News Releases and Other Announcements

Monday, March 18, 2019
DOW honors ‘Fix a Leak Week’ March 18-22 on Kaua'i with free leak detection starter kit giveaways

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) is encouraging all water users to detect and fix residential leaks during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual “Fix a Leak Week” this week, March 18 through Friday, March 22 as an important reminder to Kaua’i businesses and residents to regularly check for leaks and repair them promptly to avoid wasting water. 


Monday, March 18, 2019
KPD launches new Online Crime Reporting System

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department on Monday launched its Online Crime Reporting System, offering the public a new way to submit a police report.


Monday, March 18, 2019
Water service shutdown reminder for Hanapepe area on March 19

HANAPEPE – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers of the scheduled water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Puolo Road; from Hanapēpē Road to Kaumuali‘i Highway, including some customers located near the intersection of Puolo Road and Kaumuali‘i Highway in Hanapepe. 


Monday, March 18, 2019
NR3-18-19 (KAUA‘I COUNTY COUNCIL SEEKING APPLICANTS TO SERVE ON THE KAUA‘I HISTORIC PRESERVATION REV
LĪHU‘E, HAWAI‘I: The Kaua‘i County Council is seeking applicants to serve on the Kaua‘i Historic Preservations Review Commission (KHPRC). The KHPRC is a nine (9) member Commission that meets monthly and is established to protect, preserve, perpetuate, promote, enhance, and develop the historic resources of the County of Kaua‘i, amongst the other duties specified in Chapter 8, Article 14 of the Kaua‘i County Code 1987, as amended. Applicants are sought to fill three (3) Council vacancies on this Commission: One (1) professional in Archaeology and two (2) At-Large positions. More information on the KHPRC can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/KHPRC.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Kōloa man dies at Salt Pond Beach

HANAPĒPĒ – A Kōloa man was discovered unresponsive in waters off Salt Pond Beach in Hanapēpē on Sunday morning.


Saturday, March 16, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores through Monday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, in effect from tonight until 6 p.m. Monday.


Friday, March 15, 2019
Two-car crash results in injuries, arrest

KŌLOA – A 25-year-old Lāwa‘i woman was arrested Thursday following a two-car crash on Kōloa Road that occurred Wednesday night.


Friday, March 15, 2019
Public advised to be vigilant as significant coastal impacts expected starting Sunday

County of Kaua‘i officials are advising the public to be vigilant and monitor ocean conditions this weekend as hazardous surf is expected to impact the island’s north and west coastal areas starting Sunday morning.


Friday, March 15, 2019
Visitor dies at Ho‘opi‘i Falls

KAPAHI – Kaua‘i police report that a male visitor died after jumping off the rocks at Ho‘opi‘i Falls in Kapahi Thursday afternoon.


Friday, March 15, 2019
Kaua‘i Police asking for help with finding runaway

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway juvenile.


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Water services restored to customers in Kapa’a, Partial one lane road closure on Kuamo'o Road

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has restored water services to all customers located on a portion of Kuamo’o Road; from Pa’ako Street to Opaeka’a Road, including customers located on Lihau Street, Aleo Street, Kuhoho Street Pa’ako Street, Iliki Street, Molo Street, Alahele Street and Hie Street in Kapa‘a as of approximately 5:25 p.m. this evening.  DOW crews have completed the emergency repairs to the damaged 8-inch distribution line and customers may now resume normal water use. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for a portion of Weke Road in Hanalei on March 21

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located on a portion of Weke Road; from Pilikoa Street to the end of Weke Road, near Black Pot Beach in Hanalei on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Water service shutdown on a portion of Kuamo’o Road in Kapa‘a resumes, partial one lane road closure

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has resumed the emergency distribution line repairs and announces the water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Kuamo’o Road; from Pa’ako Street to Opaeka’a Road, including customers located on Lihau Street, Aleo Street, Kuhoho Street Pa’ako Street, Iliki Street, Molo Street, Alahele Street and Hie Street in Kapa‘a.  Water services will be turned off for approximately 5 to 6 hours; beginning at 2:45 p.m. this afternoon, in order to conduct the required repairs on a damaged 8-inch distribution line in the Kapa’a water system.


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Police operation leads to three arrests, one citation

KAPA‘A – The Kaua‘i Police Department conducted a special mission in the Kapa‘a area, March 8 to 9, which led to three arrests and one citation.


