- Mayor extends order banning vacation rental use in flooded areas.
- Haena, Lumahai, and Wainiha areas are only accessible to residents, government employees and disaster response officials for at least the next 60 days.
- Fines up to $5,000 and one year imprisonment for violating emergency rules.
The County of Kauai reports:
LĪHU’E – Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has signed a second supplementary emergency proclamation on Wednesday, May 23, for the County of Kaua‘i in order to provide relief for disaster damages and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people.
“We thank the people of Kaua‘i as well as our visitors for your continued patience,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “This second supplementary emergency proclamation is necessary for the well-being of both our residents and visitors, and all of our governmental and community partners are actively working to ensure life on the island gets back to normal.”
Effective May 23, the disaster emergency relief period shall now continue until terminated 60 days after May 23 or by a separate proclamation – whichever comes first.
This extends an emergency rule and order prohibiting the operation of Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR) in the Lumaha‘i, Wainiha, Hā‘ena area and limiting the accessibility to said area.
Access in the areas listed above is limited to the following persons, agencies, and organizations:
1. Residents (no visitors);
2. County/state/federal governmental employees and verified governmental contractors;
3. Employees and volunteers for the following types of non-governmental organizations:
a. Utility providers;
b. Recognized humanitarian/disaster response and recovery entities;
c. Insurance industry – Serving verified residents/property owners;
d. Residential or infrastructure construction/repair contractors – Serving verified residents/property owners;
e. Area businesses and non-profits engaged by County/State/Federal government in response/recovery operations; and
f. Other NGO entities, as approved or requested by the County of Kaua’i, State of Hawai‘i or the federal government.
4. Vehicles with a GVWR of 5 Tons (10,000 lbs.) and under, with Hawai‘i Department of Transportation-authorized exceptions for appropriate emergency response vehicles.
The public is warned that any person violating this emergency rule and order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, the person(s) shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.