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June 2020

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.

June 07, 2020

Kauai Has A New Plan For Its Vacant Residential Drug Treatment Facility Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Kauai Has A New Plan For Its Vacant Residential Drug Treatment Facility

The director of Hope Treatment Services said the county broke his contract to provide inpatient drug treatment to youth because it couldn’t obtain a license to operate fast enough.

June 01, 2020

Hawaii’s Internet Relies On Increasingly Tenuous Undersea Cables

Hawaii’s Internet Relies On Increasingly Tenuous Undersea Cables

Two of the three cables connecting the islands are old, and now one of them is the subject of a bankruptcy court hearing.

May 2020

May 27, 2020

Ukuleles Could Be ‘A New Hawaiian Tradition’ For Kauai Graduates Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Ukuleles Could Be ‘A New Hawaiian Tradition’ For Kauai Graduates

A local music store owner and a nonprofit have teamed up to present graduating seniors with an unusual gift.

May 19, 2020

Kauai Wants To Reopen Churches, Zipline Tours Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Wants To Reopen Churches, Zipline Tours

There have been no reported coronavirus infections on the Garden Isle for more than five weeks.

May 17, 2020

USDA Grant Throws A Lifeline To Kauai Farmers Hit By Pandemic Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

USDA Grant Throws A Lifeline To Kauai Farmers Hit By Pandemic

With farmer’s markets and restaurants closed by the coronavirus, two nonprofits set up programs to distribute the farmers’ harvest directly to consumers and feeding programs.

May 15, 2020

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai Flickr: Alachua County

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai

On Kauai, suicide is an old problem. But it’s gaining new urgency as the island grapples with a spate of tragic deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 02, 2020

Survey: Jobs Losses, Worries About Paying Rent Widespread On Kauai DLNR

Survey: Jobs Losses, Worries About Paying Rent Widespread On Kauai

A new Department of Health COVID-19 survey of 189 households showed many residents are worried about reopening tourism.

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.