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Emergency water service shutdown on Koali Street, service shutdown on Kuamo’o Road postponed

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on Koali Street in Kapa‘a, for approximately 3 hours due to a recent main line break.  Upon preparing for the distribution line repairs on Kuamo’o Road, DOW crews were dispatched to a priority mainline break on Koali Street that required immediate repairs.  Therefore, the previously announced distribution line repairs along Kuamo’o Road has been postponed until further notice. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Mayor Kawakami outlines first 100 days in office, budget priorities in State of the County Address

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami outlined his first 100 days in office as well the County’s fiscal year 2020 budget priorities during his inaugural State of the County Address in Līhu‘e on Thursday.


Thursday, March 14, 2019
Emergency water service shutdown on a portion of Kuamo’o Road in Kapa‘a beginning at 10am today

KAPA'A – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Kuamoo Road; from Pa’ako Street to Opaeka’a Road, including customers located on Lihau Street, Aleo Street, Kuhoho Street Pa’ako Street, Iliki Street, Molo Street, Alahele Street and Hie Street in Kapa‘a.  Water services will be turned off for approximately 6 to 8 hours, beginning at 10 a.m. this morning, in order to conduct emergency repairs on a recent break to an 8-inch distribution line in the Kapaa water system.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Man sentenced to ten year prison term for 2018 robbery

LĪHU‘E – Jovi Enrique, age 30, formerly of Anahola, was sentenced to serve ten years in prison for stealing a Honda Pilot from King Auto Center after a test drive in January 2018. Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano handed down the sentence on March 12, 2019.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019
County of Kaua‘i and the State Department of Health to sponsor school eWaste Recycling contest

The County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division with the State Department of Health are sponsoring an Electronic Waste (eWaste) recycling drive open to all public and private elementary and middle school classes on Kaua‘i.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Striping work at Po‘ipū Beach parking lot to take place March 25

The Department of Public Works Division of Solid Waste is announcing that striping work will take place at the Kaua‘i Recycles Drop bin area at the Po‘ipū Beach parking lot on March 25.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Hanapepe area on March 19

HANAPEPE – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water service shutdown for customers located on a portion of Puolo Road; from Hanapēpē Road to Kaumuali‘i Highway, including some customers located near the intersection of Puolo Road and Kaumuali‘i Highway in Hanapepe.  Water service will be turned off on Tuesday, March 19th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March. 20th, weather permitting, in order to tie-in a temporary 12-inch waterline to the existing system, as part of the Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Water Systems Improvements Project.


Monday, March 11, 2019
Premiere of film “Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX” set for March 21

The Committee on the Status of Women in partnership with Prevention Awareness Understanding (PAU) Violence Kaua‘i, will premiere the film, “Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX” at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 21. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the film begins at 6 p.m.


Monday, March 11, 2019
Firefighters respond to brush fires in Koke‘e

KOKE‘E – Firefighters responded to multiple brush fires that broke out along Koke‘e Road on Sunday.


Friday, March 8, 2019
Water service shutdown on Apapane Street in Lihue

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) announces that water service is being turned off to customers located on Apapane Street in Lihue for approximately 4 to 6 hours due to a service lateral break. 


Friday, March 8, 2019
Kaua‘i County Housing Agency announces free Fair Housing Laws training

LĪHU‘E – As part of National Fair Housing Month in April, the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency announces a free training opportunity for landlords and tenants to learn about the most current federal and state Fair Housing Laws.


Thursday, March 7, 2019
K-PAL announces Kapa‘a, Līhu‘e, Waimea wrestling registration

The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) is accepting registrations for its Līhu‘e, Kapa‘a, and Waimea wrestling programs.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Mayor Kawakami’s State of the County Address set for Thursday, March 14

LĪHU‘E – The public is invited to attend the State of the County address by Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami on Thursday, March 14.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Kaua‘i Police Commission selects former LVMPD Captain Todd Raybuck

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Police Commission has selected former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Captain Todd Raybuck as new the new Chief of Police for the Kaua‘i Police Department.


Monday, March 4, 2019
Mayor Kawakami signs seventh supplementary emergency proclamation, extends rule and order

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed a seventh supplementary emergency proclamation on Monday, March 4, for the County of Kaua‘i, extending the emergency relief period for damages sustained during the flood of April 2018.


Monday, March 4, 2019
Kahiliholo Road to reopen Monday evening; bypass to close on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Due to the completion of electrical repairs by KIUC, County of Kaua‘i officials are announcing that Kahiliholo Road can begin accommodating traffic sometime this evening, with the road operational by tomorrow morning.


