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April 2019

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.

December 14, 2018

Kauai: Wash Off Those Invasive Species After A Hike Or Backcountry Drive Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Wash Off Those Invasive Species After A Hike Or Backcountry Drive

A few precautions can prevent the spread of undesirable plants and critters, ecotourism operators are told. But the advice applies to everyone.

December 06, 2018

Kauai: Tiny Radio Station Spreads Its Show Islandwide — And Beyond Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Tiny Radio Station Spreads Its Show Islandwide — And Beyond

KKCR, which started broadcasting from the North Shore in 1994 and manages to stay on the air 24/7 with a paid staff of five and some volunteers, is trying to build a statewide audience.

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.