Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon Traffic Advisory

The Kauai Marathon race organizers are gearing up for the 2013 Kauai Marathon on Sunday, September 1st. The race begins at 6:00 am and while traffic will flow in and around the Koloa, Poipu, Lawai and Kalaheo areas, there will be some lane and road closures between 5:00 am and 2:30 pm.  To ensure the safety of both runners and drivers, please exercise caution and patience when driving on the Southside on Sunday. All times listed below are approximate. The Kauai Police Department (KPD) and Garden Island Security will monitor traffic flow throughout the course(s). All times are approximate.


Road Closures:

Access into Koloa and Poipu will be limited to Koloa Rd and Omao Rd until 6:30am. From 6:30am until 7:45am, there will be no inbound traffic other than emergency vehicles into Koloa and Poipu. PLEASE PLAN AND SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY.


Poipu Road will be closed from Kapili Road to the Koloa Bypass, (Ala Kinoiki) from 5:30 am until 6:15 am.

Ho’onani Road will be closed from 5:00 am until 2:30 pm from Lawai Road to Kapili Road. Traffic will continue to flow in and out of the Sheraton Kauai Resort via Kapili Road.

Koloa Road inbound lane from Highway 50 will be closed from 6:30 am until 1:30 pm. The outbound lane from Koloa Road to Highway 50 will also be closed during this time.

Lauoho Road, Waha Road and Pu’u Roads will be closed to thru traffic from 7:15 am until 12:30 pm. All residents living in this area are advised to use extreme caution.

Omao Road from Highway 50 to Koloa Road will be closed to thru traffic from 6:30 am until 9:30 am. All residents living in this area are advised to use extreme caution.

The Koloa Bypass, (Ala Kinoiki), will be closed from 6:00 am until 7:45 am.

Maluhia Road both inbound and outbound to and from the Koloa Bypass through to Highway 50 will be closed to traffic from 6:00 am until 7:45 am. All traffic on Maluhia and the Koloa Bypass (Ala Kinoiki) will return to normal shortly before 8:00 am. 


Partial Closures:

Highway 50 from Maluhia west to Omao Road will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic in the mauka lane from 6:30 am until approximately 8:30 am. Traffic flow will be monitored by KPD at both Maluhia and Omao Roads.

Papalina Road from Waha to Pu’u Road will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic in the mauka lane from 7:15 am until 12:00 pm. Traffic flow will be monitored by KPD at both ends.

As runners retrace their steps via Papalina, Waha, Lauoho and Koloa Roads, the roads will re-open as indicated above once all of the runners have passed.

Kukui’ula Bypass (Ala Kalanikaumaka) will be closed from 6:15 am until 2:00 pm.  Outbound traffic from the Poipu roundabout to Koloa Road will remain open.

The Poipu Roundabout will be heavily impacted and traffic will be slowed considerably from 6:45 am until 2:00 pm as runners enter the roundabout from Kukui’ula Bypass.

Westbound Lawai Road and Spouting Horn traffic will be re-routed through The Shops at Kukui’ula.


In summary, traffic will flow in and out of all south shore regions, but it is recommended that travel in these areas on race day be limited from 5:00 am until 2:30 pm. For those visitors and residents needing to reach Lihue airport from the south or west side, please plan at least 1.5 to 2 hours travel time.  For more information and course maps, please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.thekauaimarathon.com” www.thekauaimarathon.com.  For further information during race week (August 27-31), please call the race office at 808-240-6525.


The Fifth Annual Kauai Marathon is going to be held on Sunday September 1st beginning at 6:00 am. The marathon and half-marathon events begin on Poipu Road in front of the Poipu Shopping Village. The first 11 miles are run together before the half marathoners veer off into Kukui’ula Resort to their oceanfront finish while the marathoners head up Koloa Road to the neighborhoods of Lawai and Kalaheo before heading back down to Poipu. The marathon finisher’s party and awards ceremony is located on the ocean front lawn at The Sheraton Kauai Resort beginning at 8:00am. Race participants as well as supporters can enjoy food, refreshments and live entertainment until the early afternoon. The online registration deadline for this world-renowned event is fast approaching ending on August 29,2013 at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time. Race packets, bibs and participant bags must be picked up at the Sports and Fitness Expo at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa on Friday, August 30, 2013 or Saturday, August 31, 2013. For more information, or to register for this spectacular event, please visit www.thekauaimarathon.com. If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Robin Jumper at 808-635-3053 or  HYPERLINK “mailto:tyzaconsulting@gmail.com” tyzaconsulting@gmail.com at least seven days before the event.

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