News Releases and Other Announcements

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. 


Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Three-vehicle crash closes portion of Kaumuali‘i Highway on Sunday

A portion Kaumuali‘i Highway in the vicinity of Maluhia Road in Kōloa was closed in both directions for over an hour on Sunday, following a three-vehicle crash.


Monday, June 24, 2019
Various agencies search for missing swimmer in waters off Kaua‘i’s Eastside

 WAILUA – Various agencies are searching for Vladimir Sukhoparov, 58, of Ohio in waters off Kaua‘i’s Eastside in Wailua on Monday morning.


Monday, June 24, 2019
Kūhiō Highway and Weke Road to close for Hā‘ena to Hanalei run on June 29

HANALEI  – The Hanalei Canoe Club will be hosting the 39th annual Hā‘ena to Hanalei run on June 29.


Friday, June 21, 2019
DOW launches new Customer Account Portal and credit card payment option

LIHUE – The Department of Water (DOW) announces the release of its new, highly-anticipated Customer Account Portal (CAP), a new online service that offers customers convenient access to their account information, payment history, billing statements, and also includes an online payment option for customers who prefer to make bill payments using a credit or debit card.


Friday, June 21, 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.


Friday, June 21, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for Haleko Road from June 25-28

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing that both lanes will be closed on Haleko Road, from Pua Loke Street to Rice Street, from June 25 to 28 to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Thursday, June 20, 2019
KPD honors Junior Police Academy graduates

LĪHU‘E – Eleven students graduated from the Kaua‘i Police Department’s third Junior Police Academy class on Friday, June 14, at a ceremony held in the courtyard of Ka Hale Maka‘i o Kaua‘i, Police Headquarters.


Thursday, June 20, 2019
Road closures for Kaua‘i PRIDE Parade

LĪHU'E – The Kaua‘i PRIDE Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at 9 a.m. To accommodate the event, the Kaua‘i Police Department will close off all streets along the parade route from 9 to 10 a.m.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Hanapēpē Town Park comfort station vandalized, burned on Tuesday

HANAPĒPĒ – On Tuesday June 18, park officials discovered the men’s restroom of the Hanapēpē Town Park comfort station vandalized and burned.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Water service shutdown reminder for Kōloa area on June 20-21

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) reminds Kōloa customers of the overnight water service shutdown scheduled for Thursday, June 20th from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, June 21st; weather permitting.  During the scheduled shutdown, water service will be unavailable for customers located in the following service areas: Waila’au Road, Emi Road, a portion of Ala Kinoiki Road; from Maluhia Road to Waila’au Road, Waihohonou Road, Aloha Place, Wailani Road, Ohuoho Road, Ho’olei Street, Olona Street,  Tapa Street, Mamaki Street, Ohuohu Street, Maki Street, Pala’a Place, Waikomo Road, Waoke Street, Waoke Place, A’alu Place, Puni Road, Kapau Road, Malino Road, including a portion of Weliweli Road; from Kōloa Road to Waikomo Road, a portion of Kōloa Road; from Waikomo Road to Po'ipū Road, a portion of Po'ipū Road; from Kōloa Road to Pa’anau Road and a portion of Maluhia Road; from Waila’au Road to Kōloa Road.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Mayor Kawakami meets with federal agencies and participates in Hawai‘i on the Hill

LĪHU‘E – Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami traveled to Washington, D.C., from June 9 through June 12 and met with federal agencies and the Congressional Delegation to discuss priorities for the County of Kaua‘i. In addition, Mayor Kawakami participated in the sixth annual Hawai‘i on the Hill, an event hosted by the Hawai‘i Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Over 2,000 acres scorched in Kōke‘e brush fire

KŌKE‘E – Fire officials estimate that roughly 2,100 acres have burned since Sunday, following a brush fire that broke out in Kōke‘e that morning.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Lane closures scheduled for Hardy, Umi streets on June 20 and 21

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing lane closures on Hardy and Umi streets starting June 20 and ending the following day to allow Maui Kupono Builders to conduct road construction work in the area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.


Monday, June 17, 2019
Koke‘e Road, Waimea Canyon Drive remain closed due to Koke‘e brush fire

KOKE‘E – Koke‘e Road and Waimea Canyon Drive remain closed Monday while firefighters continue to suppress the brush fire that broke out Sunday morning in Koke‘e.


