Colony Resort to remain closed

HAENA — Hanalei Colony Resort announced Monday that it will remain closed until further notice.

The resort has become the headquarters of North Shore recovery efforts following the April flooding. School operated there, community meetings and breakfasts were held and it was a distribution point for supplies.

The resort and surrounding communities of Lumahai, Wainiha, Haena were devastating by the flooding and severe landslides. The area was declared a disaster by county, state and federal officials.

Recently, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho issued a 60-day extension to the original disaster proclamation, which could be extended.

Effective May 23, it extends an emergency rule and order prohibiting the operation of Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) in the Lumahai, Wainiha, Haena area and limiting the area.

“The resort and the northernmost communities of Kauai continue to navigate through intensive disaster recovery operations,” the resort website said.

Initially, all reservations through Sept. 1, will be canceled and refunded within 21-business days. Additional cancellation dates are pending the progression of recovery in flood affected areas.

Gov. David Ige and Carvalho signed a Letter of Agreement in May to release an initial $25 million in flood assistance to the County of Kauai. The funds will help the county proceed with disaster recovery projects following record-breaking rainfall that caused flooding and mudslides, isolating several communities on the island’s North Shore.

The County of Kauai submitted a list of 90 projects with cost estimates totaling $31.2 million.

This includes road work, bridge repairs, and debris pick up in a number of locations, as well as repairs to various parks and other public facilities.


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