Resources for Businesses, Employees, and Farmers Affected by COVID-19

  • The County of Kauai COVID-19 website contains daily updates, emergency rules, and other important resources. 
  • The Kauai Chamber of Commerce has launched a new website devoted to COVID-19 resources for businesses.




  • The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act:  This guide can help you understand the federal resources available for small businesses as part of the CARES act, including:
  • Non-profit organizations can apply for the HIHumanities CARES Act Grants, which are focused on aiding nonprofits that engage the public through humanities, cultural, and civic engagement programing and those who are serving under-resourced communities.  
  • Facebook Small Business GrantsFacebook is offering cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. 
  • Save Small Business Fund - The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is offering $5,000 grants for small businesses (those that employ between 3-20 employees).  Applications will be accepted beginning April 20, 2020. 
  • Emergency Agricultural Loan Program - The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture approved an emergency loan program for farmers, growers and ranchers across the state who are suffering economically due to the COVID-19 situation.  Eligible farmers may now apply for emergency loans of up to $150,000. To apply, call (808) 973-9460.
  • Businesses with job opportunities on Kauai should notify the American Jobs Center at 808-274-3056.


  • The County of Kauai recently co-hosted a Financial Webinar.  If you missed the live event, a recorded version is available here: Kauai Financial Resources Webinar 
  • Support paying Utility Bills:  Support is available from various utility providers to assist Kauai residents. To learn more about your options, click here
  • For information regarding Federal and County protection against foreclosures and evictions during COVID-19, visit the County of Kauai Housing Agency website.
  • Hawaii Resilience FundThe purpose of the Hawaiʻi Resilience Fund (HRF) is to provide one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1000 per household) to Hawaiʻi residents facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The County of Kauai and KGEFCU emergency funds loan.  This program will offer COVID-19 Financial Counseling to all applicants, with personal loans of up to $10,000 to qualifying Kauai individuals who are still in need of financial reprieve due to COVID 19. Emphasis will be placed on households who have lost self-employment or other forms of income due to COVID-19 and have not yet been able to access the government aid programs. Funds will go to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.  To apply, visit theKGEFCU application.
  • County of Kauai Emergency Loan - this program is not currently taking new applications.
  • This Resources Guide for Hawaii's Agriculture Industry provides summary information about major provisions that could offer critical support for the Agriculture Industry.
  • Emergency Agricultural Loan Program - The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture approved an emergency loan program for farmers, growers and ranchers across the state who are suffering economically due to the COVID-19 situation.  Eligible farmers may now apply for emergency loans of up to $150,000. To apply, call (808) 973-9460.
  • Businesses can learn more about financial resources on the "Resources for Business" tab above.

Support for Farmers:






  • You can donate to the Hawaii Community Foundation to support Kauai specific or statewide efforts to respond to COVID19, using this donor link
  • If you are a community organization seeking volunteers, or an individual wishing to volunteer, you can sign-up with the Kanu Hawaii Respond with Aloha program.
  • If you don't face high risks for COVID-19, consider volunteering to inspect, sort and pack food in the Hawaii Foodbank warehouse.

Contact Information

Nalani K. Brun

Nalani Brun

Office of Economic Development
4444 Rice Street, Suite 200
Lihue, HI 96766

Phone: (808) 241-4946


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Office Of Economic Development

Department Summary

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is provided by law (c.20, HRS; Sec. 2-15. R.C.O.1976)

Department Mission
The Office of Economic Development works, in partnership with the community, to create economic opportunities towards the
development of a healthy, stable and balanced economy for the residents of the County of Kauai.

The Office of Economic Development (OED), as a government entity, interfaces with business and community leaders as well as other
government programs to enhance Kauai's economic development activities. OED is responsible to provide technical and financial
support, as feasible, for both large and small business establishments or existing and emerging new industries which offer full
employment for Kauai's residents.

Department Goals
The Office of Economic Development Departmental Goals are as follows:

  • Foster and strengthen a well-qualified labor force consistent with local industry direction and workforce needs.
  • Expand and strengthen well-balanced visitor industry promotions and businesses aligned with enhancing island-wide product development projects.
  • Increase support and collaboration to ensure the continual growth and expansion of Kauai's agricultural project.
  • Increase advocacy and coordination efforts for energy efficiency projects, energy emergency preparedness programs, and increase use of renewable resources.
  • Increase high level film location productions and expand business development efforts to secure a major film studio complex on Kauai.
  • Improve the facilitation of coordinated research, market analysis, and compilation of local industry/community-related data and statistics to support business and community development. 

Latest News

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Proposed Sunshine Market Rules - Public Hearing Announcement

Click here for the proposed Sunshine Market Rules for review at a Public Hearing on February 24, 2020, 3pm-5pm at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.  Please click here for the redlined version of the Proposed Rules (original versus proposed rules)

If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, or an interpreter for a language other than English, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (808) 241-4946 or by 4:30pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

See Public Hearing Notice

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Farmer/Vendor Permit Application Now Available Online

The Farmer/Vendor Permit Application for Kauai's Sunshine Markets is now available online!  

2019-2020 RFP Documents - Grant in Aid request period is currently CLOSED.

 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
19-20 RFP Final Report Written & Financial Exhibit C&DMelissia Sugai 7/15/201924.19 KBDownload
19-20 RFP Progress Report Exhibit BMelissia Sugai 7/15/201918.39 KBDownload


 TitleOwnerModified DateSize
Proposed Sunshine Market RulesSandy Kaauwai1/21/2020270.74 KB
Rules and Regulations for Revocable Permits to Vend in Right-Of-WaysMelissia Sugai12/5/2018969.01 KB