COVID scammers target Kauai residents, KPD issues warning

LIHU‘E — The COVID scammers are trying to strengthen their grip on Kaua‘i. That was the word Tuesday from the Kaua‘i Police Department, with investigators saying several new fraud schemes have cropped up in recent days.

Coco Palms status hearing ‘ignominious’

In the history of the Kaua‘i County Planning Commission, its meeting this past Tuesday to hear a status report on the derelict former Coco Palms Resort in Wailua may rank as one of the most ignominious gatherings it has ever held.

Traveler quarantine extended until Sept. 1

LIHU‘E — State officials will postpone a plan to permit tourists to travel to Hawai‘i if they obtain a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure for at least 30 days, until Sept. 1.

Reservations about reopening

LIHU‘E — Gov. David Ige and Hawai‘i’s four county mayors met Thursday for the third time this week to try to address the increasingly urgent question of whether the state can safely reopen to tourists on Aug. 1. But the group adjourned late in the afternoon without making any final decision.

Don’t reopen state to westbound visitors August 1

Gov. David Ige is expected to videoconference again with the state’s four mayors today, and a key topic in the discussion, according to sources familiar with the situation, is whether Hawai‘i can safely reopen to tourism on August 1 as previously announced.

Group wants double testing

LIHU‘E — A committee of doctors and community leaders is considering a proposal to Gov. David Ige to test a tourist-entry system that would require visitors to Kauai to be tested for COVID-19 before they depart and again after they arrive, with a five- or six-day quarantine in between.

Let’s not repeat folly of drug-treatment center

A little less than two years ago, I was writing a story on how Kaua‘i, which had managed to lag behind the opioid crisis that has so decimated mainland communities, was finally experiencing inevitable incursions of drugs like Fentanyl and Oxycontin.

Valenciano to rule on Coco Palms foreclosure case

LIHU‘E — A state Circuit Court judge on Tuesday allowed one of the would-be Honolulu redevelopers of the iconic Coco Palms Resort in Wailua to lodge a last-minute objection to a proposed agreement that would send the troubled hotel to the foreclosure auction block.

DOH targets Malama Meals

LIHU‘E —The state Department of Health on Monday issued a cease-and-desist order shutting down a program that flew hot, prepared meals from Honolulu to Kaua‘i, concluding that the organization violated six food safety standards.

Suicide uptick raises concern

LIHU‘E —Four suicides on Kaua‘i in less than a week have prompted concern by police and health workers that the COVID-19 crisis is moving in a dangerous new direction, with broad risks to mental health caused by joblessness, financial reversals and despair.

One couple, three shuttered businesses

Carol Dumeyer and Dave Brune could be, under slightly different emergency circumstances, the quintessential Kaua‘i couple, and the classic face of small-business success on the island.

Meals flying over from O‘ahu

An unusual collaboration in which 1,600 meals a day are prepared and plated in an idled restaurant kitchen in Honolulu, rushed to the airport and then flown to Lihu‘e for distribution at 10 places scattered across the island has ended its first week, but not without controversy.

From bikinis to face masks

Detroit has Ford and General motors abruptly halting car production to switch quickly to making ventilators to treat the gravest of COVID-19 patients.

Quarantine sheds for kupuna

Robin Danner stands in the side yard of a modest house in Anahola that has been transformed by construction of a prototype for a small shed intended to shelter kupuna or members of large families if they have to self-quarantine to protect against COVID-19.

Artists coping with COVID-19

In some quarters, Kaua‘i may not be seen as a center of the serious arts — classical music, drama and visual media — but the island has a greater amount of those disciplines than many people think, and the often-unseen arts community is, increasingly, living in fear of COVID-19 and its inevitable aftermath.

Lawsuit filed in Hanalei Bay Resort dispute

The owner of two restaurants in Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville has sued the individual owner of one of the condo units there in the latest development in a protracted dispute over parking and other issues that erupted more than four years ago.

Curtain closing on Kukui Grove Cinema

The owner of Kauai’s only full-time movie theater, Kukui Grove Cinema 4, said Saturday the facility will close permanently Tuesday, apparently the victim of the COVID-19 crisis and the changing nature of the movie business and people’s viewing habits.

Airlines still marketing flights to Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i

COVID-19 or no COVID-19, some airlines on Thursday continued to market travel to Kaua‘i aggressively, with one-way fares between Lihu‘e and Seattle going for just $159 on the Alaska Airlines website and $129 on Southwest Airlines.

A few more monk seals

The population of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal has risen an average of 2% per year since 2013, according to new figures that include totals for last year from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.