Funded by the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) Charitable Foundation, the Emergency Electric Assistance Program provides emergency assistance to KIUC customers who are past due and unable to pay their electric bill. A household may receive assistance of up to a maximum of $300 for electric service once in a 12-month period.

In addition, KEO administers a separate Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to to help offset household energy costs or to restore or to prevent the termination of residential electric or gas power.


To be eligible for the Emergency Electricity Assistance Program, KIUC customers must:

  • Physically reside on Kauai
  • Have a current account with KIUC (see graphic below)
  • Reside at the service location
  • Possess a past due KIUC bill or urgent notice
  • Have a household income that falls at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (the incomes of all persons residing at the service address are included)


Kauai Economic Opportunity, Inc.
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Lihue, Hawaii 96766
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  • Completed KEO Intake Application
  • Proof of residence and responsibility if KEO client is not the KIUC subscriber.
  • Verification of Income
    • Either –
      • documentation that applicant or family member is already receiving any of the following assistance: Federal – SNAP, TANF, General Assistance-Temporary for the disabled, Social Security Disability, Social Security Medicaid, HUD County – Section 8 Housing.
    • Or –
      • Paystubs for the past 3 months
      • Social security letter or printout
      • Unemployment printout
      • Child support
      • Self-employment: General Excise Tax filing, tax returns
      • Retirement pension
      • Veterans Benefit
      • Gifts
  • Verification of household members
    • Birth verification (birth certificate, passport, etc.)
  • Picture Identification of applicant
  • KIUC past due bill or urgent notice and current bill
  • Verification of assets
    • Savings and checking account statements.
    • Profit Sharing, 401K, IRA, Mutual Funds. Pension statements
  • Receipt of payment for any amount over the $300.00


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