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Traffic in Kauai

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Traffic in Kauai

I will be visiting Kauai for a week starting October 1 and staying in Poipu.

How bad is the traffic north bound from Poipu to Wailua/Princeville on the weekdays/weekends, and also south bound back to Poipu on weekdays/weekends?

There are so many amazing things to do on Kauai I want to make sure I maximize my time doing fun activities. Thank you so much for your help.

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1. Re: Traffic in Kauai

It's trivial compared to most cities. Driving times per the mapping programs won't be far wrong except at the height of rush hour in the AM or PM.

At the moment there are some road works jamming things up in the day time. Might want to allow extra time to the airport, but half the jobs are pretty small and will be done with in a month. The paving between Hanamaulu and the airport will likely go longer so just avoid that at rush hour.

THe big project from Lihue down to Puhi is 99% complete. The look to be grassing and striping so they'll be done very soon. The guard rail replacement at Kealia is virtually complete. Haven't seen the projects west of Princeville so can't comment.

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2. Re: Traffic in Kauai

Don't worry about it. It's probably not as bad as what you're used to.

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3. Re: Traffic in Kauai

Never seemed that bad, nothing like Oahu if you've been there.

Mike in Tulsa

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4. Re: Traffic in Kauai

No worries. Even in the worst traffic (usually due to road construction), which is quite laughable compared to So Cal., I have never had a problem.

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5. Re: Traffic in Kauai

Agreed, traffic is nothing compared to what we have here in SoCal. Even if you're stopped on the road, just roll down the window, smell the flowers, turn up the music and gawk at scenery close up. KONG radio - 93.5 is really good about getting road info out. Just leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport.


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6. Re: Traffic in Kauai

3chi has the right idea. If you are stuck in traffic ... enjoy the view! Turn up the music!

Edited: 31 August 2012, 18:37
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7. Re: Traffic in Kauai

Thanks so much. Really appreciate this info.

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