The Hawai‘i Parent Information Resource Center has created a guide titled "A Handbook for Newcomers to Hawai‘i". Includes information on health, safety, laws, and more topics relating to families. Visit www.hawaiipirc.org/handbook
Kaua`i County has 16 public schools, three charter schools, four independent schools, four parochial schools, more than a dozen pre-kindergarten programs and Kauai Community College which is part of the University of Hawai`i system (www.hawaii.edu).
Public Schools K-12
Kaua`i has ten elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. Visit the Hawai`i Department of Education at www.doe.k12.hi.us for more information.
With a total enrollment of 114 students, three of Hawaii’s 27 public charter schools are located on Kaua`i. Two of these schools, both in Kekaha, specifically offer Ni `ihau language based K-12 education. The Charter School Administrative Office (CSAO), provides support and oversight for the Board of Education for all charter schools.
Independent & Parochial Schools
There are four independent schools and four parochial schools on Kaua`i offering pre-K through 12 education as well as college preparatory courses. Two of the independent schools, Island School and Kula School, have a combined enrollment of 482 students and are members of the Hawai`i Association of Independent Schools. www.hais.org For a list of independent schools on Kaua`i, visit www.hawaiidatabooks.com
The four parochial schools (two Catholic, one Adventist, one Protestant Christian) have enrollments of 150, 159, 108 and 94 students respectively.
Additionally, 14 pre-kindergarten programs around the island include Head Start and schools which emphasize education in Hawaiian culture and language.
Colleges & Universities
Kaua`i Community College (KCC), part of the University of Hawai`i system, was founded as a vocational school in 1928 and has been a comprehensive community college since 1965. Today KCC, located in Puhi, just west of central Lihu`e, offers courses in business, technology, nursing, liberal arts, hospitality, culinary arts, autobody and automotive technology and early childhood education besides serving as a community gathering spot for residents and visitors.
KCC’s diverse student population of 1,200 undergraduates reflects the unique character of Kaua`i and has a student: faculty ratio of 11:1. Currently KCC offers 13 Associate Degrees, 11 Certificate of Achievement and 6 Certificate of Completion (30 total).
In addition to transfer level liberal arts courses, KCC provides vocational and professional training and four-year and graduate degrees through the KCC administered UH Center. Distance learning (on-line, interactive or cable television-delivered) offers Kaua`i residents the chance to pursue bachelor and master’s degrees and work toward specialized certificate programs through the University of Hawai`i without leaving the island. Continuing Education & Life-long learning programs are also available through the KCC Training Office. To learn more about courses and enrollment, visit www.kauai.hawaii.edu
The following is a list of utilities companies on Kauai:
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative at 4463 Pahe’e Street, Suite 1, Lihue, Hawaii 96766. Call (808) 246-4300 or visit www.kiuc.coop
The Gas Company at 3990 Rice Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766. Call (808) 245-3301 or visit hawaiigas.com.
County of Kauai, Department of Water at 4398 Pua Loke Stree, Lihue, Hawaii 96766. Call (808) 245-5400 or visit www.kauaiwater.org
Hawaiian Telcom at (808) 643-3456 or visit hawaiiantel.com.
AT&T at 3-3277 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, or visit www.attwireless.com
Oceanic Time Warner Cable at 3022 Peleke Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766. Call (808) 246-9315, or visit www.oceanic.com.
Animals and Pets
Before bringing a pet to Hawai‘i, be advised to research the quarantine procedures and laws relating to shipping a pet. Hawai‘i is the only rabies free state and the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture's Animal Quarantine Branch (www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info ) ensures that it stays that way. Visit the Kauai Humane Society at 3-825 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766. Call (808) 632-0610, or visit www.kauaihumane.org for information on animal laws, leashes, licensing and more.