Category Archives: Kauai Information

Wow! 519 inches of rain at Waialeale

Check out this article from Kauai’s Garden Island Newspaper about the record breaking rainfall we have received:

LIHUE — Cool, dry days and nights are following the wettest year at many Kauai gauges since 1990.

That’s according to reports from National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama, who said the total rainfall count on Mt. Waialeale in 2018 was 519 inches, 132 percent of the average.

“This substantial 2018 total also resulted in one of the few times in recent years that the running 30-year average for annual rainfall did not decrease,” Kodama wrote in the December Report. “In 1997, the 30-year average annual rainfall at Mount Waialeale was 406.03 inches. By 2017, it had decreased to 362.37 inches before rising a bit to 365.78 inches in 2018.”

According to the NWS Year to Date map, which shows total 2018 total rainfall numbers recorded at U.S. Geological Survey gauges, Kokee accumulated a little more than 100 inches, 160 percent of the average; Kilohana received 192.3 inches, 117 percent of the average; Wainiha received 177.2 inches, 158 percent of the average; and Hanalei recorded 190.3 inches, 220 percent of average.

Kapahi received 137.6 inches in 2018, 141 percent of average; Wailua received 122.5 inches, 152 percent of average, Lihue airport recorded 51.9 inches, 142 percent of average, Poipu recorded 55.9 inches, 157 percent of average, and Waimea Heights recorded 37.4 inches, 179 percent of annual average.

Because of the government shutdown which President Donald Trump ended on Friday, Kodama couldn’t comment on rainfall patterns and averages throughout the year, but did say that the cooler temperatures and current weather patterns are in line with predictions released in the 2019 wet season outlook.

The outlook pointed to ongoing rain in the beginning of the wet season, but the prediction pointed to below average rainfall starting December and moving through the spring.

That could mean drought in some areas by the end of February.

“We’re right in it now, the rainfall is consistent with a developing El Nino,” Kodama said.

April and August brought torrential rains to Kauai, events that bolstered the island’s precipitation numbers and impacted the rest of Hawaii as well.

April 15 rains dumped an unconfirmed 49.69 inches in a 24-hour period over Hanalei, which will be record-setting if the data recorded from the rain gauge can be proven reliable.

That investigation is being handled by the currently furloughed National Climactic Extremes Committee under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Jessica Else, environment reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or

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Organic farm next to Facebook CEO’s Kauai property on the market for $23M

By   – Real Estate Editor, Pacific Business News

The 44.63-acre Kauai Organic Farms on N. Waiakalua Road in Kilauea on Kauai’s North Shore is one the market for $22.95 million. The property, which is adjacent to 89 acres of land recently acquired by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is being marketed by Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks in Honolulu with advisory services from Cushman & Wakefield’s Land Advisory Group in San Diego.

Click HERE to read the article on Pacific Business News

Construction begins for new grocery-restaurant hybrid in Kauai’s Kilauea Lighthouse Village

By   – Reporter, Pacific Business News

Construction has begun for the 12,700-square-foot Kilauea Market + Café in the Kilauea Lighthouse Village on Kauai, a new grocery-restaurant hybrid from the Sullivan Family of Companies’ Kalama Beach Corp.

The Sullivan Family of Companies also owns the Foodland and Food Pantry stores in Hawaii.

The Kilauea Market + Café will anchor the 43,000-square-foot Kilauea Lighthouse Village, a neighborhood center in historic Kilauea Town, which is under construction and expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Hunt Cos. is the developer of the center, which broke ground in September 2016.

The Kilauea Market + Café, designed by architects G70, is expected to open in May.

The store will feature specialty, gourmet and traditional grocery items, as well as a coffee bar, an in-store dining and seating area, and made-to-order foods from an in-store kitchen.

“Our team is excited to have the opportunity to bring a new grocery shopping experience to Kilauea,” Vernon Ikebe, vice president of sales and operations for the Kalama Beach Corp. said in a statement. “Kilauea Market + Café will be a fun place for visitors and residents to enjoy favorite foods, sip a glass of wine, pick up a delicious snack or discover fresh local products – a place where the community can gather.”

Other Kilauea Lighthouse Village tenants expected to open in the first half of 2019 include Island Soap & Candleworks; Kai Bar Coffee Roasters; Kauai North Shore Animal Clinic, a full-service veterinary practice focusing on small animals; Wailua Shave Ice; and Wyland Galleries.

Vote No for the Constitutional Amendment

In this year’s General Election on November 6, Hawaii voters will be asked to decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the legislature the authority to create one of the largest tax increases in Hawaii’s history.  This change will affect all Hawaii residents and visitors. 

The ballot question reads:

“Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

While the proposed intent is to help our public schools, this tax (they call it a surcharge) will pull $500 million+ out of our local economy every year and raise the cost of living for everyone in our state.  It will cripple the County’s ability to raise further funds for County services and infrastructure.  This New Property Tax will increase the cost of living and affects all investment properties in Hawaii – residential, commercial and agricultural – regardless of their value. The impact will be felt not just by local property owners, but by the people and businesses who rent from them. The result will be higher residential rents and business leases and an increase in the cost of goods and services.  Click on the URL below to learn more.  You owe it to yourself to understand the facts about this constitutional amendment before you vote.