Another dead monk seal

HA‘ENA — An adult female Hawaiian monk seal has been found dead on Ha‘ena Beach in Kaua‘i, reported to officials Saturday, April 25, the same day the well-known monk seal Honey Girl’s body was removed from a windward beach on O‘ahu.

Mayor a national celebrity

After strategizing through the day at the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center with a team of experts, usually about 15 strong, Mayor Derek Kawakami goes home to his family.

Earliest recorded cyclone forms

The earliest tropical cyclone on record formed Saturday in the North Pacific, about 730 miles southwest of the Baja California Peninsula, but was expected to dissipate by tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Saturday paper to go digital-only

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world, it has touched The Garden Island just as it has other businesses and ‘ohanas.

One bridge closed in Wailua

WAILUA — The mauka Wailua Bridge is closed until further notice while crews address problematic erosion around the piers and bridge abutment that are making the bridge unsafe, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Earth Day turns 50

LIHU‘E — Both Earth Day and the Clean Air Act turn 50 years old today, and American Lung Association marked the occasion by releasing their annual State of the Air report, which gives states and counties a letter grade on air quality.

Kahili Quarry Road closed

KAHILI — A large sinkhole around a culvert under Kahili Road has triggered the closure of the dirt road access to the north side of the Kilauea River, an area that local residents have taken under their wing by forming the Kahili Community Stewardship Area.

DOH reports testing numbers

Kaua‘i has the lowest number of people tested for COVID-19 in the state, according to new numbers released by the state Department of Health.

Governor Ige closes Hawai‘i beaches

New rules impacting rent and evictions, boating and fishing, hiking trails and beaches were announced Friday by Gov. David Ige in his fifth supplementary proclamation.

Planning the replanting

KEALIA — Kaua‘i County is in the process of planning what kind of native plants they’ll be putting along the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal path between Kealia Beach and Kuna Beach, now that ironwood trees illegally felled in the area have been cleared.

No new cases on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — County of Kaua‘i announced a full transition to conducting board and commission meetings remotely on Wednesday and will continue to accept written testimony from the public, as is part of the public process.

Loosening up the rules

LIHU‘E — County of Kauai has loosened restrictions for construction and landscaping and for realtors starting today, cracking open the stay-at-home mandate and allowing some local residents to get back to work.

Masks now mandated

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami announced more rules for Kaua‘i on Monday that further closed county parks, require mask-wearing for everyone in public, and outline sheltering procedures for Kaua‘i’s homeless population — all effective at 5 a.m. today.

Community spread on Kaua‘i

Officials announced community spread of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i Friday, after the state Department of Health announced results of an investigation into one active case on Kaua‘i.

More COVID-19 closures

LIHU‘E — Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami announced three new COVID-19-related rules Wednesday, alongside the state’s announcement that Hawaii is now starting contact testing for the virus.

Mayor asks for masks

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami is urging the public to wear face masks in public, but hasn’t yet made the recommendation mandatory and is instead asking for voluntary compliance.

Plastic Is pollution

Hawai‘i now has until the end of May to evaluate the impact of plastic pollution on the state’s water bodies, including any threats to wildlife and people.

No new cases on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i officials confirmed Wednesday that no new COVID-19 cases have been reported since March 29 on the island, though the number of cases statewide continues to climb.

Looking at lockdown

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami announced the Kaua‘i Stay At Home order on Monday, promising more information for the public today and confirming the fourth case of COVID-19 on the island.