News Releases and Other Announcements

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Intermittent road closures on portion of Ka’apuni Road in Kapa‘a thru Aug. 23

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) announces intermittent road closures on the northern portion of Ka’apuni Road in Kapa’a during the working hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday; except holidays, now through August 23, weather permitting, in order to continue water system improvements for the Kapa’a Homesteads Well No. 4 Project.  Motorists are advised to expect delays, use alternate routes or to avoid the area during the scheduled working hours, if possible.  


Tuesday, May 21, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Memorial Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, along with all refuse transfer stations.


Monday, May 20, 2019
County honors National EMS Week

LĪHU‘E – In a ceremony held Monday at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami along with Council Chair Arryl Kaneshiro honored the vital members of Kaua‘i’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and declared May 19 through 25 as National EMS Week.


Thursday, May 16, 2019
Police recover body at Lumaha‘i Beach

LUMAHA‘I – Kaua‘i police recovered the body of a man found dead Wednesday morning in a remote area of Lumaha‘i Beach, on the North Shore.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Kaua‘i Bus offers modified transit service into Hanalei

HANALEI – Due to substantial delays from the ongoing roadwork on Kūhiō Highway between Princeville and Hanalei, the Route 500 Hanalei and Route 400 Līhu‘e mainline bus service will start and end in Princeville during active roadwork hours on weekdays until further notice.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Registration for summer swimming classes at Kaua‘i High swimming pool set for May 25

LĪHU‘E – Registration for summer swimming classes at the Kaua‘i High swimming pool will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on May 25 at the Pi‘ikoi Building in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Lihi Park comfort station closed until further notice

KAPA‘A – The County of Kaua‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the due to emergency repairs, the comfort station at Lihi Park is closed until further notice.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hanapēpē Bridge on Hanapēpē Road to close for waterline work from May 28 to Aug. 31

Hanapēpē – Hanapēpē Bridge on Hanapēpē Road will be closed for waterline work from May 28 to Aug. 31, weather permitting.


Monday, May 13, 2019
Lane closure in Wailua on Kūhiō Highway set for May 20-22

WAILUA – The public is advised that the outermost northbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in Wailua at the northern end of the Leho Drive intersection will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, beginning Monday night, May 20, and ending Wednesday morning, May 22, weather permitting.


Monday, May 13, 2019
Woman found dead in vehicle

ANAHOLA – A 46-year-old woman was found dead early Monday morning in a parked vehicle fronting the area known as Kumu Camp, in Anahola.


Monday, May 13, 2019
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Waipouli set for May 13

WAIPOULI – The public is advised that the northbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Waipouli Road and Wana Road will be closed. Northbound traffic will be shifted into the two-way left turn lane in the work area. Traffic will be modified from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday evening, May 13, and ending Tuesday morning, May 14, weather permitting.


Monday, May 13, 2019
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Wailua set for May 13

WAILUA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Fernandes Road and the southern intersection of Aleka Loop will be closed. Southbound traffic will be shifted into the inner northbound lane in the work area. Traffic will be modified from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday evening, May 13, and ending Tuesday morning, May 14, weather permitting.


Monday, May 13, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on south- and west-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all south- and west-facing beaches, from Kalapakī to Kekaha, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Friday, May 10, 2019
Housing Agency to open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program announces it will be accepting applications for its Section 8 HCV waiting list starting at 8 a.m. on May 15, 2019.


Thursday, May 9, 2019
Prosecuting Attorney seeks injunction to shut down alleged drug house

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced the filing of a civil nuisance abatement action to shut down an alleged Kalāheo drug house.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for a portion of ‘Aliomanu Road from May 23-30

ANAHOLA – The public is advised that a portion of ‘Aliomanu Road, approximately 0.25 miles from Kūhiō Highway, will be closed for drain work, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 23 to 30, weather permitting.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019
County officials seeking vendors for Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center

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


Monday, May 6, 2019
Residents reminded of proper disposal of medical needles

LĪHU‘E – County officials are reminding the public that sharps or medical needles must be disposed of properly.


