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

Resources

BUSINESSES

Energy & Sustainability

Learn how Hawaii Energy can provide you with rebates for purchasing and installing energy-efficient equipment in your business that will cut your electricity costs for years to come. Click here to see Hawaii Energy’s website for more information.

Commercial members may qualify for incentives to install cost-effective energy-saving technologies. Click here for more information.

Inventory of greenhouse gases from 2005 and 2015 from direct emissions on Kauai County due to energy use, waste, agriculture, forestry, and other uses. Click here for full report.

On hold: At this time, Hawaii Energy is waiting for state funding to be released for the EV Charging Station Rebate program. Click here for more information.

The Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) is a free state program that assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Click here for more information.

The Hawaii State Energy Office has provided resources in the categories of: biomass/biofuel, efficiency, geothermal, hydro/ocean, solar, transportation, wind, utility study, HSEO newsletter. Click here to visit their website.

Thinking about PV? Talk to KIUC first. Click here.

Members have access to solar water heating rebate programs. Click here for more information.

Support and Services

ProService Hawaii has several re-opening guides for Hawaii businesses on their website including: The-New-Normal_How-to-Make-a-Comeback-Plan

To learn more, visit the SBA website.

The Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one business advice at no cost.  You can also view the calendar of business events here.

RESIDENTS

Activities

Celebrate Kauaʻi’s art, history, and culture with the events on kauaifestivals.com!

Register for a Hāʻena entry pass, along with parking or a shuttle ticket through gohaena.com.

gohawaii.com publishes activities and experiences available on Kauai. Click here to see Kauaʻi specific events.

Employment

The American Job Center is dedicated to providing free services to job seekers and employers, including job search assistance, creating a resume on your own using resource computers, personal career planning services, training opportunities and HireNet Hawaii support. Hale Kōkua, which is home of the American Job Center, is located at Līhu‘e Civic Center 4444 Rice St. Suite 302. They can also be reached at (808)274-3056.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) is providing training and supporting educational pathways to young adults developing their career in the tourism industry. Click here to see the overview page of their workforce development program.

The HTA has also put together a study, “Visitor Industry Workforce Needs Assessment“, as an overview of current industry needs.

Energy

The Home Assessment Learning Experience is used to determine the causes of high consumption. Click here for more information.

Thinking about PV? Talk to KIUC first. Click here.

The Hawaii State Energy Office has provided resources in the categories of: biomass/biofuel, efficiency, geothermal, hydro/ocean, solar, transportation, wind, utility study, HSEO newsletter. Click here to visit their website.

Food Access

The Kauai Humane Society offers assistance for pet owners, including a pet food bank.  

The Emergency Food Resources webpage provides a complete list of food pantries on Kauai.

The Keiki Food Access link has a list of free food resources for Keiki.

An informational brochure in response to COVID-19. There is directory information regarding healthcare, food access, housing and utilities assistance, and family support resources. Click here to see the PDF.

Click here for a printable schedule.

You can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Click here to learn more.

DABUX works with SNAP-EBT to make Hawaii-Grown Produce more affordable. Click here to learn more.

Health

Aloha United Way put together an informational brochure in response to COVID-19. There is directory information regarding healthcare, food access, housing and utilities assistance, and family support resources. Click here to see the PDF.

Housing Support

The County of Kaua‘i has announced that administration of Kaua‘i’s 2021 Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance Program has been awarded to Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union (KGEFCU). For more information, visit the website: https://kauairenthelp.com/

To support residents with current utility bills, many service providers are willing to waive late fees and maintain service for those affected by the pandemic. 

Other Resource Libraries

The Hawaii State Energy Office has provided resources in the categories of: biomass/biofuel, efficiency, geothermal, hydro/ocean, solar, transportation, wind, utility study, HSEO newsletter. Click here to visit their website.

Aloha United Way put together an informational brochure in response to COVID-19. There is directory information regarding healthcare, food access, housing and utilities assistance, and family support resources. Click here to see the PDF.

Plans & Initiatives

The Aloha+ Challenge: He Nohona ‘Ae’oia is a statewide commitment to build a healthier and more sustainable future for our islands. The challenge is a locally driven framework to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The 2050 Hawaii Sustainability Plan serve as the state’s sustainability and climate strategic action plan that aligns the state’s goals, policies, and actions with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The plan also recommends sustainability and climate change actions for 2020–2030. The State is currently updating the plan, check out their website on how to be involved.

