Kuhio Highway Access between Waikoko and Wainiha

Kuhio Highway Wainiha_Waikoko


  • Access into Wainiha and Haena is limited to (see Mayor's Emergency Rule #1):
    • Area Residents
    • Emergency Response (9-1-1)
    • Official County/State/Federal Government Officials and Contractors
    • Approved Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)


  • Access Schedule (as of 5/31/18)

Monday through Saturday:

  • 6 a.m. First trip from Waikoko to Wainiha.
  • 6:30 a.m. First trip from Wainiha to Waikoko, to include shuttle.
  • 8:30 a.m. Waikoko to Wainiha.
  • 9 a.m. Wainiha to Waikoko.
  • 12 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha.
  • 12:20 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko, to include shuttle.
  • 12:40 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha, to include shuttle.
  • 1 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko.
  • From 5 to 6:30 p.m. authorized vehicles will be escorted through the closure on an alternating basis, and the checkpoints will be locked at 7 p.m.
  • 10:30 p.m. Wainiha to Waikoko.
  • 11 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha (last trip of the day).


  • Limited local access is available on an alternating basis between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The first trip begins at 7 a.m. from Waikoko to Wainiha. A pilot vehicle will escort placarded vehicles under 16,000 pounds from the checkpoint to the other side of the closure in Wainiha. The pilot vehicle will then escort vehicles from Wainiha to Waikoko and continue on an alternating basis until approximately 6:30 p.m.
  • At 10:30 p.m. a Wainiha to Waikoko trip will run. (UPDATED: 6/8/18)
  • An 11 p.m. Waikoko to Wainiha trip will be the last run of the day. (UPDATED: 6/8/18)

Shuttle Information:

The shuttle service provided by the Hanalei Colony Resort for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents will take them from the Hanalei Colony Resort to the Hanalei Neighborhood Center, and back, during the above schedule, daily.


  • Distribution for Wainiha-Hā‘ena Placards, Work Passes and Shuttle Passes:

Starting on Monday, June 4, resident placards, work passes and shuttle passes for the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area will be verified and distributed through the County’s Planning Department at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, during the following office hours, excluding holidays:

Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and

Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Resident Placards:

To receive a resident placard, Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents must physically bring their vehicle to the Līhu‘e Civic Center and be able to prove that their identity matches the residency and ownership information in the County’s real property tax database. Documents that prove residency, such as a real property tax bill or a utility bill, much show an address and must also match a government issued photo ID presented by the applicant. Trust documents may be required for those homes held in a trust, or marriage certificates for spouses of owners.

Work Passes:

Insurance adjusters, utility company personnel, private contractors and others needing access to work in the isolated Wainiha-Hā‘ena area may apply for a five-day weekday work pass, and a two-day weekend work pass through the Planning Department at the days and times stated above.

To receive a work pass, individuals must bring a work order or authorization from the landowner listed on the County’s real property tax database. Planning officials may call the landowner to further verify the applicant’s information and to ensure the individual is seeking to conduct legitimate business in the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area.

Work passes will be distributed to no more than two passes per company or organization, per address. No overnight stays are permitted with these passes. Passes are limited in quantity, and will be distributed first-come, first-served.

Shuttle Passes:

Shuttle passes for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents will be distributed through the Planning Department at the days and times stated above. To receive a shuttle pass, Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents must be prepared to prove residency.

Health Recommendations

Kauai District Health Office: 808-241-3495

Mental Health Services

Kauai Family Guidance Center: 808-274-3883

Kauai Community Mental Health Center: 808-274-3190

Crisis Line of Hawaii (24/7): 1-800-753-6879

Child & Family Services Parent Line: 1-800-816-1222

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, TTY 1-800-846-8517, Text TalkWithUs to 66746

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/amhd/consumer/access/

Brown Water Advisories

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/cwb/


For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/tetanus/


For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/leptospirosis/

Mosquito concerns

Environmental Health Vector Control: 808-241-3306

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/epo/strategic/disease/

Control rats, slugs and snails on your property

For more information visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ctahr/farmfoodsafety/rat-lungworm/

Food safety tips

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/san/food-information/

Mold Exposure and Removal

For more information visit http://health.hawaii.gov/irhb/iaqpdf/

Flood-Related Debris Management


  • Residents are encouraged to bring their flood-related debris to the county’s staging site at Kepuhi Point, located near the old Hā‘ena school on the mauka side of Kūhiō Highway, just south of the Hanalei Colony Resort. The site will be staffed daily from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • County officials will collect bulky flood-related debris from Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents on a needed basis. Please call 241-4841 to coordinate. All flood-related debris should be separated and placed on the county’s right of way in front of your own property (see image below for instructions).
  • Household trash collection for Wainiha-Hā‘ena residents will continue on Sundays. Residents are asked to place bagged refuse in their carts the night prior. Bagged refuse can also be placed at curbside if residents do not have carts.

All Other Flood-Affected Areas:

  • County officials will collect flood-related debris from all other residents on a needed basis. Please call 241-4841 to coordinate flood-related debris pick-up. All flood-related debris should be separated and placed on the county’s right of way in front of your own property (see image below for instructions).
  • All refuse transfer stations islandwide have resumed normal services. The public is encouraged to utilize the transfer stations when possible.
  • Residents are also encouraged to use their own contracted commercial hauler for debris removal when possible.

For questions or more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at 241-4841.