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.

COVID-19 Related Updates
We are trying our best, but it is impossible for us to list all the closures here.
There is now a mandatory 14 day self-isolation for anyone entering Hawaii.
All persons within the State of Hawaii are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence, such as hotels or condominiums. Individuals may leave only for essential activities or to engage in essential businesses and operations—until 11:59pm April 30, 2020 or until further notice.
Click here to view governor’s order.
Everyone stay safe.

  • COVID-19 related closures and information can be found here: kauai.gov.
  • Visitors and returning residents are required to self-isolate (stay in hotel room or at home only) for 14 days upon arrival until further notice.
  • County-wide lockdown until April 30, 2020: Read more here.
  • County-wide curfew will be in effect from March 20, 2020 from 9pm through 5am daily until further notice. Every individual within the County of Kaua‘i must remain in their residence during these specified hours. Exceptions include:
    1. Commuting to and from work;
    2. Working for an essential service provider whose shifts are within the curfew window;
    3. Delivery services associated with food service establishments or stores that sell food and household supplies; and
    4. Seeking medical attention.
  • The county has announced that starting Monday, March 16, 2020 for a period of 60 days there will be no camping at County Beach Parks. Which are also charging access and parking fees for all visitors.

Temporary Updates:

  • The Highway past Hanalei is open as of June 17th, 2019 after more than a year of repairs. As a result, parks along the North Shore are accepting visitors (with some limitations). Ha‘ena State Park (which Ke‘e Beach is a part of) and Napali Coast State Park now accept a limited number of visitors, and if you want to visit, you’ll need to reserve spots in advance. Hawai‘i residents are not subject to these reservation requirements, but if you’re just visiting and want to stop by these parks, you’ll need to book in advance at gohaena.com and pay their $1 per person fee. If you’re driving in, parking also needs to be reserved in advance and costs $5 for parking until 12:30pm and another $5 for parking after 12:30pm. If you need to book a shuttle to the north shore, you can do so at kauainsshuttle.com. The shuttle runs from $2–$15 depending on where you want to go.”
  • Ha‘ena Beach Park (pages 57 & 102) work is going on-going in the parking lot through February, 2020. Parking is limited during this time and there is no camping at the park until further notice..
  • Queen’s Bath (pages 99 & 106) this may be effectively closed off for now.
  • Hanalei Black Pot Park (page 105) has reopened although construction is still ongoing. Parking and restrooms are available but camping and some of the grounds will still be off limits.
  • The Historic Kilauea Stone Dam Hike (page 164) remains closed until further notice due to flood damage (they said it may be reopened sometime in 2020, but now they say it will take years). However, the Wai Koa Loop Trail (page 153) is open.
  • Pihea Trail (pages 97 & 152) 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.
  • Just Live (page 198) is temporarily closed due to damage sustained during the recent heavy rain and wind storms.

General Information & Updates:

  • Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Parks started charging a $5 parking fee per vehicle for out-of-state visitors. Pedestrians, motorcycle and moped riders will pay $1 per person.
  • Secret Tunnel to the North Shore (pages 64, 70 & 213), Jungle Hike (pages 64, 70, 167 & 168) and Hike to Blue Hole (page 217): The state has been working on the unpaved access road to here of late and they may have a locked gate during the week while they work on the road (not on weekends).
  • Duane’s Ono-Char Burger (pages 44 & 52) is closed.
  • Kaua‘i Museum (page 44) phone number has changed to (808) 245-6931.
  • Greeters of Hawai‘i (page 46) no longer does airport lei greetings.
  • Captain Sundown (page 139 & 140) mornings trips are now $259 and they now take credit cards.
  • Na Pali Coast Hanalei (page 140) is now called Na Pali Coast Tours.
  • North Shore Charters (page 140) no longer has a RIB. They are using a 32-ft catamaran taking 18 people max for $200.
  • Kaua‘i Sea Tours (page 143 & 264) has changed their phone number to 808-335-5309.
  • Kauai Nut Roasters (page 186) no longer has a physical shop. Look for their yummy products in stores around the island.
  • Pohaku T’s (page 187) is closed.
  • Hawaiian Dundee Adventures (page 210) is sadly pau.

Island Dining Updates:

  • Kintaro Restaurant suffered a fire on Oct 17, 2019, they will be closed until repairs can made.
  • Koloa Fish Market has moved to 3390 Poipu Road.
  • Shave Ice Tege Tege (also mentioned on page 60) is MIA for now. Rumor has it they may be opening someplace more permanent in Kapa‘a, but we searched high and low and have yet to find them.
  • Verdé’s phone number should be 808-320-7088.

Island Dining Closures:

  • 9th Island Sports Bar & Grill
  • Banandi 
  • Brick Oven Pizza in Kapa‘a is closed. Kalaheo location is still open.
  • Duane’s Ono-Char Burger
  • Kalapaki Beach Hut
  • Kauai Grill
  • Kauai Pasta
  • Porky’s in Kapa‘a. Waimea location is still open.
  • Mailani Dinner Show
  • Shrimp Station in Kapa‘a is closed. Waimea location is still open.

From the Where to Stay chapter:

  • Hanalei Colony Resort Kaua‘i’s North Shore is open as of December 20th, 2019 after more than a year of repairs. We will be back to do a new review after we give them some time to settle in.