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September 2020

September 07, 2020

He Vanished On Kauai 2 Years Ago. Will His Family Ever Find Out What Happened? Courtesy: Ben Gumm and Sally McLaren

He Vanished On Kauai 2 Years Ago. Will His Family Ever Find Out What Happened?

It’s not easy to track down a missing person who doesn’t want to be found. Alex Gumm is still unaccounted for 928 days after he disappeared on Kauai.

September 05, 2020

Protesters Vandalize Kauai Home Rented By Religious Cult, Police Say Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Protesters Vandalize Kauai Home Rented By Religious Cult, Police Say

The group only recently arrived on island but dozens showed up to demonstrate against it.

September 03, 2020

Meet The New Cult In Town: Love Has Won, Now Quarantining On Kauai Screenshot

Meet The New Cult In Town: Love Has Won, Now Quarantining On Kauai

Residents are concerned about the group giving the spiritual community there a bad name.

August 2020

August 31, 2020

Kauai Businesses Are ‘Hanging On By A Thread’ Without Tourists Flickr: Marc Tarlock

Kauai Businesses Are ‘Hanging On By A Thread’ Without Tourists

The alarming number of businesses facing closure in the next six months should be a warning sign to state leaders, says the head of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce.

August 25, 2020

Ambulance Services Could Be On The Chopping Block Throughout Hawaii Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Ambulance Services Could Be On The Chopping Block Throughout Hawaii

The state Department of Health asked service providers to prepare for cuts up to 20% in anticipation of budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic.

August 24, 2020

Kauai Artists Collaborate With Nature For Marine Debris Projects Courtesy of Surfrider Foundation Kauai

Kauai Artists Collaborate With Nature For Marine Debris Projects

Ghost nets and plastic fragments are becoming collectibles as artists turn the trash into works of art.

August 23, 2020

Luxury Camping At $500 A Night On Kauai? A Glamping Resort Could Be Coming Soon Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Luxury Camping At $500 A Night On Kauai? A Glamping Resort Could Be Coming Soon

Three holes at the former Princeville Resort Woods golf course are being eyed by the developer for about 50 tent structures under a proposal quietly being discussed.

August 08, 2020

Kauai, Maui Councils: Incumbents Are Poised To Advance To General Election Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai, Maui Councils: Incumbents Are Poised To Advance To General Election

Former Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho garnered enough votes to move on to the November election.

August 03, 2020

This Kauai Talk Show Is One Facebook Livestream You Don’t Want To Miss Screenshot

This Kauai Talk Show Is One Facebook Livestream You Don’t Want To Miss

Some of the state’s most prominent figures drop by regularly to discuss island issues and the coronavirus pandemic.

July 2020

July 28, 2020

Kauai State Park Closed Indefinitely Courtesy: Lesley Macpherson/DLNR

Kauai State Park Closed Indefinitely

State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said more state parks could face closure as the agency struggles to enforce park rules during the pandemic.

July 22, 2020

Kauai Back To Five-Day Work Week Courtesy: Léo Azambuja

Kauai Back To Five-Day Work Week

The county shifted to a four-day, 10-hour work week in May to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

June 2020

June 29, 2020

Airbnb Agrees To Drop Illegal Kauai Vacation Rentals DLNR

Airbnb Agrees To Drop Illegal Kauai Vacation Rentals

Kauai County forged a similar partnership with the vacation rental platform Vrbo last week. The deals are expected to help the county to enforce vacation rental rules.

June 26, 2020

Kauai Residents Scored Big At This Unusual Community Garage Sale — Even A Baby Grand Piano Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai Residents Scored Big At This Unusual Community Garage Sale — Even A Baby Grand Piano

Operators of a luxury resort hotel under renovation decided to give its used furnishings away to a number of nonprofits.

June 25, 2020

Vrbo Will Help Kauai Bust Illegal Vacation Rentals Flickr: Marc Tarlock

Vrbo Will Help Kauai Bust Illegal Vacation Rentals

The partnership between the county and the travel platform is expected to help oust illegal listings from the Vrbo website.

June 23, 2020

Coronavirus Has Offered Kauai’s Mayor A Political Breakout Moment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Coronavirus Has Offered Kauai’s Mayor A Political Breakout Moment

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami’s decisive handling of the COVID-19 pandemic — and the Garden Isle’s relatively low disease infection count — has won him praise locally and statewide.

Could New Kauai Proposal Be A Model For Bringing Back Tourism? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Could New Kauai Proposal Be A Model For Bringing Back Tourism?

The plan to test travelers twice with a six-day quarantine in a designated hotel would apply to returning residents as well.

June 22, 2020

Hawaii’s Cesspool Problem Continues To Bubble Up As EPA Cracks Down

Hawaii’s Cesspool Problem Continues To Bubble Up As EPA Cracks Down

EPA is targeting hundreds of the largest disposal pits but Hawaii has about 88,000 cesspools still in use.

June 19, 2020

Grove Farm Is ‘Disappointed’ In Planned Changes For Kauai Rehab Facility Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Grove Farm Is ‘Disappointed’ In Planned Changes For Kauai Rehab Facility

In a letter to Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami, Grove Farm President and CEO Warren Haruki said he is disappointed that the original vision for the facility “was not given a chance to succeed.”

June 11, 2020

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates

The state is seeking a $650,000 federal grant to set up a pilot program for using medication-assisted treatment to address drug dependency in corrections facilities statewide.

June 08, 2020

Architect Says Time Is Running Out To Save Kauai’s Coco Palms Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Architect Says Time Is Running Out To Save Kauai’s Coco Palms

The resort is likely headed for the auction block, but the building’s remaining concrete frames could lose their structural integrity before a new owner is in place.