Monday, May 6, 2019
Road closures announced for Saturday’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk

LĪHU‘E – The 41st annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, starting at 7 a.m.


Monday, May 6, 2019
Kaua‘i CERT announces annual refresher course for members

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has announced its annual refresher training course will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kaua‘i High School, in Līhu‘e.


Monday, May 6, 2019
Kaua‘i County residents urged to participate in survey for 2019 Hawai‘i Housing Planning study

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency urges Kaua‘i County residents to participate in a telephone survey being conducted by SMS Research to gather data on housing supply and demand as part of the 2019 Hawai‘i Housing Planning Study.


Friday, May 3, 2019
KPD seeking participants for upcoming Junior Police Academy program

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is accepting registrations for its upcoming Junior Police Academy program, set to begin on June 3.


Friday, May 3, 2019
Online registration for Summer Enrichment Program begins May 8

LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that online registration for the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) will begin on Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m., on the county website, www.kauai.gov/SummerPrograms.


Friday, May 3, 2019
New image-based signage for Kaua‘i Recycles Program

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works Division of Solid Waste is proud to announce the shift to image-based signage for plastic collection through the Kaua‘i Recycles residential collection program.


Thursday, May 2, 2019
Prison sentence for Kapa‘a man in child porn case

LĪHU‘E – Ruben Kamanawa Santos, 54, formerly of Kapa‘a, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for having photos of a nude minor on his cell phone. Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe handed down the sentence on Thursday.


Thursday, May 2, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Ka‘apuni Road from May 8-22

KAPA‘A – The public is advised that portions of Ka‘apuni in Kapa‘a will be closed for road reconstruction work, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 8 to 22, weather permitting.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Construction work on Rice Street ongoing through January 2020

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that Rice Street construction for the Līhu‘e Town Core Mobility and Revitalization project is ongoing through January 2020. Two-way traffic will be maintained through all phases of construction.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Registration starts May 1 for Keiki and Junior Lifeguard programs

LĪHU'E – Ocean Safety officials announce that online registration for the 2019 Keiki and Junior Lifeguard programs will begin on Wednesday, May 1.


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

LĪHU‘E – 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.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019
DOW NR 04-30-19_(Emergency water service shutdown on Ihilani Place in Kapaa)

KAPA‘A – The Department of Water announces an immediate water service shutdown for customers located on Ihilani Place in Kapa‘a, for approximately 5 to 6 hours. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019
DOW NR 04-30-19_(Water conservation request lifted for customers in Moloaa)

KILAUEA – The Department of Water has lifted the water conservation request for customers in Moloa’a. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Construction complete for Salt Pond Beach Park effluent system, comfort station

HANAPĒPĒ – County officials are announcing that construction of the Salt Pond Beach Park effluent system for the main pavilion as well the west comfort station have been completed ahead of schedule.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019
DOW NR 04-30-19_(Water service restored to customers on Ihilani Place in Kapaa)

KAPA‘A – The Department of Water announces water services has been restored to customers located on Ihilani Place in Kapa‘a.  DOW crews completed repairs to a service lateral and customers may resume normal water use. 


Monday, April 29, 2019
DOW NR 04-29-19_(Immediate water conservation request for customers in Moloaa)

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for the Moloa'a area until further notice in order to avoid a full water outage in the system.  Loka Partners II, who owns and operates the water system in Moloa’a, is conducting repairs to their water pump.


Thursday, April 25, 2019
Man found dead off Waimea cliff

WAIMEA – Kaua‘i police are investigating an unattended death after a man was found dead on the cliffside of Waimea Canyon Drive Tuesday afternoon.


Thursday, April 25, 2019
Public invited to 2019 Outstanding Older Americans events in May

The Agency on Elderly Affairs will celebrate Older Americans Month in May by hosting two events to honor Kaua‘i‘s kupuna. The annual Older Americans Recognition Ceremony will be held on May 3, and a festival is set for May 10.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Hanalei refuse transfer station temporarily closed due to electrical issues

Due to electrical issues, the Hanalei refuse transfer station and its services are closed until further notice.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
County of Kaua‘i to host 2019 Big West Men’s Golf Championship

WAILUA – The County of Kaua‘i will be hosting the 2019 Big West Men’s Golf Championship at the Wailua Golf Course from April 29 to 30. The golf course will be closed for public play all day on April 29, and will resume on April 30 at 1 p.m.


