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June 2020

June 29, 2020

Airbnb Agrees To Drop Illegal Kauai Vacation Rentals DLNR

Airbnb Agrees To Drop Illegal Kauai Vacation Rentals

Kauai County forged a similar partnership with the vacation rental platform Vrbo last week. The deals are expected to help the county to enforce vacation rental rules.

June 26, 2020

Kauai Residents Scored Big At This Unusual Community Garage Sale — Even A Baby Grand Piano Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai Residents Scored Big At This Unusual Community Garage Sale — Even A Baby Grand Piano

Operators of a luxury resort hotel under renovation decided to give its used furnishings away to a number of nonprofits.

June 25, 2020

Vrbo Will Help Kauai Bust Illegal Vacation Rentals Flickr: Marc Tarlock

Vrbo Will Help Kauai Bust Illegal Vacation Rentals

The partnership between the county and the travel platform is expected to help oust illegal listings from the Vrbo website.

June 23, 2020

Coronavirus Has Offered Kauai’s Mayor A Political Breakout Moment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Coronavirus Has Offered Kauai’s Mayor A Political Breakout Moment

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami’s decisive handling of the COVID-19 pandemic — and the Garden Isle’s relatively low disease infection count — has won him praise locally and statewide.

Could New Kauai Proposal Be A Model For Bringing Back Tourism? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Could New Kauai Proposal Be A Model For Bringing Back Tourism?

The plan to test travelers twice with a six-day quarantine in a designated hotel would apply to returning residents as well.

June 22, 2020

Hawaii’s Cesspool Problem Continues To Bubble Up As EPA Cracks Down

Hawaii’s Cesspool Problem Continues To Bubble Up As EPA Cracks Down

EPA is targeting hundreds of the largest disposal pits but Hawaii has about 88,000 cesspools still in use.

June 19, 2020

Grove Farm Is ‘Disappointed’ In Planned Changes For Kauai Rehab Facility Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Grove Farm Is ‘Disappointed’ In Planned Changes For Kauai Rehab Facility

In a letter to Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami, Grove Farm President and CEO Warren Haruki said he is disappointed that the original vision for the facility “was not given a chance to succeed.”

June 11, 2020

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates

The state is seeking a $650,000 federal grant to set up a pilot program for using medication-assisted treatment to address drug dependency in corrections facilities statewide.

June 08, 2020

Architect Says Time Is Running Out To Save Kauai’s Coco Palms Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Architect Says Time Is Running Out To Save Kauai’s Coco Palms

The resort is likely headed for the auction block, but the building’s remaining concrete frames could lose their structural integrity before a new owner is in place.

June 07, 2020

Kauai Has A New Plan For Its Vacant Residential Drug Treatment Facility Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Kauai Has A New Plan For Its Vacant Residential Drug Treatment Facility

The director of Hope Treatment Services said the county broke his contract to provide inpatient drug treatment to youth because it couldn’t obtain a license to operate fast enough.

June 01, 2020

Hawaii’s Internet Relies On Increasingly Tenuous Undersea Cables

Hawaii’s Internet Relies On Increasingly Tenuous Undersea Cables

Two of the three cables connecting the islands are old, and now one of them is the subject of a bankruptcy court hearing.

May 2020

May 27, 2020

Ukuleles Could Be ‘A New Hawaiian Tradition’ For Kauai Graduates Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Ukuleles Could Be ‘A New Hawaiian Tradition’ For Kauai Graduates

A local music store owner and a nonprofit have teamed up to present graduating seniors with an unusual gift.

May 19, 2020

Kauai Wants To Reopen Churches, Zipline Tours Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Wants To Reopen Churches, Zipline Tours

There have been no reported coronavirus infections on the Garden Isle for more than five weeks.

May 17, 2020

USDA Grant Throws A Lifeline To Kauai Farmers Hit By Pandemic Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

USDA Grant Throws A Lifeline To Kauai Farmers Hit By Pandemic

With farmer’s markets and restaurants closed by the coronavirus, two nonprofits set up programs to distribute the farmers’ harvest directly to consumers and feeding programs.

May 15, 2020

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai Flickr: Alachua County

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai

On Kauai, suicide is an old problem. But it’s gaining new urgency as the island grapples with a spate of tragic deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 02, 2020

Survey: Jobs Losses, Worries About Paying Rent Widespread On Kauai DLNR

Survey: Jobs Losses, Worries About Paying Rent Widespread On Kauai

A new Department of Health COVID-19 survey of 189 households showed many residents are worried about reopening tourism.

April 2020

April 26, 2020

Kauai Mayor Imposes Curfew — Then Starts Entertaining Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Mayor Imposes Curfew — Then Starts Entertaining Residents

His Facebook videos showing him covering rappers, dancing and making ice cream are meant to “break the boredom together as a community.”

April 19, 2020

Kauai: This Island Has Been Holding Steady Against Coronavirus. What’s Up? Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: This Island Has Been Holding Steady Against Coronavirus. What’s Up?

County officials say Kauai imposed public restrictions quickly. But some residents think the government’s gone too far.

April 06, 2020

Kauai: These Small Sheds May Soon Shelter Quarantined Family Members Courtesy:Homestead Community Development Corp.

Kauai: These Small Sheds May Soon Shelter Quarantined Family Members

Residents of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands properties are eligible for the new program, which aims to alleviate overcrowding in many homes.

April 05, 2020

Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Remain Open During Virus Crisis

Like other businesses, the pot shops are offering special kupuna services and social distancing practices.