for the island remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2:30 am AUG. 28 UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, August 27, 2018
5 p.m., August 27, Update: Kaua‘i County under Flash Flood Warning and Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Kaua‘i, and a Flash Flood Watch is now in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.


Monday, August 27, 2018
2:30 p.m., August 27, Update: Road closures and power outages announced

Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge remains closed until further notice due to a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i.


Monday, August 27, 2018
1 p.m., August 27, Update: Kūhiō Highway closure announced due to Flash Flood Warning

Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is closed until further notice due to a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Kaua‘i.


Monday, August 27, 2018
Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Monday, August 27, 2018
Waterline installation work along Kaumuali‘i Highway in Hanapēpē to begin in September

LIHUE – The Department of Water and contractor, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., will be conducting waterline installation and connection work alongside a portion of Kaumuali’i Highway


Sunday, August 26, 2018
6 P.M., August 26, Final DOW update, Water services restored to Haena-Wainiha customers

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed water system assessments of the Haena-Wainiha water systems as of approximately 5:30 p.m. today, and have restored water services to the affected customers in Haena.  All customers may now resume normal water use.


Sunday, August 26, 2018
10 A.M., August 26, DOW update, Water conservation request lifted for Haena-Wainiha residents

HAENA – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation request for all Haena-Wainiha residents as of 10 a.m., today.  All customers may now resume normal water use and consumption.  Additionally, DOW personnel will be conducting water facilities assessments today, for the Wainiha-Haena water system.  An update on water services affecting customers located on a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena; between the Manoa Stream and Ke’e Beach will be provided as soon as the required assessments and repairs have been completed.


Saturday, August 25, 2018
12 P.M., August 25, DOW update, Water conservation request continues for Haena-Wainiha customers

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the island-wide water conservation notice to allow most customers to resume normal water use as of 12 p.m., today.  However, residents located in Haena-Wainiha areas are asked to continue water conservation efforts until further notice; limiting water use to essential needs only, due to weather conditions and possible rising stream levels in the area.  Additionally, the water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena; between the Manoa Stream and Ke’e Beach will remain in place until further notice.


Saturday, August 25, 2018
8 a.m., August 25, Update on Tropical Storm Lane: Kaua‘i County remains in a Tropical Storm Watch

LĪHU‘E – As Kaua‘i County remains in a Tropical Storm Watch, residents are reminded to stay informed and be prepared for any weather impacts through the weekend.


Friday, August 24, 2018
5 p.m., August 24, Update on Tropical Storm Lane: Kaua‘i County remains in a Tropical Storm Watch

LĪHU‘E – As Kaua‘i County remains in a Tropical Storm Watch, residents are reminded to stay informed and be prepared for any weather impacts through the weekend.


Friday, August 24, 2018
11:40 a.m., August 24, Update on Hurricane Lane: Kaua‘i County now in a Tropical Storm Watch

LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has cancelled the Hurricane Watch for Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, and has placed the county under a Tropical Storm Watch as of 11 a.m. Friday. A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.


Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:15 p.m., August 23, Update on Hurricane Lane: Kaua‘i remains under Hurricane Watch

LĪHU‘E – Officials announce that Kaua‘i County remains in a Hurricane Watch, Thursday.  A Hurricane Watch was issued at 5 a.m. Wednesday and means that hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.


Thursday, August 23, 2018
1:30 P.M., August 23, DOW Update: Water conservation notice issued for all customers

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an island-wide water conservation notice for all customers effective immediately as a precautionary measure to conserve water storage supply due to the expected severe weather conditions.  Customers are asked to limit water use to essential uses only; such as drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes, until further notice.


Thursday, August 23, 2018
12:15 P.M., August 23, Update on Hurricane Lane

LĪHU‘E – Government officials continue to monitor Hurricane Lane as it approaches the island chain and slowly moves towards Kaua‘i.


Thursday, August 23, 2018
Water service shutdown scheduled for 10 a.m. today for customers located on a portion of Kuhio Highw

HAENA-The Department of Water (DOW) has announced a water service shutdown for customers located along a portion of Kuhio Highway in Haena; from Manoa Stream to Ke'e Beach, including all private connecting roads at approximately 10 a.m. today, Aug. 23rd, until further notice. Water service is being turned off in the selected area to prevent possible damage to the system in preparation for the expected severe weather conditions.  Customers may experience water service disruption prior to the announced time and should prepare accordingly.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018
DOW office to close on Thursday and Friday, customers advised to sign up for BlackBoard Connect CTY

LIHUE –The Department of Water (DOW) offices will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 23 and Friday, Aug. 24 due to expected severe weather conditions. 


