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The Kauai tide: Things travellers on the island should know
Last week-end saw a deluge of rain on the island of Kauai, and parts of the northern bank are still not accessible. Find the latest information on what to look for when you have itineraries for the island. The Weke Road, Kahiliholo Road, Kuhio Highways between Waikoko and Wainiha and Hanalei Plantation Road near Princeville are all blocked.
More information on closed roads is available at (808) 241-1725. The Hawaii Ministry of Transport website shows street closings and timetables. Nearly the whole coast of Kauai is under a bay of dark waters, with the route between Keoneloa Bay and Poipu Beach being the only untouched areas.
Kauai's Ministry of Health recommends all Kauai inhabitants and tourists to keep away from the bay waters, which can contain wastewater and unhygienic outflow. Passengers who have a ticket for the flight to Lihue between 14 and 18 April can make a one-time rebooking without the rebooking surcharge.
Amendments must be made before 25 April. Visitors to St. Regis Princeville will be delighted that the hostel will remain open and all activity and program will be continued as before. A further flooding alert has been released for the whole state of Hawaii, beginning Thursday, April 19, and will last at least until the afternoons of April 20.
While Kauai is not likely to be subject to strong precipitation, in areas already inundated, temperate precipitation could cause new inundations over a prolonged span of years. The areas on the southern bank of the Kauai, such as Poipu and Kalaheo, have not suffered the same amount of flood and rain as the northern bank, where most of the damages happened, and have come relatively intact.
We recommend visiting the Garden Isle on the southern coast, which has its own world-class beach and walks such as Kiahuna Beach and the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail.