NAWILIWILI — After 18 months and some $4 million in renovations — plus another $30,000 a month to lease a temporary location — the Kaua‘i County Council is almost ready to return to its regular home at the Historic County Building in Lihu‘e.
A soft opening has been tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Sept. 21, Council Chair Jay Furfaro said at a council meeting Aug. 17. The seven-member legislative body will then return to the Hale Kaua‘i building in Nawiliwili at 10:30 a.m. for “actual council business.”
The council, he added, will skip its committee meeting on Sept. 14 as the move is scheduled for that week. On the week after the “soft-opening,” it is possible that the council will resume full-time business at the Historic County Building, which was built nearly a century ago.
“Hopefully we will be in our new home on the 28th of September, actually doing our first new business after the move,” the chair said.
Furfaro asked other council members to “consider holding any resolutions with recognitions for community activities and so forth” in September, since the council will be holding only three meetings that month.
In March 2010 the council moved out of the Historic County Building and into the Nawiliwili Council Chambers at the Hale Kaua‘i building, to allow for the renovation, according to Ricky Watanabe of Council Services.
On Aug. 17 the council unanimously approved on first reading a bill appropriating an extra $60,000 from the county’s General Fund to foot operational costs associated with the relocation to the Historic County Building.