LIHUE — As part of the statewide siren modernization project, nine new civil defense sirens were recently installed on Kauai.
Two were set up in new locations in ‘Aliomanu Estates and Isenberg Park. The rest replaced sirens at ‘Anini Beach, Kapaa High School, Kauai Veterans Cemetery, Lihue ballpark, Lydgate Beach Park, Shipwreck Beach and Vidinha Stadium.
Plans are in place for Kauai’s remaining sirens to be modernized, and new sirens will be installed in other locations.
About 500 sirens throughout the state are included in this project with 163 new siren sites and 102 being rebuilt from the ground up with new poles, siren heads and solar collectors.
All of the sirens will operate on a state-of-the art, satellite-cellular control system.
The $33 million project is managed by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency formerly State Civil Defense in collaboration with the state Department of Accounting and General Services, the four counties and private contractors.
“We are very thankful that HI-EMA has spearheaded this project. We have been working closely with them so it can be done expeditiously,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “Kauai residents and visitors will greatly benefit from this project as it will result in all of our sirens being equipped with the latest technology.”
The mayor noted that Kauai is the first neighbor island to receive new sirens.