Sunday, June 16, 2019
Koke'e Road remains closed as firefighters battle brush fire

KOKE‘E – Koke‘e Road remains closed while firefighters remain at the scene of a large brush fire in Koke‘e that broke out Sunday morning.


Sunday, June 16, 2019
Male visitor dies in waters off Polihale Beach
KEKAHA – A 53-year-old male visitor from Roswell, GA died Saturday afternoon while swimming in waters off Polihale Beach in Kekaha.

Friday, June 14, 2019
Water service shutdown scheduled for Koloa area on June 20-21

KOLOA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces an overnight water service shutdown in Kōloa, scheduled for Thursday, June 20th from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, June 21st; weather permitting.  During the scheduled shutdown, water service will be unavailable for customers located in the following service areas: Waila’au Road, Emi Road, a portion of Ala Kinoiki Road; from Maluhia Road to Waila’au Road, Waihohonou Road, Aloha Place, Wailani Road, Ohuoho Road, Ho’olei Street, Olona Street,  Tapa Street, Mamaki Street, Ohuohu Street, Maki Street, Pala’a Place, Waikomo Road, Waoke Street, Waoke Place, A’alu Place, Puni Road, Kapau Road, Malino Road, including a portion of Weliweli Road; from Kōloa Road to Waikomo Road, a portion of Kōloa Road; from Waikomo Road to Po'ipū Road, a portion of Po'ipū Road; from Kōloa Road to Pa’anau Road and a portion of Maluhia Road; from Waila’au Road to Kōloa Road.


Friday, June 14, 2019
DOW’s 2019 Water Quality Reports now available

LIHUE – The Department of Water’s (DOW) 2019 Water Quality Reports, covering from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018, are now available to view on the DOW’s website, www.kauaiwater.org.


Thursday, June 13, 2019
Firefighters extinguish fire at Halelani Village

PUHI – Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Halelani Village condominiums in Puhi Wednesday night.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Firefighters remain at the scene of Po‘ipū Brush Fire

PO‘IPŪ – Firefighters continue to battle hotspots at the scene of a large brush first that initially broke out Tuesday afternoon in Poipu, in the vicinity of Ala Kinoiki, Po‘ipū, and Old Mill roads.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Island Wide Road Resurfacing projects for 2019 announced

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works is announcing Fiscal Year 2019 Island Wide Road Resurfacing projects for the island of Kaua‘i.


Wednesday, June 12, 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.


Monday, June 10, 2019
Kekaha Landfill reopens following equipment repairs

KEKAHA – Officials have announced that equipment repairs have been completed and the Kekaha Landfill has been reopened to the public.


Monday, June 10, 2019
Two-car crash closes Kaumuali‘i Highway on Sunday

‘ELE‘ELE – Kaua‘i police responded to a two-car crash Sunday afternoon, on Kaumuali‘i Highway, in ‘Ele‘ele, in the vicinity of the Hanapēpē Valley Lookout.


Sunday, June 9, 2019
Kekaha Landfill to close on Monday for equipment repairs

KEKAHA – The public is advised that due to an equipment malfunction, the Kekaha Landfill will be closed on Monday, June 10, until further notice.


Saturday, June 8, 2019
Motorcyclist dies following crash on Saturday

KAPAHI – A 34-year-old man of Kapa‘a died Saturday morning following a traffic crash on Kawaihau Road, near the Kainahola Road intersection, in Kapahi.


Saturday, June 8, 2019
Brush fire ignites residential roof in Hanapēpē, causes damage

HANAPĒPĒ – Firefighters responded to a brush fire that extended to a house in Hanapēpē Friday afternoon.


Friday, June 7, 2019
Residents urged to participate in Needs Survey to help County of Kaua‘i maintain eligibility

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency urges Kaua‘i County residents to participate in a Needs Study that will help the County maintain eligibility for funding assistance and other federal programs that support housing, homelessness, and community development.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019
County announces holiday closures

LĪHU‘E – In observance of King Kamehameha Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on June 11, along with all refuse transfer stations as well as the Kapa‘a and Waimea swimming pools.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Portion of Eiwa Street to close for reconstruction work from June 14 to August 15

LĪHU‘E – The Department of Public Works and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. are announcing that a portion of Eiwa Street will be closed for reconstruction work from June 14 to August 15, weather permitting.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Kaua‘i County residents reminded to participate in survey for 2019 Hawai‘i Housing Planning study

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency is reminding 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.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Additional sewer system smoke testing to be performed in Waimea, Hanapēpē this week

WAIMEA and HANAPĒPĒ – The public is advised that the Wastewater Management Division will perform additional smoke testing on its Waimea sewer collection system on June 6, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as well as its Hanapēpē sewer collection system on June 7, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Monday, June 3, 2019
KFD honors individuals involved in February rescue

LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Fire Department held a special ceremony at Monday’s Fire Commission Meeting to honor the community members, first responders, and health care providers involved in the rescue of an off-duty firefighter who was attacked by a shark in February.


