Assessment appeals rising

The County of Kauai real property tax Board of Review has seen a sharp increase in the number of property assessment review appeals that have been submitted this year.

Highway reopening pushed back

The reopening of Kuhio Highway west of Hanalei, originally scheduled for June 13, has been pushed back again, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Felicia Cowden heads to Russia for summit

LIHUE — Councilmember Felicia Cowden was not in attendance for Wednesday’s Kauai County Council meeting. She is traveling to Volgada, Russia to be a delegate at a Russian-American peace conference.

County Council comments on spending plan

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council has refrained from making public comment on the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget throughout the budget process, which started in March.

County cracks down on illegal TVRs

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council on Wednesday will hear public testimony on a bill aimed at helping the county shut down illegal vacation rental homes.

Young Brothers introduces ‘Kapena George Panui’

Over 100 people gathered at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor Saturday afternoon to get to be a part of the official blessing ceremony of the Young Brothers new tugboat, the “Kapena George Panui.”

‘A call to action’

The “Prime Minister” of the Kingdom of Hawaii stands before about 30 people at the Anahola Marketplace earlier this month, eagerly awaiting his chance to speak about his plans for action in the coming months and years.

Island School graduates 25 seniors

Exactly 25 seniors strolled across the stage Saturday night at Island School during the annual commencement ceremony, earning their high school diplomas and, most importantly, ending one chapter of their young lives and beginning another.

Prepare now for hurricane season

Disconcerting. Unsettling. Troubling. Those are a few words that came to mind after hearing the forecast for the hurricane season in the Central Pacific basin that starts on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Taxable property value rises

In a meeting that lasted less than 10 minutes, the Kauai County Council — missing members KipuKai Kuali‘i, Arthur Brun and Felicia Cowden were excused — held a hearing Wednesday on proposed amendments to Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

Talk Story: Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami

Now six months into his term, Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami sat down with The Garden Island to talk story about his time in office thus far, the future of Kauai and the issues facing his hometown island.

Some wonder how woman found died

ANAHOLA — As the investigation continues into the death of a 46-year-old woman whose body was found at Anahola Beach Monday, residents and visitors are wondering how the woman died.

Cowden declines Russian invitation

LIHUE — County Councilmember Felicia Cowden will not be traveling to Russia as part of a conference to foster conversation and collaboration between the United States and Russia from May 31 until June 10.

Lihue town revitalization: Things to know, when to go

If you drive down Hardy Street, Eiwa Street, Umi Street, or go to park at the Lihue Civic Center Pi‘ikoi Building parking lot, you will notice the ongoing construction that started in some streets as early as March and April and is scheduled to wrap up in January of next year, according to the County of Kauai.

A new Mrs. Kauai crowned

Taking second place and first runner-up at the Mrs. Hawaii United States beauty contest on Oahu was something that took Joelle Souza by surprise, but something that was not totally unexpected.

Ed Justus – Talk Story

Ed Justus stood on the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge looking out over the water in December of 2004 with a choice hanging over his head. He was faced with either paying rent for the month on the new bookstore he had just been given the opportunity to start, or to pay rent for his apartment.

‘A fiscally responsible budget’

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami on Friday submitted a $242-million supplemental budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the Kauai County Council.