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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.

March 2020

March 28, 2020

Heavy Rains On Kauai Cause Sewage Spill Near Wailua

Heavy Rains On Kauai Cause Sewage Spill Near Wailua

Kauai County is advising residents to avoid the ocean near Lydgate Beach Park.

March 21, 2020

Kauai: Mayor On Curfew — ‘I’m Willing To Be Criticized For Overreacting’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: Mayor On Curfew — ‘I’m Willing To Be Criticized For Overreacting’

Derek Kawakami, frustrated by the tourist influx, imposed a curfew for the island.

March 18, 2020

Kauai Mayor Orders A Nighttime Curfew To Contain The Coronavirus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Mayor Orders A Nighttime Curfew To Contain The Coronavirus

Under an emergency order, Mayor Derek Kawakami said an island-wide curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will begin Friday.

Kauai: Violent March Storm Soaks The Island Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Violent March Storm Soaks The Island

The Hanalei River overflowed as it did in the destructive April 2018 flooding, but Kuhio Highway west of Hanalei on Tuesday had not sustained the severe damage it did in that storm.

 

March 09, 2020

Last Of Its Kind: This Small Neighborhood Market Is Still A Big Part Of Life On Kauai Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Last Of Its Kind: This Small Neighborhood Market Is Still A Big Part Of Life On Kauai

Kauai’s last mom and pop market is fighting to stay in business and nurture a new breed of local entrepreneurs.

March 05, 2020

Kauai: The Depth of Arrested Council Member’s Troubles Shouldn’t Have Been A Surprise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Depth of Arrested Council Member’s Troubles Shouldn’t Have Been A Surprise

I, like others, believed Arthur Brun’s story that he had turned his life around after earlier legal problems. His recent arrest for allegedly running a meth ring showed we missed a lot of warning signs.

March 04, 2020

February 2020

February 28, 2020

DOJ Prosecutors: Kauai Councilman Led Meth Ring With Samoan Prison Gang Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

DOJ Prosecutors: Kauai Councilman Led Meth Ring With Samoan Prison Gang

Updated. Weapons violations were among the charges against Arthur Brun and 11 others. Brun pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Honolulu.

February 27, 2020

Kauai County Councilman Charged In Federal Meth Probe Peter R Brun

Kauai County Councilman Charged In Federal Meth Probe

Arthur Brun and 11 other people were indicted as suspects in a “major drug trafficking organization.”

February 11, 2020

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’ Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’

The Kauai town has its flash points, but a shared sense of pride continues to hold this community together.

February 04, 2020

FAA Abruptly Stopped Enforcement Action Against Hawaii Helicopter Tours Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

FAA Abruptly Stopped Enforcement Action Against Hawaii Helicopter Tours

The agency took 24 actions against three of the four helicopter tour companies with the most crashes over the past 20 years but stopped in 2013.

February 03, 2020

Kauai: Farmers Fight To Keep Irrigation System Running Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Farmers Fight To Keep Irrigation System Running

Updated. The state has announced its intent to shut down key reservoirs if the Legislature and a water cooperative don’t find a solution.

January 2020

January 29, 2020

Kauai: Council Weighs Resolution To Fix DHHL Mortgage Programs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai: Council Weighs Resolution To Fix DHHL Mortgage Programs

Updated. The County Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution Wednesday.

January 15, 2020

NTSB Report: Visibility Low When Kauai Tourist Helicopter Crashed NTSB photo by Brice Banning

NTSB Report: Visibility Low When Kauai Tourist Helicopter Crashed

The preliminary report also said that the helicopter’s pilot was on his eighth and final scheduled 50-minute tour flight of the day.

December 2019

December 26, 2019

Kauai Tour Helicopter Crash Kills All 7 Onboard Dan Dennison/Hawaii DLNR

Kauai Tour Helicopter Crash Kills All 7 Onboard

UPDATED: County officials confirmed Saturday that all six passengers, including three minors, and pilot died.

December 23, 2019

Kauai: Hemp Growers Battle Both State Restrictions And Medical Skeptics Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Hemp Growers Battle Both State Restrictions And Medical Skeptics

They hope the Legislature will move decisively to liberalize regulations that limit the marketing of hemp products.