Feds declare Kauai disaster area given drought September 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 3:02 AM LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department has designated Kauai County as a disaster area because of ongoing drought. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a letter sent Wednesday to Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie that the declaration will give farmers access to assistance. The letter says Kauai is on the list because it has had at least eight straight weeks of severe drought during the growing season. Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui counties already have the designation. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.