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November 2018

November 21, 2018

Kauai: On A Now Empty Beach, Signs Of Nature’s Comeback Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: On A Now Empty Beach, Signs Of Nature’s Comeback

Kee Beach, once nearly loved to death by tourists, is now a place of solitude after last spring’s punishing storms cut it off from the rest of the island.

November 08, 2018

Kauai: The End Of An Era For Election Day Polling Places Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: The End Of An Era For Election Day Polling Places

When the Garden’s Isle’s 14 precinct stations shut down Tuesday night, it might have been for the last time. An all-mail ballot experiment begins in 2020.

November 06, 2018

Kawakami Leads For Mayor On Kauai; Victorino in Maui County Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami Leads For Mayor On Kauai; Victorino in Maui County

A new political era will begin on Kauai with the departure of longtime Mayor Bernard Carvalho, who is term-limited out.

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs Airbnb

Maui Voters Want Tougher Fines For Unlicensed Airbnbs

On Kauai, voters were rejecting an amendment that would repeal the current term limits on County Council members.

October 2018

October 22, 2018

In Kauai Mayor’s Race, Rapozo Faces Uphill Battle Against Kawakami

In Kauai Mayor’s Race, Rapozo Faces Uphill Battle Against Kawakami

The County Council chairman looks for a turnaround after being significantly outpolled by the former state representative in the primary.

October 18, 2018

Kauai: Prominent Native Hawaiian Activist Arrested At Encampment Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Prominent Native Hawaiian Activist Arrested At Encampment

Robin Danner and her son, Garrett, were arrested Wednesday after a confrontation when authorities tried to evict a former caretaker at Kumu Camp.

October 17, 2018

Kauai County Council Elections Shaping Up As A Free-For-All Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai County Council Elections Shaping Up As A Free-For-All

The winners must deal with several looming issues, including combating climate change, worries over the relentless growth of tourism and maintaining the island’s rural lifestyle.

October 12, 2018

Kauai: Council Members Want To End Term Limits — On Themselves Screen shot

Kauai: Council Members Want To End Term Limits — On Themselves

The chief proponent of the ballot measure is Councilman Ross Kagawa. If it fails, he could be term-limited out in 2020.

October 10, 2018

Kauai: A Rising Tide Of Abandoned Cars On The Garden Isle Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: A Rising Tide Of Abandoned Cars On The Garden Isle

Rusting hulks have become a common sight at otherwise scenic beach parks. The county is on pace to remove 1,300 vehicles this year.

October 01, 2018

Kauai: How This Popular DJ Became ‘Part of the Family’ On The Garden Isle Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: How This Popular DJ Became ‘Part of the Family’ On The Garden Isle

Ron Wiley, a fixture at KONG radio for more than three decades, spent months talking locals through Hurricane Iniki and its aftermath.

September 2018

September 18, 2018

Kauai: This Drag Revue Goes On After Star Performer’s Suicide Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: This Drag Revue Goes On After Star Performer’s Suicide

A man who inspired well-attended monthly performances in the Native Hawaiian stronghold of Anahola was despondent over losing his job.

September 12, 2018

Kauai: Mayor Bernard Carvalho Ponders A Future Outside Of Politics Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Mayor Bernard Carvalho Ponders A Future Outside Of Politics

The bigger-than-life leader needs time to figure out what’s next, because he never expected to lose in the Democratic primary for LG.

September 10, 2018

Time Is Literally Running Out For This Historic Kauai Radio Station D. Okayama

Time Is Literally Running Out For This Historic Kauai Radio Station

WWVH has been keeping track of time for the world for the past 70 years.

August 2018

August 29, 2018

Man Drowns In Flood-Swollen Stream On Kauai AP

Man Drowns In Flood-Swollen Stream On Kauai

It’s the first death attributed to Lane, a onetime hurricane that has deluged Kauai after skirting past the islands.

August 28, 2018

Kauai: Lane Resoaks Areas That Were Deluged In April Storm Hawaii Department of Transportation

Kauai: Lane Resoaks Areas That Were Deluged In April Storm

UPDATED: The Kuhio Highway is closed near Hanalei, where business activity has come to a standstill. Sound familiar?

August 15, 2018

Kauai: Body Cameras Are Police Officers’ New Best Friends Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Body Cameras Are Police Officers’ New Best Friends

Garden Isle cops have been wearing cameras since 2016. There was some initial reluctance, but now “it’s part of our uniform.”

August 13, 2018

Kauai: There May Be No Stopping Derek Kawakami’s Mayoral Campaign Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: There May Be No Stopping Derek Kawakami’s Mayoral Campaign

Meanwhile, a political newcomer emerges in the County Council race on a day when some of the island’s few voters were inspiring.

August 11, 2018

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races

Maui’s Victorino and Kauai’s Kawakami lead in the most recent returns for mayor, while dozens of county council seats get fresh blood.

August 09, 2018

Kauai: No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge Courtesy of Kauai County

Kauai: No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge

Authorities routinely recover dirty syringes and other big-city drug paraphernalia. All manner of prescription painkillers are turning up.

August 08, 2018

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore Larry Loos/Flickr

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.

August 01, 2018

Kauai: A Tiny Company’s Big Battle Over Water Rights Courtesy of Kauai Springs Water

Kauai: A Tiny Company’s Big Battle Over Water Rights

The bottlers have long sought a permit to validate the taking of a small amount of spring water that some customers say has healing qualities.

July 2018

July 17, 2018

Kauai: Why Hanalei Has Turned Into A Traffic Nightmare Allan Parachini

Kauai: Why Hanalei Has Turned Into A Traffic Nightmare

With the North Shore’s marquee destinations still off-limits to tourists, the small town has become a packed daytime destination.

June 2018

June 28, 2018

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation

New political blood is assured as six candidates seek the mayorship and a whopping field of 24 seek posts on the County Council.

June 19, 2018

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island

The Hawaii market develops a taste for meat born, raised and slaughtered in the islands, and these ranchers are happy to serve it up.

June 11, 2018

Kauai: The Unlikely Journey Of A Cello Named Henrietta Courtesy of Ivan Chuah

Kauai: The Unlikely Journey Of A Cello Named Henrietta

The 30-year-old cello is now an important player in Kauai’s fledgling chamber music scene.