News Releases and Other Announcements


Thursday, November 21, 2019
High Surf Warning for north- and west-facing shores in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north- and west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau that is in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Department of Public Works accepting appeals to new FEMA flood maps

The Department of Public Works (DPW) announces that it is in the 90-day appeal period for the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).


Tuesday, November 19, 2019
KPD records section will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the Kaua‘i Police Department’s administrative records section will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in order to conduct a staff training.


Monday, November 18, 2019
Statement from KPD Chief Todd Raybuck, Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar on operation Keiki Shield

LĪHU‘E – Through a partnership with the Department of the Attorney General, its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, along with numerous federal and military law enforcement partners, the Kaua‘i Police Department and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in November participated in an operation aimed at protecting children from online sexual predators. The operation, known as “Keiki Shield,” resulted in three arrests this weekend on Kaua‘i.


Sunday, November 17, 2019
Woman found safe after being swept away during flash flood

WAINIHA – A 49-year-old woman is safe after being swept out to sea during the flash flood early Sunday morning in Wainiha.


Sunday, November 17, 2019
12:30 P.M., NOV. 17, UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning cancelled on Kaua‘i; Kūhiō Highway near Hanalei Bridge reopens to one lane of alternating traffic

The Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i has been cancelled, according to the National Weather Service. Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is now open to one lane of alternating traffic. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and allow for extra travel time as traffic may be slow-going.


Saturday, November 16, 2019
11:30 P.M. UPDATE: Kūhiō Highway closed near Hanalei Bridge as Flash Flood Warning remains in effect

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


Saturday, November 16, 2019
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.


Thursday, November 14, 2019
New fare structure to go into effect January 2020

LĪHU‘E – As part of the recommendations provided by Kaua‘i’s recently completed Short Range Transit Plan (STRP), The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing that a new fare structure will be going into effect Jan. 1, 2020.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Mayor Kawakami signs Additional Rental Unit bills on Tuesday

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami, accompanied by Kaua‘i Council members, signed five Additional Rental Unit (ARU) bills on Tuesday that would waive permitting fees on additional rental units deemed affordable.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019
County of Kaua‘i to host UH Men’s Volleyball clinic for middle school, high school students on Nov. 15

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i will host a free University of Hawai‘i Men’s Volleyball clinic for middle school and high school students on Nov. 15 at the Kaua‘i High School gym.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for portions of Olohena Road on Nov. 14 to Nov. 21

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Olohena Road, from Kamalu Road to Hono Ohala Place, will be closed from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21 on weekdays to allow for road reconstruction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Friday, November 8, 2019
Hiker airlifted from Hanakāpī‘ai

HANAKĀPĪ‘AI – Firefighters responded to a call of a male hiker in distress Thursday afternoon along the Hanakāpī‘ai Trail.


Thursday, November 7, 2019
KPD officer arrested Saturday

LĪHU‘E – A Kaua‘i Police Department officer was arrested Saturday night for abuse of a family or household member while off duty.


Thursday, November 7, 2019
Cause of death confirmed for couple found in Po‘ipū condo

PO‘IPŪ – Kaua‘i police have confirmed additional details about the unattended deaths of two adults found dead on Friday, Nov. 1, in a Po‘ipū condo.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Body of missing Wailua man found Wednesday

WAILUA – Kaua‘i police confirm that the body of missing man Chaise Lindstedt, age 38 of Wailua, was found Wednesday morning in Wailua.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Missing woman Emi Oka found safe

KALĀHEO – Kaua‘i police confirm that missing woman Emi Oka was found safe on Wednesday at Waha Park, in Kalāheo.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Veterans Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Nov. 11, along with all refuse transfer stations. However, the Kekaha Landfill will be open from 8 to 10:15 a.m. with gates to close at 10:30 a.m.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Reminder: Operating TVR without legal right punishable by up to $10K fine per day

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Planning Department is reminding the public that operating a transient vacation rental (TVR) without the legal right is punishable by up to $10,000 per day.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for portion of Kanaele Road on Nov. 14

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that a portion of Kanaele Road, between Apopo Road and Laipo Road, will be closed on Nov. 14 to allow for tree removal work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Hope Treatment Services to manage Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center

HANAMĀ‘ULU – County officials are announcing that Hope Treatment Services will manage operations for the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center (ATHC).


Tuesday, November 5, 2019
KPD is asking for help with locating missing woman Emi Oka

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


Monday, November 4, 2019
KPD is asking for help with locating missing man

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


Monday, November 4, 2019
Injured hiker rescued from cliff near Polihale

POLIHALE – Firefighters rescued a hiker in distress Sunday afternoon from a cliffside near Polihale State Park.


