News Releases and Other Announcements

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
DOW to host informational meeting for Hanapēpē – Ele’ele Water System Reorganization and Improvemen

HANAPĒPĒ – The Department of Water (DOW) is hosting an informational meeting for the upcoming Reorganization and Improvements Construction Project for the Hanapēpē-Ele’ele Water System on Wednesday, August 1st from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hanapēpē Neighborhood Center.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Kapaia on July 26

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Nuku Street and Kapaia Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. The closure is necessary to repair the concrete swale in the area.


Monday, July 16, 2018
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanalei transfer station starting July 23

HANALEI – The public is advised that the Hanalei refuse transfer station will not accept loose mixed waste starting on Monday, July 23, due to planned equipment repairs.


Friday, July 13, 2018
CASPER survey to assess emergency preparedness on Kaua‘i

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA) is assisting the Department of Health’s (DOH) Kaua‘i District Health Office to conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey to assess the emergency preparedness level of local residents.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Mayor signs third supplementary emergency proclamation, extends emergency rule and order

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has signed a third supplementary emergency proclamation on Wednesday, July 11, for the County of Kaua‘i in order to continue relief efforts for damages sustained during the April flood.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018
County to host community meeting on drug addiction

KAPA‘A – The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Treatment and Community Integration will host “Drug Addiction 101,” a community meeting at Kapa'a Missionary Church on Tuesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Sewer system smoke testing to be performed in Hanamā‘ulu and Waimea next week

HANAMĀ‘ULU and WAIMEA – The public is advised that the Wastewater Management Division will be performing smoke testing on its sewer collection system in Hanamā‘ulu and Waimea next week.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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 during the open period from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July. 18, to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20.


Monday, July 9, 2018
Department of Liquor cancels July 18 managers’ certification testing

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Liquor Control has cancelled its managers’ certification testing scheduled for Wednesday, July 18.


Monday, July 9, 2018
Lane closures on Kūhiō Highway in Līhu‘e and Kapaia set for July 15 to 19 and July 22 to 26

LĪHU‘E and KAPAIA – The public is advised that there will be two separate lane closures that will occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the nights of July 15 through July 19 and July 22 through 26. The closures are necessary to allow the Wastewater Management Division to perform maintenance on their collection system.


Friday, July 6, 2018
Updates announced for Kaua‘i’s Disaster Recovery Centers

The County of Kaua‘i announces that FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Hanalei will remain open until further notice.


Friday, July 6, 2018
Registration open for annual Statewide Ocean Safety & Drowning Prevention Conference

LĪHU‘E – The annual Statewide Ocean Safety and Drowning Prevention Conference is set for Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort at Kalapakī Beach.


Friday, July 6, 2018
2018 Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline and Drive-Thru Voter Registration Services

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk is reminding the public that the last day to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election is Thursday, July 12, 2018.


Friday, July 6, 2018
KPD celebrates 75 years

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held a celebration Tuesday to commemorate the department’s 75 years of service.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Jesse Korn pleads to multiple sexual assaults

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Jesse Korn, 27, formerly of Kōloa, pled no contest to the charges of Sexual Assault in the First Degree, a class A felony, Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, a class B felony, Kidnapping, a class B felony, and Sexual Assault in the Third Degree, a class C felony, for sexually assaulting three individuals, including a minor during the burglary of multiple residences in Kōloa in December 2017.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway at the Ehiku Street intersection in Līhu‘e set for July 9 through 12

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that the outermost southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway at the intersection with Ehiku Street will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the nights of July 9 through July 12.


Monday, July 2, 2018
Road closures for annual Concert in the Sky

LĪHU'E – The 29th Annual Kaua‘i Hospice “Concert in the Sky” is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field in Līhu‘e.


Monday, July 2, 2018
Maluhia Road to close for community clean-up, July 14

KŌLOA – The public is advised that Maluhia Road, from Kaumuali‘i Highway to Ala Kino‘iki Road junction, will be closed on Saturday, July 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a community clean-up.


Friday, June 29, 2018
Residents reminded of fireworks laws, required permits for 4th of July

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


Friday, June 29, 2018
Refuse collection services for Wainiha-Hā‘ena area to continue through July 31

LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that refuse collection services for residents affected by the April flood in the Wainiha and Hā‘ena area will continue through July 31.


Thursday, June 28, 2018
Disaster Recovery Centers to open on Kaua‘i starting Friday, June 29

With the approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program for the County of Kaua‘i, the following Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and Registration Intake Centers (RIC) will be open starting Friday, June 29, through Saturday, July 7. Further dates will be announced at a later time.


