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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.

COVID-19 Related Updates
For in depth up–to-date COVID-19 information as it relates to Hawai‘i, please read our “Traveling to Hawai‘i During COVID” blog. Everyone stay safe.

COVID-19 related closures and information can be found here: kauai.gov.

Temporary Closures due to Covid-19

  • All Lu‘au (some are opening in June 2021 – Smith’s is open but booked up)
  • Air Ventures Hawai‘i (Activities – Air Tours)
  • (Aunty) Angeline’s Lomi Kaua‘i (Activities – Spas)
  • Bangkok Happy Bowl (Island Dining)
  • Fresh Shave (Island Dining)
  • JJ’s Broiler (Island Dining)
  • Kauai Backcountry Adventures (Activities – Zipline) opens Sept 1, 2021
  • Kauai Family Café in Wailua (Island Dining)
  • Kauai Ono (Island Dining)
  • Kintaro Restaurant (Island Dining)
  • Lawa‘i International Center (Activities – Land Tours)
  • Maverick Helicopters (Activities – Air Tours) opens June 1, 2021
  • Nanea (Island Dining)
  • Oasis on the Beach (Island Dining)
  • Puakea Golf Course (Activities – Golfing)
  • Robert’s Hawaii Movie Tour (Activities – Land Tours)
  • RumFire (Island Dining)
  • Silverfalls Ranch (Activities – Horseback Riding)
  • Sleeping Giant Grill (Island Dining)
  • Sunshine Helicopters (Activities – Air Tours)

Temporary Updates:

  • Flooding on Kauai March, 2021:The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will open Kuhio Highway (Route 560) on the north shore of Kauai at mile marker 1 approaching Hanalei Bridge for scheduled public access beginning Saturday, March 20, 2021. Check DOT website for schedule of opening times.Due to 2021 landslides caused by heavy rainfall and flooding there is limited access to Haena State Park, the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, and the Kalalau Trail. Haena State Park and the Kalalau Trail are OPEN and existing reservations are being honored – day use and overnight. However, due to uncertainty of access, new permits are NOT being issued for future dates, but we expect to reactivate the reservation system soon. Permittees are encouraged to be vigilant and check the Hawaii DOT webpage for current Kuhio Highway access hours and protocols.
  • Ha‘ena State Park & Napali Coast Access Info (including all beaches, camping, parking, etc. contained therein): see DLNR website for details. There is currently NO shuttle due to COVID-19.
  • Queen’s Bath (pages 99 & 106) this may be effectively closed off for now.
  • The Historic Kilauea Stone Dam Hike (page 164) remains closed until further notice due to flood damage (they said it may be reopened sometime in 2020, but now they say it will take years). 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 are now charging a $10 parking fee per vehicle for out-of-state visitors plus a $5 per person entrance fee. Motorcycle and moped riders pay $5 per person. The camping fee is now $30 per night per campsite.
  • Kalalau Trail is open to day and overnight use. Camping (with permit only) is now $35 per night.
  • Secret Tunnel to the North Shore (pages 64, 70 & 213), Jungle Hike (pages 64, 70, 167 & 168) and Hike to Blue Hole (page 217): The state finally opened the access road after a few years. Yay!
  • Duane’s Ono-Char Burger (pages 44 & 52) is closed.
  • Kaua‘i Museum (page 44) phone number has changed to (808) 245-6931.
  • Greeters of Hawai‘i (page 46) no longer does airport lei greetings.
  • JC’s Flowers (page 46 & 47) is closed.
  • Princeville Ranch Adventures (page 136 & 197) is no longer doing ATVs or ziplines, but they are still open for horseback riding.
  • Captain Sundown (page 139 & 140) is now retired and sailed off into the sunset.
  • Liko Kaua‘i Cruises (page 139 & 142) has changed their phone number to 808-338-9980.
  • Na Pali Coast Hanalei (page 140) is now called Na Pali Coast Tours.
  • North Shore Charters (page 140) no longer has a RIB. They are using a 32-ft catamaran taking 18 people max for $200.
  • Kaua‘i Sea Tours (page 143 & 264) has changed their phone number to 808-335-5309.
  • Fishing (page 147) the state is now asking all visitors to obtain a fishing license from the DLNR for $20/day or $70/week.
  • Kauai Nut Roasters (page 186) is no more—sadly.
  • Pohaku T’s (page 187) is closed.
  • Ziplines (page 197 & 198) Princeville Ranch and Just Live are both done.
  • Hawaiian Dundee Adventures (page 210) is sadly pau.
  • The Makai Lounge at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort (page 262) is now The Crooked Surf and their phone is 808-320-3651.

Island Dining Updates:

  • Eat Healthy Kauai is now called Russell’s (after owner’s dog).
  • Gaylord’s changed their name upon reopening to The Plantation House by Gaylord’s – mostly the same food etc.
  • Ha Coffee Bar moved next to Kauai Beer Company in Lihu‘e and opened up a second location near Russell’s in Wailua.
  • Kintaro Restaurant suffered a fire, they will be closed until repairs can made.
  • Koloa Fish Market has moved to 3390 Poipu Road.
  • Puka Dog has moved. They’re now located inside Brennecke’s Deli at 2100 Hoone Road, across the street from Po‘ipu Beach Park.
  • 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:

  • 9th Island Sports Bar & Grill
  • Art Café  Hemingway
  • Banandi 
  • Brick Oven Pizza in Kapa‘a is closed. Kalaheo location is still open.
  • Dondero’s
  • Duane’s Ono-Char Burger
  • Garden Island Grille
  • Great Harvest Bread Co.
  • Hanalei Bay Pizzeria
  • Harvest Market Café
  • Island Taco (Po‘ipu)
  • Iti Wine Bar
  • Kalaheo Steak & Ribs
  • Kalapaki Beach Hut
  • Kauai Grill
  • Kauai Pasta in Kapa‘a
  • Kiawe Roots
  • Kikuchi’s moved to Big Island
  • Living Foods Market & Café
  • Mailani Dinner Show
  • Makai Sushi moved to San Diego.
  • Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza & Burgers
  • Monkeypod Jam
  • NOM Kaua‘i
  • Ono Family Restaurant and Ono Ono Shave Ice
  • Pizzetta
  • Plantation Gardens
  • Porky’s in Kapa‘a. Waimea location is still open.
  • Princeville Resort Dinner on a Beach
  • PV Eats Market & Wine Bar
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Shave Ice Paradise
  • Shrimp Station in Kapa‘a is closed. Waimea location is still open.
  • The Lanai Kaua‘i
  • The Local Kaua‘i
  • Tortilla Republic
  • Trees Lounge
  • Trilogy

From the Where to Stay chapter:

  • Hanalei Colony Resort Kaua‘i’s North Shore is open as of December 20th, 2019 after more than a year of repairs. We will be back to do a new review after we give them some time to settle in.
  • Honu‘ea International Hostel closed – sadly.
  • Marriott Kaua‘i Beach Club & Resort is now called Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort.
  • The Princeville Resort is currently closed while they rebrand. They will be reopening sometime in 2022 as ”1 Hotel Hanalei Bay”. Once they’ve had a chance to get situated we’ll review them again.