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August 2018

August 11, 2018

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races

Maui’s Victorino and Kauai’s Kawakami lead in the most recent returns for mayor, while dozens of county council seats get fresh blood.

August 09, 2018

Kauai: No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge Courtesy of Kauai County

Kauai: No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge

Authorities routinely recover dirty syringes and other big-city drug paraphernalia. All manner of prescription painkillers are turning up.

August 08, 2018

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore Larry Loos/Flickr

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.

August 01, 2018

Kauai: A Tiny Company’s Big Battle Over Water Rights Courtesy of Kauai Springs Water

Kauai: A Tiny Company’s Big Battle Over Water Rights

The bottlers have long sought a permit to validate the taking of a small amount of spring water that some customers say has healing qualities.

July 2018

July 17, 2018

Kauai: Why Hanalei Has Turned Into A Traffic Nightmare Allan Parachini

Kauai: Why Hanalei Has Turned Into A Traffic Nightmare

With the North Shore’s marquee destinations still off-limits to tourists, the small town has become a packed daytime destination.

June 2018

June 28, 2018

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Biggest Local Election In A Generation

New political blood is assured as six candidates seek the mayorship and a whopping field of 24 seek posts on the County Council.

June 19, 2018

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Why The Beef Industry Is Rapidly Expanding On The Garden Island

The Hawaii market develops a taste for meat born, raised and slaughtered in the islands, and these ranchers are happy to serve it up.

June 11, 2018

Kauai: The Unlikely Journey Of A Cello Named Henrietta Courtesy of Ivan Chuah

Kauai: The Unlikely Journey Of A Cello Named Henrietta

The 30-year-old cello is now an important player in Kauai’s fledgling chamber music scene.

May 2018

May 28, 2018

Taro Shortage Expected After Rains Swamp Kauai Farms Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Taro Shortage Expected After Rains Swamp Kauai Farms

Hanalei’s flood-ravaged taro fields are a defining part of the landscape on Kauai’s north shore.

May 21, 2018

The Quest To Rebuild An Old Russian Fort On Kauai — And Meet Putin Mike Coots/Civil Beat

The Quest To Rebuild An Old Russian Fort On Kauai — And Meet Putin

But a UH archaeologist says the Russian presence was minimal — and any plan should focus on the fort’s place in Native Hawaiian history.

May 15, 2018

Kauai: Peace, Quiet And A Revived Sense of Community allan

Kauai: Peace, Quiet And A Revived Sense of Community

For those living beyond Hanalei, it’s tough to get to jobs or shop, but many feel liberated with the tourist mobs gone.

May 11, 2018

Kauai: Repairing Storm Damage Is A Chance To Solve Tourist Congestion Contributed by David Kuraoka

Kauai: Repairing Storm Damage Is A Chance To Solve Tourist Congestion

Fixing Kuhio Highway will be costly and complicated, but may provide impetus for a long-term plan limiting daily visitors in the area.

May 10, 2018

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals

Kauai County had already cracked down on hundreds of remote visitor rentals. The flood might have doomed many more.

May 07, 2018

Experts: Think Twice Before Rebuilding In Kauai’s Flood Zone Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Experts: Think Twice Before Rebuilding In Kauai’s Flood Zone

Kauai has historically allowed development along rivers and in coastal areas vulnerable to flooding.

May 04, 2018

Kauai: Public Utility Gets Creative With Plan To Recirculate Reservoir Water Courtesy of KIUC

Kauai: Public Utility Gets Creative With Plan To Recirculate Reservoir Water

The Garden Island already uses renewable energy sources for 43 percent of its electricity, with more solar and hydropower on the way.

May 02, 2018

Hawaii Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance For Flood-Ravaged Kauai Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance For Flood-Ravaged Kauai

The state’s detailed assessment of damage includes destroyed homes and roads, lost tourism dollars and PTSD among residents.

May 01, 2018

Kauai: Rum Distilleries Keep Hawaii’s Sugar Industry Alive Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Rum Distilleries Keep Hawaii’s Sugar Industry Alive

The islands’ cane crop will never return to the production levels of plantation days, but it’s essential for these local businesses.

April 2018

April 27, 2018

Some People, Unfortunately, Only Want the Good Stuff

Some People, Unfortunately, Only Want the Good Stuff

A list of requests from Kauai flood victims includes some staples — and some things you wouldn’t normally associate with a disaster.

April 26, 2018

Floods Have Left Behind ‘A Different World’ On Kauai’s North Shore Matt Feeser/Civil Beat

Floods Have Left Behind ‘A Different World’ On Kauai’s North Shore

The storm’s toll in Hanalei and more remote areas includes destroyed homes, lost jobs and vanished tourist dollars.

April 24, 2018

State May Experiment With All-Mail Voting On Kauai Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

State May Experiment With All-Mail Voting On Kauai

The Garden Island has had difficulty in the past recruiting volunteer poll workers.