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Kauai Revealed - Updated Changes

  

Updates to 11th Edition

It happens every time. The day after we send the disks off to the printers for our brand new edition, somebody changes something that directly affects what we write. Several times we’ve e-mailed these changes to the printers. (It’s our only chance to yell that classic publisher line, Stop the presses!) But after the presses roll we’re left shaking our heads, saying, “Yeah, we know that changed. We’ll correct that in our next printing.” The internet is the next best thing to yanking back all the books in print and scribbling in the changes that always occur.

At Wizard Publications we continually strive to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information on the islands. We are the only publisher who updates our books every time we reprint them. So if you see the updates below already listed in the book you just bought, you may have a recent printing.

The updates below are for the 11th edition of The Ultimate Kauai GuidebookNote: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book. Scroll down for updates to the 10th edition.

Temporary Updates:

  • UPDATE: Road past Hanalei still not open: The highway past Hanalei is was scheduled to open on May 1, 2019, however that date has been pushed back to May 20th at least, after more than a year of repairs due to the April 2018 flooding. Unfortunately, only the highway is currently being repaired, not all the additional infrastructure damaged by the floods. As a result, the area is not really ready to receive visitors just yet. A shuttle to Ha‘ena State Park at the end of the road won’t be available until some time in June and the parking lot there is not ready for cars yet. As a result, community leaders are asking that visitors refrain from coming into Ha‘ena until the rest of the repairs are complete. We will keep you updated.
  • The Kalalau Valley campsites and the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, which was heavily damaged in spring 2018 flooding event, remains closed for public safety until repairs to the trail can be completed, as well as repairs to the highway providing access to Haʻena and Napali. Haʻena State Park, the gateway to the Kalalau Trail, also experienced severe damage during the flooding. These repairs will likely take months to complete.
  • Miloliʻi and Nu‘alolo Kai, which suffered little to no damage in the spring 2018 flooding, will be the only two areas within Napali Coast State Wilderness Park open to visitation.  Each of these areas is accessible only by water, and day use tours are permitted at both locations – Nuʻalolo Kai by inflatable rafts, and Miloli‘i via guided kayak tours. The Nāpali kayak tours, operated by Kayak Kaua‘i, Na Pali Kayak and Outfitters Kaua‘i, will operate on an out-and-back route from Polihale State Park rather than the traditional Ha‘ena to Polihale route due to the damage sustained on the islandʻs north shore. Nu‘alolo Kai raft tours, operated by Captain Andyʻs, Kaua‘i Sea Tours, and Na Pali Explorer, will operate as usual, originating out of west Kaua‘i boat harbors.
  • Limahuli Garden (page 15, 55 and 166) is closed until further notice due to flood damage.
  • Loop/Wailua Management Road is reopened, but rains may make some areas unstable. This may hinder emergency vehicles if you get into trouble out there. This effects the Jungle Hike (page 62, 68, 125 & 156) and Wai‘ale‘ale Hike (page 158 & 202). On-going work is expected on the road.
  • The Historic Kilauea Stone Dam Hike (page 152) remains closed until further notice due to flood damage. However, the Wai Koa Loop Trail (page 153) has reopened.
  • Pihea Trail (pages 90 & 140) has a hog fence put up with signs and a locked gate. This has confused some people. To the right the trail continues along the fence another mile to connect with the Alaka‘i Swamp Trail. To the left is very short but steep spur trail leading to Pihea Vista, your last chance to see Kalalau Valley.

General Information & Updates:

  • Captain Sundown (page 139 & 140) mornings trips are now $259 and they now take credit cards.

Island Dining Updates:

  • Shave Ice Tege Tege is moving to a permanent place in Kapa‘a and hopes to reopen soon. We will give you their new address once they open again.

