An estimated 1,700 runners are expected to line up for the sixth annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.
The race, which starts Sunday in Poipu, follows the Tunnels of Trees, follows Highway 50 and passes through Oma, Lawai and Kalahelo before returning to the finish.
While traffic will flow in and around the Koloa, Poipu, Lawai and Kalaheo areas, there will be some lane and road closures between 5 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. To ensure the safety of both runners and drivers, please exercise caution and patience when driving on the Southside on Sunday. The Kauai Police Department (K and Garden Island Security will monitor traffic flow throughout the course(s). All times listed below are approximate.
Access into Koloa and Poipu will be limited to Koloa and Omao roads until 6:30 a.m. From 6:30 a.m. until 8 a.m., there will be no inbound traffic other than emergency vehicles into Koloa and Poipu. Please 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 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. 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 a.m. 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 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 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 a.m. 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 a.m. until 7:45 a.m.
Maluhia Road both inbound and outbound to and from the Koloa Bypass through to Highway 50 will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. All traffic on Maluhia and the Koloa Bypass (Ala Kinoiki) will return to normal shortly before 8 a.m.
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 about 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 a.m. until noon. 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 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 a.m. until 2 p.m. as runners enter the roundabout from Kukui’ula Bypass.