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July 2019

July 15, 2019

New Study Shows The Big Kauai Flood Took A Toll On Fish And Coral After All Cyril Fluck/Flickr

New Study Shows The Big Kauai Flood Took A Toll On Fish And Coral After All

Fisherman celebrated the abundance of fish flocking near the shore after the flood, but scientists say the damage left some species unhealthier.

July 11, 2019

Illegal Parking Fees Rise From $35 To $235 On Kauai’s North Shore Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Illegal Parking Fees Rise From $35 To $235 On Kauai’s North Shore

The steepened penalty is expected to deter problematic illegal parking near popular beaches, trailheads and attractions on Kauai’s secluded North Shore.

July 10, 2019

Federal Judge Rules Toxic Water Discharged Off Kauai Is Illegal U.S. District Court

Federal Judge Rules Toxic Water Discharged Off Kauai Is Illegal

Pesticides, heavy metals, sediment and other pollutants have been discharged by a state agency through an illegal plantation-era ditch system since 2015.

June 2019

June 19, 2019

Kauai’s Newly Reopened Park Is A Case Study In Controlling Tourism DLNR

Kauai’s Newly Reopened Park Is A Case Study In Controlling Tourism

Crowd control measures at the renovated Haena State Park will help state parks officials respond to staggering tourism growth.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Saving The Last Hawaiian Salt Ponds Courtesy of Santos Family

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Saving The Last Hawaiian Salt Ponds

The traditional making of Hawaiian salt used to occur across the islands. Now the last bastion in Hanapepe is threatened by activities at an adjacent airport.

June 10, 2019

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries

This is the first time the prestigious Equator Prize has been awarded to indigenous communities in the United States.

June 05, 2019

Former Las Vegas Captain Adapts To New World As Kauai Police Chief Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Former Las Vegas Captain Adapts To New World As Kauai Police Chief

Todd Raybuck commanded one of nine patrol divisions packed into a single city. Now he oversees a short-staffed department, and it can get lonely out there.

June 03, 2019

Kauai Plays A Growing Role Testing Technology For Tomorrow’s Nuclear Weapons Mike Bejarano and Mark Olona/Sandia National Laboratories

Kauai Plays A Growing Role Testing Technology For Tomorrow’s Nuclear Weapons

With little fanfare, experimental missiles are being launched at the Kauai Test Facility to test technologies being considered for future weapons programs.

May 2019

May 23, 2019

Kauai: As Crowds Grow, Tourists Will Start Paying to Visit The Most Popular Parks Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: As Crowds Grow, Tourists Will Start Paying to Visit The Most Popular Parks

The Department of Land and Natural Resources also hopes to cut in half the number of daily visitors to Haena State Park and its famed beaches and trails.

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.