Updates to 10th Edition

The updates below are for the 10th edition of The Ultimate Kauai GuidebookNote: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

Temporary Updates:

  • UPDATE: Road past Hanalei still not open: The highway past Hanalei is was scheduled to open on May 1, 2019, however that date has been pushed back to May 20th at least, after more than a year of repairs due to the April 2018 flooding. Unfortunately, only the highway is currently being repaired, not all the additional infrastructure damaged by the floods. As a result, the area is not really ready to receive visitors just yet. A shuttle to Ha‘ena State Park at the end of the road won’t be available until some time in June and the parking lot there is not ready for cars yet. As a result, community leaders are asking that visitors refrain from coming into Ha‘ena until the rest of the repairs are complete. We will keep you updated.
  • The Kalalau Valley campsites and the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, which was heavily damaged in spring 2018 flooding event, remains closed for public safety until repairs to the trail can be completed, as well as repairs to the highway providing access to Haʻena and Napali. Haʻena State Park, the gateway to the Kalalau Trail, also experienced severe damage during the flooding. These repairs will likely take months to complete.
  • Miloliʻi and Nu‘alolo Kai, which suffered little to no damage in the spring 2018 flooding, will be the only two areas within Napali Coast State Wilderness Park open to visitation.  Each of these areas is accessible only by water, and day use tours are permitted at both locations – Nuʻalolo Kai by inflatable rafts, and Miloli‘i via guided kayak tours. The Nāpali kayak tours, operated by Kayak Kaua‘i, Na Pali Kayak and Outfitters Kaua‘i, will operate on an out-and-back route from Polihale State Park rather than the traditional Ha‘ena to Polihale route due to the damage sustained on the islandʻs north shore. Nu‘alolo Kai raft tours, operated by Captain Andyʻs, Kaua‘i Sea Tours, and Na Pali Explorer, will operate as usual, originating out of west Kaua‘i boat harbors.
  • Limahuli Garden (page 15, 55 and 166) is closed until further notice due to flood damage.
  • Loop/Wailua Management Road is reopened, but rains may make some areas unstable. This may hinder emergency vehicles if you get into trouble out there. This effects the Jungle Hike (page 62, 68, 125 & 156) and Wai‘ale‘ale Hike (page 158 & 202). On-going work is expected on the road.
  • The Historic Kilauea Stone Dam Hike (page 152) remains closed until further notice due to flood damage. However, the Wai Koa Loop Trail (page 153) has reopened.
  • Pihea Trail (pages 90 & 140) has a hog fence put up with signs and a locked gate. This has confused some people. To the right the trail continues along the fence another mile to connect with the Alaka‘i Swamp Trail. To the left is very short but steep spur trail leading to Pihea Vista, your last chance to see Kalalau Valley.

General Information & Updates:

  • Island Air (page 21) has ceased operations in Hawaii.
  • Fox Rent A Car (page 21) has closed.
  • Kauai Car & Scooter Rental (page 21 & 24) has changed their name to Rent-A-Wreck Kauai.
  • Coconut Coast Weddings (page 25) has changed their phone number to 808-212-7332.
  • Island Weddings & Blessings (page 25) no longer has a toll-free number, just a local number: 808-828-1548.
  • Kmart (page 33, 74, 127, 139,181, 182) is closed.
  • Costco (page 44) closed their photography department so you can no longer get digital images transferred to CD’s there.
  • Kaua‘i Self Storage (page 44) has closed.
  • Banana Joe’s (page 52) now has new owners and no longer carry all the things we used to love about it.
  • Queen’s Bath (pages 52, 99 & 104) The community association has erected a fence and gate and is tasked with deciding when access to the shoreline should be restricted for safety purposes. Since many of the neighbors near the parking lot resent public use of Queen’s Bath, we expect they might be extra diligent in giving the thumbs down to access. Time will tell.
  • Kela’s Glass Gallery (page 73) has moved a block up the street to 4-1400 Kuhio Hwy, near Kapaa Beach Park.
  • Serendipity: A Vintage Boutique (page 73) has closed.
  • Ha‘ula Beach (page 73, 114, 115) The landowner apparently is no longer granting casual access to beachgoers or shoreline fishermen on the edge of the cliff on the way to the beach. You will have to reach out to Grove Farm to get permission if you wish to visit this beach, since there is no shoreline below the cliffs.
  • Sealodge Beach (page 104) now has 7 parking stalls in the resort, near the trailhead. Do not park in any other stalls or on the road. You may get ticketed or towed.
  • Kaua‘i Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens (page 126) no longer rents bicycles.
  • Cost-U-Less (page 127) has closed.
  • Na Pali Sportfishing (page 129) has closed.
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (page 134 & 135) now offers tours departing from Lihue and Princeville.
  • Mauna Loa Helicopters (page 134 & 136) has changed their phone number to 808-745-7500. They have also replaced their lesson flight with a photography flight.
  • Sunshine Helicopters (page 134 &137) no longer does tours out of Princeville Airport. They now offer tours using A-Stars and Whisper-Stars out of Lihue only.
  • Nu‘alolo Cliff Trail (page 146) has reopened but parts have been rerouted.
  • Island Adventures (page 163 & 202) has rebranded as Da Life Outdoors and have discontinued their kayak and waterfall combo tour.
  • Aloha Kaua‘i Tours (page 165) has discontinued their land tours.
  • Steelgrass Chocolate Farm (page 166) has changed their name to Lydgate Farms. Tours are now Monday through Friday 9:00 am to noon.
  • Na Pali Catamaran (page 168) no longer has a 2-hour sunset tour.
  • Na Pali Coast Hanalei (page 169) takes up to 18 people on their power catamaran not 14.
  • Garden Isle Divers (page 176, 177 & 179) has new owners and a new phone number: 808-631-7447. We have not had a chance to review them yet.
  • Kaua‘i Down Under (page 176, 177 & 178) have changed their phone number to 808-742-7422.
  • SeaFun Kaua‘i (page 183) is now called SeaFun Snorkel Adventures and have changed their phone number to 742-2734.
  • Windsurf Kaua‘i (page 189) no longer rents boards but still teaches windsurfing lessons.
  • Outfitters Kaua‘i (page 190) has changed their ziplines. We will be reviewing them again soon.
  • Airplane Trail (page 198) is closed.