Monday, April 22, 2019
Meeting for Black Pot Beach Park comfort station reconstruction, related improvements on April 25

Hanalei – A public information meeting for the reconstruction of the Black Pot Beach Park comfort station and related improvements is set for April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hanalei School cafeteria.


Monday, April 22, 2019
Chief Todd Raybuck assumes command of Kaua‘i Police Department

LĪHU‘E – Chief of Police Todd G. Raybuck assumed command of the Kaua‘i Police Department on Monday in a Change of Command Ceremony held at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.


Monday, April 22, 2019
Pedestrian in critical condition following Sunday night’s crash

KĪPŪ – A male pedestrian is in critical condition after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Kaumuali‘i Highway in Kīpū Sunday night.


Monday, April 22, 2019
Preliminary flood insurance rate maps available for viewing

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided the County of Kaua‘i with preliminary copies of updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Kaua‘i County. This public consultation is part of a federal process mandated by FEMA.


Friday, April 19, 2019
Visitor dies after snorkeling in waters off Pine Trees

HANALEI – A 20-year-old male visitor has died after he became distressed while snorkeling in waters off Waioli Beach Park, also known as Pine Trees, in Hanalei on Thursday.


Thursday, April 18, 2019
Planning Department’s General Plan Update recipient of National Planning Excellence Award

LĪHU'E –  The Kaua‘i General Plan Update (2018) is the recipient of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan. APA’s national excellence award – the award program’s highest honor – is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues.


Thursday, April 18, 2019
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Līhu‘e set for April 28 to May 3

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the outermost southbound lane and the innermost northbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Ehiku Street will be closed. No turns will be allowed onto Ehiku Street from Kūhiō Highway. Traffic will be detoured through Eha Street. The traffic will be modified from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday evening, April 28, and ending Friday morning, May 3, weather permitting.


Thursday, April 18, 2019
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Hanamā‘ulu set for April 28 to May 3

HANAMĀ‘ULU – The public is advised that the northbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Laukona Street and Kapaia Road will be closed. Where two northbound lanes exist, the outermost lane will be closed. Traffic will be modified from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday evening, April 28, and ending Friday morning, May 3, weather permitting.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Kaua‘i Bus announces use of new, relocated bus shelters beginning April 22

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to improve overall service to the public, The Kaua‘i Bus has announced the use of nine new bus shelters, to include several bus stops being relocated with the new shelters, starting April 22.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Lane closure in Wailua on Kūhiō Highway set for April 23 to 25

WAILUA – The public is advised that the outermost northbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in Wailua at the northern end of the Leho Drive intersection will be closed from from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Tuesday evening, April 23, and ending Thursday morning, April 25, weather permitting.


Monday, April 15, 2019
County hosts Drug Take Back Day on April 27

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is collecting unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications and other drugs on National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, located at 3990 Ka‘ana Street, in Līhu‘e.


Monday, April 15, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Good Friday, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on April 19, along with all refuse transfer stations and the Kekaha Landfill.


Monday, April 15, 2019
Kaua‘i County Committee the Status of Women, Zonta Club calls community to action on Denim Day

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) along with the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i and Zonta Club of Hanalei are working together to encourage the community to make a social statement by wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault on Denim Day, April 24. Additionally, Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami will present the National Denim Day Proclamation on Denim Day at the Līhu‘e Civic Center at noon.


Saturday, April 13, 2019
Visitor dies after jumping off cliff at Shipwreck’s Beach
POIPU – A 40-year-old male visitor from Santa Monica, CA died Friday afternoon in waters off Keoneloa Bay, also known as Shipwreck’s Beach, in Poipu.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Grading work to Keālia Beach parking lot set to begin April 15

KEĀLIA – County officials announced that grading work to the Keālia Beach parking lot will begin April 15, on weekdays, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather pending.


