Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i: A Unified Vision for Our Island’s Recovery

Economic Resilience Story

County of Kauai Economic Relief and Recovery Efforts

Since COVID-19 first began to impact Kauai in March of 2020, the County of Kauai has launched several programs and resources to support the financial needs of residents and business owners. These economic relief and recovery efforts are summarized below. You can select a program to learn more about its impact on Kauai.

Kauai Economic Recovery Strategy Team

The County launched the KERST Teams in April 2020.
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CARES Act Grants

The County awarded project grants to local non-profits with funds from the CARES Act.
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Kupaa Kauai Rise to Work

280 temporary jobs were funded through 100 local employers.
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Economic Summit

The County co-hosted two virtual Economic Summit webinars.
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Shop Local Campaigns

Aloha for Kauai and Chamber Cares Initiatives promote local businesses.
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Kauai Forward Website

The website is a "one stop shop" for resources and infomation.
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Kupaa Kauai Food Distributions

The County provided weekly food distributions.
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Financial Resources Webinar

The County co-hosted a webinar to share federal and local financial resources.
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OED Innovation Grants

OED intends to fund projects that leverage innovation to solve local problems.
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State and Federal Economic Relief:

In addition to these efforts launched at the County level, several State and Federal programs supported Kauai businesses and residents with economic relief in 2020.

Economic Resilience and Diversification Efforts


As we move forward from Economic Recovery and plan for Economic Resilience and Diversification, we are guided by the recommendations from the Kauai County General Plan, Kauai Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Kauai Economic Recovery Strategy Team (KERST). Some of the goals and recommendations from these reports that we are pursuing for 2021 are listed below:

Kauai County General Plan
Kauai Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
Kauai Economic Recovery Strategy Team (KERST) Recommendations
A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19


Small Business: