County has spent 95% of federal funds

LIHU‘E — As the county continues to work through its federal allotment of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money, unused funds originally committed are being put toward contingency plans.

Less than 4% of CARES funds remaining

LIHU‘E — The County of Kaua‘i has expended 96.1% of its COVID-19-relief funds, and still has some more time to exhaust the more than $28 million allotted by the state.

Rise to Work provides nearly 300 jobs

LIHU‘E — In a Monday video, the County of Kaua‘i Kupa‘a Kaua‘i program announced 280 displayed workers on Kaua‘i were hired by 100 local employers into the Rise to Work program.

Mural depicts Salt Pond’s origin

For over two weeks, artists have converged on the pavilion at Salt Pond Beach Park to tell the origin story of the Hanapepe salt beds and an imagined underwater seascape from the shores of the beach.

7.6% of CARES Act funds left on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds are set to expire at the end of this month, and the county’s $28 million slice has a remaining balance of $2,190,512, or about 7.6%, to be spent in December.

Skate park renovations expected done next week

KAPA‘A — With two weeks to go, Na Lei Wili Area Health Education Center’s executive director and Kaua‘i Skatepark Foundation’s lead advocate are confident that the Kapa‘a skate park’s resurfacing project will be done earlier than the expected deadline.

Mobile WiFi, STEAM in Kaumakani Saturday

KAUMAKANI — The Kauai Community Science Center (KCSC), a nonprofit science center on the Westside is hosting a free HOTspot Mobile STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Culture, and Math) event at Kaumakani Pavilion near Kamehameha Preschool today, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Makauwahi Cave faces staff reductions

PO‘IPU — The Makauwahi Cave Reserve is looking at a significant reduction in staff if additional funding isn’t gathered when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant is depleted at the end of December.

Malama Na ‘Apapa to lay off workers

ANAHOLA — Malama Na ‘Apapa will lay off 19 workers hired with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant funding received from Kaua‘i County set to expire on Dec. 31.

24% of Kaua‘i CARES funds left

LIHU‘E — The county has a remaining 24% of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds left to spend before the end of the year.

Taking the Art Walk to virtual levels

HANAPEPE — There was a reason Micah Gonsalves of Jaxon Communications wanted his team to park near the Banana Patch Studio Thursday evening as the Biggest Little Town of Hanapepe settled down for the evening.

CARES funds to support child-care programs

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, together with the state Department of Human Services, announced last week the availability of up to $15 million of Hawai‘i’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support the reopening and continuous operation of licensed child-care programs across the state.

$1.75 M to help Kaua‘i cattle ranchers

KEKAHA — Kaua‘i has a cattle problem. Many cattle ranchers ship off their herds to O‘ahu or other destinations to be finished and processed, but with market disruptions made prevalent due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’re unable to and are now forced to rethink what to do with their livestock.

Westside science center gets $176,506

WAIMEA — The Kaua‘i Community Science Center, a nonprofit that teaches science literacy to students in Waimea, was awarded a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant of $176,506 from the county in July.

ClimbHI Bridge help keiki climb higher

LIHU‘E — Julie Morikawa, president of ClimbHI Bridge, appreciates the federal funding issued by the county in July to her locally grown nonprofit platform to help keiki further their education.