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Public Input Sought on Proposed Kawaihu Police Substation

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County officials are seeking the publicʻs input for the proposed Kawaihau police substation.

The Kauaʿi Police Department (KPD) and the County of Kauaʿi will host a public virtual meeting via Zoom on Aug. 25 regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the substation. The DEA can be accessed here.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. To join, call 646-749-3122 (Access Code: 402-785-509) or use link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/402785509.

Currently, the Kapaʿa Armory building serves as KPD’s temporary eastside substation. The proposed project consists of an approximately 7,000-square-foot police substation that is intended to serve the Kapaʿa community. The estimated cost for the project is $8 million.


The Kauaʻi Police Department made a proposal to Hawaiʿi Healthcare Systems Corporation to build the substation on an unused portion of land at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital campus, immediately east of the Kawaihau Road and Iwaena Road juncture.

The proposed single-story building would provide neighborhood public access to police services and include general administrative spaces and offices, a temporary holding area, interview rooms, a break room, a squad room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a multi-purpose training room, bathrooms, and other support spaces.

Comments on the DEA may still be submitted by Monday, Aug. 23. Submit comments or requests to Doug Haigh, Building Division Chief at the County of Kauaʿi’s Department of Public Works. He can be reached at [email protected] or by mail at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 175, Līhuʿe, Hawaiʿi, 96766-13450.


Anyone needing an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability should contact Lt. Darren Rose at 808-241-1923 or [email protected] as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill requests.

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