Monday, November 4, 2019
Youth Maker Day set for Nov. 17

LĀWA‘I – The Office of Economic Development is inviting the public to Youth Maker Day on Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. 3 p.m., at Warehouse 3540 in Lāwa‘i.


Friday, November 1, 2019
Police investigating deaths of two adults in Po‘ipū

PO‘IPŪ – Kaua‘i police are investigating the deaths of two adults found dead Friday in a condo at Po‘ipū Shores.


Friday, November 1, 2019
Man dies in waters off Kauapea Beach

KĪLAUEA – Kaua‘i police confirm that a male visitor died Thursday in waters off Kauapea Beach, in Kīlauea.


Thursday, October 31, 2019
KPD participates in ‘No-Shave November’

LĪHU‘E – Once again, the Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is getting hairy for a cause. During the month of November, KPD employees are encouraged to participate in “No-Shave/Let Your Hair Down November” to raise funds for the American Cancer Society of Hawai‘i – Kaua‘i Branch.


Thursday, October 31, 2019
Asbestos disposal at Kekaha Landfill suspended through March 2020

KEKAHA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that asbestos disposal at the Kekaha Landfill is suspended through March 2020 due to construction at the facility.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Kaua‘i Police Chief offers Halloween safety tips

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Police Chief Todd Raybuck is offering families a few simple tips to help keep their children safe this Halloween.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Lane closure scheduled for portions of ‘Aliomanu Road from Nov. 4 to 6

ANAHOLA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of ‘Aliomanu Road in Anahola will be closed from Nov. 4 to 6 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Department of Liquor cancels Nov. 6 managers certification testing

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control has cancelled its managers certification testing scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Waimea man arrested following traffic stop

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police arrested a 47-year-old man Tuesday afternoon, after he attempted to flee from police during a traffic stop.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
‘Eiwa Street to close for reconstruction work starting Oct. 31

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that ‘Eiwa Street will be closed for reconstruction work starting Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, weather permitting.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Man arrested in connection with the murder of Līhu‘e man

LĪHU‘E – A Puhi man was arrested Monday night after he allegedly assaulted a man who later died from his injuries.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Road closures for Veterans Day Parade on Saturday

KAPA‘A – The annual Veterans Day Parade will be held in Kapa‘a Town on Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 9:30 a.m. from Makaha Road to the Kapa‘a Beach Park.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
DAMAGE TO UNDERSEA FIBER OPTIC CABLE LINE TO POSSIBLY IMPACT COUNCIL STREAMING OF THE OCTOBER 30, 2019 COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i:  Due to the recent damage to the undersea fiber optic cable lines, live streaming of the Kaua‘i County Council’s October 30, 2019 Committee Meetings may be impacted. 


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on north-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north-facing beaches, from Hanalei to Hā‘ena, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
‘Eiwa Street bus stop to temporarily relocate to behind Historic County Building on Oct. 30

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing that the ‘Eiwa Street bus stop will temporarily relocate in the parking lot behind of the Historic County Building on Oct. 30.


Monday, October 28, 2019
Child rescued from waters off Kalihiwai River on Sunday

KALIHIWAI – A six-year-old child was pulled from waters off Kalihiwai River on Sunday.


Monday, October 28, 2019
Work on Hā‘ena Beach Park parking lot to begin Oct. 30

HĀ‘ENA – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that work on the Hā‘ena Beach Park parking lot will begin on Oct. 30, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Monday, October 28, 2019
Service interruptions for 911 line; call Police Dispatch for emergency service

LĪHU‘E – County officials were made aware Monday morning of intermittent service interruptions for phone and wireless customers on Kaua‘i, which may affect the public’s ability to call 911. If you are having difficulty calling 911, officials are advising the public to call Police Dispatch at 241-1711. Text to 911 is another alternate option.


Saturday, October 26, 2019
Brennecke’s Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting

PO‘IPŪ – Ocean Safety Bureau officials have closed Brennecke’s Beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Friday, October 25, 2019
Statement from KPD Chief Todd Raybuck on recent school threats

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to address community concerns, Kaua‘i Police Chief Todd Raybuck today issued the following statement.


Friday, October 25, 2019
Acting Mayor signs eleventh supplementary emergency proclamation

LĪHU‘E – Acting Mayor and Director of Finance Reiko Matsuyama has signed an eleventh supplementary emergency proclamation on Friday, October 25, for the County of Kaua‘i, extending the emergency relief period for damages sustained during the April 2018 flood.


Friday, October 25, 2019
Kūhiō Highway closed following pedestrian crash

KAPA‘A – Kūhiō Highway in Kapa‘a, between Keaka and Hoi roads, remains closed in both directions due to a traffic crash involving two pedestrians that occurred shortly after 6 a.m. Friday.


