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: 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 Nāpali 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–$11 depending on where you want to go.”
  • Queen’s Bath (pages 99 & 106) this may be effectively closed off for now.
  • Camping at Ha‘ena State Park (page 102) there is no camping at the park until further notice.
  • The Historic Kilauea Stone Dam Hike (page 164) remains closed until further notice due to flood damage (they say it may be reopened sometime in 2020 ). 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.

General Information & Updates:

  • Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Parks will begin charging a $5 parking fee per vehicle for out-of-state visitors on Friday June 18, 2019. Pedestrians, motorcycle and moped riders will pay $1 per person.
  • Captain Sundown (page 139 & 140) mornings trips are now $259 and they now take credit cards.

Island Dining Updates:

  • 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:

  • Brick Oven Pizza in Kapa‘a is closed. Kalaheo location is still open.
  • Kauai Grill is closed.
  • Mailani Dinner Show is closed.

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.

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: 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 Nāpali 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–$11 depending on where you want to go.
  • Queen’s Bath (pages 52, 99 & 104) this may be effectively closed off for now.
  • Camping at Ha‘ena State Park (page 102) there is no camping at the park until further notice.
  • The Historic Kilauea Stone Dam Hike (page 152) remains closed until further notice due to flood damage (they say it may be reopened in 2020 sometime). However, the Wai Koa Loop Trail (page 153) is open.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Verdé’s phone number should be 808-320-7088.
  • 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.