Thursday, June 28, 2018
Wailua Homesteads Park siren to be included in monthly test

LĪHU'E –The Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency would like to advise the public that the Wailua Homesteads Park outdoor warning siren will be included in the statewide monthly siren test on Monday, July 2.


Thursday, June 28, 2018
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Independence Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, along with all refuse transfer stations, the Puhi Metals Recycling Center, as well as the Kapa‘a and Waimea swimming pools.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Mayor Carvalho issues statement on FEMA Individual Assistance approval

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has issued the following statement in regards to the President’s approval to initiate the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program for Kaua‘i and O‘ahu counties.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Woman dies in waters off Po‘ipū

PO‘IPŪ – Kaua‘i police report that a female visitor died while snorkeling in waters off Po‘ipū Beach Monday morning.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Waimea, Kapa‘a swimming pools closed on June 30

The Waimea and Kapa‘a swimming pools will be closed on Saturday, June 30, for session 1 graduation of the “Learn to Swim” program.


Monday, June 25, 2018
Driver license division unable to process driver licenses, state IDs until further notice

LĪHU‘E – Due to a statewide computer outage, the County of Kaua‘i’s Driver License Division is unable to process driver licenses and state identification cards until further notice.


Monday, June 25, 2018
Household hazardous waste collection set for June 30 and July 1

LĪHU‘E – County officials announced that household hazardous waste (HHW) will be collected free of charge on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1.


Saturday, June 23, 2018
Water service shutdown scheduled for customers located on Kahiliholo Road in Kilauea on June 26

KILAUEA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an 8-hour water service shutdown for customers located along Kahiliholo Road in Kīlauea on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.  The water service shutdown is necessary in order to install an emergency bypass line on Kahiliholo Road and conduct waterline improvements for the Kīlauea water system.


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Kapaia, June 26

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Nuku Street and Kapaia Road will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Tuesday, June 26, and ending Wednesday, June 27. The closure is necessary to allow the Wastewater Management Division to continue a sewer main repair in the area.


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Mayor participates in Hawai‘i on the Hill, meets with federal agencies

LĪHU'E – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to participate in the fifth annual Hawai‘i on the Hill, as well as meet with federal agencies and the Congressional delegation to discuss priorities for the County of Kaua‘i.


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Kapa‘a pool closed today, June 21, due to vandalism

KAPA‘A – Due to an overnight break-in and vandalism, the Kapa‘a pool will be closed today, June 21.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Woman found dead in home, suspect arrested

ŌMA‘O – Kaua‘i police arrested 62-year-old Peter Grewer, of Ōma‘o, after he allegedly killed a woman found dead in her home on Tuesday.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Hanapēpē refuse transfer station to not accept loose mixed waste starting Monday, June 25

HANAPĒPĒ – Due to repairs of the trash compactor chute and support structure, the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station will not be accepting loose mixed waste for a month, starting Monday, June 25.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Hiker’s body recovered from Sleeping Giant trail

WAILUA – A Kaua‘i man’s body was recovered Tuesday morning from the Sleeping Giant hiking trail in Wailua, after he apparently fell to his death Monday afternoon.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Update: Free electric bus demonstration to run June 21-23

LĪHU‘E – Starting on Thursday, June 21, the County of Kaua‘i Transportation Agency will be operating two electric bus demonstrations on the Kekaha and Hanalei mainline routes free of charge.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Mayor Bernard Carvalho reminds public of emergency proclamation, rule

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has issued the following statement in regards to the emergency proclamation and rule in effect for the County of Kaua‘i.


Monday, June 18, 2018
County to host community meeting on drug addiction

KAPA'A – The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Treatment and Community Integration will host “Drug Addiction 101,” a community meeting at Kapa'a Missionary Church on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Monday, June 18, 2018
Free electric bus demonstration to run June 20-23

LĪHU‘E – Starting on Wednesday, June 20, the County of Kaua‘i Transportation Agency will be operating two electric bus demonstrations on the Kekaha and Hanalei mainline routes free of charge.


Monday, June 18, 2018
Free mobile eWaste recycling this Sunday

HANAPĒPĒ – The County Recycling Office is announcing free mobile eWaste recycling for residents and businesses on Sunday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the roads baseyard adjacent to the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station.


Friday, June 15, 2018
Kapa‘a man airlifted from Ho‘opi‘i Falls

KAPAHI – Firefighters responded to a man needing assistance at Ho‘opi‘i Falls in Kapahi Thursday afternoon.


