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.

Curfew coming

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami told travelers to give Kaua‘i a break on Wednesday, asking that all air travel to and from the island be limited to “essential needs only” and alerting the community of an islandwide curfew set to start tomorrow.

Retailers rearrange businesses

PUHI — Box stores across the country are adjusting hours or closing their doors temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic including a temporary closure of the Macy’s and a slight hours of operation adjustment at the Walmart in Lihu‘e.

Bars closed, restaurants dine-out only

LIHUE — Governor David Ige closed churches, clubs, theaters and bars statewide on Tuesday, limited restaurants to drive-through, take-out, pick-up or delivery only and limited social gatherings to 10 people or less to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

More ‘ohi‘a disease found

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death Working Group has announced two new sites where the fungal disease has killed ‘ohi‘a, the most prevalent tree in Hawai‘i’s native forests and a tree critical for the preservation of Hawai‘i’s watersheds.

Spring break extended

The state Department of Education extended spring break for public and charter schools through Monday, March 30 on Sunday as the number of presumed positive cases of COVID-19 rose to seven in Hawai‘i.

Light Up gives back

For years, Allison Jacobson has made the drive from Anahola to the Hawaii Food Bank Kauai Branch in Puhi to donate healthy food.

1-person cars create congestion

The answer to traffic congestion lies in bolstering alternatives to single-person vehicle transportation, according to a recent report out of the advocacy organization Transportation for America.

COVID-19 confirmed on O‘ahu

Hawai‘i has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in an O‘ahu man who had been on a cruise ship from California to Mexico.

Researchers say runoff impacts reefs

LIHU‘E — While the Trump Administration is eyeing new protections for Hawai‘i’s cauliflower coral, researchers with the University of Hawai‘i have uncovered clues as to how land use affects the sea creatures.

COVID-19 emergency money on the way

LIHUE — Two people on Kaua‘i are under the supervision of the state Department of Health, self-monitoring for COVID-19, according to latest updates from DOH, and Gov. David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation regarding the virus.

Organizations monitor COVID-19 spread

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i officials said Monday there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Kaua‘i, but some on-island resorts say they’re starting to see cancellations, some people who work with the public are donning masks and there have been reports of busy lines at local stores.

Collapsing of the corals

While recent studies are projecting a dire future for coral reefs around the world, the Trump administration has made an agreement to increase habitat protections for several species.

eWIC moving to other islands

HONOLULU — Following the successful launch of an electronic benefit transfer card on Kaua‘i, the state Department of Health will now extend the benefit to Women, Infants and Children program participants on Tuesday, March 3, making access to healthy food more convenient and to ensure children have a healthy start in life.

COVID-19 triggers canceled flights, DOH warnings

HONOLULU — Several airlines are halting flights to regions in Asia in light of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and the state Department of Health is suggesting residents start planning and gathering supplies should an outbreak happen in Hawai‘i.

Kauai’s ‘Uncle Billy’ crash victim

HONOLULU — Officials have identified former Kaua‘i Fire Department Captain William “Uncle Billy” Enoka, 78, as one of the two passengers who died in the plane crash at Dillingham Airfield over the weekend.