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Easy Access Following Hanalei Landslide Starts September 4

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  1. Thank you for this great information. We’re staying in Westin Princeville Villas from 13-25 October. Can you clarify how the weekday guided vehicle traffic works? We’re considering an weekday 11:30 boat tour of the Na Pali coast departing from Hanalei. Their website says we need to take “morning convoy” (5:30 am-7:45 am) which is a little confusing. If an escort vehicle is guiding traffic in alternating directions during the day couldn’t we leave later in the morning? Any estimates on how long the wait is from the Westin Resort to get past the construction zone? Sorry for all the questions. We’ve been researching and this site seems to have the best information.

    1. Hi Bill.

      There has been little or no delay recently. From our experience, in the worst case, plan on an extra 30 minutes for road work.


        1. We just returned from a week in Hanalei. Now with one-way traffic control during the weekdays we were never delayed more than about five minutes. On the weekend there was one lane open in each direction so zero delay.

  2. Thank you so much for the information. We’ll be staying for a week in Hanalei at the end of September and were considering booking a hotel near Lihue for our last night due to the road restrictions and our flight times. This means we can stay in beautiful Hanalei and not worry about missing the convoy. Excellent news!

    1. KIM W.. I would anyway… just because you can get out of Hanalei doesn’t mean you can get thru Kapa’a! Or across the bridge if it rains. Or counting on there not being an accident. Etc etc etc. you get the point!

  3. WOW! First time I’m seeing the initial damage. No wonder it’s taken so long to repair! Thanks guys!

  4. Great news yesterday from HIDot. Starting September 4th one lane will be open constantly with escort cars alternating directions! No more windows of opening times!

    I believe this is several weeks earlier than estimated.

  5. Yes, the DOT website says 12:30-2 pm (PV side first) on Wednesdays. I was just throwing in my 2 dollars as to why the “Hanalei Town” website may be outdated. I not familiar with that site.

  6. Unless they go back to mandatory quarantine for all arrivals, we will be there starting next Wednesday (Sep 1) through the 23rd. We will become very familiar with the slope situation, since we live out in Wainiha. Neighbors tell me they’d be surprised if it fully reopens before the end of the year. The HIDOT speculated by end of September at one point, but HIDOT has no credibility in our neighborhood with respect to predicted road re-openings. After the April 2018 washouts, it was going to be repaired by end of July, then by end of October, then by the end of year, then they quit giving any dates, and it eventually happened in June 2019, although the bridges weren’t finished for many months after that. Good times.

    1. Hi David.

      You will see that the other (currently blocked) lane had been cleared recently. The lower slope however will take a long time to complete and we’ve continued to see debris coming down. It sure doesn’t look ready to open anytime soon. The way things roll here it could go either way, next month or next year.


  7. Thank you for this helpful information.
    There’s a discrepancy in convoy times on Wednesday afternoon between what you posted and what is posted on the “Hanalei Town” website. You have 12:30-2:00 pm and they have 12:00-1:30 pm.
    Can you confirm which is correct? And what’s so special about Wednesdays?

      1. The Wed school hours were slightly adjusted. I forget if from 12:30 to 12 or the other way around. Maybe when school started back up in July they changed it back?? (HI has “year-round” school schedule) Kids get Wed afternoons off.

  8. Aloha. We will finally be revisiting Kauai end of October so would appreciate updates, especially about access to Hanalei. We like to visit there often so that would be great information.


    1. Hi Marys.

      Yes, do stay in touch. There are no updates to the road. To us it does not look like it will open for October, but perhaps we will be pleasantly surprised. Stay tuned.


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