Kauai Health and Safety

Kauai Health and Safety

Kauai health and safety is important to review leading to your big trip. Know where to go, who to call, what to avoid, and how to take care of travel issues as they arise. Being prepared and understanding the local safety networks will allow for a more enjoyable vacation.


Where to go for a medical emergency…


In the event of a serious emergency always call 911. Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue is the only primary care facility for major emergencies. Mahelona Memorial in Kapaa and Veterans Memorial in Waimea both offer emergency care, but will send you to Wilcox if your medical emergency is life threatening.


Primary Care Facility:

Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Health Center

3-3420 Kuhio Highway, Suite B

Lihue, HI 96766-1099

(808) 245-1100


Hospital and Emergency Center – 24 hours daily

Emergency Center Phone: (808) 245-1010 | Emergencies: 911

Secondary Care Facilities:


Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital

4800 Kawaihau Rd.

Kapaa, HI 96746

(808) 822-4961


Hospital and Emergency Center – 24 hours daily



Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital

West Kauai Medical Center

4643 Waimea Canyon Dr.

Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796

Phone: (808) 338-9431


Hospital and Emergency Center – 24 hours daily

Who to call in an emergency: 911


Kauai Police Department

Headquarters – Lihue

3990 Kaana Street, Suite 200

Lihue, HI 96766

(808) 241-1711

Emergencies: Dial 911



Kauai Fire Department

Headquarters / East – Lihue:

Piikoi Building

4444 Rice Street

Suite 315

Lihue Hawaii, 96766

Phone: (808) 241-4980 | (808) 241-6507

Emergencies: Dial 911

Email: kfd@kauai.gov




How most travelers get themselves into trouble….


1: Ocean Safety: We have covered this topic in great depth. Unless you live in a place with large surf, rip currents, and countless beaches, take the time to learn about what makes our shorelines unuiqe.


2: Flash Flooding: Always exercise caution around rivers when rain is heavy locally or in the interior. Often people get themselves in trouble while hiking or kayaking. Brown water equals flood conditions. Waiting out a flood is always smarter than trying to cross swift moving water. Rivers can come up fast, but often will drop quickly after interior rains subside. The only thing dangerous about flash floods is being in them. Be patient, make a game plan to avoid swift moving water, and be patient. Carry a flashlight, lighter, plenty of fresh water, and rain protection.


3: Sun Protection: Don’t get cooked on the first day. This is the easiest way to ruin a good vacation. UV rays are stronger in Hawaii than anywhere else in the United States. Hawaii’s latitude is located far south of Miami, Florida. The locals know to apply waterproof sunblock liberally and often, bring shade on a beach day, have someone coat your back before snorkeling. They also use wet/dry 30-50-SPF light weight tops, brimmed hats, and sunglasses to protect themselves for the sun. Be smart take care of your skin!


4: Petty Theft: Don’t leave your valuables on the beach while in the water or locked in your car when on an adventure. Kauai, in general, is a very safe place to travel with your family. Avoid attracting petty thieves by always having your valuables on your person.


Typical hot items petty thieves look for:

  • Cash, wallets, credit cards
  • Electronics
  • Anything that can be easily carried



5: Stay Hydrated: Drink litters of water everyday! Kauai is an island of adventure. Staying hydrated will keep you on the move.


If you have any more questions about Kauai health and safety, ask a local. Give us a call anytime at 1-800-380-KAUAI (5282).

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) Member