OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige issues emergency proclamation for Kauai, declaring Hanalei District a disaster area following heavy rains

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Latest News, Press Releases

Emergency Proclamation

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for the island of Kaua‘i after heavy rains caused a series of landslides on the slopes next to Kuhio Highway near Haena and Wainiha. The first series of landslides happened on Feb. 23. The most recent landslide occurred on March 22 after a heavy downpour. The landslides blocked the highway, isolating the Haena and Wainiha communities in the Hanalei District.

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation initiated the emergency proclamation specifically to expedite work to secure the slope and prevent future landslides.

“The sole purpose of this emergency proclamation is to protect the health, welfare, property and living conditions of residents and visitors in Haena and Wainiha. We must do everything we can to prevent another landslide that could jeopardize the people of Kaua‘i,” said Gov. Ige.

The proclamation makes available state general funds to be used under the direction of the governor, for expeditious and efficient relief of hardship created by the heavy rains.

The proclamation is attached.

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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

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Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

jodi.c.leong@hawaii.gov

 

Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

cindy.mcmillan@hawaii.gov