Kilauea ag park becoming something bigger

When the Kilauea Community Agricultural Center (now also known as Aina Ho‘okupu O Kilauea) was first incorporated as a nonprofit in 2015, it was probably true that most people on Kauai — if they’d heard about it at all — thought of it as small plots that community gardeners would tend.

Shopping center opening set

KILAUEA — The North Shore’s first new shopping center in 30 years — long delayed by everything from rainy weather to road construction, planning and other uncertainties — opens its doors to the public on Sept. 26 in Kilauea.

Coco Palms rebirth still alive

WAILUA — The Utah private-equity company that has taken over the ruins of the former Coco Palms Resort in Wailua says it is moving ahead with plans to rebuild the property as a hotel and can meet an Aug. 31 county deadline to submit 26 different building permit applications.

‘Namahana’ gathering support

On Saturday night before a capacity crowd at Anaina Hou’s Porter Pavilion in Kilauea, a North Shore community group announced the name of the public charter middle and high school it hopes to open in three to five years.

Car beach ban stands

Hanalei’s Black Pot Beach Park — closed since the storms of April, 2018 — will reopen July 22, but, for the moment, anyway, motor vehicles will be banned from driving on the sand.

Fire chief hiring process handled poorly

Kauai County has begun the second year of a search for a new fire chief—to replace Chief Robert Westerman, whose retirement became effective in January. At its April 1, meeting, the Fire Commission confirmed that it “… is at step one of its hiring process.”

Haena State Park reopens to little fanfare

It may have been the ultimate soft opening. At least that’s what Vivien Davenport, of Lihue — who said she was the first person at Ke‘e Beach at 4:45 a.m. Monday — had to say about the grand relaunch of Kuhio Highway and Haena State Park, which reopened after a lingering shutdown of more than a year.

A movable restroom

When Black Pot Beach Park reopens to the public in June, it will not yet have a new, state-of-the art restroom unlike any ever seen before on Kauai.

Wary of highway reopening

Kuhio Highway west of Hanalei — closed and accessible only to residents since last year’s disastrous storms — is tentatively set to reopen on or about May 1, but continuing restrictions will make actually using the highway challenging for both residents and visitors.

‘Generations of injustice’

Kauai County Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution that could reopen a controversy that originally dates to 1993 over whether Bank of America reneged on a deal to provide a total of $180 million in mortgage loans to Native Hawaiians and Filipinos. The vote was 6-0, with Councilmember Kipukai Kuali‘i absent.

Coco Palms Defaults

Efforts to redevelop the former Coco Palms resort have collapsed, with the two Oahu men behind the project facing foreclosure after defaulting on $11.2 million in financing they used to purchase the property five years ago.

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami reflects on plans

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami was sitting in his office in the Moikeha Building in the Lihue Civic Center recalling his first day at work as Kauai’s chief executive, just 100 days before.

Breathing room for TVRs

Dozens of transient vacation rentals that operate legally in the Wainiha-Haena area closed to the public since last April’s disastrous storms got a one-year reprieve on Monday that will permit them to go back into business when Kuhio Highway reopens — projected for later this year.

Mayor: Time for action on Coco Palms

Saying he is “frustrated” by a lack of progress on the reconstruction of the former Coco Palms resort in Wailua, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami said Thursday that “we have to remind the developers that there comes a time when they have to fish or cut bait.”

Growing weary on Weke Road

Owners of the two heavily damaged houses on Weke Road in Hanalei that have become symbolic of the horrific storms of mid-April and August have applied for demolition permits to tear them down, though replacement plans have not been filed with Kauai County officials.