All drives start from Lihue International
Approx. 47 miles from Start to End of
Approx. 1-3/4 hours driving time from
Start to End of drive excluding time spent at "stops".
For your safety, please observe Cautionary
Notes on drive "stops" below.
Set Odometer to Zero between "stops"
All distances are to the nearest tenth
of a mile.
Do not leave valuables in vehicle or unattended.
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NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
24 Miles / 45 Mins.
Exit airport on Hwy 570 (Ahukini
Rd) & go short way to Hwy 51 (Kapule Hwy)
Turn Right onto Hwy 51 (heading for
Go approx. 1.7 miles to Hwy 56 (Kuhio
Continue approx. 20 miles on Hwy
56 to Kilauea town
Turn right onto Kolo Road & go
1 mile to Kilauea Road
Turn left on Kilauea Road & go
0.6 mi. to the Refuge parking lot
One of the most spectacular sections
of shoreline in the Hawaiian Islands. The Refuge, established
in 1985, is one of the best places to view the nesting colonies
of Central Pacific seabirds against a dramatic backdrop
of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean. Built in 1913, Kilauea
Lighthouse stands as a monument to Hawaii's colorful past
- placed on the National Register of Historic Places in
Note: Open daily. Visitor Center & Bookstore.
Nominal admission charge. Tel. 828-1413. Restrooms.
COUNTY BEACH PARK
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
5.3 Mile / 15 Mins.
2nd Turn Off for Kalihiwai Road
Leave Kilauea Point Nat'l. Wildlife
Go 0.6 mi. on Kilauea Road to Kolo
Turn Right onto Kolo Road & go
1 mi. to Hwy 56 (Kuhio Hwy)
Turn Right onto Hwy 56 & go 2
mi. to "2nd" turn off for Kalihiwai Road
Turn right onto Kalihiwai Road &
go short way (0.3 mi.) to Anini Road
Turn Left onto Anini Road & go
1.4 mi. to Anini Beach Park
Secluded beach, far from town. Site
of one of the longest and widest fringing reefs in the Hawaiian
Islands. Good area for snorkeling, scuba diving, and windsurfing.
Note: Camping is allowed in the Park with County permit.
Scenic drive beyond park along ocean to end of road (approx.
2 miles round trip). Restrooms.
Caution: Dangerous rip currents during periods of
BEACH COUNTY PARK
6.2 Miles / 13 Mins.
Entrance to Princeville Resort
Return 1.7 mi. to Hwy 56
Turn Right onto Hwy 56 & go 2.3
mi. to entrance to Princeville Resort
Turn Right into Princeville Resort
Go 2.2 mi. on Princeville Road to
pkg. lot at end of road (by Princeville Hotel)
The ruins of Russian Fort Alexander
are under the gazebo to the left of the parking lot
The fort is a reminder of Russia's
short-lived adventure (1815-1817) in the Hawaiian Islands.
Information is available on site. Little remains of the fort
but the view of Hanalei Bay is spectacular.
Note: The Princeville Resort is a combination resort
and residential community occupying several thousand acres
along the sea cliffs between Anini Beach and Hanalei Bay.
See also: Area
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OVERLOOK
2.3 Mile / 7 Mins.
- Scenic Overlook (Left Side)
Return 2.2 mi. on Princeville Road
to Hwy 56 (Kuhio Hwy)
Turn Right onto Hwy 56 & go
short way (0.1 mi.) to Overlook (left side)
Beautiful sweeping vistas of Hanalei
Valley and the sea, especially at sunset. A National Wildlife
Refuge established in 1972 for endangered waterfowl - where
most of the taro in Hawaii is grown. The Hanalei River is
designated as an American Heritage River.
WAIOLI MISSION HOUSE
WAIOLI HUIIA CHURCH
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OVERLOOK
2.8 Miles / 7 Mins.
Church on Left Side (Waioli Huiia)
Leave Hanalei Valley Overlook &
continue 2.8 mi. on Hwy 56 to the Waioli Mission House
The Waioli Mission was established in
1834. The mission hall is the oldest surviving church building
on the Island of Kauai. The Waioli Huiia Church, completed
in 1912, reflects the American Gothic architectural style
so popular in New England. The shingled church has a belfry
tower which houses the old mission bell. The 1837 missionary
home and grounds faithfully capture rural life on Kauai during
that era. Both buildings are listed on the State and National
Registers of Historic Places.
Note: Free admission. Waioli Huiia Church is open daily,
tel. 826-6253. Waioli Mission House Museum is open during
weekdays, tel. 245-3202. Inquire about guided tours of the
Waioli Mission House.
WAIOLI MISSION HOUSE MUSEUM
1.7 Miles / 4 Mins.
Shoulder Pull Off (Right Side)
Continue on Hwy 56 & go 1.7 miles
Pull off at shoulder on the road
(right side). Trails lead down to beach.
One of Kauai's most popular North Shore
beaches - its beauty has provided the background for many
movies, the best known being "South Pacific". The
beach is 3/4-mile-long, very wide, and backed by lushly vegetated
Caution: Lumahai has no protective reef - frequent
high surf causes extremely dangerous water conditions. Occasionally,
during the summer, the eastern end of the beach is safe for
MANINIHOLO DRY CAVE
4 Miles / 11 Mins.
- Haena County Park
mi. on Hwy 56 to the Maniniholo Dry Cave (opposite sign
for Haena County Park)
A grotto of trees
and jungle of vines - an ancient sea cave allegedly dug by
the mythical menehune (Hawaiian elves). This is a dry cave
LIMAHULI GARDEN AND
0.7 Mile / 3 Min.
Sign - Limahuli Garden (Left
mi. on Hwy 56 to Limahuli Garden (left side - at entrance
to Haena State Park)
One of three
National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai. Backdropped
by towering peaks sculpted by eons of wind and rain, tours
of these lush 1000+ acres of garden and rain forest preserve
offer visions of natural beauty and intriguing Hawaiian culture.
Walk the land where taro still thrives on ancient lava rock
terraces. Learn about native plants of the Islands, the plants
brought by the Polynesians, and introduced species invading
Hawaii's natural habitats.
Note: Open Tues-Fri & Sun. Access restricted to
self-guided & guided tours. Reservations & fee required
for guided tours. Tel. 826-1053. Restrooms.
HAENA STATE PARK
0.1 Mile / 1 Min.
Sign - Park Entrance
few yards to Haena State Park
Site of Kee Beach,
a small, sand-bottomed lagoon popular with swimmers and snorkelers.
The park includes a large number of ancient ruins of archaeological
importance. Viewing of the Waikanaloa and Waikapalae Wet Caves
- 4,000-year-old sea caves. Trailhead for the 11-mile Kalalau
Trail along the Na Pali Coast is located within the park.
Note: Camping with County permit is only allowed at
adjacent Haena County Park. Restrooms.
Caution: During periods of high surf, particularly
during the winter and spring, dangerous water conditions occur