Monday, March 4, 2019
Firefighters extinguish brush fires in Kekaha on Sunday

Kekaha – Firefighters extinguished four brush fires in Kekaha, in an area about 25 feet by 400 feet, near the vicinity of Kikiaola Harbor in Kekaha on Sunday.


Friday, March 1, 2019
KPD honors 90th Police Recruit Class graduates

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held its 90th Police Recruit Graduation ceremony Thursday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.


Friday, March 1, 2019
Hit-and-run results in pedestrian fatality; suspect arrested

KŌLOA – Police have arrested the driver believed to be involved in a hit-and-run crash that occurred early Friday morning in Kōloa, which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.


Friday, March 1, 2019
Blessing held for Wanini Roving Patrol Unit on Friday

‘Anini – The Kaua‘i Fire Department, the KFD Ocean Safety Bureau, and the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association held a blessing for the Wanini Roving Patrol Unit at ‘Anini Beach Park on Friday.


Friday, March 1, 2019
Registration for Spring Fun Program available online

LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that registration for the Spring Fun Program is available on the county website, www.kauai.gov.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Community, private sector, nonprofit, government agencies gather at inaugural Housing Summit

LĪHU‘E – Over 140 members from the community, private, nonprofit, and government sectors gathered at the County of Kaua‘i’s inaugural Housing Summit on Friday at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Storage shed at Hanapēpē stadium destroyed by fire

HANAPĒPĒ – Firefighters extinguished a storage shed that caught fire Monday night at Hanapēpē stadium.


Monday, February 25, 2019
Second phase of construction for Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project to begin

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that construction for the second phase of the Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project will begin on March 4, on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, through June, weather pending. Additionally, the first phase of construction continues for the Civic Center to Convention Hall shared use path.


Monday, February 25, 2019
Kaua‘i police asking for help with locating missing man

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


Thursday, February 21, 2019
Visitor dies in waters off Anahola

ANAHOLA – A 26-year-old man visiting from Germany died in waters off Anahola on Thursday morning.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Suspects identified from Tuesday’s police pursuit

KAPAA – The two men involved in Tuesday’s police pursuit in Kapa‘a have been identified as Travis Shimomura, age 34 of Kapa‘a, and Kylie Lanning, age 23 of Anahola.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Kaua‘i police confirm cause of death for Kōloa couple

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police have confirmed additional details about the two unattended deaths that occurred Thursday in Wailua.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
County of Kaua‘i with University of Hawai‘i to host 43rd annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate

WALIUA – The County of Kaua‘i with the University of Hawai‘i men’s golf team will be hosting the 43rd annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate golf tournament at the Wailua Golf Course from Feb. 21 to 23.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Water service shutdown extended until 7 a.m. for Eleele area

ELE'ELE - The water service shutdown for customers located on Waialo Road, Okupu Street, Olali Street, Manawanui Court, Mana Olana Court, Harbor Access Road and Ala Uka Street in Ele’ele has been extended until approximately 7 a.m. this morning, due to additional work required to complete the new connection of a 12-inch bypass water line for the Ele’ele water system. 


Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Two men in custody following police pursuit

KAPA‘A – Two men who attempted to evade police are in custody following an incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon at St. Catherine’s School in Kapa‘a.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Firefighters extinguish fire at Emmalani Court condos

PRINCEVILLE – Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Emmalani Court condominiums in Princeville Monday night, which resulted in the total loss to one of its units.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019
County of Kaua‘i to host inaugural Housing Summit on Friday

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i is hosting an inaugural Housing Summit on Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center.


Monday, February 18, 2019
Woman dies following Kōloa traffic crash

KŌLOA – A woman died from injuries sustained during a traffic crash that occurred on Ala Kinoiki Road in Kōloa Sunday night.


Saturday, February 16, 2019
Truck crashes into Līhu‘e restaurant

LĪHU‘E – No injuries were reported after a truck crashed into the Tip Top Café in Līhu‘e Friday afternoon.


Friday, February 15, 2019
High Surf Warning for east-facing shores through Saturday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. A High Surf Advisory for all north-facing shores is also in effect.


Friday, February 15, 2019
Kaua‘i police investigating second unattended death in Wailua

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police are now investigating two unattended deaths after a man and woman were found dead on Thursday along the shorelines of two beaches in Wailua.


Friday, February 15, 2019
Committee on Status of Women presents “Let’s Talk” for Women’s History Month on March 6

LĪHU‘E – The Committee on the Status of Women for Women's History Month invites the public to experience a free heart-to-heart talk with featured speakers and honorees Renae Hamilton-Cambeilh and Gina Kaulukukui on March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Līhu‘e.