Thursday, April 11, 2019
Volunteers sought for Sticker Shock prevention campaign

LĪHU‘E – Life’s Choices Kaua‘i is seeking volunteers for its Sticker Shock prevention campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
One-day operation results in six arrests

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police on Friday arrested six individuals and served 15 warrants during an operation aimed at locating defendants wanted by the court.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for customers in Hanalei on Thursday, April 11

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located on a portion of Kūhi‘ō Highway, between Waipa and Waikoko in Hanalei, on Thursday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. 


Friday, April 5, 2019
Portion of Maluhia Road to close on April 12

ŌMA‘O – A portion of Maluhia Road will be closed for approximately 30 minutes on Friday, April 12, for tree removal work conducted by Green Energy Team.


Friday, April 5, 2019
DOW issues alert regarding third party bill payment service

LIHU’E – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an alert to its customers about the additional surcharge for online payments made via doxo.com for water service bills.


Thursday, April 4, 2019
Firefighters extinguish fire in Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course clubhouse

PO‘IPŪ – Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out Wednesday night in the Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course clubhouse in Po‘ipū.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) and other emergency management agencies across the state are promoting public awareness and preparedness in recognition of April being Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawai‘i.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Equal Pay Day ceremony held Tuesday

LĪHU‘E – In a ceremony held Tuesday at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami presented a proclamation to the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women in recognition of Equal Pay Day on Kaua‘i.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
KPD continues search for missing Kaua‘i man

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


Monday, April 1, 2019
Male visitor dies while snorkeling

PRINCEVILLE – Kaua‘i police report that a male visitor died while snorkeling in waters off Pu‘u Poa Beach in Princeville on Monday morning.


Monday, April 1, 2019
DOW NR 04-01-19 (Water service shutdown reminder for customers on Kahiliholo Road

KĪLAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers on a portion of Kahiliholo Road in Kīlauea of a water service shutdown scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.  DOW Crews went door to door and made attempts to notify affected customers of the shutdown.  If you received a notice, your water service will be affected.


Friday, March 29, 2019
New, upgraded sirens to be included as part of April 1 monthly siren testing on Kaua‘i

Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency officials are advising the public that as part of ongoing system upgrades and coverage expansion, several new Kaua‘i outdoor warning sirens will be included as part of the April 1, 2019, statewide outdoor warning siren test. 


Thursday, March 28, 2019
Kaua‘i police now equipped with medication that reverses opioid overdose

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police officers are now equipped and trained to administer a nasal spray medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid-involved overdose.


Thursday, March 28, 2019
Multiple agencies train in integrated active shooter response

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i first responders are making a collaborative effort to continue education and training in active shooter response.


Thursday, March 28, 2019
North Vidinha Stadium restrooms to be available for field events starting the weekend of March 30

The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the north Vidinha Stadium restrooms will be available for field events starting the weekend of March 30. Additionally, “Road Closed” signs will be posted on newly installed-gates located on the road between the north Vidinha Stadium restrooms and the Vidinha Stadium soccer field.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
DOW NR 03-27-19 (Water service shutdown scheduled for Kahiliholo Road in Kilauea on April 2nd)

KĪLAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located on Kahiliholo Road in Kīlauea on Tuesday, April 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Reynold’s HI5 Bottle Redemption in Līhu‘e to Relocate to County of Kaua‘i Resource Center

LĪHU‘E – After operating for 38 years in Nāwiliwili Harbor, Reynold’s Recycling Inc. will be relocating to the Kaua‘i Resource Center, located on Ahukini Road in Līhu‘e starting April 4.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
K-PAL announces islandwide flag football registration

The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) is accepting registrations for the 2019 islandwide flag football season for all school-aged youth, from kindergarten to high school senior.


Monday, March 25, 2019
Male visitor found unresponsive in waters off Kalapakī Bay

 KALAPAKĪ  – A Spokane, Washington, man was found unresponsive on Sunday afternoon in waters off Kalapakī Bay.