Input sought on KPD Kawaihau substation

  • Courtesy of Kaua‘i Police Department

    An artist’s rendering shows what the proposed Kaua‘i Police Department Kawaihau substation could look like.

  • Courtesy of Kaua‘i Police Department

    An artist’s rendering shows what the proposed Kaua‘i Police Department Kawaihau substation might look like.

KAPA‘A — The Kaua‘i Police Department is in the early planning stages to build a new, $8-million Kawaihau police substation.

The proposed project consists of an approximately 7,020-square-foot building that is intended to serve the Kapa‘a community.

KPD has made a proposal to Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation to build the substation on an unused portion of land on the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital campus, immediately east of the Kawaihau and Iwaena roads intersection.

Currently, the Kapa‘a Armory building serves as KPD’s temporary Eastside substation.

“Police services in the area are not functioning at an optimal level right now due to the limited, temporary location which only facilitates a place for officers to complete paperwork,” said KPD Chief Todd Raybuck in a statement.

“The lack of basic operational functions like a training area and locker rooms requires our officers to travel to the Lihu‘e headquarters, which adversely impacts services that could otherwise be provided to the community,” Raybuck said.

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.

The KPD has requested public input on a draft environmental assessment for the project, available at

The published assessment offers interested parties the ability to review the proposed plans and provide public comments.

In August, KPD will be hosting community events so that the public will have an opportunity to see the preliminary building and site plan, provide feedback and ask questions in person. The meeting dates will be announced as soon as they are established.

“The building plans are not yet solidified, so we hope that this process will help us better determine what will be best for not only our police officers, but also the public and nearby neighborhood,” said Raybuck.

“This draft EA is a necessary preliminary step, and it is not an indication that this is a finalized, shovel-ready project,” he said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet with interested parties and community members to discuss the draft EA. The feedback received from the public will allow us to consider community input as the planning progresses to ensure the project is suitable for the neighborhood.”

Comments are to be submitted by Aug. 23. Submit comments or requests to Doug Haigh, Building Division chief in the county Department of Public Works, at via email or by mail at 4444 Rice St., Suite 175, Lihu‘e, HI 96766-13450.

  1. LJA July 24, 2021 5:49 am Reply

    KPD new substation.
    The justification given in this article seems to address the needs of the police officers but only “assumes” the needs of the community.
    It may be best to demonstrate more precisely how the chosen location and even the mere existence of this proposed new KPD substation would benefit those that are paying for the facility and who pay for the salaries and benefits of all County employees.
    I would hope that “this time”, a detailed analysis is done on the continued and perpetual cost to furnish, staff and properly maintain the facility.
    Or more simply put …. what is “the bottom line”? What will it cost to the taxpayers, and how will it benefit the taxpayers?
    Where will the continued funding come from???

  2. nothings free July 24, 2021 6:14 am Reply

    Save our money. The only thing a new substation for our finest will offer the public is more traffic tickets, more tickets for holding a cell phone, more harassment about your inspection stickers, and every other picky thing they can harass the public about in an effort to make it seem like they’re solving real crimes, which they’re not very good at. It’s the ticket revenue baby! The money to build this useless building will be paid for BY YOU based on the amount of tickets coming your way!

    1. Steven S Vinzant July 24, 2021 10:29 pm Reply

      Those that chose to follow the law s of the road shouldn’t have any problems, those that scoff at the laws laid down by the people through thier elected officials should be prepared to receive the citations they justly deserve, it’s not that difficult of a concept.

  3. USAF Brat July 24, 2021 7:57 am Reply

    Corporate Greed, exactly like the mainland!

  4. Budget Conscious July 24, 2021 10:48 am Reply

    $1100 per square foot?!!!!!!!!

  5. Dean Ray July 24, 2021 7:45 pm Reply

    Did Kpd fire the 5 cops that cheated on the promotion test?

    Would save plenty money and the old armory has everything that was mentioned that they needed.

    Go look inside the old Kapaa armory.

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