Friday, February 15, 2019
DOW to conduct Emergency repairs in Kapaa near the Kuhio Highway & Papaloa Road intersection

KAPA‘A – Department of Water (DOW) crews will be conducting emergency repair work today, on Kūhi‘ō Highway, fronting the Coconut Marketplace in Kapa‘a, from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Motorists are advised that one lane of Kūhi‘ō Highway will be partially closed, near the intersection of Kūhi‘ō Highway and Papaloa Road.  Please drive with caution when driving through the area. 


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wanted fugitive Richard Leibman arrested Thursday

PRINCEVILLE – Kaua‘i police arrested wanted fugitive Richard Leibman on three Bench Warrants Thursday morning.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Kaua‘i police investigating unattended death in Wailua

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a Kaua‘i woman was found dead near the shoreline behind Wailua Golf Course on Thursday morning.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Kaua‘i police investigating unattended death in Wailua

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a Kaua‘i woman was found dead near the shoreline behind Wailua Golf Course on Thursday morning.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
County officials seeking certified instructors to lead EnhanceFitness classes

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials are seeking certified instructors to lead senior fitness classes through the EnhanceFitness program that are available from Kīlauea to Kekaha.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
8 a.m. DOW final update – Water conservation notice lifted for

KOLOA– The water conservation notice has been lifted for Kōloa, Lāwa‘i and Omao customers as of approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning. Electrical power and water system functions have been restored to normal operations. 


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
County of Kaua‘i launches self-service motor vehicle registration kiosk in Līhu‘e Safeway

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials on Wednesday, in partnership with Līhu‘e Safeway and Intellectual Technology Inc., launched the island’s first self-service kiosk for motor vehicle registrations.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
12 p.m. DOW update - Water conservation request continues for Koloa, Lawai and Omao

KAPAA– The water conservation notice has been lifted for all Kapa’a customers as of approximately 12 p.m. this afternoon. Water tank levels in the Kapa‘a water system have been stabilized and customers in Kapa‘a may resume normal water use.  However, the water conservation request remains in place for customers located in Kōloa, Lāwa‘i and Omao until further notice, in an effort to maintain water services until electrical power, system repairs and well site functions can be restored to normal.  An update will be provided as soon as new information becomes available.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Ele'ele area on February 19

ELE’ELE – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water service shutdown for customers located on Waialo Road, Okupu Street, Olali Street, Manawanui Court, Mānā Olana Court, Harbor Access Road and Aka Ula Street in Ele’ele.   Water service will be turned off on Tuesday, Feb. 19th from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20th; weather permitting, in order to connect a new 12-inch bypass waterline to the existing system, as part of the Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Water Systems Improvements Project.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
8:15 a.m. DOW update – Water conservation request continues for Kōloa, Lāwa‘i, Omao and Kapa‘a

KOLOA– The water conservation notice remains in place for customers located in Kōloa, Lāwa‘i, Omao and Kapa‘a, until further notice as the Department of Water (DOW) work to assess water system operations and power outages affecting multiple well sites.  An update will be provided as soon as new information is received.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Presidents Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, along with all refuse transfer stations


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Man dies in Kapa‘a traffic crash

KAPA‘A – A 50-year-old O‘ahu man died as a result of a two-car crash in Kapa‘a Monday night.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
1:30 p.m. DOW update - Water conservation notice remains in place for Koloa, Lawai, Omao and Kapaa

LIHUE– The Department of Water (DOW) has lifted the water conservation notice for most of its customers as of approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon.  However, upon further assessment of water systems and power outages affecting multiple well sites, the water conservation notice will remain in place for customers located in Kōloa, Lāwa‘i, Omao and Kapa‘a, until further notice.  All other customers residing outside of these areas, may return to normal water use. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
High Surf Warning for east-facing shores through Thursday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High Surf Warning for all east-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. A High Surf Advisory for all north-facing shores is also in effect.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Kainahola Road to close for bridge work from Feb. 25 to 27

KAPA‘A – Kainohola Road in Kapa‘a will be closed for bridge work from Feb. 25 to 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Water service shutdown on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road postponed to 9 p.m. tonight

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has postponed the water service shutdown scheduled for Ka'apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa'a to 9 p.m., this evening.  Water service will be turned off from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, weather permitting. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7:30 a.m. DOW update -Kapa’a water tank levels remain low, water conservation notice continues

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) urges customers in Kapa‘a to minimize water use until further notice.  Water storage tank levels in the Kapa‘a water system have reported lower-than- normal operating levels and may not be able to keep up with water service demand throughout the day, especially during peak hours.  Low water storage tank levels can affect water services causing low water pressure and water service outages.  DOW officials will continue to monitor the system’s operations in an effort to maintain water services for Kapa’a customers.   


