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, there is no overnight parking at Hāʻena State Park. You must arrange a shuttle or otherwise arrange for a private drop-off. Click here for car rental 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 is no overnight parking in Hāʻena State Park so if you are staying overnight on the trail, you will need to take a shuttle or arrange another drop-off and pickup. There’s a shuttle that will take you 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.