Isle Democrats can pick presidential favorites by mail

With the probable cancellation of walk-in voting due to COVID-19 concerns, FairVote, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for electoral reform in the United States, is urging Hawai‘i Democrats to vote by mail and learn about a new, game-changing feature of the local presidential primary election, called ranked choice voting.

Curtain closing on Kukui Grove Cinema

The owner of Kauai’s only full-time movie theater, Kukui Grove Cinema 4, said Saturday the facility will close permanently Tuesday, apparently the victim of the COVID-19 crisis and the changing nature of the movie business and people’s viewing habits.

Charity walk postponed

The annual Kaua‘i Visitor Industry Charity Walk, celebrating its 42nd year and originally scheduled for May 9, has been postponed until Nov. 21 at the Vidinha Stadium soccer fields, announced Morgan Lopez, executive director of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Kaua‘i Chapter.

Swamped again

Heavy rain flooded many areas on east and north sides of Kaua‘i Friday night and Saturday morning, triggering a debris pile-up along the makai side of the Kuhio Highway Wailua River bridge and temporary road closures throughout the island.

COVID-19 hits county budget

Real estate values on the island are expected to drop, and that could look like $30 million in reduced revenue for the county as just another part of the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taro all torn up

A taro patch along Ananalu Road was destroyed this week by an unidentified man using a backhoe, damaging not only property and a local food supply, but also a water line, affecting water service in the general Wainiha area.

Emergency food goes out

Kelvin Moniz, executive director of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, was on the road delivering Friday morning.

Isle at 7 COVID-19 cases

The Office of the Mayor announced two new positive COVID-19 test results on Kaua‘i late Friday afternoon, which brings the cumulative total to seven cases for Kaua‘i.

Flash-flood watch in effect

A flash-flood watch is in effect for Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau and O‘ahu now through late tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Sewing protection

In Hawai‘i and on the mainland, face masks are hard to find in the stores or online, and many facilities like hospitals are in need of them because their staffs are working on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airlines still marketing flights to Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i

COVID-19 or no COVID-19, some airlines on Thursday continued to market travel to Kaua‘i aggressively, with one-way fares between Lihu‘e and Seattle going for just $159 on the Alaska Airlines website and $129 on Southwest Airlines.