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Water Shut-off Scheduled

Weather permitting, some Waimea customers will have water shut off Tuesday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5th from 9 pm to 5 am according to the Department of Water. The water shut off will allow a private contractor to tie in a new 8-inch water line to the existing system.

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DLNR Asks Residents To Wait on Park Clean-up

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking Kaua’i residents to hold off on a plan to clean up Polihale State Park. The park was closed earlier this week due to overuse and illegal behavior. On a recent weekend, about 1-thousand people camped at the park when only 80 were permitted.

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Firearms Registration Forms

All three firearms registation forms are now available on the Kaua’i Police Department’s website. KPD is asking that prior to scheduled appointments the public fill out and print the forms before arriving. KPD says anyone arriving with incomplete forms may have to reschedule their appointments.

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School Opening Delayed

The state Board of Education on Thursday approved the agreement to delay the start of schools in Hawaii to August 17. Students were originally set to return August 4, but the teacher’s union, parents and lawmakers had said schools weren’t prepared to have students return safely. Teachers were back to work this past Wednesday.

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Festival of Hope for Families

Child and Family Service along with other community partners will be providing food, supplies, and support to West Kaua’i families in need on Saturday, August 1. The goal of the Festival of Hope for Families is to provide a fun, drive-through event for Westside families impacted by COVID-19. Participants will receive meal kits, produce bags, a community resource packet, PPE items, educational items and school supplies. More information is available at childandfamilyservice.org/festival.

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Two New COVID-19 Cases on Kaua’i

There are now 4 active cases of COVID-19 on Kaua’i with two new cases being reported the Department of Health onTuesday. The active cases are in isolation while their close contacts are in quarantine. One of the new cases is an adult resident who had close contact here with an interisland traveler who tested positve when they returned home. This is the first case in Kaua’i directly linked to interisland travel. The other case is an adult resident who recently returned from the mainland.

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Kaua’i Unemployment Still High

Many Kaua’i residents still are not working due to the pandemic. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate on Kaua’i was 20.2% for the month of June 2020, which is much higher than June of 2019, when the unemployment rate sat at 3.1%. Residents are also struggling with accessing the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program to make up for the loss of income.

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Mayor Signs Second Emergency Proclamation

The mayor signed the second supplementary emergency proclamation Thursday for the County of Kaua‘i as a result from severe storms and flooding during the rain event on March 27-28. The disaster emergency relief period now continues until terminated 60 days after July 23, or by a separate proclamation – whichever comes first. The purpose of the emergency proclamation is to provide continued relief for disaster damages, losses, and suffering, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and visitors.

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Hurricane Douglas Threatens Hawai’i

County of Kaua‘i officials continue to monitor Hurricane Douglas, and are urging the public to get prepared and remain vigilant as any shift to Douglas’s track could result in severe weather impacts. Mayor Kawakami urged residents to remain vigilant and prepare for potential impacts from the storm. He said having a 14-day supply of food and water and an action plan for your family are vital. Douglas is expected to weaken to tropical storm status, but is still likely to strike Hawaii on Sunday.

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Waha Road Bridge Repair

Weather permitting, the Waha Road Bridge will be closed for construction work on July 27th from 7 am to 3:30 pm. Crews will be replacing the bridge’s wood decking. During the closure, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.