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Renewable sources are a growing part of the state’s energy consumption. That’s especially true on Kauaʻi, where solar remains a key ingredient—but not the only one.

Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson / U.S. Army

The effects of the April flooding continue to be felt on Kaua‘i and will be for the foreseeable future. Engineers and road crews are still at work repairing the single, badly damaged road leading to the affected north shore community. And a caravan system is still in operation – with officials slowly leading locals in and out of the area a few times a day. 

Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson / U.S. Army

The recent volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawai‘i has captured the attention of the world. But elsewhere in the islands there’s another dramatic story that has not been a focus for many. It’s been nearly six weeks since Kaua‘i was hit by record flooding. And the recovery continues to be a slow process. We get more from HPR Contributing Reporter Scott Giarman on Kaua‘i.

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State and federal officials are investigating and responding to the deaths of several ʻōhiʻa trees on Kauaʻi.

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Homeless Safe Zones Funding; Kauai Recovery Update; Maunalua Heritage Festival; Power of Positive Thinking

One week after historic rains swamped the north shore of Kauaʻi, communities at the end of the road remain isolated. While geographic isolation raises unique challenges in disaster recovery, it always strengthens this community’s self-reliance. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Catherine Cruz

Kauai Flooding Recovery; Blue Line Project; Debt Free College; Poetry Out Loud

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Flood Rebuilding Costs; Cabs Push Back Against Ridesharing; Volunteer Week; SHOCKA on Stage

Hundreds Rescued from Kauai's North Shore

Apr 17, 2018
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Following the weekend flooding, the Hanalei District - including Wainiha and Haʻena, faced heavy damage. The Hanalei River became swollen, and many neighborhoods and farmlands flooded. Emergency rescue crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 by bus and others by water. Currently, it is an active search and rescue effort.

DVIDS / U.S. Coast Guard

Kauai Flooding Update; 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index; Volunteer Week; Electric Buses


Paʻulaʻula o Hipo, the site of Fort Elizabeth, the fort built by Russian trading interests in the early 19th century, is best remembered as the setting for the brief alliance between the Russian-American Company and Kauai's High Chief Kaumualiʻi. But there's more than one story behind what is now a National Historic Landmark.

Waikiki The Film

Chinese Labor in Saipan; Kauai’s Russian Fort; Kaka’ako Walking Tour; Waikiki the Movie

Syracuse University Lava Project

Kauai Pesticide Report; Dangers of Downsizing Marine Preserves; Art and Science of Creating Lava

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Micro Unit Affordable Rental Project; Salvinia Invasion on Kauai; Pilot André Borschberg; Antonio Carlos Jobim Tribute Concert


When it comes to converting to renewable energy, the biggest success story in the islands is on Kaua‘i. Less than a decade ago, about five percent of the Garden Island’s energy came from renewable sources. Now it’s more than eight times that figure. But the island is also making progress on another important issue: how to make use of solar energy when the sun isn’t shining. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.  

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The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative held its annual meeting last night in Līhu‘e. It’s the only electric utility in the state that is not part of the Hawai‘i Electric Family. It’s also a national leader when it comes to approaching a goal of 100-percent renewable energy. HPR contributing correspondent Scott Giarman looks at the island’s energy past, present and future from Kaua‘i.

Kumu's Cupboard
Kumu's Cupboard

A store providing free school supplies for teachers on Kaua‘i will open its doors this weekend.  An organization called Kumu’s Cupboard in the Kukui Grove Center will provide resources for local teachers who would otherwise be using their own money to buy basic school supplies.

Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org
Andre Raine / kauaiseabirdproject.org

A few weeks ago, a helicopter was sent on a rescue mission to a remote location deep in Limahuli Valley on Kauai’s north shore.  This time, it wasn’t a hiker in distress needing rescue.  The mission was part of an on-going effort to save the endangered Newell’s Shearwater from extinction.  From Kaua‘i, HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more.

