KPD serving Kaua‘i around the clock

The Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) unifies when it comes to keeping the community safe and giving back to those in need during a crisis, and has been nominated as this week’s Hometown Hero because of the department’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Paul Zina gets busy with official duties

LIHU‘E — It’s been a month since Paul Zina started his official duties as the new Kaua‘i Complex Area Superintendent, and he has already given back to the community through various events and faced COVID-19 issues head-on when it came to reopening public schools on Kaua‘i.

KHS, COK still negotiating details for FY2021

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Humane Society (KHS) is currently operating on a short-term contract with the County of Kaua‘i that is extending the Fiscal Year 2020 services through August, and is providing more time for the two entities to negotiate their contract for the FY 2021.

KCSC’s logo contest winners

WAIMEA — The Kaua‘i Community Science Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, announced the student winners of their Climate Connect logo contest and the Wednesday, Aug. 5 deadline for its 2020-21 student internship program.

FDA cracks down on e-cigarette companies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for the removal of fruity flavor from some disposable electronic cigarettes, claiming the company Puff Bar never received permission to sell them in the U.S.

Community asks to clean up Polihale

Some community members on Kaua‘i are hoping they’ll be allowed to help clean up Polihale State Park, but the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking people to hold off on entering the park so that the place can rest.

Siena Agudong stars in Disney movie

On Wednesday, after a two a.m. interview with “Good Morning America,” Siena Agudong, 15, from Wailua, sat down with The Garden Island to chat about her role in the new Disney movie, “Upside-Down Magic,” premiering today on the Disney Channel at 5 p.m., Hawai‘i time.

Schools to open Aug. 17

The state Board of Education has approved the delay of welcoming students back to public-school campuses to Monday, Aug. 17.

Start of school could be pushed back

LIHU‘E – The Department of Education is considering pushing back the reopening of public schools from Aug. 4 to Aug. 17, after receiving feedback that their original planned date for welcoming students back to classrooms was too early.

Airport checkpoint moved

The quarantine-screening checkpoints at the exit of the Lihu‘e Airport on Ahukini Road have relocated to inside the airport.

Relief lags for unemployed residents

LIHU‘E — The pandemic is still triggering a rise in unemployment across the state, according to the Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR), even though seasonally adjusted unemployment statewide dipped from 23.5% in May to 13.9% in June.

Learning to farm amid pandemic

MOLOA‘A — Three days into a three-week agricultural internship program with Moloa‘a-based Retro Farms, four Kapa‘a High School honor society seniors are building teamwork skills and learning about alternative ways to grow fruits like pineapples, sugarcane and mangoes.

An emotional mayor’s luncheon

Mayor Derek Kawakami addressed members of the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in an emotional, virtual mayor’s luncheon that touched on the plan to bring students back to public schools and the hardships COVID-19 has brought to the community.

HDOT selects passenger screening technology

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) has selected NEC Corporation, NEC Corporation of America and their partner, Infrared Cameras Inc., to provide thermal temperature screening and facial imaging technology at Hawai‘i’s public airports to help protect the community and identify passengers with a potentially elevated body temperature. The companies combined resources to submit a unified proposal for the project.

Hanapepe Road bridge to close

The bridge over the Hanapepe River on Hanapepe Road will be closed for waterline work from Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, Sept. 4, weather-permitting.

‘Conquest’ mixes history, fiction

Bill Fernandez, a retired California judge born and raised in Kapa‘a, has just published his 11th book: “Conquest,” a historical novel of Kamehameha the Great.

A prickly situation managed

Though 2020 has brought many changes to activities and businesses on the island, the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee and other invasive-species-control groups have been hard at work.

Outfitters Kaua‘i prepares to move

Outfitters Kaua‘i, a local adventure-tour company, is celebrating 32 years in business and preparing to switch locations by hosting an online auction before moving to their new headquarters in Kipu.

Reopening schools discussion ongoing

HONOLULU– Thursday, concerns about reopening schools too early were discussed between the (DOE) Department of Education, Department of Health, and the Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 at the State Capitol.