Kaua‘i Updates & Changes
Updates to 10th 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 10th edition of The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. Note: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book. There are no longer any updates to previous editions on this site.
- Kaua‘i’s recent storms have closed the last 7 miles of the highway past Hanalei. Hanalei is as far north as you can travel at this time.
- The Kalalau Valley campsites and the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, which was heavily damaged in recent monthʻs flooding event, remain 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.
- As of May 15, Miloliʻi and Nu‘alolo Kai, which suffered little to no damage in the 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.
- Additionally, the Miloli‘i section of Napali Coast State Wilderness Park will reopen for visitation and overnight camping to those with valid permits beginning May 15 as well.
- 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) and Wai Koa Loop Trail (page 153) are closed due to flood damage.
- Hanalei Dolphin (Island Dining) is closed until July 16, 2018 due to flood damage.
- Korean BBQ (Island Dining) is closed until June 20, 2018.
General Information & Updates:
- Island Air (page 21) has ceased operations in Hawaii.
- Fox Rent A Car (page 21) has closed.
- Kaua‘i Self Storage (page 44) has closed.
- Kela’s Glass Gallery (page 73) has moved a block up the street to 4-1400 Kuhio Hwy, near Kapaa Beach Park.
- 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.
- Na Pali Sportfishing (page 129) has closed.
- Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (page 134 & 135) now offers tours departing from Lihue and Princeville.
- 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.
- Nualolo Cliff Trail (page 146) has reopened.
- Aloha Kaua‘i Tours (page 165) has discontinued their land tours. They may resume their Rain Forest Tour at a later date.
- 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.
From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have closed:
- Bubba’s Burgers Hanalei location
- Grindz Café
- Heavenly Creations
- House of Noodles
- Jo-Jo’s Anuenue
- Kaua‘i Nut Roasters Hanalei and Kilauea locations
- Mediterranean Gourmet
- Mema Thai
- Sushi Girl Kaua‘i
- 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.
- Kilauea Fish Market Kapa‘a location has changed their name to Sleeping Giant Grill.
- Kaua‘i Nut Roasters Koloa location no longer has a phone number.
- Monico’s Taqueria is temporarily closed as they prepare to move to a new location. We’ll review them again once they get settled.
- Olympic Café Po‘ipu location hours have changed to Thursday-Monday 6 a.m to 2 p.m.
- 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 Tege Tege has moved to the south side of Otsuka’s in the food truck court at 4-1620 Kuhio Hwy.
- Village Snack & Bakery Shop now accepts credit cards.
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).