Decomposing whale head washed up on Kapaʻa beach to remain indefinitely

The head of a decaying sperm whale washed up on the shoreline of the Sheraton Kauaʻi Coconut Beach Resort in Kapaʻa on Friday, June 14, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources says that after discussion with a cultural practitioner, it will not be moved.

Colleague alleges jailed artist’s letter for Kauaʻi councilman was a complaint, not a threat

“He was frightened, and he was blown away that the person who terrified him for years, this is his story, had become an elected official,” said Councilwoman Felicia Cowden.

Falck protests state’s decision to award new ambulance contracts to AMR

“We filed a notice of protest after identifying what appears to be a clear error in calculating Falck’s scores, along with inconsistencies in the evaluation criteria used to award the contracts,” said Troy Hagen, the chief commercial officer for Falck USA.

PMRF honors Hawaiian place name as Major’s Bay becomes Waiapua‘a Bay

Approximately 40 people attended the ceremony, which included speeches from PMRF staff, county officials, and cultural advisors, beginning with a welcome oli (Hawaiian chant) and pule (prayer).

Housing bills signed as Kaua’i develops homelessness, housing strategy

“This is a very straightforward way to help in the right place, build some additional capacity for our people so that they don’t have to leave and be in other states,” Green said. “We have to take action. We canʻt just keep kicking the can down the road.”

State awards ambulance contracts to American Medical Response following protests

“We are disappointed that Falck was not selected by the Department of Health, who found us more qualified than the incumbent to provide emergency medical services to Maui and Kaua‘i counties just last year before canceling the request for proposals in response to a challenge,” said Troy Hagen, chief commercial officer for Falck USA.

Kaua’i Fentanyl Task Force starts following rise in drug overdoses

“It’s not picking on any particular island. So it’s just spontaneous. It’s everywhere. And we just gotta keep looking at the numbers and never, ever think about patting ourselves on the back.”

U.S. Pacific Fleet to hold maritime exercise this summer

RIMPAC is the worldʻs largest international maritime exercise, which has been held biannually in summer months since 1971.

Hawaiian Host chocolate owners award four Kauaʻi students academic scholarships

Mamoru and Aiko Takitani own Hawaiian Host chocolates. The foundation reports awarding more than $13.5 million in scholarship and academic enrichment programs to students in Hawaiʻi over the years, including $219,000 in scholarships this year.

Unusual late season Kona low mostly fizzles on neighbor islands, drenches O‘ahu

Last week’s storm appears to be the latest kona low to directly affect the main Hawaiian Islands in at least the past 20 years.

Fern Holland begins second campaign for Kauaʻi County Council

Holland, who is the food systems director for 501(c)3 non-profit Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action, is an outspoken activist and organizer in the community. She has also gained visibility for her role as a leading member of a group against the reconstruction of the Coco Palms Hotel in Wailua. 

Concerns raised over Kaua’i artist sentenced to a year in jail for ‘threatening’ councilman in plea deal

Gruenhagen appeared for a scheduled status review on the morning of May 7, which unexpectedly transitioned into a change of plea, followed by instant sentencing by Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe. 

County and hotel developer respond to recent wastewater spills at Coco Palms

“Coco Palms has received all necessary permit approvals from the County and through that process, they affirmed the project’s ability to tie into the municipal wastewater system,” said Reed Capitalʻs communications representative Shane Peters.

Kaua‘i County data shows recent decline in lifeguard rescues

“We are pleased to see a lower number of rescues in the first four months of 2024,” said Fire Chief Michael Gibson.

County to open registration for youth Summer Fun Program on May 15

The 2024 Summer Fun Program will run from June 17 to July 26, on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. It’s open to children 5 to 11 years old.

Haʻena residents challenge AT&T cell tower plans

Kaua’i County Council members held a briefing on AT&T’s plan to place a 5G cell tower on a house lot in Ha’ena during a committee meeting on Wednesday, as community residents filled the chambers to speak out against the proposed construction.

Department of Health issues a recall alert for Gibson Farms bulk organic California shelled walnuts due to potential e. coli contamination

The recalled product may have been distributed at Hoku Foods Natural Market, at both the Kapaʻa and Koloa store locations.

BLNR awards disputed Coco Palms state land to developer over nonprofit group

“There were options that could have benefitted and protected community interests. But they really decided to completely side with the developer.”

County officials continuing damage assessments following storm, advises residents to stay informed

Due to a significant decrease in daily reports being submitted, officials believe that the scope of impact has been captured. Therefore, KEMA will be closing the portal on Monday, April 29.

BLNR to decide on Coco Palms land parcels issue

The Friday meeting surrounds two state parcels, measuring 0.12 and 0.855 acres, which are connected to the Coco Palms Resort.
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