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Kauai hotel serves as heartbeat of tourism-resistant community

  • Video by Cindy Ellen Russell and Allison Schaefers / crussell@staradvertiser.com and aschaefers@staradvertiser.com

    Torrential rains flooded Kauai last April, causing massive flooding and landslides. A year later, some Kauai residents are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Laura Richards, general manager of Hanalei Colony Resort, poses in a pool that was damaged by the floods. The property also was ravaged by a fire in July. Despite all the challenges, she remains positive.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Joel Edwards works the bar during open-mic night at the Opaka­paka Bar and Grill in the Hanalei Colony Resort. The resort has become a community hub.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The ocean view from a Hanalei Colony Resort suite. The resort has been closed to visitors since the floods of April 2018 and is unlikely to open before the end of the year.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    David Killingsworth repairs the damaged pedestrian link at the Hanalei Colony Resort. The resort was at full occupancy when flooding on April 14 and 15, 2018, created major landslides and knocked out roads and utilities.

Laura Richards, the Hanalei Colony Resort’s general manager, felt fear in April 2018 when a historic flood ravaged Kauai’s north shore. Read more

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