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, rev 04/29/19):
    • Area Residents (no visitors); provided that visitors who have verified reservations with a vacation rental holding a valid non-conforming use certificate may access the area
    • Emergency Response (9-1-1)
    • Official County/State/Federal Government Officials and Contractors
    • Approved Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
  • The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises the travelling public that following the completion of the full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) on Monday, June 17 at 5 a.m., the highway will be opened without restrictions.

    Kuhio Highway past Waipa Bridge is currently accessible only to placard-holders on a set schedule. Crews will be working on Kamehameha Day on Tuesday, June 11 and access will be on the Monday-Saturday schedule.

    Non-residents planning to access the area after restrictions are lifted are reminded of the following:

    • A “no parking” zone has been established between Haena Place and Kee Beach. Parking along Kuhio Highway in this zone is a violation of Chapter 291C-111 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and could result in fines of $200 plus an additional $200 surcharge.
    • Access to Haena State Park is by reservation. More information is available at https://www.hanaleiinitiative.org/
  • Construction closures to complete the replacements of Waikoko Bridge and Waipa Bridge are currently scheduled for the nights of Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13. The full weekend closure for Waikoko Bridge is scheduled for June 14-17. The previous news release announcing this closure is available at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2019/05/30/full-weekend-closure-of-waikoko-bridge-scheduled-for-june-14-17/
  • The second full weekend closure of Kuhio Highway at Waipa Bridge is now scheduled for July 12-15. This closure was scheduled to avoid the weekends of the Haena to Hanalei Run and the July 4th Holiday weekend. Wainiha and Haena residents and other authorized placard-holders should retain their placards for access during the full weekend closure in July.
  • More information on the Kuhio Highway Emergency Repairs can be found on the HDOT website at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/2018-kuhio-highway-emergency-repairs/

  • Distribution for Wainiha-Hā‘ena Residential Decals and Temporary Weekday/Weekend Passes:

Beginning Friday, Jan. 25, passes for verified residents and temporary workers will be available at the Hanalei Neighborhood Center every Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The County’s Planning Department will continue to distribute passes at its office located at the Līhu‘e Civic Center every Monday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. However, passes will no longer be available in Līhu‘e on Fridays.

The following passes are available upon approval.

Permanent Residential Decals:

To receive a residential decal, Wainiha and Hā‘ena residents must physically bring their vehicle to the designated distribution site 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, must 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.

Temporary Weekday/Weekend Passes:

Insurance adjusters, utility company personnel, private contractors and others needing temporary access to work in the Wainiha-Hā‘ena area may apply for a five-day weekday pass, and a two-day weekend pass through the designated distribution sites above.

Those visiting the Hanalei Neighborhood Center on Fridays can only apply for a weekend pass, as passes are produced every Monday on a week-by-week basis.

To receive a weekday and/or weekend 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.

Weekday and/or weekend 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.

For more information on Wainiha-Hā‘ena passes, please contact the Mayor’s Office North Shore Community Liaison Polly Phillips at 241-4900 or pphillips@kauai.gov.

FEMA Individual Assistance

Homeowners and renters in the City and County of Honolulu and Kaua’i County that registered for disaster assistance with FEMA following the April storms and flooding are encouraged to stay in touch.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed, but applicants can still track their application and should notify FEMA of changes to their information such as a mailing address, phone number, email address, insurance settlement information or other documentation.

Homeowners and renters can update their information in the following ways:

  • By going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
  • By calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362
  • By downloading the FEMA mobile app

Click here for more information.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes still have until March 27, 2019 to apply for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 for more information.

Department of Education Updates

Student bus transportation service to resume to schedule implemented during road closure and convey period for students residing in Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena.

Due to the rescheduling of the opening of Kuhio Highway to the week of May 20, 2019 as stated in the Department of Transportation Press Release, student bus transportation services will resume to the bus pick-up and drop-off schedule implemented during the road closure and convoy period for students residing in the communities of Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena who attend Hanalei Elementary, Kapaa Middle and Kapaa High Schools.

For more information please visit the Department of Transportation website at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/kuhio-highway-emergency-repairs-news-releases/.

If you should have any questions, please contact the Kaua’i Complex Area Office at (808) 274-3503.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to when the highway will reopen. Mahalo!

Building Permits

Public Works - Building Division

(808) 241-4854

Building Permit Quick Start Guide

Solid Waste Update - New Days of Operations at Kepuhi Point

County officials announced that the new days of operation for the solid waste staging area located at Kepuhi Point will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

“Given the extended timeline for the closure of Kūhiō Highway, from Waikoko to Wainiha, the reduction in hours is necessary to provide the community with continued refuse service at Kepuhi Point,” said Acting County Engineer Lyle Tabata.

The staging area will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The hours of operation, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will remain the same.

Residents will be able to continue to dispose of the following: bulky items, green waste, tires, metals, white goods, and propane tanks.

Liquid waste, hazardous waste, and regular household refuse are not accepted at the staging area. Regular household refuse must be placed in county refuse carts on the right of way for weekly refuse collection service.  Refuse collection days are Fridays.

For residents who are not signed up for refuse collection service, they may take their trash to a refuse collection station. You may sign up for refuse collection service online at https://www.kauai.gov/RefuseCollection or call 241-4091.

“To help the county continue this service for the community, we ask residents not to use the site during non-operational hours,” added Acting County Engineer Lyle Tabata.

The Solid Waste Division encourages residents to utilize the Hanalei transfer station if possible, including the residential recycling bins.

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

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/