News Releases and Other Announcements

Friday, August 23, 2019
Kamalani Playground to close Aug. 26 for installation of safety upgrades

WAILUA – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that Kamalani Playground at Lydgate Park will be closed starting Aug. 26 for the installation of safety upgrades.


Friday, August 23, 2019
DOW’s Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Booster Pump Station Project completed

HANAPĒPĒ - The Department of Water (DOW) announces the completion of its Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Booster Pump Station Project and held a dedication ceremony on August 1st. 


Friday, August 23, 2019
Public hearing set for Sept. 3

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that a public hearing is set for Sept. 3 on proposed amendments to the Rules and Regulations Governing Commercial Boating Activities at County Beach Parks.


Friday, August 23, 2019
Construction of Black Pot Beach Park comfort station to begin Aug. 29

HANALEI – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that construction for the Black Pot Beach comfort station is set to begin on Aug. 29 through the month of November, weather permitting.


Thursday, August 22, 2019
Visitor in critical condition after snorkeling in waters off ‘Anini Beach

‘ANINI – A 29-year-old California man remains in critical condition after he was found unresponsive in waters off ‘Anini Beach on Wednesday.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Wanted man arrested for sexual assault

A 50-year-old California man wanted on Kaua‘i for sexual assault was located and detained on Monday by the Central Marin Police Authority in San Anselmo, California.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Hā‘ena to Kē‘ē beaches closed to swimming due to shark sighting

HĀ‘ENA – Ocean Safety officials have closed beaches to swimming from Hā‘ena to Kē‘ē until further notice due to a shark sighting.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Rice Street construction to continue eastbound between Kalena Street and Ho‘olako Street

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that construction will continue on the eastbound lane of Rice Street, closing the outer lane to traffic while work is being performed from Aug. 26 to Oct. 30, weather permitting.


Monday, August 19, 2019
‘Eiwa Street bus stop reopens Aug. 20

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the construction work on ‘Eiwa Street that was planned for Monday, Aug. 19, has been postponed until further notice. Therefore, the ‘Eiwa Street bus stop will resume normal service on Tuesday, Aug. 20.


Thursday, August 15, 2019
Kekaha Landfill to reopen today

KEKAHA – The public is advised that equipment repairs are completed at the Kekaha Landfill, and is set to reopen today from 3:30 to 10 p.m.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
‘Eiwa Street bus stop to temporarily relocate to Hardy Street on Aug. 19

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing that the ‘Eiwa Street bus stop will temporarily relocate to Hardy Street, near the intersection of ‘Eiwa Street, on Aug. 19, weather permitting. 


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Kukui Grove Shopping Center bus stop to relocate to temporary location

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing that the Kukui Grove Shopping Center bus stop fronting First Hawaiian Bank will temporarily relocate from Aug. 20 to Aug. 30 while the parking lot is under reconstruction, weather permitting. 


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Kekaha Landfill closed for equipment repairs until further notice

KEKAHA – The public is advised that due to an equipment malfunction, the Kekaha Landfill is closed until further notice.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Kapa‘a swimming pool to close Aug. 16 to 18

KAPA‘A – Due to Statehood Day and the Mokihana Fun Swim Meet, the The Kapa‘a swimming pool will be from Aug. 16 to 18.


Monday, August 12, 2019
Organizations invited to participate in County’s Health & Wellness Fair on Sept. 6

LĪHU'E – Organizations are invited to join the County of Kaua‘i’s Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort in Līhu‘e.


Monday, August 12, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portion of Kaumuali‘i Highway, Kona Road on Aug. 20

HANAPĒPĒ – The Department of Public Works is announcing that the eastbound lane of Kaumuali‘i Highway near the intersection of Kona Road will be closed from Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. to Aug. 21 at 6 a.m. to allow Good Fellow Bros., LLC to install a waterline for the Hanapēpē-‘Ele‘ele water systems, weather permitting.


Saturday, August 10, 2019
Firefighters extinguish fire at Plantation Hale Suites

WAILUA – Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Plantation Hale Suites in Wailua Friday night.


