As you travel along the scenic north shore, back & forth between the Hanalei Colony Resort and the rest of Kauai, you’ll come upon a number of one-lane bridges (that's the historic Hanalei Bridge pictured on the left). If you are unfamiliar with bridge etiquette, the following tips help ensure safe and courteous driving during your stay.
This information may seem like common sense, but there are daily navigational challenges that have prompted these tips to be written up. Indulge yourself for a few minutes, if only for amusement purposes.
• When approaching the one-lane bridges, yield signs and white lines indicate where cars need to stop to allow on-coming traffic to pass safely. Driving beyond these white lines, without noticing if there are on-coming cars, leads to traffic jams, accidents and locals giving you “stink-eye.”
• If you are the first car to arrive at the bridge and no one else is waiting on the other side, proceed slowly and enjoy the view. But please, no stopping for pictures.
• It is not “stop & go” one car from each side at a time. When you are in a short line of traffic and someone is waiting to cross from the other side, it is OK to go if you are the 5th or 6th car. However, somewhere after the 6th or 7th car, it is polite to stop and allow those on the other side to proceed across. You’ll know you gauged this right if a local gives you the “shaka” sign to thank you for waiting.
• Many of these bridges are positioned on curves making quick assessments difficult as to whether a car is coming or waiting. If visibility is limited before committing yourself to the bridge, you’re advised to stop. Waioli, the one-lane bridge leaving Hanalei and heading toward the Resort, is a great example of this.
• Lastly, if you and another car (from the opposite direction) appear to be approaching the bridge at the same time, it is better to stop than race to get over first. There’s a “no hurry, no worries” attitude here - besides it’s your vacation.
We want your stay on Kauai to be a relaxing and joyful one. So, as you would at home, drive safely and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you on Kauai!
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