Thursday, October 24, 2019
Registration for Mini Hoopster and Junior Hoopster Basketball Leagues set for Nov. 4-12

LĪHUE – County officials are announcing that registration for the Mini Hoopster and Junior Hoopster Basketball Leagues will be held from Nov. 4 through Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Hanalei area on October 29

HANALEI – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located along a portion of Kūhi‘ō Highway, north of the Waipa Stream to approximately Lumaha'i Beach Park in Hanalei, on Tuesday, October 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Mayor holds tree planting ceremony for Yamaguchi governor

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami held a special commemorative tree planting and dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 18, for Gov. Tsugumasa Muraoka of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.


Monday, October 21, 2019
County hosts Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) is collecting unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications and other drugs on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KPD headquarters, located at 3990 Ka‘ana Street, in Līhu‘e.


Friday, October 18, 2019
Industry Day set for Oct. 23

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the County of Kaua‘i will be hosting Industry Day at the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Friday, October 18, 2019
Firefighters extinguish fire at Wailua restaurant

WAILUA – Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out late Thursday night at the Kintaro Japanese Restaurant in Wailua.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Roadwork to continue in ‘Ele‘ele from Oct. 21 to Nov. 14

‘ELE‘ELE – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will continue roadwork in ‘Ele‘ele on weekdays, from Oct. 21 through Nov. 14, weather permitting.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019
KPD warns public of online scam

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police are warning the public to be aware of an online Craigslist scam that attempts to steal and launder money from victims through the use of gift cards.


Monday, October 14, 2019
Tree Tunnel to close for maintenance work on Oct. 27

KŌLOA – Maluhia Road, from Kaumuali‘i Highway to the Ala Kino‘iki junction, will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow the Department of Public Works to trim trees and remove dead branches.


Monday, October 14, 2019
Crash closes Maluhia Road on Monday

KŌLOA – Maluhia Road in Kōloa was closed for about two hours on Monday, following a two-vehicle crash.


Monday, October 14, 2019
Male visitor dies in waters off Waiohai Beach

PO‘IPŪ – A 49-year-old male visitor died Sunday in waters off Waiohai Beach in Po‘ipū.


Sunday, October 13, 2019
Update: Missing woman found safe

Kaua‘i police have located missing woman Linda Gabrian on Sunday, Oct. 13. She was found safe in the Wailua area.


Sunday, October 13, 2019
KPD is asking for help with locating missing woman

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


Friday, October 11, 2019
11:15 p.m., Oct. 11, Update: Flash Flood Warning cancelled on Kaua‘i

The Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i has been cancelled, according to the National Weather Service. Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is now open to one lane of alternating traffic. 


Friday, October 11, 2019
5 p.m., Oct. 11, Update: Kūhiō Highway closed near Hanalei Bridge

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. Hanalei Elementary School is now open as an American Red Cross emergency shelter.


Friday, October 11, 2019
Kaua‘i delegation returns from goodwill mission to Japan

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami returned Saturday from a nine-day goodwill mission to four cities in Japan – Iwaki, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, and Ishigaki.


Thursday, October 10, 2019
Man dies after hiking Secret Falls Trail on Wednesday

WAILUA – A 74-year-old Washington man died after hiking Secret Falls Trail in Wailua on Wednesday.


Thursday, October 10, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portion of Kīlauea Road on Oct. 11 and Oct. 14

KĪLAUEA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that a portion of Kīlauea road, from Kaikala Street to Titcomb Street, will be closed on Oct. 11 and Oct 14 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Traffic pattern to be modified at Black Pot Beach Park parking lot starting Oct. 15

HANALEI – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the traffic pattern for the Black Pot Beach Park parking lot will be modified starting Oct. 15.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019
K-PAL receives donation from Honolulu Professionals Foundation

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Activities League (K-PAL) received a check for $22,000 in late September from the Honolulu Professionals Foundation (HPF).


Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Keālia Beach closed to swimming due to shark sighting

KEĀLIA – Ocean Safety officials have closed Keālia beach to swimming until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Monday, October 7, 2019
Diver dies in waters off Po‘ipū on Sunday

 PO‘IPŪ – Rescuers recovered a body of a 64-year-old diver in waters off Keoniloa Bay in Po‘ipū on Sunday.


Sunday, October 6, 2019
Take-a-number system to be offered at Drivers License Division starting Oct. 7

LĪHU‘E – The County's Drivers License Division is piloting a take-a-number system starting Monday, Oct. 7, to make acquiring licenses and permits for drivers of motor vehicles and customers seeking State of Hawai‘i Identification Cards more efficient and comfortable.


