Only in the laid-back nature of Kauai would lawn chairs be used for passengers waiting for the bus. It’s what I love about the island; no fancy bells or whistles to get things running the right way. Except for maybe the colorful flowers hand-painted on every bus stop bench, everything about the bus is simple, even its name: The Kauai Bus.
The Kauai Bus goes from Kekaha to Hanalei and just screams island style with its colorful seating, which by the way is a rocking bench.
If you’re really on a budget when visiting the Garden Isle and don’t want to rent a car, then this may be an option to consider. (Although, if you really want to see every island nook and cranny, then I’d suggest renting a car). The bus travels from Kekaha to Hanalei with stops located conveniently throughout the island. And while it does go to most of the major island sites, be warned that the bus doesn’t stop at all of them. For instance, the drive up to Kokee – the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” – is only accessible by car; mostly because you climb thousands of feet in elevation.
The Kauai Bus also stops at the Lihue Airport, and as long as your carry-ons are no larger than 9” x 14” x 22,“ you’re good to go. Whenever we’re waiting for our ride from the airport, I’ll notice the bus pass by every 15 minutes or so. Very convenient and affordable. Bus fares are $2 (general), $1 (children 7-18) and $1 senior citizens (60+).
A few house rules to keep in mind: no food/drinks, no smoking, no drop-offs at undesignated stops. The Kauai Bus runs seven days a week and usually has route times posted at each stop. You can check its website or call them for the bus schedule.
THE KAUAI BUS • Kekaha to Hanalei, 7 days a week • $2 (general); $1 (children 7-18); $1 (senior citizen) • www.kauai.gov • 808-214-6410
Posted by: Bruce Fisher