Community News

‘Aina Ho’okupu O Kīlauea

Created to give the community a vehicle to enter into a stewardship agreement with the County of Kauai, the 501(c)(3) non-profit ‘Aina Ho’okupu O Kīlauea facilitates solutions to economic, social, and agricultural/food security challenges that the Kīlauea community and Kaua`i faces..

Contact Yoshi L’Hote: yoshitol@ or (808) 937-8646

Anaina Hou Community Park

Located on 30 acres in Kīlauea on the beautiful north shore of Kauai, Anaina Hou Community Park offers entertainment, recreation, and educational programs and services for kamaaina and visitors. Its campus features the Porter Pavilion events complex available for rent, unique Mini Golf & Gardens, a 17,000 sq. ft. playground, weekly Farmers’ Markets, access to the Wai Koa Loop Trail, and more.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT is a group of resident volunteers who have received training in the basics of disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, fire safety, and terrorism response. The primary function of CERT is to provide emergency response until the professional emergency First Responders arrive on the scene, and then to assist the professional emergency responders as needed. CERT volunteers improve Kauai’s disaster resilience.

To volunteer and get CERT-trained, contact CERT Team Coordinators, firefighters John Cornell and Justin Kinoshita: or (808) 645-0661
Link: Kauai CERT Overview

Haena Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area

Hawaii Governor Ige has signed into law the first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area in the state. This community-driven management approach promotes sustainable fishing techniques and protects fish species at risk. Rules are being developed in cooperation with Hui Maka’ainana o Makana. Signs will be installed soon to designate the fishing area (the ahupua’a of Haena) and buoys will mark the “no activity zone” in the center of the lagoon at Makua.

Contact Kawika Winter:
Link: Haena Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area Facebook

Hanalei to Haena Disaster Resilience Plan

In development by community groups and emergency agencies, the Hanalei to Haena Disaster Resilience Plan seeks to build community resilience: the ability of communities to withstand and recover from disasters, and to learn from past disasters to strengthen future response and recovery efforts. The organization is seeking funds to purchase supplies and equipment for Disaster Staging Areas.

Contact Maka’ala Ka’aumoana: or (808) 826-1985

Hanalei Watershed

The Hanalei Watershed Management Plan will be contacting homeowners with owner-occupied dwellings in the Hanalei Bay area, to offer funding support so that cesspools are replaced with septic systems.

In 2015, the Hanalei Watershed Hui conducted water quality studies at Makua, Haena (Tunnels). With the exception of one day of heavy rain, the bacteria counts were within normal range. The Hanalei Moon & Tide calendar will be available soon from the Hanalei Watershed Hui. This is the only calendar that includes Hanalei tides. A $10 contribution is requested to help defray printing costs. Call (808) 826-1985 to reserve your calendar.

In partnership with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kuaʻāina Ulu ‘Auamo (formerly the Hawaii Community Stewardship Network), the Hanalei Makai Watch is looking for volunteers interested in the health and protection of our nearshore marine areas. Volunteers serve as educators and ambassadors, encouraging river and bay users to care for these vital resources.

Tune in to KKCR when Maka’ala Ka’aumoana, Executive Director of the Hanalei Watershed Hui, hosts the Makai Watch radio program. If you have ideas for future shows, contact Maka’ala Ka’aumoana. The program airs on the second Monday of every month, at 12pm – 1pm.

Contact Maka’ala Ka’aumoana: or (808) 826-1985

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992, and is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Through education, outreach, research and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii.

The sanctuary lies within the shallow (less than 600 feet), warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, and constitutes one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats.

Volunteers are needed for the Sanctuary Ocean Count, to monitor humpback whales from 15 shore-based locations on Kauai.

Contact Jean Souza, Kauai Programs Coordinator: or (808) 246-2860
Link: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Kauai Nene Habitat Conservation Plan

Created in 2014, the KN HCP is a collaboration between state and federal agencies, communities, and other interested stakeholders to develop strategies that assure full recovery of one of the world’s most endangered birds. Nene geese are endemic to Hawaii, so you will not see them anywhere else in the world, and is the Hawaii state bird.

The State of Hawaii and US Fish and Wildlife Service are conducting informational meetings on the nene, and to review their efforts to produce the Habitat Conservation Plan.

If you see a nene that may need help, call (808) 348-5835 or 645-1576.

Contact Christian Vlautin:
Link: Kauai Nene Habitat Conservation Plan

Kilauea Neighborhood Association

Meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, at 7pm

You’re invited to the Kilauea Neighborhood Association monthly meetings. The KNA represents its community in county and state matters, including zoning, development, and transportation issues. The KNA also plans community events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Kilauea Day Parade, Halloween, and the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Link: Kilauea Neighborhood Association

Kauai North Shore Lions Foundation

The Kauai North Shore Lions Foundation awards scholarships every Spring, to high school graduates from the North Shore who will attend an institute for higher learning during the following academic year.

Link: Kauai North Shore Lions Foundation

Makana North Shore Urgent Care

Founded by Dr. Ted Kimball and a group of emergency room doctors from Utah, the new Makana North Shore Urgent Care center offers 24/7 service focusing on urgent and after-hours care. In the spirit of cooperation, the center will work with local primary care physicians, allowing them access to x-ray and lab services at cost and will encourage patients to follow up with their local primary care physicians.

Additionally, the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Center will offer free continuing education to North Shore firefighters, lifeguards and EMS personnel. The clinic also plans to work with nursing students at the Kauai Community College, fund a college scholarship, and provide a shadowing program for North Shore students interested in healthcare careers.

The new Makana North Shore Urgent Care Center is located just off the highway behind the Hanalei Fire Station and just west of Foodland.