Kaua‘i COVID-19 update: 29 new cases, no deaths

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 29 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Kaua’i this past week, bringing the total number of cases on the island up to 19,215 since the start of the pandemic.

Coco Palms Resort to be rebuilt

KAPA‘A – The latest developer of Kaua‘i’s infamous Coco Palms Resort is officially prepping for the site’s demolition and reconstruction, and he says people can expect the new resort to be completed in about three years.

Kaua‘i seeks funding for pre-planning of new road and trail

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Council approved a move to apply for $800,000 in funding for the initial planning of two infrastructure projects aimed at constructing a major road and trail system on Kaua‘i. But its still likely to be several years before either project approaches the development stage.

County of Kaua‘i sets full-scale search and rescue exercise

LIHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i will hold a full-scale, multi-agency search and rescue exercise this month with a number of participants, including the United States Coast Guard, Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency, Kaua‘i Fire Department, Kaua‘i Police Department, Ocean Safety Bureau, Civil Air Patrol, and Kaua‘i Search and Rescue.

Hawaii Tourism Authority decries budget allotment

HONOLULU — Just hours after the state House Finance Committee unanimously approved the operating and capital budget for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s President and CEO John De Fries issued a statement citing “extreme concern” with his agency’s allocated funding.

Grounded yacht sinks to the ocean floor

HONOLUA BAY, Maui — The 120-ton luxury yacht stuck on the shore reef of Honolua Bay was finally freed over the weekend, only to then be sunk to the bottom of the ocean on Sunday.

Second attempt fails to free grounded yacht on Maui

HONOLUA BAY, Maui — Salvage teams failed in their second attempt at freeing the 120-ton yacht stuck on the shore reef of Honolua Bay on Monday night, and the state says that inclement weather has postponed further efforts until this weekend.

120-ton yacht remains grounded on Maui

HONOLUA BAY, Maui — The state is still working to free a 120-ton super yacht from the corals and reefs of Honolua Bay in northwest Maui, more than a week after its owner accidentally landed the vessel on the shoreline.