Friday, June 15, 2018
Public reminded to use appropriate containers for used motor oil

LĪHU‘E – The County Solid Waste Division reminds the public that they must only use appropriate containers to store and transport used motor oil for recycling.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mayor Carvalho to sign emergency permitting bill into law Tuesday

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. announced today his intention to sign Bill 2713 into law on Tuesday, June 19.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Enhanced absentee mail voting services for voters impacted by north shore flooding

Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i – The Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division is initiating enhanced absentee mail voting services for registered voters of the North Shore who were directly impacted by the flooding that occurred in April 2018.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Kaua‘i Bus passes to be available at Big Save, Times Supermarkets locations islandwide

Starting on Thursday, June 21, Times Supermarkets will be selling monthly Kaua‘i Bus passes at its Big Save and Times Supermarkets locations islandwide.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Youth football camp set for June 20

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Parks and Recreation and University of Hawai‘i football Head Coach Nick Rolovich, along with his staff, will host a free youth football camp set for Wednesday, June 20, at Vidinha Stadium.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Visitor dies in waters off Larsen’s Beach

MOLOA‘A – A Pennsylvania man died while swimming in waters off Ka‘aka‘aniu Beach, also known as Larsen’s Beach, in Moloa‘a on Wednesday afternoon.


Thursday, June 14, 2018
Apprenticeship Day and Career Fair set for June 26

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i is announcing that the Annual Apprenticeship Day and Career Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College’s Office of Continuing Education, Room 105.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Kapaia on June 20 and 21

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Nuku Street and Kapaia Road will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Wednesday, June 20 and ending Thursday, June 21. The closure is necessary to allow the Wastewater Management Division to continue a sewer main repair in the area.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Kapaia, June 19

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway between Nuku Street and Kapaia Road will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Tuesday, June 19 and ending Wednesday, June 20. The closure is necessary to allow the Wastewater Management Division to continue a sewer main repair in the area.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Firefighters extinguish treehouse fire in Wainiha

WAINIHA – Firefighters responded to a treehouse on fire in Wainiha Saturday afternoon.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018
KCRS Kapa‘a redemption center closed today due to staffing shortage

KAPA‘A – The KCRS Kapa‘a bottle redemption center located in the Arzadon Industrial Center at 962 Kipuni Way is closed today due to staffing shortage. The redemption center is expected to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.


Friday, June 8, 2018
Ongoing lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in Kapaia, June 8

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in between Nuku Street and Kapaia Road will be closed until further notice, effective immediately. The closure is necessary to allow the Wastewater Management Division to continue an emergency sewer main repair in the area.


Friday, June 8, 2018
Kaua‘i Bus announces return to original Wilcox Hospital bus stop

LĪHU‘E – The public is advised that starting today, Friday, June 8, 2018, the Kaua‘i Bus will resume regular bus service (Līhu‘e Shuttle-70) at the Wilcox Hospital bus stop fronting the foyer.


Thursday, June 7, 2018
KCRS Kapa‘a redemption center closed today due to staffing shortage

KAPA‘A – The KCRS Kapa‘a bottle redemption center located in the Arzadon Industrial Center at 962 Kipuni Way is closed today due to staffing shortage. The redemption center is expected to reopen tomorrow, Friday, June 8, 2018.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Aides sought for summer fun golf program

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Department of Parks and Recreation are seeking golf aides for the summer fun golf program.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Housing Agency announces public meeting

WAIMEA – The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency in partnership with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity and ‘Ahe Group will host a public meeting to present a newly proposed affordable housing project that is being planned for Waimea and will be situated on the 6.5-acre parcel located behind the West Kaua‘i Technology & Visitor Center.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of King Kamehameha Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, June 11, along with all refuse transfer stations.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018
DOW's 2018 Water Quality Reports now available

LIHUE – The Department of Water’s (DOW) 2018 Water Quality Reports, covering from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017, are now available to view on the DOW’s website, www.kauaiwater.org.  DOW customers will also receive a letter in the mail with a direct link to their applicable water quality report. 


Monday, June 4, 2018
Online registration for 10th annual Mayor-a-thon runs through June 22

KAPA‘A – The public is invited to participate in the 10th annual Mayor-a-thon scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at the Kapa‘a Beach Park.


Monday, June 4, 2018
Employee of the Month recognized at Police Commission Meeting

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) recognized Det. Colin Nesbitt as the Employee of the Month during May’s Police Commission meeting held on May 25 at the Pi‘ikoi Building.


Friday, June 1, 2018
JUNE 1 UPDATE: Residents reminded of new office hours for Wainiha-Hāʻena placard distribution

The County of Kaua‘i is reminding residents of the following updates regarding flood-recovery efforts.


