Anderson is new county department head

LIHU‘E — The County of Kaua‘i’s Civil Service Commission announced the selection of Annette Anderson as the new director for the county Department of Human Resources.

Council considers polystyrene

LIHU‘E — A measure to ban most polystyrene food containers from Kaua‘i passed first reading before the County Council Wednesday and is set for public hearing Tuesday, March 25.

Community safety meetings kick off

ANAHOLA — Tuesday was the first in a series of County of Kaua‘i’s safety meetings, “Keeping Your Community Safe,” at the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Anahola clubhouse.

Mayor moves to prohibit disposable plastics

LIHU‘E – Just one day before the Kauai County Council is set to consider a bill that would ban most polystyrene food containers from sale and use on Kauai, Mayor Derek Kawakami signed an administrative policy aimed at the same thing.

Money for Hawai‘i for coronavirus

LIHU‘E — U.S. legislators are working to get reimbursement for states that have spent money assisting in federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, and though there haven’t been any confirmed cases of the virus, formally known as COVID-19, in Hawai‘i, the state is mentioned in the request.

Introducing the Clean Economy Act

WASHINGTON D.C. — Congress is following in Hawai‘i’s footsteps in setting sustainability goals for the future, much like Governor David Ige’s Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative does for the island state.

Hawai‘i Food Coalition endorse bills

LIHU‘E — Hawai‘i Legislators are stepping into full stride at the State Capitol and, through the next couple of months hundreds of bill will be heard on the Senate and House of Representatives floors.

Property tax bill fails

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council on Wednesday killed a proposal to increase property taxes for around 200 Kauai residents with rental properties.

State Legislature unveils economic bills package

HONOLULU — A new joint state House and Senate package of economic bills is being introduced in the 2020 legislative session taking aim at affordable housing, expanded child care, and tax relief for Kaua‘i’s working families.

Pesticide-free parks may be county goal

LIHU‘E — The nonprofit organization Beyond Pesticides got the green light Wednesday from the Kauai County Council to partner with the county Department of Parks & Recreation on a project to train staff on alternative pest-management strategies.

County backs Hawaiian homesteaders

LIHU‘E — The County Council on Wednesday passed unanimously a resolution to urge the state Legislature to fix defects in laws that govern the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands that have led to stubbornly high mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates among Native Hawaiians living on DHHL lands.

Democrats set presidential primary ballot

HONOLULU - Democratic Party of Hawaii Interim Chair Kate Stanley has announced the list of candidates who will appear on the ballot of Hawaii’s Party-run Presidential Primary. All of the candidates filed paperwork prior to the deadline of January 22 at 5 p.m. Hawaii Time. In-person voting takes place on April 4 and results will be announced that day.

Council amends TVR bill 2767

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council on Wednesday approved amendments to a bill that would increase property taxes for certain vacation-rental owners.

Tax hike proposed for some TVRs

LIHUE — A bill that would increase the property taxes of Kauai residents with TVRs on their property was met with opposition Thursday.

Lawmakers vow to address high cost of living in state

HONOLULU — Lawmakers opened a new session of the state Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state’s punishingly high cost of living so families don’t have to abandon the islands for cheaper places.

Kouchi: ‘A good first step’

HONOLULU — Hawaii House and Senate leaders, with the support of Gov. David Ige, on Tuesday unveiled a long list of measures to boost housing, early childhood education and incomes with a particular focus on alleviating the struggles of Hawaii’s working families and poor.