Flood Recovery

Department of Land and Natural Resources

The highway beyond Hanalei on Kauaʻi’s North Shore is officially open to the public today. Kūhiō Highway has been closed for more than fourteen months to complete repairs following last year’s massive rain and flooding. While some residents are glad the roadway is open, others are bracing for the influx of visitors.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

This past April, Kūhiō Highway on Kaua‘i’s North Shore was devastated by heavy flooding. Road repairs are now nearing completion. The state Department of Transportation plans to reopen the highway to the public by the end of January or early February. But HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports local residents are concerned the coast isn’t ready for the increased traffic.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Flooding and heavy rains in April caused severe damage to the road and natural landscape on Kauaʻi’s North Shore. Access to communities at the end of the road has been limited to local residents for more than eight months. As HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this isolation has allowed the area’s natural resources to rebound.

Child and Family Service

Hurricane Hector is flirting with our southeast shores. You might be thinking, "Just what we need, another disaster."  How are weather weary residents coping? We sat down with Child and Family Service (CFS) President & CEO Karen Tan to talk about how we are supporting our community’s mental health needs.

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.