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Enjoy your time on the Garden Island, be alert and patient on our roads and hope this web page has helped you build beautiful memories.
Since 1997, TryKauai.com has provided visitors, as well as local residents with information about Kauai, whether it is booking just one activity or complete vacation itineraries before your arrival or while you are on island. There are no fees for our services. We promote reputable and experienced vendors on Kauai who over the years have received wonderful feedback. Our service offers honest ratings from a local's perspective, taking into consideration the feedback we've received, ultimately giving you the special attention you deserve. Mahalo Nui Loa
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Kauai Map
Map Courtesy of the Kauai
                  Underground Guide
This page was created for all of my viewers who requested a simple map of Kauai.  It will give you the perspective you need in planning for your adventures on the Garden Island.  The map is shared by the "Kauai Underground Guide" and the generosity of Author Lenore Horowitz.  I have added more text to show the many little towns you will want to explore.
Estimated Drive Times
Keep in mind that these are rough estimates
Mileage from Lihue via Hwy 50 (N.W.) to:
 Nawiliwili
2 miles
5 minutes
Puhi
2 miles
5 minutes
Kipu 
5 miles
15 minutes
Koloa
11 miles
25 minutes
Poipu
14 miles
30 minutes
Kalaheo
14 miles
25 minutes
Eleele / Port Allen
17 miles
30 minutes
Waimea
25 miles
45 minutes
Waimea Canyon
36 miles
1 hour 15 minutes
Kalalau Valley Lookout
45 miles
1 hour 40 minutes
Kokee  State Park
48 miles
1 hour 50 minutes
Kekaha
28 miles
1 hour
Kikiaola Harbor
30 miles
1 hour 5 minutes
Polihale State Park
45 miles
1 hour 40 minutes
Mileage from Lihue via Hwy 56 (N.E.) to:
Wailua
7 miles
15 minutes
Kapaa
10 miles
20 minutes
Kealia 
12 miles
25 minutes
Anahola
15 miles
30 minutes
Kilauea
26 miles
45 minutes
Kalihiwai
28 miles
50 minutes
Anini
29 miles
55 minutes
Princeville
30 miles
1 hour
Hanalei
38 miles
1 hour 10 minutes
Haena
 40 miles
1 hour 15 minutes
Kee Beach
48 miles
1 hour 30 minutes
You'll find that Kauai does have a bit of traffic, generally concentrated in the Lihue and Kapaa areas, so be patient and allow an extra 15 minutes or so to your plans during the morning school and late afternoon rush hours.  There is only one main highway on Kauai shaped in the form of a horseshoe.  The road does not circle around the entire island.  You would be looking at approximately 2 hours (barring traffic) to get from one end of the island to the other.  The miles and times are as accurate as I was able to find. Most Speed Limits are now set at 40 miles per hour so you will have to be extremely patient.
Please also be aware of the Contra Flow lanes heading into Lihue from the North & East sides of the island, beginning at the Coconut Plantation Marketplace end of the Kapaa By Pass Road heading towards the Wailua Bridge all the way into the Lihue Airport.  The heaviest traffic is directed into 2 lanes during the early morning rush hours from both ends of the island.  They begin laying the bright orange cones from 4:30 am and the cones are removed by 9:00 am on Mondays through Fridays.  Caution is advised for those making a left turn from the Radisson Resort heading for Lihue.  There is a coned off storage lane that allows you to merge into flowing traffic.  If you are making a right hand turn heading into Kapaa Town, you must merge right into flowing traffic.
I would highly recommend that you ask for information from your hotel or resort on the various ByPass Roads (in Kapaa, Lihue, & Koloa) on Kauai that can also shorten your commute times to your various activities.  The Kapaa ByPass avoids Kapaa Town and the Lihue ByPass takes you from Kipu to Nawiliwili.  Both of these come under State jurisdiction, whereas the mini Koloa ByPass Road is under County jurisdiction and bypasses Koloa Town.
Rental Car Tips 
Dependent on your season of travel, you may check with any rental agency to see if they offer a special walk up rate.  I highly recommend a rental car for the island of Kauai, our island may be tiny but keep in mind we only have one main road (in the shape of a horseshoe & you can't go directly from the West to the North).  As far as transportation to and from Milolii State Park or Kalalau Valley by boat or raft (which has been done in previous years by some vendors), it is no longer allowed by the state.  A pick up and drop off by taxi is costly may be your only option to get to the trail head in Haena.

Free Taxi Cab Directory

Here is you go (subject to change without my knowledge). Please call on your own for a quote:

Ace Kauai Taxi Service 4019 Hoolepe St Hanamaulu, HI (808) 639-4310
Akiko's Taxi 5258 Laipo Rd Kapaa, HI (808) 822-7588
Aloha Taxi & Tours PO Box 1801 Lihue, HI (808) 639-2222
Brian's Taxi 4438 Laukini Rd # B Lihue, HI (808) 245-6533
City Cab 2979 Ohiohi St Lihue, HI (808) 245-3227
Green Discovery Taxi Lihue, Hawaii, 96766 (808) 346-0870 
Hanalei Taxi 4489 Aku Rd # B Lihue, HI (808) 639-1188
K Limo Taxi PO Box 1207 Lihue, HI (808) 245-4970
Kauai Taxi Co Rice St Lihue, HI (808) 246-9554 [Fair, Honest, Kind, Informative] *Tell Carol, Lilikoi says Aloha* Email her today: kauaitaxico@hotmail.com
North Shore Cab Company, PO Box 1369, Kilauea  HI  96754 TEL: (808) 639-7829  FAX: (808) 828-6264
Pono Taxi and Kauai Tours, 3-2600 Kaumuali Hwy. Suite # 1300, Lihue, HI 96766 TEL: (808) 634-4744
Roger Andres Taxi & Limousine 1970 Hanalima St # N204 Lihue, HI (808) 639-4195
Scotty Taxi 4411 Kale Pl # 4 Lihue, HI (808) 245-7888
Southshore Cab 2837 Poipu Rd Koloa, HI (808) 742-1525
Wiki Wiki Town Cars & Tours PO Box 321 Kapaa, HI (808) 652-7715 * Island wide & on call 24/7

* Here's the scoop on taxi fares not including tip.  Rates are county regulated per mile these days (subject to change without notice).  Start Up is $3.00 then about $3.00 per mile and this has not changed since 2006. Make sure that your taxi turns on the meter so you can see your costs. Ask them to update you on this cost. 

Some helpful info for you to digest (Cost from Lihue Airport each way):
Wailua River $25
Kapaa $32
Poipu is running about approximately $49
Port Allen $58
Waimea $72
(Nawiliwili Pier to Hanamaulu ea way is about $15-16- Kapaa to Hanamaulu is roughly about $20 ea way so you can guesstimate $30-32? on a round trip to these areas).
Please call directly for a cab, some may also have websites and email addresses that they can relay to you. I have only Carol's email added for Kauai Taxi Co.
(She was kind enough to take the time to relay all this to me for you today 02/12/12 ... Mahalo Carol!)
This free ad is not updated unless they update me. Mahalo for your kind understanding. 
* You can look forward to a dedicated page for Taxi Cabs as soon as Lilikoi has time to build it. Hope all the above is helpful to you.

You will find that the majority of drivers are exceptionally courteous on the Garden Island.  Drive safely, always wear your seat belts and observe the speed limits. 
When on Kauai, call (808) 245-3564 for a easy update from the National Weather Forecast at Lihue Airport
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