Wednesday, August 22, 2018
2:30 p.m., August 22, Update on Hurricane Lane: County announces islandwide updates

LĪHU‘E – As Hurricane Lane continues to move towards Kaua‘i, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency’s (KEMA) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been actively engaged with state, county, federal and non-governmental partners. Officials are announcing the following updates.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018
County offices to close Thursday and Friday

LĪHU‘E – Due to the expected severe weather conditions this week, all County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 23 and Friday, Aug. 24.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018
8 A.M. UPDATE: Hurricane Watch issued for Kaua‘i County; Mayor Carvalho signs emergency proclamation

LĪHU‘E – A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Kaua‘i County as of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday, due to the potential of significant impacts to the island.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018
DOW reminds residents of water emergency preparedness guidelines

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds residents of water emergency preparedness guidelines for the storing of drinking water, essential water uses and other water emergency tips during a severe weather emergency. 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018
12:30 p.m. Update on Hurricane Lane: Public urged to remain vigilant

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials continue to monitor Hurricane Lane, and are urging the public to get prepared and remain vigilant over the next 48 hours as any shift to Lane’s track could result in severe weather impacts.


Monday, August 20, 2018
Mayor Carvalho to host Wainiha-Hā‘ena emergency preparedness meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. together with various state and county officials will host a community meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss emergency preparedness in advance of Hurricane Lane.


Monday, August 20, 2018
Public urged to prepare for possible impacts of Hurricane Lane

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials are monitoring Hurricane Lane as it continues to move west towards the islands, and are reminding all residents and visitors to get prepared and stay informed.


Monday, August 20, 2018
Fencing to be installed at Black Pot Beach to allow for construction of area damaged by April flood

The Department of Public Works is announcing that fencing will be installed in the vicinity of Black Pot Beach Park this week to secure the construction site, as crews begin repairs of the area damaged by the April flood.


Monday, August 20, 2018
DOW office will be open on Wednesday, August 22nd

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) office will be open on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, during normal business hours.  The previously scheduled DOW office closure and Departmental staff training has been postponed until further notice. 


Friday, August 17, 2018
Traffic crash closes Kūhiō Highway in Wailua

WAILUA – A three-car crash that occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday resulted in the closure of Kūhiō Highway near the Marine Camp access road in Wailua. Three people were transported to Wilcox Hospital as a result of the crash.


Friday, August 17, 2018
Wailua home damaged by fire, families displaced

WAILUA – Five individuals have been displaced from their home on Koukalaka Place in Wailua Homesteads following a fire that broke out Friday afternoon.


Friday, August 17, 2018
Machine operator hospitalized following explosion, fire at Puhi Metals

PUHI - A 38-year-old male of Kalaheo was seriously injured Friday morning when an item exploded and caught fire at Puhi Metals Recycling Facility.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Police operation leads to arrests, removal of illegal campsites

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST), along with county park rangers and KPD’s abandoned vehicle coordinator, conducted a multi-day operation in Kapa‘a last week, which led to multiple arrests, citations, and the removal of illegal campsites.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Vehicle crash, fire causes highway closure Monday

HANAMĀ‘ULU – Police and fire personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash that resulted in a vehicle fire along Kūhiō Highway in Hanamā‘ulu Monday night.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Housing Agency announces public meeting

WAIMEA – The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency in partnership with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity and ‘Ahe Group will host a public meeting to present the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Waimea Huakai Affordable Housing project situated on the 6.5-acre parcel located behind the West Kaua‘i Technology & Visitor Center.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Statehood Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 17, along with all refuse transfer stations as well as the Kapa‘a and Waimea swimming pools.


Friday, August 10, 2018
Eight new buses to replace aging Kaua‘i Bus fleet

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Bus has recently replaced eight aging buses in the fleet maintaining the total number of buses at 59.


Friday, August 10, 2018
Haleko Road to close for tree trimming on Aug. 25

LĪHU‘E – Haleko Road will be closed for tree trimming and road maintenance work on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Friday, August 10, 2018
Water conservation request lifted for all Haena and Wainiha customers

HAENA- The Department of Water has lifted the water conservation request for all Haena and Wainiha customers as of approximately 12:40 a.m. on August 10, 2018. Electrical power has been restored to the area's pump station and water tank levels have been stabilized. Customers may now resume normal use.


Thursday, August 9, 2018
Water conservation request issued to Haena and Wainiha customers

HAENA - The Department of Water has issued a water conservation request for customers located in Haena and Wainiha due to an electrical power outage that is affecting the area's pump station and well site.


Thursday, August 9, 2018
Kaua‘i firefighters respond to four brush fires on Wednesday

Kaua‘i firefighters responded to four brush fires in Kapa‘a, Waimea, Kekaha, and ‘Ele‘ele on Wednesday.


