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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.

April 23, 2018

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland Google Maps

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland

A bill would provide $6 million to the Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. to acquire the land, part of which is already leased to a seed company.

April 20, 2018

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later DLNR

Lifeline To Kauai’s North Shore Must Be Rebuilt Now, Relocated Later

UPDATED: Officials expect to reopen one lane for emergency access on the damaged Kuhio Highway by May 7.

April 19, 2018

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming

The rain-laden system was hard to track because it wasn’t large-scale, like a tropical storm. And Hawaii weather is just hard to predict.

April 18, 2018

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage

UPDATED: They also plan to set aside $25 million to help other parts of the state. Meanwhile, Gov. Ige addresses Oahu damage.

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents Courtesy of Courtney McLaughlin

Reality Sets In For Kauai’s Flooded-Out Residents

“It’s so surreal that everything that we had is now just part of the land,” said an Anahola resident surveying her ruined homestead.

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Record Storm Drives Tourists Out But Hanalei Residents Dig In

Construction crews arrive in force and businesses and homeowners clean up,  but residents are keeping a wary eye on weather reports.

April 17, 2018

Firsthand Accounts Of Kauai North Shore Flooding Devastation Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Firsthand Accounts Of Kauai North Shore Flooding Devastation

Civil Beat photographer Anthony Quintano spent Monday on the sea and on land with volunteer rescue workers and flood victims.

Kauai: The Path To Recovery In Hanalei Will Be A Long One Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: The Path To Recovery In Hanalei Will Be A Long One

UPDATED: After the record-setting storm, which dumped 28 inches of rain in 24 hours, “the lay of the land is totally different.”

April 16, 2018

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai Storm: 28 Inches Of Rain Brings Landslides, Floods And Wrecked Homes

The storm left Hanalei looking like a “huge lake” and cut off some North Shore communities, prompting Gov. Ige to declare a state of  emergency.