Monday, February 11, 2019
Water service shutdown reminder for customers on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa’a on Feb 12.

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) would like to remind customers located on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa’a, of a scheduled water service shutdown on Tuesday, February 12th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, February 11, 2019
County officials seeking vendors for Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center foundation

HANAMĀ‘ULU – County officials are seeking vendors to provide services for the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center. The center is scheduled to be completed in April.


Monday, February 11, 2019
4 p.m. DOW update - Water service update for Kapahi area, water conservation request continues

KAPAA – The Department of Water (DOW) activated a temporary power source at the Kapa‘a well site in order to begin water service restoration to its Kapahi customers, as of approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.  Some customers in the area may begin to experience water service, however DOW asks that customers limit water use to essential uses only, in order to allow water tank levels to stabilize, while Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative officials work to restore electrical power at the well site this evening.


Monday, February 11, 2019
Kekaha fire destroys vacant structure

KEKAHA – A fire that broke out on the grounds of the old Kekaha Sugar Mill Sunday night left an unoccupied structure destroyed and caused roughly $50,000 in damage.


Monday, February 11, 2019
11:45 am DOW update - Water conservation continues, water service outage reported for Kapahi

LIHUE – Water conservation notice remains in place for all Department of Water (DOW) customers until further notice.  Customers are asked to continue water conservation measures in an effort to maintain water services until electrical power, system repairs and well site functions can be restored to normal.


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Public advised to remain vigilant as severe weather warnings continue throughout the night

LĪHU‘E – Officials continue to address multiple fallen trees and downed utility lines across the island Sunday as the High Wind and High Surf warnings remain in effect for the County of Kaua‘i until Monday morning.


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Water conservation notice issued for all DOW customers until further notice

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for all customers until further notice, due to multiple electrical power outages affecting well sites and system functions, as a result of the recent weather conditions.  The water conservation notice is in place as a precautionary measure and all customers are asked to limit water use to essential uses only; such as cooking, consumption and sanitation purposes, in order to avoid a full water service outage. DOW personnel will continue to monitor and assess its water systems island wide, in an effort to maintain water services to all customers until electrical power and well site functions can be restored to normal. 


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Water conservation request issued for Wainiha, Haena and Hanalei until further notice

WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation notice for all customers in Wainiha, Haena and Hanalei until further notice, due to an electrical power outage affecting the well pumps and systems in the area.  Customers are asked to limit water use to essential uses only in order to avoid a full water outage.


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Fallen trees, downed power lines with no injuries reported as severe weather warnings continue for K
LĪHU‘E – County officials are reporting multiple fallen trees, downed power lines and dangerous surf as the High Wind and High Surf warnings continue for the County of Kaua‘i. There are no highway closures at this time and no injuries reported.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
National Weather Service issues High Wind Warning; Kīlauea Holding Center will open at 8 p.m.
LĪHU‘E – The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning effective 4 a.m. Sunday, as damaging winds with gusts of up to 60 MPH are expected. A High Surf Warning for all north and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau also remains in effect through Monday morning.

Friday, February 8, 2019
Officials urging residents to be vigilant as potential for high winds, coastal flooding

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials this afternoon are urging residents to be vigilant due to the potential for strong winds and unprecedented coastal flooding over the weekend.


Thursday, February 7, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores to be in effect starting Friday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that will take effect on Friday 6 a.m. to Monday 6 a.m.


Thursday, February 7, 2019
Missing woman found safe in ravine

KALĀHEO – Kaua‘i police on Thursday located missing woman Emi Oka alive in a ravine behind the homes on Kakela Makai Drive in Kalāheo.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for customers on Ka’apuni Rd. and Alapaki Rd. in Kapa’a on Feb. 12

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) has scheduled a water service shutdown for customers located on Ka’apuni Road and Alapaki Road in Kapa’a on Tuesday, February 12th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Public invited to submit nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Male and Female Older Americans

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami and the Agency on Elderly Affairs (AEA) invites the public to submit nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Male and Female Older Americans Recognition.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Coaches meeting for Mayor’s Youth Track Meet scheduled Feb. 12

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation has scheduled a coaches’ meeting on Feb. 12 for the Mayor’s Youth Track Meet.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Registration for Mini Hoopster and Junior Hoopster Basketball League set for Feb. 11-14

LĪHUE – County officials are announcing that registration for the Mini Hoopster and Junior Hoopster Basketball Leagues will be held from Feb. 11 through Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Monday, February 4, 2019
Hanalei Bay closed to swimming due to apparent shark bite

HANALEI – Ocean Safety officials have closed Hanalei Bay to swimming until further notice due to an apparent shark bite that occurred shortly before 1:45 p.m. Monday.


