Heavy rain on Kauai’s north shore brings back memories of April’s historic floods


Heavy rain and flooding on Kauai have prompted several closures.

The island was under a flash flood warning for much of Monday.

Hanalei Elementary was closed due to flooding, and will remain closed Tuesday. The school will reopen Wednesday, which is also when bus service resumes for students who live in Hanalei, Wainiha, and Haena.

Students attending Kapaa Middle and High schools residing in Hanalei, Wainiha and Heana were released early.

Satellite classes at Hanalei Colony Resort will be open Tuesday.

Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge remains closed due to flooding. The highway is also closed in the vicinity of mile marker 1 on the Princeville side of the Hanalei Bridge due to a fallen tree and boulders.

State transportation officials will resume debris removal operations Tuesday morning, and have set up a contraflow in the area overnight.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative reports ongoing power outages in Wainiha and Haena. Troubleshooters were unable to access the area due to the Kuhio Highway closures.

For many who live on the island’s north shore, Monday’s weather was a flashback to April’s historic flooding.

“It is exactly pretty much the same. It’s been raining a couple of days. Water is pretty high up, tides perfect at the moment. Houses are under water, it’s pretty bad, yeah,” said resident Alakai Correa. “A lot of the residents, my family and stuff like that, have to find houses and hotel rooms at the moment.

“You can’t really do much about the nature, but everybody is fine, so that’s the main thing,” Correa added.

Green waste services at Hanalei and Kapaa transfer stations were closed Monday. All other sites were open, with the exception of the temporary transfer station at Kepuhi Point in Wainiha, which is closed.

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