Kauai News

Regular Access Continues on Kūhiō Highway by Hanalei Hill

Posted April 1, 2021, 6:50 AM HST

A regular schedule continues to be in place for public access on Kūhiō Highway by Hanalei Hill after a landslide a few weeks ago.

During access hours the highway at Hanalei Hill is open to single-lane, alternating traffic for passenger cars and light trucks. These vehicles will be escorted through the work zone by a pilot vehicle.

The schedule is as follows:

Morning access: 5:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. (Hanalei side goes first)
Afternoon access: 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays (Princeville side goes first)
Wednesday afternoon access: 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Princeville side goes first)
Evening access: 5:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Princeville side goes first)
(Note, afternoon access was planned around Hanalei School schedule)

Sunday and observed State Holidays (including Good Friday, April 2): 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Hanalei side goes first)

Heavy trucks (e.g., those with payloads exceeding three-quarter-ton such as Ford Super Duty F-350, Ram 3500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, and GMC Sierra 3500 or larger) will be detoured via Ka Haku Road, Lei O Papa Road, and Hanalei Plantation Road.

The public access schedule will ensure safety, efficient single lane alternating movement through the area, and necessary construction hours for emergency repairs and long-term mitigations.

Single lane access is not possible during the work to stabilize the slope above and below Kūhiō Highway at mile marker 1 for the safety of vehicles on the highway. The contractor works 10-hour days, six days a week. When there will be no work at the site, access will be from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.