Thursday, August 9, 2018
KPD warns public of ‘sextortion’ scam

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is alerting the public about a “sextortion” email scam being circulated throughout the state and county.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Senior survey runs through Aug. 31

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Agency on Elderly Affairs is conducting a senior survey to determine the current needs of seniors and identify the unmet needs in the community through Aug. 31.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Virgil Caday charged for Hanamā‘ulu hit-and-run

HANAMĀ‘ULU – Virgil Caday was arrested on Wednesday morning, in connection with the apparent hit-and-run crash that occurred on Jan. 11, in Hanamā‘ulu.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Blessing held for DOW's Kapaa Homesteads Well No. 4 Project

KAPA‘A – The Department of Water (DOW) held a blessing ceremony on July 31st, to commence the Kapa‘a Homesteads Well No. 4 Project in Kapa‘a.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018
LATE VOTER REGISTRATION AND EARLY VOTING SERVICES ENDING ON AUGUST 9, 2018

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is informing the public that late voter registration and early voting services for the Primary Election will end at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Meeting on Weke Road, Black Pot Beach Park repairs set for Aug. 13

HANALEI – The Department of Public Works will hold a meeting on Monday, Aug. 13, to provide an update on the repairs to Weke Road and Black Pot Beach Park in Hanalei.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018
KCRS HI-5 redemption centers closed today

The public is advised that the HI-5 redemption centers operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) in Kīlauea at Kaua‘i Mini Golf, and Kapa‘a in Arzadon Industrial Park are closed today, Aug. 7. KCRS sites are expected to reopen Wednesday, Aug. 8.


Monday, August 6, 2018
County officials monitor Hurricane Hector, remind public to be prepared

LĪHU‘E – As Hurricane Hector moves west towards the island chain, county officials are reminding all residents and visitors to get prepared and stay informed.


Friday, August 3, 2018
West Kaua‘i Community Plan open house events to start Aug. 18

The County of Kaua‘i is launching the West Kaua‘i Community Plan to update two outdated regional development plans: the Hanapēpē-‘Ele‘ele Development Plan (1974) and the Waimea-Kekaha Development Plan (1978).


Friday, August 3, 2018
Refuse collection services for Wainiha-Hā‘ena area to move to Fridays, starting Aug. 10

LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that refuse collection services for residents affected by the April flood in the Wainiha and Hā‘ena area will move to Fridays, starting on Aug. 10. Residential refuse will be collected this Sunday, Aug. 5.


Thursday, August 2, 2018
Updated schedule announced for Wainiha-Hā‘ena placard exchange

The County of Kaua‘i has announced an updated placard exchange schedule for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents and non-governmental agencies through Aug. 31.


Thursday, August 2, 2018
KPD installs new medication drop box

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department on Thursday installed its new medication drop box at Police Headquarters in Līhu‘e.


Thursday, August 2, 2018
All HI-5 redemption centers are closed Thursday, August 2

The public is advised that redemption centers operated by Reynolds Recycling in Līhu‘e, in Nāwiliwili Harbor at the corner of Wilcox Street, and in Kapahi, on Kawaihau Road behind the Menehune Food Mart are closed today, August 2.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Pu‘uopae Bridge to be temporarily closed for construction starting Aug. 8

The public is advised that Pu‘uopae Bridge in Kapa‘a will be temporarily closed starting Aug. 8 in preparation for construction of the new Pu‘upae Bridge.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018
DOW announces office closure on Wednesday, August 22 for Department Training

LIHUE –The Department of Water (DOW) offices will be closed on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in order to conduct a Departmental staff training. 


Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Repair work for Kahiliholo Road to begin September; construction complete by November

Repair work for a section of Kahiliholo Road damaged by the April flood is projected to begin the first week of September, with construction to be completed by the end of the November.


Sunday, July 29, 2018
Kīpū car crash causes injuries, highway closure

KĪPŪ – Kaua‘i police closed both lanes of Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kīpū for roughly 1.5 hours on Sunday, following a single-vehicle crash.


Saturday, July 28, 2018
Firefighters respond to structure fire in Wainiha

WAINIHA - Firefighters responded to a structure fire Friday night at the Hanalei Colony Resort in Wainiha.


Friday, July 27, 2018
Reminder: Kaua‘i’s Disaster Recovery Center to close July 28

The County of Kaua‘i is reminding residents affected by the April flood that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Hanalei will close on Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m.


Friday, July 27, 2018
Over 100 attend TIGER Grant blessing

LĪHU‘E – Over 100 people attended a blessing at Kalena Park on Friday to celebrate a $15.1 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Friday, July 27, 2018
Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services HI-5 redemption locations to reopen Saturday, August 4

Redemption centers operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday, July 28, and will reopen Saturday, August 4.


Friday, July 27, 2018
County announces checkpoint placard exchange for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents beginning Aug. 1

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to combat a recent rash of thefts and attempted unauthorized access into the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area, the County of Kaua‘i will begin exchanging placards issued to residents (blue placard) and non-governmental agencies (white placard) beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1.


Friday, July 27, 2018
LATE VOTER REGISTRATION AND EARLY VOTING SERVICES TO BEGIN ON JULY 30, 2018

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – In preparation for the Primary Election on Saturday, August 11, 2018, the Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk will begin offering late voter registration and early voting services in the basement of the Historic County Annex (HCA) beginning on Monday, July 30, 2018.  Services will be offered Monday thru Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from July 30, 2018 to August 9, 2018.


Friday, July 27, 2018
Real property taxes due Aug. 20

LĪHU‘E – County officials would like to remind Kaua‘i property owners that the first installment of real property taxes for the 2018-2019 tax year are due on Monday, August 20.