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November 2021

November 30, 2021

Starwood Hits Brakes On Controversial Kauai Glamping Resort Allan Parachini/Civil Beat/2020

Starwood Hits Brakes On Controversial Kauai Glamping Resort

The hotel developer said it plans to withdraw its county permit application to transform three holes of golf into a luxury glamping resort.

November 19, 2021

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Returning Hawaiian Lands To Hawaiian Hands Malama Huleia

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Returning Hawaiian Lands To Hawaiian Hands

A $4 million donation from Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan this week has boosted efforts to restore the Alakoko Fishpond on Kauai.

November 11, 2021

Kauai Homeowners Worry About ‘Black Slime’ Health Risks Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Kauai Homeowners Worry About ‘Black Slime’ Health Risks

Residents say they feel trapped in new homes plagued by a mysterious water problem that they fear could be making them sick.

November 10, 2021

Former Kauai Councilman Pleads Guilty To Leading Meth Ring Kauai County

Former Kauai Councilman Pleads Guilty To Leading Meth Ring

Brun changed his plea as part of an agreement with prosecutors. A judge must approve the deal for it to move forward.

October 2021

October 25, 2021

Controversial Former Kauai Prosecutor Wants Her Old Job Back

Controversial Former Kauai Prosecutor Wants Her Old Job Back

Supporters say Shaylene Iseri is a tenacious lawyer ready for a comeback, but there are people who question her ability to manage staff.

October 16, 2021

Kauai’s Special Election For Prosecutor Gets A Second Candidate

Kauai’s Special Election For Prosecutor Gets A Second Candidate

Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar, who steered the county’s criminal legal system away from mass incarceration, resigned in September.

October 04, 2021

Kauai’s First Prosecutor Candidate Files For Special Election Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Kauai’s First Prosecutor Candidate Files For Special Election

Rebecca Like describes herself as a reform-minded candidate who would work to continue former prosecutor Justin Kollar’s legacy.

September 2021

September 29, 2021

Critically Endangered Fern Rediscovered On Kauai Courtesy: DLNR/2021

Critically Endangered Fern Rediscovered On Kauai

Scientists had not seen the imperiled native fern in the wild for years, leading some to believe it could be extinct.

September 20, 2021

The Pandemic Taught Us Broadband Is Essential. But Where Is It? State of Hawaii/2021

The Pandemic Taught Us Broadband Is Essential. But Where Is It?

A Big Island nonprofit plans to map underserved areas on the neighbor islands.

September 14, 2021

Controversial Kauai Glamping Resort Hits Stumbling Block Allan Parachini/Civil Beat/2020

Controversial Kauai Glamping Resort Hits Stumbling Block

A bill that would foil the planned luxury campground on a Princeville golf course got the green light from county planning commissioners.

September 10, 2021

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Native Seabirds Keep Turning Up Dead On A Popular Kauai Walking Trail

Feral cats and off-leash dogs are killing wedge-tailed shearwaters at Kauai’s Makahuena Point. Efforts to stop the carnage so far haven’t worked.

September 08, 2021

Special December Election Set To Replace Kauai’s Prosecutor Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2020

Special December Election Set To Replace Kauai’s Prosecutor

Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar, who steered the county’s criminal legal system away from mass incarceration, is resigning later this month.

September 01, 2021

Kauai Police Chief Sued By Cop Who Complained Of Discrimination Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Kauai Police Chief Sued By Cop Who Complained Of Discrimination

Paul Applegate alleges he was passed over for a promotion because of his race — a claim that was found to be unsubstantiated.

July 2021

July 28, 2021

July 18, 2021

A Kauai Family Gave Homeless People A Place To Live. Now They All Face Eviction Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

A Kauai Family Gave Homeless People A Place To Live. Now They All Face Eviction

Marcia and Buna Leialoha felt they had no choice but to offer homes to those evicted from a nearby temporary homeless camp, but their landlord thinks otherwise.

July 09, 2021

How Neighbor Islands Are Working To Address Overtourism In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How Neighbor Islands Are Working To Address Overtourism In Hawaii

As the Hawaii Tourism Authority shifts from marketing to tourism management, the counties are taking matters into their own hands with new hotel bans and airport shuttle systems.

June 2021

June 23, 2021

Lawsuit Challenges Kauai’s Termination Of Youth Drug Treatment Contract Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Lawsuit Challenges Kauai’s Termination Of Youth Drug Treatment Contract

Hope Treatment Services says Kauai County prevented it from meeting a deadline to open the inpatient drug treatment center.

June 17, 2021

Kauai Developer Wants Land Returned After County Delays Opening Drug Treatment Center Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Kauai Developer Wants Land Returned After County Delays Opening Drug Treatment Center

Grove Farm, the development company that donated nearly six acres to Kauai County for an inpatient drug treatment center, said the land deed is no longer valid.

June 02, 2021

An Explosion Of Green Parakeets Is Causing Big Problems On Kauai Courtesy: Arindam Aditya/2021

An Explosion Of Green Parakeets Is Causing Big Problems On Kauai

Wild rose-ringed parakeets feast on fruit and corn crops, screech noisily and attract rats. Researchers say native birds are at risk.

May 2021

May 21, 2021

The Great Hawaii Rental Car Crisis: Is It Ever Going To End? Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

The Great Hawaii Rental Car Crisis: Is It Ever Going To End?

Some island leaders say it’s time to implement smarter visitor management strategies that don’t involve large fleets of rental cars.