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May 2019

May 15, 2019

Kauai: Can $13 Million Save Lihue? Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Can $13 Million Save Lihue?

A federal grant to reconfigure roads in the core of this island’s county seat could spur enough private investment to bring back the good times.

May 09, 2019

Kauai: More Trouble For Hanalei As Unstable Hillside Forces Traffic Delays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: More Trouble For Hanalei As Unstable Hillside Forces Traffic Delays

Only one lane of the Kuhio Highway will be open on the stretch approaching the North Shore community for months.

May 08, 2019

Kauai Gets A Residential Drug Treatment Facility For First Time In Decades Kauai County

Kauai Gets A Residential Drug Treatment Facility For First Time In Decades

The eight-bedroom Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center in Kapaia was first proposed in 2003.

May 07, 2019

Kauai: This Island’s Only Bookstore Is Thriving Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: This Island’s Only Bookstore Is Thriving

Small independent bookstores can survive despite today’s proclivity toward digital downloads and a giant online retailer.

Tracking The Feral Cats That Kill Kauai’s Endangered Seabirds DLNR

Tracking The Feral Cats That Kill Kauai’s Endangered Seabirds

Researchers are using satellite collars and other new tools to improve efforts to identify, isolate and dispose of the cats that pose the biggest risk.

April 2019

April 30, 2019

Safety Concerns Prompt Stalled Re-Opening Of Kauai Road Courtesy of Kauai County

Safety Concerns Prompt Stalled Re-Opening Of Kauai Road

More than a year after an epic flood devastated Kauai’s north shore, public access to the two-mile stretch of Kuhio Highway is still not restored.

April 24, 2019

Flood-Ravaged Botanical Garden Set To Reopen On Kauai Contributed by National Tropical Botanical Garden

Flood-Ravaged Botanical Garden Set To Reopen On Kauai

Limahuli Garden & Preserve is home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth.

April 22, 2019

Charter Schools Have By Far The Highest Rates Of Unvaccinated Kids Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Charter Schools Have By Far The Highest Rates Of Unvaccinated Kids

The statewide percentage of students exempted by their parents from being immunized is 8.1% at charter schools, 2.7% at private schools and 1.4% at traditional public schools.

March 2019

March 28, 2019

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Struggle Over Kauai’s Kuleana Lands Tricia Kehaulani Watson

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: The Struggle Over Kauai’s Kuleana Lands

The fight over ownership and preservation of land now surrounded by Mark Zuckerberg’s estate goes back nearly two decades.

March 21, 2019

Kauai Tops State For Percentage Of Unvaccinated School Kids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Tops State For Percentage Of Unvaccinated School Kids

UPDATED: For the first time, the state Department of Health has released statistics on vaccination rates for individual public and private schools.

March 19, 2019

Denby Fawcett: The Enduring Appeal Of Hippies Courtesy of John Wehrheim

Denby Fawcett: The Enduring Appeal Of Hippies

A remake of a documentary evokes nostalgia for a different time when an enclave of free spirits sprang up on Kauai’s north shore.

March 18, 2019

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle Courtesy of Rebekah Magers

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle

Nic Barca doesn’t just hunt pigs. He’s the resident scholar of all things porcine on the island.

February 2019

February 26, 2019

Kauai: Here’s A Place That Got Pounded With 519 Inches Of Rain Last Year Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Kauai: Here’s A Place That Got Pounded With 519 Inches Of Rain Last Year

The island’s highest point received monumental precipitation in 2018, and it wasn’t even ground zero for the rain bomb that caused April flooding.

February 19, 2019

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters

After last year’s big flood and hurricane damage, two local communities are finding their footing with disaster plans tailored for their areas.

February 04, 2019

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease

Rapid ohia death, which has felled hundreds of thousands of the environmentally and culturally important trees on the Big Island, was first spotted on Kauai in May.

January 2019

January 31, 2019

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort U.S. Department of Agriculture

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort

Hawaii Dairy Farms was thwarted by regulatory obstacles, lawsuits and community opposition.

January 24, 2019

Kauai: World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Relies On A Flock Of Sheep AES Distributed Energy

Kauai: World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Relies On A Flock Of Sheep

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is far ahead of the statewide schedule for conversion to alternative energy sources for producing electricity.

January 22, 2019

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Kauai has tightened requirements for shoreline development, but they don’t take into account more alarming recent predictions of the impact of climate change and rising seas.

January 07, 2019

Kauai: Tourists Keep Coming To Queen’s Bath Despite The Deadly Danger Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Tourists Keep Coming To Queen’s Bath Despite The Deadly Danger

The county and a community association try to discourage visitors, especially during the wettest months, but tour books point the way.

December 2018

December 28, 2018

Kauai: Zuckerberg Could Still Absorb Tiny Parcels Into His Estate Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Zuckerberg Could Still Absorb Tiny Parcels Into His Estate

The Facebook founder said he would no longer try to acquire “kuleana” parcels held by families for generations on Kauai’s North Shore, but now they’re being auctioned off.