There are many options for you to travel around the island. Below you’ll find the most common.
Using a Taxi Service can be the most reliable and hassle free. It can also be an expensive option.
Many visitors rent a car to get around the island. While this might be a great way to do most of your traveling, overnight parking is limited on the North Shore. You must reserve a spot in advance, catch a shuttle or otherwise arrange for a private drop-off. Click here for more information.
There is a bus from Lihue to Hanalei. It is a cheaper option, but it’s not used much by Kalalau hikers because bags or backpacks larger than 10″x17″x30″ are not permitted. Also, if you are on a time schedule, the bus doesn’t always cooperate. It will take you as far as Hanalei. You’ll have to find a ride the rest of the way to the trail head.
There’s a shuttle that will take you to the trail head from locations such as Princeville and Waipa to Hāʻena State Park and back. Walk-on cash payments are not allowed. You need an advanced reservation to use the shuttle. More information can be found at kauaiNSshuttle.com.
Many people hitchhike around the island. It’s not my preferred method of transportation but it is for some. Who knows, you might meet some friendly folks doing so.