• Newcomers Guide


    To request information on relocation, weddings, and visitor packets, click here or contact the chamber.

  • Demographic Information

    For an overview of Kauai, visit www.census.gov/quickfacts or www.census.gov


  • 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

  • Education

    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.

    Charter Schools  

    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. 

    Pre-Kindergarten programs

    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), a part of the University of Hawai`i system, is the only institute for higher education on Kaua`i. KCC 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, culinary arts, hospitality, early childhood education, autobody and automotive technology, carpentry, electrical and solar panel technology. The campus also serves as a community gathering spot for residents and visitors.

    KCC’s diverse student population of 1,450 undergraduates reflects the unique character of Kaua`i and has a student to faculty ratio of 8:1. Currently KCC offers 19 Associate Degrees, 15 Certificate of Achievement and 20 Certificate of Competence (54 total).*

    In addition to transfer level liberal arts courses, KCC provides vocational and professional training, as well as 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 kauai.hawaii.edu

    * data supplied by Leighton Vila

  • Utilities

    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


    Hawaii Gas 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.

    Spectrum at (808) 643-2100 or visit www.spectrum.com/services/hawaii/kauai

    AT&T at 3-3277 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, or visit www.attwireless.com


    Spectrum at 2956 Aukele Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766. Call (808) 643-2100, or visit www.spectrum.com/services/hawaii/kauai

    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.