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.

Council meeting Thursday

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council’s first meeting of the year will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Historic County Building.

Senior annoyed by county tax man

LIHUE — A senior citizen in Kapaa emailed The Garden Island recently to complain about a county employee who told him not to waste his time trying to get a property tax exemption that could save him over a thousand dollars. Here is the nature of the dispute.

Gabbard, Case vote for Iran resolution

WASHINGTON — Hawaii’s U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday voted for a resolution demanding the end of military action against Iran without Congressional authorization.

‘Back to the basics’

LIHUE — After a little more than a year in office, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami still manages to squeeze in some surfing.

Locals split on impeachment

LIHUE — Locals expressed mixed feelings about the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump.

Stop the invasive spittlebug

LIHUE — While her sights are set on the White House, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is still working to safeguard her home state against an invasive bug that’s targeting grasslands and starting to impact the cattle industry on Hawaii Island.

County hires Mel Rapozo

LIHUE — Former county councilmember Mel Rapozo has been hired as an investigator for the Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to a county spokesperson.

State AG to prosecute Brun

LIHUE — The Hawaii Attorney General’s office will be taking over for county prosecutors in the case against a Kauai County Councilmember charged with hitting a police officer with his car while fleeing the scene of a traffic stop a month ago.