Going to North Shore Kauai and beyond Princeville this summer is not likely to be easy. And you need to plan. But, we’ve got you covered, so read on.
Since the Kauai North Shore Landslide in March, the highway into Hanalei is one lane and can only be accessed at specific times during the week and all day on weekends. To complicate matters further, if you want to drive beyond Hanalei to places like Tunnels Beach, Haena, and Kee Beach, you will need to apply for parking and day-use permits. Otherwise, you can only drive but not stop. There is currently no shuttle service available. If you can find someone to drop you off, you only need a permit for day use.
Follow these three tips for visiting North Shore Kauai:
- Passes sell out quickly – 30 days in advance for both day use and parking. Be on their site at 12:01 am (HST). Click this link to reserve: Go Haena.
- If you want to park all day, keep in mind that you’ll need to purchase morning and afternoon passes. If you want to be there from park opening until sunset, then you’ll need to purchase all three time slots.
- Limited overnight parking is now available for campers with Kalalau overnight permits for Napali Coast State Wilderness Park.
Here’s what one of our readers said about the current situation:
“This is why I’ve rented a house near Tunnels Beach. The day-use entry passes for Haena are easier to get than parking & entry passes 30 days in advance because there are more of them offered, so I’ll be trying to get just day-use entry passes each day, so I can either walk the mile from Tunnels to Kee or ride a bike to Kee. The North Shore is a lot different than it was a few years ago.”
If you have recently visited North Shore Kauai, we invite you to share your personal experiences in the comment section.
Photo at Tunnels Beach.