Debate, North Shore-style

It was a political debate like no other. At about 5:30 Wednesday afternoon, a column of five pickups and one small blue sedan slipped unobtrusively into the middle of the scheduled Kuhio Highway convoy from Hanalei to Wainiha and headed west with the long line of vehicles.

‘Overtourism’ on Kauai

Probably for the first time ever — but at least since 2006 — Kauai’s official visitor industry has formally acknowledged that the island has reached its capacity in terms of tourist numbers, and that those numbers must be held to current visitor counts.

Deal struck for St. Regis

After weeks of uncertainty, plans for the sale of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and the nearby Makai Golf Club to Starwood Capital Group were confirmed early Friday by a consultant handling the transaction for the large pension fund that currently owns the property.

Mayor ‘not happy’ about Coco Palms

The ongoing melodrama about the future of the former Coco Palms Resort property in Wailua took a new turn last week when Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. gave a one-word answer to a question during an interview. “Do you believe the hotel’s developers have the capacity to see the project to completion?” The mayor’s answer: “No.” He continued: “I’m going to say that comfortably. I’m not happy.”

Crews try to upright tilting home

A construction crew swarmed over the remains of the end of Weke Road at Black Pot Beach Park on Friday, working against time to stabilize one house that survived the April flood disaster only to be nearly swept away when last week’s torrential rains hit and a temporary roadway failed.

Airbnb’s silence raises more questions

The email that dropped into my inbox late last week was innocuous enough. It announced a “webinar” on housing people displaced by disasters. But then, it turned out that the sponsor of the webinar was Airbnb.com. To me, that refocused the entire discussion.

Be sure to vote – and know what candidates stand for

The clock ticks on the most consequential county election Kauai has ever staged. The primary is Saturday. Regular registration ends this afternoon at 4 p.m., but you can register at your assigned polling place and still vote between when the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Are you ready?

Kauai residents with their eyes on the horizon for a hurricane are reasonably prepared, but fall short on complying with new state guidelines for the amount of nonperishable food and water they should have on hand.

Starwood denies purchase

Uncertainty surrounded the future of the St. Regis Princeville Resort after weekend media reports said it had been purchased by a Miami-based hotel investment company, but the companydenied on Monday that it had done so.

St. Regis sale near

The large California public employee pension plan that owns the St. Regis Princeville Resort and Makai Golf Club is in negotiations to sell the property to a buyer identified only as prominent hotel operator and investment firm.