Friday, August 9, 2019
Police investigating unattended death in Līhu‘e

LĪHU‘E – A 59-year-old man with no permanent address was found dead Thursday morning in a parked vehicle at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot, in Līhu‘e.


Friday, August 9, 2019
Lifeguards rescue visitor from waters off Keālia Beach

KEĀLIA – Lifeguards rescued a 21-year-old male visitor from waters off Keālia Beach Thursday afternoon.


Thursday, August 8, 2019
Public reminded to properly dispose of used fats, oils, and grease

The Wastewater Management Division is reminding the public to properly dispose their used fats, oils, and grease (FOG).


Thursday, August 8, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Statehood Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Aug. 16, along with all refuse transfer stations as well as the Waimea and Kapa‘a swimming pools.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Escaped inmate Isaiah Pongasi-Adric now in custody; search continues for second escapee

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police on Wednesday apprehended 21-year-old Isaiah Pongasi-Adric who escaped from Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) on Sunday night.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Rice Shopping Center bus stop relocates to temporary location

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Bus is announcing that the Rice Shopping Center bus stop has been temporarily relocated, due to the construction of Rice Street and the sidewalk.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Department of Liquor cancels Aug. 14 managers certification testing

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control has cancelled its managers certification testing scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14.


Monday, August 5, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Kīlauea and Kolo roads starting Aug. 6

KĪLAUEA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Kīlauea and Kolo roads will be closed from Aug. 6 to 9, Aug. 12, and Aug. 19 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, August 5, 2019
Water service shutdown reminder for Kōloa area on August 7-8

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds customers of a water service shutdown scheduled for a portion of Maluhia Road; between Alaneo Road and Kōloa Road, including Emi Road and a portion of Wailaau Road in Kōloa on Wednesday, August 7 from approximately 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, weather permitting.


Monday, August 5, 2019
Kaua‘i police search for escaped inmates

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i police are searching for two inmates identified as Isaiah Pongasi-Adric and Jeffrey Kelekoma Jr. who escaped from the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center (KCCC) overnight.


Sunday, August 4, 2019
7 p.m., Aug. 4, 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.


Sunday, August 4, 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 islands. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.


Sunday, August 4, 2019
Firefighters extinguish structure fire in Kekaha

KEKAHA – Firefighters responded to a structure fire in Kekaha that broke out early Saturday morning on the corner of Alae Road and Kekaha Road.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Ocean Safety officials extend service hours for roving patrols

LĪHU‘E – Starting on Thursday, August 1, Ocean Safety officials will implement extended hours for its lifeguard patrol services islandwide.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Kōloa area on August 7-8

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces a water service shutdown scheduled for customers located along a portion of Maluhia Road; between Alaneo Road and Kōloa Road, including Emi Road and a portion of Wailaau Road in Kōloa on Wednesday, August 7 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, weather permitting.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Traffic modifications for Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association State Championship Regatta on Aug. 3

HANALEI – The Kaua‘i Outrigger Association will be hosting the annual Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (HCRA) State Championship Regatta this Saturday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hanalei Bay.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019
County officials monitoring hurricanes Erick, Flossie

LĪHU‘E – County of Kaua‘i officials are monitoring Hurricane Erick and Hurricane Flossie as they continue to move west toward the islands, and are reminding all residents and visitors to get prepared and stay informed.


Monday, July 29, 2019
Līhu‘e refuse transfer station traffic pattern to be modified to one-way entrance and exit

LĪHU‘E – Effective Tuesday, July 30, the County of Kaua‘i Solid Waste Office will be modifying the traffic pattern for the Līhu‘e refuse transfer station to a one-way directional flow.


Friday, July 26, 2019
Distressed kite surfer rescued from waters off Wailua

WAILUA – Firefighters rescued a 59-year-old man from rough waters off Wailua Thursday evening.


Friday, July 26, 2019
KAUA‘I TRANSITIONING TO VOTING BY MAIL IN 2020

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – Act 136, which was signed into law by Governor Ige on
June 25, 2019  established voting by mail uniformly across all counties in the State of Hawai‘i for all elections beginning in 2020.


Friday, July 26, 2019
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 2019-2020 tax year are due on Tuesday, August 20.