Kauai Set To Launch Island's First Voyaging Canoe

Sep 7, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 17 years in the making, Kaua‘i’s first traditional voyaging canoe is ready to set sail. The island plans to celebrate with a launch party Sunday, September 11. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the Garden Isle recently and has this report.

The Conversation: Monday, July 19th, 2016

Jul 19, 2016
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Red Flags in the Housing Market; Archeology Discovery on Kauai; Neal Conan; What a Kaua‘i Author Learned Living on an Island

Warning Signs in the Housing Market– Daren Blomquist

Flickr / Starr Environmental
Flickr / Starr Environmental

A national environmental group is worried that bright lights at a Kaua‘i military base are harming the island’s native seabirds. The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking legal action after more than 120 endangered shearwaters and petrels were harmed or killed by artificial light at Kōke‘e Air Force Base over a two-week period last year. 

The Newell’s shearwater spends most of the day burrowed in the mountains of Kaua‘i. It’s not until the sun goes down that the endangered seabirds take flight. Shrouded in darkness, it’s hard to see them. But you can definitely hear them.

Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

Feral cats are continuing to kill and eat endangered Hawaiian petrels on Kaua‘i.

Last week, researchers discovered the bodies of six-birds at a remote breeding colony in the Hono o Na Pali natural area reserve.  The petrels had been dragged from their breeding boroughs and partially eaten, including one incident that was caught on camera.  Although several colonies are being protected by seabird management, a single cat can kill a large number of nesting birds in a small time.

The Conversation: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Native Hawaiians In Support of TMT; Aloha International Piano Festival; Chair of the Hawai‘i LGBT Caucus on Orlando Shooting; Cabaret on Kauai

Native Hawaiians Support TMT: PUEO Keahi Warfield

pfly / Flickr
pfly / Flickr

Kauai’s Kokee State Park is home to the Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve. At an elevation of one mile, it’s the world’s highest rainforest swamp.  It’s also home to numerous endangered species as well as haunting and majestic vistas for visitors.  A boardwalk was built back in the ‘90s both to protect the rare plants and animals and also for hiker safety.  But that boardwalk is no longer what it used to be.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

The Conversation: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Jun 7, 2016

Maui Job Market; Kaua‘i Voices Concert; Neal Conan; The Rat and The Octopus come to the MAAC

Maui’s Jobs Market: Linda Chu Takayama

5 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash on Kauai

May 23, 2016
Kauai Fire Department
Kauai Fire Department

Officials are investigating the cause of a fiery plane crash on the south shore of Kauai that killed all five people on board. 

The crash happened at Port Allen Airport shortly after takeoff in Hanapēpē. Sarah Blane, a spokesperson for the County of Kaua‘i, says the plane, a single engine Cessna, is owned by the company Skydive Kaua‘i.

Four of them were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. One adult male was transferred to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he was then pronounced dead.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Many former youth symphony members remember the neighbor island tours they did with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, HYS.  An annual highlight, this year, the members of HYS’ top orchestra went to Kaua‘i  for a series of concerts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa accompanied them to the Garden Island for this report.


We left O‘ahu in the dark!  Blinking and a little bleary, ninety-seven teens and 26 adults boarded that early 

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Apr 12, 2016

HPR Leadership: Past, Present and Future; Kauai Singers Showcase; Neal Conan 

HPR Leadership: José Fajardo & Michael Titterton

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Apr 5, 2016

Advice for Saving Money; Tales of the Windward Side; Neal Conan; Women In Theater

Financial Challenges Being Faced by Hawaii Residents: David Tasaka

The Conversation: Monday, April 4th, 2016

Apr 4, 2016

Alternative Perspective on Kauai Pesticide Draft Report; Lemoande Alley's Chief Lemonhead; Tom Cridland CEO; Artist Snowden Hodges

Alternative Perspective JFF Group Draft Pesticide Use Report: Joan Conrow