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Kaua‘i COVID-19 Q&A: Thrift stores

Editor’s Note: Questions about stay-at-home orders can be submitted to and The Garden Island staff will do our best to find you an answer by contacting county officials and Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman. Be aware these answers are informed with the latest directives from officials and can change as official rules and recommendations change. Contact the Hawai‘i Department of Health or your physician for official COVID-19 symptoms and steps to take if you think you have the virus.

Q: Now that we are all cleaning our closets, where do we take the items we no longer need?

A: You may have to hold onto clothing and other goods you’d like to donate for a little longer.

A call to Shared Blessings Thrift Shop in Kilauea said the store is currently closed for donations and shopping, but they hope to be accepting donations beginning Friday, April 24. For more information on their services, call 828-1825.

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Hanapepe is closed through April 30. A voicemail message says they will not be accepting any donations at this time.

The Kaua‘i Humane Society’s Blooming Tails thrift shop is also closed, but asking for monetary donations as the shop’s revenue helps to fund the shelter.

Q: I have several vacation rentals in my neighborhood. I noticed several visitors have arrived after the quarantine was established. They are not staying in their home. Is there a number to call when visitors do not honor our quarantine regulations?

A: The county’s Planning Department is the entity in charge of vacation rentals that are currently housing visitors. The department can be reached at 241-4050. For reporting quarantine or emergency rule violations, the Kaua‘i Police Department has an online reporting tool. According to the website (, this tool can be used for non-criminal activities not in progress.

According to a press release last week, this online reporting tool can also be used to make general reports, minor traffic collisions, lost property, criminal property damage, theft and landlord/tenant disputes.


Sabrina Bodon, public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or
Source: The Garden Island

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