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April 2018

April 20, 2018

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later DLNR

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later

Officials don’t know when the Kuhio Highway, smothered by mud and debris, will be completely reopened. Meanwhile, the state will speed up a $33 million plan to rebuild a series of old bridges.

April 19, 2018

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming

The rain-laden system was hard to track because it wasn’t large-scale, like a tropical storm. And Hawaii weather is just hard to predict.

April 18, 2018

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage

UPDATED: They also plan to set aside $25 million to help other parts of the state. Meanwhile, Gov. Ige addresses Oahu damage.

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents Courtesy of Courtney McLaughlin

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents

“It’s so surreal that everything that we had is now just part of the land,” said an Anahola resident surveying her ruined homestead.

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In

Construction crews arrive in force and businesses and homeowners clean up,  but residents are keeping a wary eye on weather reports.

April 17, 2018

Firsthand Accounts Of Kauai North Shore Flooding Devastation Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Firsthand Accounts Of Kauai North Shore Flooding Devastation

Civil Beat photographer Anthony Quintano spent Monday on the sea and on land with volunteer rescue workers and flood victims.

Kauai: The Path To Recovery In Hanalei Will Be A Long One Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Path To Recovery In Hanalei Will Be A Long One

UPDATED: After the record-setting storm, which dumped 28 inches of rain in 24 hours, “the lay of the land is totally different.”

April 16, 2018

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes

The huge storm left Hanalei looking like a “huge lake” and cut off some North Shore communities, prompting Gov. Ige to declare a state of  emergency.

April 11, 2018

Kauai: County Will Sue Big Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis Kauai County

Kauai: County Will Sue Big Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is growing on Kauai, county officials believe.

April 10, 2018

Kauai: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Has Few Friends On This Hawaiian Island Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Has Few Friends On This Hawaiian Island

The social media mogul’s neighbors aren’t happy with his new island estate or, for that matter, Facebook in general.

April 02, 2018

Kauai: The Death Spiral Of A Local Shopping Mall Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Death Spiral Of A Local Shopping Mall

Kukui Grove Shopping Center on Kauai is not alone in its demise, but its fadeout is still a community loss.

March 2018

March 28, 2018

Kauai: Roman Polanski Victim Finds Refuge On Garden Island Allan Parachini/ Civil Beat

Kauai: Roman Polanski Victim Finds Refuge On Garden Island

Samantha Geimer, hounded by the media for years, found that on Kauai, “no one has the slightest interest in what happened to me.”

March 22, 2018

Allan Parachini: Coco Palms Battle Is A New Front In An Old War Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Allan Parachini: Coco Palms Battle Is A New Front In An Old War

More protesters were removed from an encampment near the iconic resort Wednesday as Kauai officials fend off esoteric legal claims.

March 02, 2018

Attempt To Have Judge Arrested Fails In Coco Palms Case Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Attempt To Have Judge Arrested Fails In Coco Palms Case

An “arrest order” had targeted the judge who ruled against Native Hawaiian protesters who occupied a resort site on Kauai.

February 2018

February 22, 2018

Authorities Oust Protesters From Coco Palms Resort Land Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Authorities Oust Protesters From Coco Palms Resort Land

A Native Hawaii group has been camping on the site where developers are planning a $135 million project.

February 12, 2018

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar Nick Grube/Civil Beat

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar

The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.

February 09, 2018

Coco Palms Developer Fights Back With Its Own Native Hawaiian Research Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Coco Palms Developer Fights Back With Its Own Native Hawaiian Research

A Hawaiian consultant disputes the claims of the occupiers of a planned resort site on Kauai.

February 07, 2018

Brittany Lyte: The Imperiled Legacy Of The Hanapepe Salt Flats Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte: The Imperiled Legacy Of The Hanapepe Salt Flats

The last frontier of a centuries-old Hawaiian tradition is threatened from the air, from the sea, and from broken beer bottles.

February 02, 2018

No Sign Of Authorities Yet As Occupation Of Kauai Resort Continues Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

No Sign Of Authorities Yet As Occupation Of Kauai Resort Continues

The landowners request state assistance as Native Hawaiian protesters remain at the Coco Palms resort site.

January 2018

January 28, 2018

Hundreds Turn Out To Back Hawaiian Occupiers Of Famed Coco Palms Site Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Hundreds Turn Out To Back Hawaiian Occupiers Of Famed Coco Palms Site

The 19th century home of Kauai’s last queen was later the resort where “Blue Hawaii” was filmed. Now a new resort is planned.

January 24, 2018

Brittany Lyte: A Family Legacy Goes Public On Kauai’s North Shore Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte: A Family Legacy Goes Public On Kauai’s North Shore

E-Trade founder Bill Porter and his wife Joan turned the area around Stone Dam into a menagerie of community attractions.
Kauai’s Crackdown On Airbnbs Is Backfiring Courtesy of Alana Eagle

Kauai’s Crackdown On Airbnbs Is Backfiring

While one county is mired in disputes, legislators ponder their next moves regarding illegal vacation rentals.

January 02, 2018

Brittany Lyte: Making Desolate Downtown Lihue Cool Again Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte: Making Desolate Downtown Lihue Cool Again

A $13.8 million makeover is planned for Kauai’s center of industry and government, and at least one private investor is on board in a big way.

December 2017

December 04, 2017

Hawaii’s Marijuana Scene Takes Center Stage At Kauai Conference Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Marijuana Scene Takes Center Stage At Kauai Conference

Politicians and industry reps attend the event in Poipu, where visitors wonder why the islands haven’t legalized recreational use.

November 2017

November 08, 2017

Brittany Lyte: How To Be A ‘Morally Conscious’ Tourist Courtesy of travel2change

Brittany Lyte: How To Be A ‘Morally Conscious’ Tourist

A “voluntourism” enterprise pairs tourists with unique experiences that benefit the local communities on three islands.