Friday, June 1, 2018
Public reminded of free residential vehicle disposal service offered at Puhi Metals

LĪHU‘E – The County Solid Waste Division reminds residents that vehicle disposal is free of charge for residents at Puhi Metals Recycling Facility. Puhi Metals Facility is located at 3951 Puhi Road and is open Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and can be reached at 245-6919.


Friday, June 1, 2018
Harong pleads guilty to sexually assaulting juvenile

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Samson W. Harong, 25, formerly of California, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Sexual Assault in the First Degree, a class A felony, for sexually assaulting a minor during the burglary of a home in Puhi on May of 2017.


Friday, June 1, 2018
Public reminded to register alarm systems

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department is reminding residents and businesses to register or renew their alarm systems in order to comply with the Kaua‘i County Code.


Thursday, May 31, 2018
Road closures for Kamehameha Day Parade

LĪHU'E – The annual Kamehameha Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
MAY 30 UPDATE: County announces current updates on flood-recovery efforts

MAY 30 UPDATE: County announces current updates on flood-recovery efforts.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Hurricane season starts June 1

LĪHU‘E – The official hurricane season in the central Pacific region, which includes Hawai'i, starts on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Darren Galas sentenced to 10-year open prison term

LĪHU‘E – Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced that Darren Galas, 46, of ‘Ele‘ele, was today sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his involvement in the 2006 death of his wife, Sandra Mendonca Galas.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Hanapēpē refuse transfer station

HANAPĒPĒ – Due to electrical issues, loose mixed waste is not being accepted at the Hanapēpē refuse transfer station until further notice.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Nightly lane closure on Kūhiō Highway at Kapaia Bridge from June 4 through 8

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Kapaia Bridge will be closed nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday, June 4, and ending Friday, June 8.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Loose mixed waste not accepted at Kapa‘a refuse transfer station

KAPA‘A – Due to mechanical issues, loose mixed waste is not being accepted at the Kapa‘a refuse transfer station until further notice.


Friday, May 25, 2018
KPD honors 89th Police Recruit Class graduates

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department held its 89th Police Recruit Graduation ceremony Thursday at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center.


Friday, May 25, 2018
Registration open for Teen CERT classes in Līhu‘e

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department, along with the University of Hawai‘i 4-H Youth Development Program, is offering a free preparedness program in June for teens ages 13 through 18.


Thursday, May 24, 2018
KPD is asking for help with finding missing man

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


Thursday, May 24, 2018
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of Memorial Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, along with all refuse transfer stations.


Thursday, May 24, 2018
Lane closure on Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Kapaia Bridge in Kapaia

KAPAIA – The public is advised that the southbound lane of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of Kapaia Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the evening of May 24 and finishing the morning of May 25.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
KPD is asking for help with finding missing man

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


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
KPD urges motorists to drive safely

As the community prepares for graduation season and summer break, the Kaua‘i Police Department is encouraging motorists to drive safely, and urging parents and the community to help prevent underage drinking.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Mayor signs second supplementary emergency proclamation

LĪHU'E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has signed a second supplementary emergency proclamation on Wednesday, May 23, for the County of Kaua‘i in order to provide relief for disaster damages and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
County announces free anti-drug community coalition training for June 5 and 6

LĪHU‘E – Hosted by the County of Kaua‘i in partnership with the County of Hawai‘i, the County of Maui, and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, the public is invited to attend a free Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mini Academy at Kaua‘i Beach Resort on June 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Fire personnel rescues victim after plunging his vehicle into Kalihiwai Bay

 KALIHIWAI – Fire personnel from the Hanalei fire station rescued a 36-year-old Kilauea man after he plunged the car he was driving into Kalihiwai Bay early Tuesday morning.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Lane closures on Kūhiō Highway, at Haleilio Road Intersection in Wailua, set for May 29 and 30

WAILUA – The public is advised of two lane closures on Kūhiō Highway in the northbound direction at the Haleilio Road intersection on two consecutive nights, starting on the evening of Tuesday, May 29 and finishing the morning of Thursday, May 31, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., nightly, to allow the Wastewater Management Division to install a corrosion resistant coating in the newly repaired sewer manhole.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Juvenile detained for terroristic threatening

KAPA‘A – Kaua‘i Police conducted an investigation and detained a male juvenile student on Tuesday morning after receiving reports of a possible terror threat at Kapa‘a High School.


Monday, May 21, 2018
Kīlauea mobile eWaste recycling event set for Sunday

The County of Kaua‘i Recycling Office is announcing a free electronic waste recycling event for residents and businesses set for Sunday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Anaina Hou Community Park behind Kaua‘i Mini Golf in Kīlauea.