Pets in Princeville

Princeville is a pet friendly community.   You may enjoy walking or running with your pet in Princeville parks and the many paths.  We do ask you to adhere to our Pets Policy for the PHCA facilities, Pavilion and Playground area. 

PHCA Covenants Article III, Section 2, m: "No animals, livestock or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred, or kept on any land in the subdivision, except that a reasonable number of dogs, cats or other common household pets may be kept; provided, however that they are not kept, bred, or maintained for any commercial purpose. 

PHCA Rules: "All pets will be kept in adherence to the laws of the State of Hawaii and County of Kauai, and the Declaration (PHCA Covenant above). Pet owners are required to pick up and dispose of their pet(s) feces in a sanitary manner. The KPD and/or State Health Dept. may be notified if violations of this rule are observed. No owners shall permit any dog, cat, or other animal, whether or not the pet is licensed, to become a stray.
  • The Patrol will issue Courtesy Reminder Notices (CRNs) if your dog is observed off property without a leash. 
  • If the offense is repeated, the Humane Society will be called and they will issue citations as cited below. 
Kauai County Code Leash Law Section 22, Article 2: "Dogs must be under control of the owner by a leash (not more than 8 feet long) when off the owner's property. Exceptions to this article include seeing-eye dogs trained to assist blind persons, dogs used in an official law enforcement capacity and when dogs are used for hunting or obedience training, tracking or show as long as they are accompanied by their owner. If dogs are found running loose....they are considered stray and in violation of this law. Fines for this violation range from $50 to $200. 

 Roosters & Chickens

 Kauai has an abundance of roosters and chickens! 

The PHCA Board has been receiving quite an increase in complaints about residents feeding the neighborhood chickens. The PHCA is asking residents and visitors to please DO NOT FEED the chickens. 

Feeding chickens compounds the problem by enticing them to the area.  The noise pollution robs residents and visitors of sleep & peace of mind. Some residents are leaving because of it. The chickens ruin gardens and food crops and crowd out desirable ground-feeding birds. 

While they are protected in public areas, they are not protected when  on private property. They can be trapped and euthanized. We do NOT recommend shooting the chickens with BB guns or pellet guns. Click here for the County rules regarding this issue

 Federal wildlife refuges trap and kill this invasive pest because they...

               -spread parasites and disease, including botulism
               -prey on Shearwater and Koloa duck eggs and chicks
               -crowd out ground-feeding songbirds, Shamas and others
               -destroy crops
               -provide food for feral cats which spreads toxoplasmosis in humans and monk seals

 If you find yourself bothered by roosters on your property, the PHCA has chicken traps available for use by residents.

 Click here to reserve a trap. 

Layason Albatross

The Albatross are now nesting in Princeville. It is very important that we protect these precious birds by keeping our domestic pets away.
Dogs must be kept on leash at all times when off your property. Also we suggest cats be kept inside. 
The Laysan Albatross are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and enforced by Federal Law.
Fines for damage to the birds can reach $10,000.
 Please stay at least 15 feet away from the nest.
Don't leave water or food for the Albatross. They don't need it and it may attract predators that will attack them.  
Please help us ensure a safe nesting season! 

Interesting facts about the Layason Albatross:
  • They live at sea in the North Pacific.
  • They travel great distances constantly in search of food. Crossing 1,000's of miles of open ocean.
  • They feed predominantly on cephalopods (squid), but will also eat fish, crustaceans (shell fish), and other invertebrates.
  • They come to the shores of Kauai from November to July
  • They come here to mate, lay an egg, and raise their chick until its ready to fly away (fledge). 
  • Juvenile birds return to the colony three to four years after fledging. They generally mate when seven or eight years old. 
  • They mate for life but do not travel together. They meet back on land at the same location each year; sometimes arriving just hours apart.
  • The parents take turns sitting on the egg. While on sits, the other hunts for food on the open ocean.
  • When the chick is old enough, both parents can be gone for extended periods hunting food. They can range thousands of miles away from the nest just to find enough food to sustain themselves and the chick. One parent cannot do the job alone. 
  • By the time the chick is ready to fledge, the parents have already returned to the sea. The chick relies on its own "programming" for the skills of flight, navigation and hunting. 

Shearwater Birds

Wedgetailed Shearwater                               Newell Shearwater

  • The Newell’s Shearwaters are easily distinguished by their 'formal wear' of black and white plumage, dark bill and pink legs with black toes.  Photo above are the Wedge-Tailed Shearwaters.
  • Nests are either in burrows or on the surface under cover.
  • Thought to be extinct by 1908, Newell’s Shearwaters were rediscovered in 1947 and found breeding on Kauaʻi in 1967.
  •  A single white egg is laid during the first two weeks of June. The young birds leave the nest in October.  They fly out to sea and are no longer dependent on their parents.
  •  In the past, up to 2,000 Newell's Shearwaters -- mostly juveniles -- were picked up annually through the SOS program and 91 percent were recovered and released.

Last year alone we lost an estimated 100 shearwaters in our community.  The Newell’s Shearwater is Highly Endangered and at risk from loose cats and dogs.  Federal Law protects the birds, their nests and eggs.  Fines for damage can reach $10,000.

During fledging season (Sept. 15 - Dec. 15), the Newell Shearwaters can become disoriented by excess lighting.  The Humane Society and a group of Hanalei Elementary school kids recommend reducing the "light attraction" by taking the following actions: 

  • Watch the robotics team at Hanalei School talk about the following options here 
  • Turning off unnecessary outdoor lights, especially between September 15th and December 15th.
  • Replacing fixtures that scatter light in all directions — such as globe and carriage lights — with directional fixtures that point down and away from the beach.
  • Shielding the light source. Materials such as aluminum flashing can be used to direct light where it is needed and keep it off the beach and from exposing the bulb to the sky.
  • Replacing white incandescent, fluorescent and high-intensity lighting with a maximum 40-watt yellow bug light.
  • If you have large windows, draw drapes at night to keep interior lights from attracting the birds..
  • Keep your dogs and cats supervised and controlled at all times.

North Shore Aid Stations

Kilauea Medical Group / Hanalei Liquor Store / St. Regis Gate House / Princeville Fire

Bringing the bird directly to the shelter during regular business hours is always the best first choice. Hours are 8am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and 8am to 4pm Saturday through Monday.  For seabird emergencies please call 635-5117.