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Pu‘uopae Bridge in Wailua to reopen July 26; temporary closures scheduled

WAILUA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that Pu‘uopae Bridge in Wailua is scheduled to reopen July 26.


Thursday, July 25, 2019
No sign of missing swimmer as search continues today

POLIHALE – Officials report that there are no signs of 33-year-old Fathi Twalib of Kalāheo, as a multi-agency search continues in waters off Polihale State Park on Thursday.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Road closures announced for community march on Rice Street this Sunday

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is notifying motorists of road closures on Sunday, July 28, to accommodate a community march on Rice Street in Līhu‘e.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Multiple agencies search for missing swimmer in waters off Kaua‘i’s Westside

POLIHALE – Multiple agencies are searching for a missing Kalāheo man in waters off Polihale State Park on Wednesday morning. Additionally, the park is closed today as shark sightings were reported.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Portion of ‘Eiwa Street to close for reconstruction work from July 31 to Sept. 6

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that a portion of ‘Eiwa Street – from the ‘Eiwa Street bus stop to Rice Street – is scheduled to be closed for reconstruction work from July 31 to Sept. 6, weather permitting.


Monday, July 22, 2019
Kapa‘a swimming pool to reopen July 23

KAPA‘A –The Kapa‘a swimming pool is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, July 23.   


Monday, July 22, 2019
Road closures, modified bus schedule announced for Historic Kōloa Plantation Days Parade on July 27

KŌLOA – The annual Historic Kōloa Plantation Days Parade is scheduled for this Saturday, July 27, at 10 a.m.


Monday, July 22, 2019
Black Pot Beach Park reopens to the public

HANALEI – The Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing that Black Pot Beach Park in Hanalei is now open to the public today, July 22.


Monday, July 22, 2019
Mayor proclaims Beach Safety Week on Kaua‘i

LĪHU‘E – A special ceremony was held Monday at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha Courtyard as Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami proclaimed July 21 to 27, 2019, as Hawai‘i Beach Safety Week on Kaua‘i.


Friday, July 19, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Malu and Apopo roads from July 23-26

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Malu and Apopo Roads will be closed from July 23 to July 26 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Thursday, July 18, 2019
Roadwork for Ulu Ko Subdivision scheduled through Aug. 8

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that GP Maintenance Solutions will perform roadwork in the Ulu Ko Subdivision in Līhu‘e from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, through Aug. 8, weather permitting.


Thursday, July 18, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Keālia Road from July 19-23

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Keālia will be closed from July 19 to July 23, on weekdays, to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Department of Parks and Recreation implements new rules for after-hours use of Weke Boat Ramp

HANALEI – The Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented new rules for after-hours use of Weke Boat Ramp.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Kīlauea Road from July 22-26

KĪLAUEA – The Department of Public Works is announcing that portions of Kīlauea Road will be closed from July 22 to July 26 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Thursday, July 11, 2019
Firefighters extinguish fire in Po‘ipū

PO‘IPŪ – Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out early Thursday morning in the maintenance building of The Point at Po‘ipū resort.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Firefighters respond to structure fire in Līhu‘e

LĪHU‘E – Firefighters responded to a structure fire that broke out Tuesday night on Ho‘olako Street in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Sewage spill reported in Līhu‘e; no discharge into ocean, other bodies of water

LĪHU‘E – County officials on Tuesday morning discovered partially-treated sewage sludge that overflowed overnight from the Līhu‘e Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to the drainage channel next to the facility.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Kapena Street reopened between Ohiohi Street and Aloalo Place in Līhu'e

LIHU’E – The Department of Water (DOW) announces that work has been completed on Kapena Street, between Ohiohi Street and Aloalo Place and normal traffic flow on Kapena Street may now resume. 


Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Waimea swimming pool closed until further notice due to overnight vandalism

WAIMEA – The Waimea swimming pool is closed until further notice due to overnight vandalism.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Road closure on Kapena Street between Ohiohi Street and Aloalo Place in Līhu'e

LIHU’E – The Department of Water (DOW) will be closing Kapena Street, between Ohiohi Street and Aloalo Place, in order to replace a fire hydrant, which was damaged during a traffic incident.  


