The east side’s bike path is a great way to spend a day, whether you’re sightseeing on vacation or getting exercise. Ke Ala Hele Makalae, or, the path that goes by the coast, will eventually be 17 miles of trail connecting Nawiliwili to Anahola. On the seven connected miles in Kapaa you can stop at pavilions for picnics, read historical information at any of a dozen signs, and rent bikes from several shops in town.
The Kapaa bike path is part of a larger project by Kauai County, and partly funded by the US Department of Transportation, to create multi-use trails all over the island. The Hapa Trail will connect Koloa to Poipu on the south side; in the north, Kilauea, Princeville and Hanalei; Lihue received a $13 million TIGER grant in October 2015 and will create bike lanes through town; the west side paths have not been mapped yet (that I could find). All these are included in the Mayor’s Holo Holo 2020 initiative to help Kauai residents become less reliant on automobile transportation for their daily commutes or trips to the beach.
I would love to see the entire island covered in multi-use paths, making it possible to safely bike, run or walk to any destination. Slowly, the county is making it happen, but I hope they take it further than the current routes planned.
This picture was taken with a GoPro on the Kapaa path.