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have closed: 

  • Bubba’s Burgers (Hanalei location)
  • Grindz Café
  • Heavenly Creations
  • House of Noodles
  • Island Palm
  • Jo-Jo’s Anuenue
  • Kaua‘i Nut Roasters (Hanalei, Koloa and Kilauea locations) new location in Wailua at Kinipopo Shopping Center.
  • Lei Petite Café & Bakery
  • Mediterranean Gourmet
  • Mema Thai
  • Neide’s Salsa & Samba
  • Olympic Café Po‘ipu
  • Sushi Girl Kaua‘i
  • Sushi Bushido
  • Verdé (Kapa‘a location) try Lihu‘e location
  • Wahooo Seafood Grill & Bar

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have changed:

  • Bouchons Hanalei has changed their name to NorthSide Grill & Sushi.
  • Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Lu‘au has changed their days to Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Greenery Café has changed their phone number to 808-246-4567.
  • Hanalei Bread Co. has a new owner, is expanding their menus and will be changing their name to Zephyr Farms. We’ll review them once the changes are complete.
  • Hanalei Dolphin in Hanalei is still not open from flooding early in 2018.
  • Kilauea Fish Market Kapa‘a location has changed their name to Sleeping Giant Grill.
  • Kaua‘i Nut Roasters Koloa location closed and moved to Kinipopo Shopping Center in Wailua but are not yet open.
  • Makai Sushi has changed their phone number to 808-639-7219.
  • Monico’s Taqueria has moved to 4-733 Kuhio Hwy (south of Foodland in the old Wahooo location). We’ll revisit them once they get settled in.
  • Papaya’s Natural Foods & Café has moved up the street to Waipouli Plaza at 4-901 Kuhio Hwy.
  • Scorpaciatta has changed their phone number to 808-634-3061.
  • Shave Ice Paradise has changed their phone number to 808-212-1653.
  • Shave Ice Tege Tege is moving to a permanent place in Kapa‘a and hopes to reopen soon. We will give you their new address once they open again.
  • Tropical Taco no longer serves breakfast on the weekends. Hours are now 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Fri and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat & Sun.
  • Village Snack & Bakery Shop now accepts credit cards.
  • Wishing Well Shave Ice has changed their phone number to 808-639-7828.

From the Where to Stay chapter:

  • Hanalei Colony Resort is closed until further notice. Please visit their website at https://www.hcr.com/ for more information.
  • Kaua‘i Shores toll-free phone humber changed to (800) 222-5642.
  • Makahuena has changed it’s local number to 808-742-7700 (which goes to Po‘ipu Shores office). After hours call 808-742-2200 (which goes to Kiahuna Plantation).
  • The St. Regis Kauai Resort is back to being called Princeville Resort (for those who remember) their toll-free number is (833) 623-2111 for now nothing much else has changed.