We are excited to welcome you again soon to North Shore Kauai. Our Kauai vacation rentals at Princeville Resort, Hanalei and Anini Beach-Kilauea, provide a great starting point to enjoy to all of the splendor for which this part of the island is renowned.
Following historic rainfall and flooding in April 2018, the highway from Hanalei to Kee Beach was closed for repair and is scheduled to reopen in June 2019. In addition there is new road work occurring just south of the Hanalei Bridge after Princeville. Here is what you can expect for travel to North Shore this summer.
New road repair this summer near Hanalei Bridge.
Hawaii Department of Transportation has begun emergency hillside stabilization work on the Kuhio highway which leads to the Hanalei Bridge. Traffic is reduced to one lane shared in both directions near the bridge, 24-hours a day. There will also be intermittent 30-45 minute closures in both directions. That work is expected to be completed in late summer. Until then, expect additional delays when travelling north of Princeville and on the return.
Highway reopens tentatively on June 13 (previously scheduled for May 20), possibly including Haena State Park.
The final date for park reopening has not yet been announced, but is expected in June. When it opens, cars will be limited daily and a parking reservation system and shuttle service will be started. You can read more about this later in our post. Illegal parking will result in a $200 parking fine. There will be a security checkpoint for entry and daily advisories.
Visitors will be allowed on a limited basis to Haena State Park, the Limahuli Garden, Kee Beach, and the Kalalau trail.
Tunnels Beach Advisory: There will be no parking allowed on the highway in the vicinity of Tunnels Beach. That area must be accessed at Haena Beach.
New reservation system for Haena State Park Access and North Shore Shuttle.
Visitors will be strictly limited to 900 each day to preserve the pristine nature of this world famous area. A reservation system will be announced soon for parking and posted here.
Also, a new shuttle system will be in place when the park opens in June for those not wanting to bring their vehicle. The shuttle is scheduled to leave from Princeville Resort. Nominal cost and schedule to be announced. If you plan an overnight hike on the Kalalau Trail, you will need to use the shuttle service.
Travel beyond the first two miles (Hanakapiai Falls) requires a permit, as has always been the case.
The reservation system for overnight camping will function as it has for some time, and those with camping permits are not subject to the visitor limits. Overnight campers will not be able to leave their vehicles at Haena State Park, and are required to either use the shuttle or arrange to be dropped off at the trail-head. The camping reservation system will be available once the final date for reopening of the park is set.
Hanalei Bay is Open.
During this summer, in addition to repairs near the Hanalei Bridge, work will be done to restore automobile access to the Hanalei Pier and Blackpot Beach. You can, however, park either near the lifeguard pavilion at the center of the Bay, or at the far end of known as Pine Trees.
Links to more Helpful Information.
Please use the following for help determining the current situation prior to visiting.
Questions related to the State Parks, the new reservation system, or other inquires should be directed to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources at (808) 587-0396 or (808) 587-0300.
Information from Hawaii Department of Transportation at Kuhio Highway Emergency Repairs.
North Shore Shuttle updates can be found on the Hanalei Initiative.