Monday, February 4, 2019
County of Kaua‘i celebrates one year of Electronic Plan Review services

LĪHU'E – The County of Kaua‘i celebrated one year of the county’s transition to 100 percent Electronic Plan Review (EPR) services on Friday, Feb. 1.


Sunday, February 3, 2019
Kīlauea traffic crash results in fatality

KĪLAUEA – Police have confirmed that a 28-year-old Kīlauea man died as a result of an apparent head-on traffic crash that occurred Saturday night on Kūhiō Highway, in the vicinity of the Kahili Makai Street junction in Kīlauea.


Friday, February 1, 2019
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, January 31, 2019
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.


Thursday, January 31, 2019
Male visitor dies in waters off Kauapea Beach

KĪLAUEA – Kaua‘i police report that a male visitor died in waters off Kauapea Beach, in Kīlauea, Wednesday afternoon.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Mayor Kawakami highlights federal priorities for County of Kaua‘i at U.S. Conference of Mayors

Līhu‘e – Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to participate in the U.S. Conference of Mayors 87th Winter Meeting. In addition, the Mayor met with the Hawai‘i Congressional delegation to highlight and discuss federal priorities for the County of Kaua‘i.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming at Po‘ipū, Salt Pond

PO‘IPŪ – Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at Po‘ipū Beach Park and Salt Pond Beach Park until further notice due to reports of Box Jellyfish. Officials continue to advise no swimming at all Kekaha beaches due to Monday’s shark sightings.


Monday, January 28, 2019
Department of Parks and Recreation launches blue lighting pilot project

In an effort to discourage illicit drug use and loitering, the Department of Parks and Recreation is launching a blue lighting pilot project in comfort stations at various parks throughout the island.


Monday, January 28, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming at Kekaha

KEKAHA – Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming at Kekaha beaches until further notice due to three shark sightings.


Monday, January 28, 2019
Grand Jury indicts three for gun, drug, kidnapping charges

LĪHU‘E – A Fifth Circuit Grand Jury last week returned two Indictments charging Kevin Boggs, Leona Boggs, and Nicholas “Nico” McPeek with a total of 33 charges pertaining to multiple incidents occurring during January 2019.


Sunday, January 27, 2019
One injured in single-vehicle crash on Olohena Road Friday

KAPA‘A – A 62-year-old male resident sustained life-threatening injuries Friday evening, after he apparently plunged his vehicle down an embankment along Olohena Road.


Saturday, January 26, 2019
Two-vehicle crash closes Maluhia Road on Friday

KŌLOA – A portion of Maluhia Road near the Tree Tunnel in Kōloa was closed in both directions for several hours Friday, following a two-vehicle crash that resulted in various injuries.


Friday, January 25, 2019
County of Kaua‘i announces various extensions, fee waivers for shutdown-impacted Federal workers

The County of Kaua‘i is announcing various extensions and fee waivers for shutdown-impacted Federal workers.


Thursday, January 24, 2019
Police warn of spike in vehicle break-ins, urge residents to be vigilant

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police are warning the public about a rise in vehicle burglaries, specifically in the Līhu‘e area, and are urging all residents and businesses to be vigilant in preventing property crime and helping to locate suspects.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores through Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Planning Commission adopts Hearing Officer’s report and recommendation in County’s favor

LĪHU'E – On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Report and Recommendation of its Hearing Officer in favor of the Planning Department’s decision to fine owners of an illegal transient vacation rental in Wailua in the amount of $130,000.


Saturday, January 19, 2019
Kapa‘a man arrested following Friday night’s traffic crash in Waipouli

WAIPOULI – Kaua‘i police arrested a Kapa‘a man following a two-car crash that occurred on Kuhio Highway in Waipouli on Friday night. 


Friday, January 18, 2019
Household hazardous waste collection set for Jan. 26 and 27

County officials are announcing that residentially-generated household hazardous waste (HHW) will be accepted free of charge on Jan. 26 and 27.