Monday, June 3, 2019
HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha to Relocate to Kekaha Neighborhood Center on July 3

KEKAHA – The Kekaha HI5 Bottle Redemption site operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services will be relocating to the Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Elepaio Road on Wednesday, July 3.


Friday, May 31, 2019
Rental applications now accepted for Koa‘e Makana

KŌLOA – Rental applications are now being accepted for Koa‘e Makana, an affordable workforce housing development located in Kōloa.


Friday, May 31, 2019
Winners announced for the School Electronic Waste Recycling Contest

The County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division in partnership with the State Department of Health Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch would like to congratulate all the schools that participated in the inaugural School Electronic Waste (eWaste) Recycling Contest which ran during the month of April.


Thursday, May 30, 2019
Sewer system smoke testing to be performed in Hanamā‘ulu and Wailua next week

HANAMĀ‘ULU and WAILUA – The public is advised that the Wastewater Management Division will perform additional smoke testing on its Hanamā‘ulu sewer collection system next week. This is a follow up to the smoke testing that


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Firefighters respond to brush fires near Burns Field

HANAPĒPĒ – Firefighters responded to two brush fires that broke out along the makai side of the Port Allen Airport, also known as Burns Field, in Hanapēpē, Tuesday afternoon.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Woman rescued at Kē‘ē Beach

HĀ‘ENA – Lifeguards rescued a 56-year-old Princeville woman from waters off Kē‘ē Beach, in Hā‘ena, Tuesday afternoon.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Hiker airlifted from Waimea Canyon

WAIMEA – Firefighters responded to a female hiker in distress Tuesday afternoon near Waipo‘o Falls in Waimea Canyon.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Blessing held for reopening of Waimea swimming pool on Wednesday

WAIMEA – On Wednesday, a blessing was held for the reopening of the Waimea swimming pool.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Sewer system smoke testing to be performed in Waimea next week

WAIMEA – The public is advised that the Wastewater Management Division will perform additional smoke testing on its Waimea sewer collection system next week.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Online registration for 11th annual Mayor-a-thon begins June 1

KAPA‘A – The public is invited to participate in the 11th annual Mayor-a-thon scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at the Kapa‘a Beach Park.


Saturday, May 25, 2019
Keālia Beach closed to swimming due to whale carcass washed ashore

KEĀLIA – Ocean Safety officials have closed Keālia Beach to swimming until further notice due to a whale carcass that washed ashore Saturday morning.


Saturday, May 25, 2019
Man dies in waters off Major’s Bay

KEKAHA – A 70-year-old man died Friday in waters off Waiokapua Bay, also known as Major’s Bay, in Kekaha.


Friday, May 24, 2019
Last day of operations for solid waste staging area at Kepuhi Point set for May 31

County officials are announcing that the last day of operations for the solid waste staging area located at Kepuhi Point will be May 31.


Friday, May 24, 2019
Pilot program preventing vandalism at comfort stations to commence May 25

LĪHU‘E – In an effort to curb illegal activities in public restrooms, the Department of Parks and Recreation will commence a pilot program starting May 25 to close comfort stations nightly at Keālia Kai, Keālia Beach, and the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.


Friday, May 24, 2019
Water service restored to customers in Wainiha - Conservation request continues

12:00 P.M.  WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) announces that water service has been restored to customers located in Wainiha, following a break in a main line on Powerhouse Road.   Water conservation measures remain in place until 1 P.M. to allow the water levels in the Wainiha water tank to replenish.


Friday, May 24, 2019
Water conservation request issued for Wainiha customers

9 A.M. WAINIHA – The Department of Water (DOW) has issued a water conservation request for customers located in Wainiha, until further notice due to reports of a possible main line break on Powerhouse Road in Wainiha.


Thursday, May 23, 2019
Hurricane season starts June 1

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


Thursday, May 23, 2019
Registration open for ‘Better Choices, Better Health’ workshops

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Agency on Elderly Affairs is announcing that registration is open for the “Better Choices, Better Health” workshop series.


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.