Friday, October 4, 2019
KFD promotes Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department is promoting National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 to 12, to help educate the community about fire safety and preparedness.


Friday, October 4, 2019
Kalāheo, Kapa‘a neighborhood centers to be closed for construction through March 31, 2020

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that the Kalāheo and Kapa‘a neighborhood centers will be closed due to construction through March 31, 2020.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Water services restored on Hekili Road and Ohu Road in Kapa’a at 9 p.m.

(8:30 p.m.) KAPA'A – The Department of Water (DOW) has completed the repairs to the main line on Hekili Road and customers may begin to experience low water pressure to full service restoration, however DOW crews are currently flushing the water lines and advises customers to refrain from water consumption or use until approximately 9 p.m. or until water is clear.  Once water is clear, customers may resume normal water use.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Water service shutdown on Hekili Road and Ohu Road in Kapa’a extended

(7:15 p.m.) KAPA'A – The Department of Water (DOW) announces that the emergency water service shutdown to customers located on Hekili Road and Ohu Road in Kapa'a has been extended until further notice.  DOW crews continue to work on accessing and conducting complex emergency repairs to a damaged 6-inch main line on Hekili Road in Kapa’a.  


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Emergency water service shutdown on Hekili Road and Ohu Road in Kapa'a due to main line break

(2 p.m.) KAPA'A - The Department of Water (DOW) announces an emergency water service shutdown on Hekili Road and Ohu Road in Kapa'a for approximately 4 to 6 hours due to a recent main line break in the area.  Water services have been turned off in order to prevent further flooding in the area while DOW crews prepare to conduct emergency main line repairs.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Historic County Building illuminates with pink lights in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness

LĪHU‘E – The Historic County Building will be lit with pink lights through Thursday, Oct. 31, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Monday, September 30, 2019
Kaua‘i Bus announces temporary bus stop changes

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing temporary bus stop changes in Līhu‘e effective today, Sept. 30.


Monday, September 30, 2019
Road closures scheduled for Mala Street, ʻŌpaekaʻa Road, and Kaholalele Road from Oct. 2 to 4

KAPA‘A – The public is advised that portions of Mala Street, ʻŌpaekaʻa Road, and Kaholalele Road will be closed to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road reconstruction and resurfacing work, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Oct. 2 to 4, weather permitting.


Friday, September 27, 2019
Kaua‘i Fire Department holds graduation ceremony for 29th Recruit Class

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday, welcoming nine new firefighters at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha courtyard.


Friday, September 27, 2019
High surf conditions reported on south- and north-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are reporting high surf and dangerous ocean conditions on Kaua‘i’s south- and north-facing beaches, and are advising the public to use extreme caution.


Thursday, September 26, 2019
Rice Street construction to continue westbound between Hardy and Umi streets

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that construction will continue westbound on Rice Street – closing the outer, westbound lane to traffic while the permanent traffic configuration is constructed. Work will be from Sept. 30 to Jan. 10, weather permitting.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Man dies following single-vehicle crash on Wednesday

LĪHU‘E – A portion of Rice Street in Līhu‘e was closed in both directions for nearly three hours Wednesday, following a single-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 50-year-old man of Hanalei.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
County auction scheduled to begin September 25

LĪHU‘E – County officials today announced that its annual vehicle and equipment auction begins today, Sept. 25.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Traffic advisory on Kūhi‘ō Highway between Lehua Street and Kou Street in Kapa’a

KAPA’A – The Department of Water (DOW) will be conducting road work on Kūhi‘ō Highway between Lehua Street and Kou Street in Kapa‘a today, Sept. 24th from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.  Intermittent lane closures are expected and traffic control will be in place.  Motorists are advised to adhere to all traffic personnel and signage and to proceed with caution while traveling through the area.


Monday, September 23, 2019
Road closures scheduled for Kou and Niu streets on Sept. 27 and Sept. 30

KAPA‘A – The public is advised that Kou and Niu streets in Kapa‘a will be closed to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road resurfacing work, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sept. 27 and Sept. 30, weather permitting.


Monday, September 23, 2019
DOW’s Make a Splash festival advances water education to a new level

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Water (DOW) hosted its signature annual water education event; the Make a Splash with Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Festival on September 20, 2019 at the Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Līhu'e.  The event hosted nearly 700 fifth grade students and offered 10 water education activity stations this year.


Monday, September 23, 2019
Rice Street construction to continue westbound from Sept. 30 to Nov. 12

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that construction will continue Westbound on Rice Street, between Ho‘olako and Hardy streets. Work will be from Sept. 30 to Nov. 12, weather permitting.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming or snorkeling on north-facing shores

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at all north-facing beaches, from Hanalei to Hā‘ena, due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.