Join the challenge and take on simple, everyday actions to reduce your carbon footprint and save money. This fun online platform offers a list of sustainable actions that can be done on the household level such as biking more, switching to LEDs, recycling, buying local, and so much more. You can easily filter actions by difficulty, impact, savings and upfront cost, and time required. Click here to sign up as one person or create a team!

Inventory of greenhouse gases from 2005 and 2015 from direct emissions on Kauai County due to energy use, waste, agriculture, forestry, and other uses. Click here for full report.

Rebates & Credits

This residential incentive program is designed to encourage members to discard older, less efficient appliances and replace them with new, energy-efficient models. Qualifying rebates will be credited to your account within 3-6 weeks from the date approved. New construction does not qualify. Click here to visit KIUC’s website for more information.

Buyers can receive up to $7,500 for purchasing eligible new vehicles. Eligible used vehicles qualify for a credit up to $4,000 under the Inflation Reduction Act. Click here for more information.

Save money with Hawaii Energy’s Rebates. Hawaii Energy provides rebate information for water heating, lighting, appliances, HVAC, and more.

For more information see Hawaii Energy’s Rebates webpage.

Members have access to solar water heating rebate programs. Click here for more information.

Shop Local

KauaiMade is a program run by Office of Economic Development. It connects Kauai-based businesses and products with resources to expand. kauaimade.net and the Alakoko Shop are excellent sources to get KauaiMade gifts.

Transportation

Join the group for weekly bike rides on Rice Street and the surrounding area. Visit https://bikesonrice.org/ for more information.

Click here to calculate your estimated EV-ICE fuel comparison by inputting a few key metrics.

Drive Electric Hawaii (DEH) is a coalition of local government, private-sector, and nonprofit stakeholders interested in increasing awareness, knowledge, and adoption of EVs in our state. Click here to visit their website.

The County of Kaua‘i’s Office of Economic Development recently launched a website aimed at informing both visitors and residents of the various transportation options available on Kaua‘i. The website, GetAroundKauai.com, includes an overview of transportation options, a map with Kaua‘i bus stops and routes, regional walking guides, and other tips for how to get around Kaua‘i without a car. Weekly blog posts educate readers on transportation related topics, such as how to reserve an airport shuttle, parking permit requirements for Koke‘e State Park, and details regarding the Hanalei Hill access schedule.

The County of Kauai currently offers free public level 2 charging at the Lihue Civic Center. Visit plugshare.com for driver-reported public chargers on Kauai.

VISITORS

Activities

Celebrate Kauaʻi’s art, history, and culture with the events on kauaifestivals.com!

Register for a Hāʻena entry pass, along with parking or a shuttle ticket through gohaena.com.

gohawaii.com publishes activities and experiences available on Kauai. Click here to see Kauaʻi specific events.

Positive Tourism

The Aloha Pledge is a call to action and commitment to act with aloha toward Kauai. Click here to sign the pledge.

Contribute to events and efforts to care for Kauai. Some events are listed on gohawaii.com, under the Malama Hawaii program. Click here for Kauai specific events.

Another program is Surfrider Kauai’s Ocean Friendly Visitor’s Program. Visit https://kauai.surfrider.org/ocean-friendly-visitors-program/ for more info.

Shop Local

KauaiMade is a program run by Office of Economic Development. It connects Kauai-based businesses and products with resources to expand. kauaimade.net and the Alakoko Shop are excellent sources to get KauaiMade gifts.

Transportation

The County of Kaua‘i’s Office of Economic Development recently launched a website aimed at informing both visitors and residents of the various transportation options available on Kaua‘i. The website, GetAroundKauai.com, includes an overview of transportation options, a map with Kaua‘i bus stops and routes, regional walking guides, and other tips for how to get around Kaua‘i without a car. Weekly blog posts educate readers on transportation related topics, such as how to reserve an airport shuttle, parking permit requirements for Koke‘e State Park, and details regarding the Hanalei Hill access schedule. 

https://www.gohawaii.com/islands/kauai/travel-info/transportation

The County of Kauai currently offers free public level 2 charging at the Lihue Civic Center. Visit plugshare.com for driver-reported public chargers on Kauai.