Hawaii Highways road photos -- Kuhio Highway

(Kauai part 1 of 2 -- other Kauai part: Other Kauai)

Below are about a dozen and a half road photos from the Kuhio Highway, comprising state highway 56 from Lihue to Princeville, and state route 560 (added in 2004 to the National Register of Historic Places) west of Princeville. All photos were taken on my September 1999, November 2001, and June 2005 visits to the island. A separate page covers other parts of Kauai.

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Signs indicating split of two northbound lanes on route 56 at the Wailua River crossing, one lane on the two-lane main bridge, and the other on a separate one-lane bridge
The Kuhio Highway starts off as state route 56 heading north out of Lihue. Near mile 5.8, the northbound lanes of the highway split, to cross the Wailua River (Hawaii's only navigable river) on both part of the main two-lane highway bridge, and a parallel old cane haul road bridge converted to provide an additional lane northbound. The state has since temporarily closed the cane haul bridge so it can be widened to two lanes (plus a bike/pedestrian path), with construction expected to be completed in summer 2010. (June 2005)

State route 56 westbound near mile 25, on Kauai's north shore before it narrows to a secondary highway and becomes state route 560 in Princeville. (September 1999)
Route 56 at MM 25 westbound
Two-lane concrete bridge 
carrying route 56 over the Kalihiwai Stream
Just a little more to the west, near mile 25.5 on route 56, this bridge sweeps over Kalihiwai Stream. This bridge is part of a bypass, completed in the early 1960s, of an old alignment running closer to the shore, with its own bridge over Kalihiwai Stream destroyed in a 1957 tsunami. That bridge was temporarily replaced until the bypass was built, but the temporary span was removed thereafter, so the old road is now closed to through traffic. (September 1999)

Here in Princeville, the Kuhio Highway changes route numbers, to reflect the road's change from a primary route to a lower-quality secondary route. The highway beyond this point was added in 2004 to the National Register of Historic Places. The milemarkers (zero milemarker at the start of route 560, route numbers on white plates below both markers) follow the standard Hawaiian road sign style. However, "end" signs are uncommon in the islands, and "begin" signs are used only on Kauai. (November 2001)
End 56/Begin 560 route markers and milemarkers
Wideangle view of farms in the inland part of Hanalei Valley

In Princeville, at mile 0.1 on the state route 560 portion of the Kuhio Highway, the Hanalei Valley Lookout offers a great view to the south of the valley's inland fields, along with the Hanalei River to the right. (November 2001)

The turnout at mile 0.6 just down the road offers a still more gorgeous view to the west of the coastal end of the Hanalei Valley. (September 1999)
View of the coastal part of the Hanalei Valley
Side view of the pre-restoration Hanalei Bridge Another side view of the pre-restoration Hanalei Bridge
Several views of the historic Hanalei Bridge taking the Kuhio Highway over the Hanalei River at mile 1.2 of state route 560, before its 2003 restoration. Like most of the bridges on the route 560 segment of the highway, the bridge is only one lane wide. (All four photos November 2001)

NOTE: This bridge was restored in 2003, with the original 1912 rusted steel truss replaced with a similar new black steel structure, and a reinforcing truss that had been added under the deck in the 1960s repaired and retained. See an article in the November 9, 2003 (Kauai) Garden Island newspaper, and another article in the May 14, 2003 edition of that paper, for more information including photos of the restored bridge.

View from the east end of the pre-restoration Hanalei Bridge Plate showing the construction company and date for the original Hanalei Bridge
The striking dark green Wai'oli Hui'ia Church in Hanalei

The charming Wai'oli Hui'ia Church in Hanalei village, along route 560 at mile 3.0. (November 2001)
Side view of route 560 bridge over the Waihiha River End view of long one-lane wood-deck bridge taking route 560 over the Wainiha River
  Here the Kuhio Highway, at mile 6.6 of state route 560, crosses the Wainiha River on narrow one-lane wood-decked bridges, the main bridge (above left and right), and a shorter bridge across a slough just to the east (right). Both bridges, as well as all the others west of Hanalei, have low weight limits (one of these has a six-ton limit). (All photos November 2001)
Shorter one-lane bridge over the Wainiha River slough
View from the west of the temporary steel structure covering the old Wainiha #2 bridge The other end of the reinforced Wainiha #2 bridge
The shorter Wainiha bridge shown above has since been covered by a temporary steel superstructure, to bear loads pending permanent repairs to the original bridge. (Both photos June 2005)
Dirt road branching off state route 560 Unofficial sign on dirt road: 'Slow Down, This Is Not A @\#%! Freeway'
I guess there have been problems with speeders on this dirt road, Ana Eke Road, branching off the Kuhio Highway, just east of the main Wainiha River crossing, to prompt this very unofficial caution sign. (Both photos June 2005)
Roadside cave with an inviting (but off-limits) pool in it

Waikapala'e Wet Cave, at mile 9.9 of state route 560 near the west end of the Kuhio Highway, looks inviting but is posted "no swimming." Besides, it's only a little longer to Ke'e Beach just after the end of the highway. (November 2001)

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