The Hanalei Initiative https://www.hanaleiinitiative.org/ is a non profit 501(c)(3) that is facilitating a completely voluntary shuttle system for the north shore of Kaua‘i. The Hanalei Initiative is not a government agency and is not a resource for the Hā‘ena State Park. Please contact Hawaii State Parks (DLNR) for questions related to the State Park including parking.
In recent years, there are times when traffic on the North Shore of Kaua‘i becomes unmanageable. Our roads are at capacity and the lack of infrastructure cannot support the current vehicular count. Residential quality of life and visitor experience is compromised and it is understood that we are out of balance. The April 2018 flood has provided a much needed break for the area but without implementing smart systems now, we are destined to return to an unmanageable number of humans in Hanalei and beyond to the end of the road at Hā‘ena State Park and Kē‘ē Beach area including Kalalau Trail. We, as a community, must lead the conversation in how we solve this problem.
Pedestrian paths, road design, shuttle systems, parking, and the Hā‘ena State Park Master Plan are all integral parts in helping move people safely. The Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle is a piece of the Master Plan.
Once the road re-opens, it will open for vehicular traffic anytime all the way to Kē‘ē, but legal parking opportunities will be extremely limited and enforcement will be very stringent. While we are not a resource for the Hā‘ena State Park, we can tell you that the State Park will make available a very limited number of reservation-only vehicle parking spots on their land. Residents of the State of Hawai‘i will have access to a section of their parking (space available) and free access to the State Park.
The Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle service ran from June 2020 – March 2021 before having to suspend operations due to COVID-19. It operates between Princeville and the Hā‘ena State Park stopping at various points along the way. It services visitors and residents alike with stops at merchant centers and County lifeguarded beaches.
The Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle is our visitors’ primary service system for the Hā‘ena State Park which includes the Kē‘ē Beach area, Kalalau Trail, Hanakāpī‘ai Beach and Hanakāpī‘ai Trail access at the end of the road. With limited park access and very limited reserved parking each day, we expect the Kaua‘i North Shore Shuttle to transport a significant number of park attendees to Hā‘ena State Park and in the process help keep a significant amount of traffic off of the small congested historic roadway – delivering many benefits for both residents and visitors.