Monday, July 8, 2019
KFD honors individuals involved in May rescue

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a special ceremony Monday at the Līhu‘e Civic Center’s Mo‘ikeha courtyard to honor the community members and first responders involved in the rescue of Dino Pabre who was resuscitated after collapsing during a basketball game in May.


Friday, July 5, 2019
No CDL and motorcycle road tests from July 8 to Aug. 21

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Finance is announcing that Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and motorcycle road tests will not be administered from July 8 to Aug. 21 at Vidinha Stadium due to the Kaua‘i Fire Department’s annual driver training of all firefighter personnel and the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair.


Friday, July 5, 2019
Meeting for Black Pot Beach Park reopening set for July 11

HANALEI – A public meeting regarding the reopening of Black Pot Beach Park is set for July 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hanalei School cafeteria.


Friday, July 5, 2019
Household hazardous waste collection set for July 13 and 14

County officials are announcing that residentially-generated household hazardous waste (HHW) will be accepted free of charge on July 13 and 14.


Friday, July 5, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for portions of Kawaihau Road from July 8-19

KAPA‘A – The Department of Public Works is announcing portions of Kawaihau Road in Kapa‘a will be closed from July 8 to July 19 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, weather permitting.


Friday, July 5, 2019
Maluhia Road to close for community clean-up on July 13

KŌLOA – The public is advised that Maluhia Road, from Kaumuali‘i Highway to Ala Kino‘iki junction, will be closed on July 13 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a community clean-up.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Single-vehicle crash results in critical injuries

PUHI – Kaua‘i police responded to a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Hulemalu Road, east of the Puhi Road intersection.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Road closures for Kekaha Fourth of July Celebration

KEKAHA – The Kekaha Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, at Kekaha Faye Park.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Road closures for annual ‘Concert in the Sky’ event

LĪHU‘E – The 30th Annual Kaua‘i Hospice “Concert in the Sky” is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Līhu‘e.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Residents reminded of fireworks laws, required permits for Fourth of July

LĪHU‘E – Kaua‘i Fire officials are reminding the public that a permit must be obtained by the fire department by Wednesday, July 3, to purchase and ignite firecrackers on the Fourth of July.


Monday, July 1, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Independence Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on July 4, along with all refuse transfer stations as well as the Waimea swimming pool.


Friday, June 28, 2019
Kapa‘a swimming pool to close June 29 due to mechanical issues

KAPA‘A – Due to mechanical issues, the Kapa‘a swimming pool will be closed until further notice starting June 29.  


Thursday, June 27, 2019
Acting Mayor signs ninth supplementary emergency proclamation

LĪHU‘E – Acting Mayor Michael A. Dahilig has signed a ninth supplementary emergency proclamation on Thursday, June 27, for the County of Kaua‘i, extending the emergency relief period for damages sustained during the April 2018 flood.


Thursday, June 27, 2019
Fire displaces three in Waimea

WAIMEA – A fire in Waimea on Wednesday displaced three people.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Single-vehicle crash closes portion of Kaumuali‘i Highway on Tuesday

PUHI – A portion of Kaumuali‘i Highway in the vicinity of Kaua‘i Nursery was closed in both directions for under an hour on Tuesday, following a single-vehicle crash.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Ocean Safety officials advising no swimming at Brennecke's Beach and Po‘ipū Beach

Ocean Safety officials are advising no swimming or snorkeling at Brennecke’s Beach and Po‘ipū Beach, as Box Jellyfish are washing ashore.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Search suspended for missing Ohio man

WAILUA – The search for 58-year-old Vladimir Sukhoparov of Ohio in waters off Kaua‘i’s Eastside in Wailua was suspended Wednesday afternoon following a three-day, multi-agency search.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019
DOW NR 06-26-19_(Water conservation request lifted for Kalaheo customers)

KALĀHEO – The Department of Water has lifted the water conservation request for Kalāheo customers, as of 1:30 p.m., today. 


Wednesday, June 26, 2019
DOW NR 06-26-19_(Immediate water conservation request for Kalaheo customers)

KALĀHEO – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued an immediate water conservation request for the Kalāheo area until further notice due to an electrical power outage that is affecting the Kalāheo well site and pump station.