Hawaii Route 56

Route 56, also known as Kuhio Highway, is the main highway on the north and east shore of Kauaʻi island in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States.

Hawaii Route 56 marker

Hawaii Route 56

Kuhio Highway
Route 56 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by HDOT
Length28.2 mi[1] (45.4 km)
Major junctions
South end Route 50 in Lihue
North end Route 560 in Princeville
CountryUnited States
Highway system
Route 51 Route 58

Route descriptionEdit

Route 56 northbound just north of Kapa'a
Kalihiwai bridge on Route 56, October 2006

Route 56 runs 28 miles (45 km), stretching from Hawaii Route 50 at the junction of Rice Street in Lihue to the junction of Hawaii Route 560 in Princeville on the island of Kauaʻi. The road is named for Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole, a territorial delegate to Congress after Hawaii's annexation by the United States.

Kalalea (King Kong) Mountain from Route 56

The road is a major thoroughfare for the eastern and northern parts of Kauaʻi. Leaving Lihue, the road passes through the only Walmart and the major hospital on the island. The road connects with Hawaii Route 51 to Lihue Airport. Following the intersection the road briefly passes through some rural patches with the occasional resort before crossing the Wailua River. At the Wailua River, there is a two-lane southbound bridge and a two-lane northbound bridge. A bridge expansion was completed in 2011. Going through Wailua and Kapaa, Hawaii 56 is jammed in the morning and the afternoon. Contra flow alleviates rush-hour traffic in the morning between Kapaa and Lihue Airport. The southbound lane gets two lanes in the morning to alleviate traffic pressures. Contra flow traffic starts at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. Saturday. Traffic is switched back to normal starting from the north at 11 a.m. weekdays and 1:30 pm on Saturday. The traffic pressure dissipates going through some of the most gorgeous scenic countryside with few services and buildings from Kapaa heading toward Princeville. The bridge over the Kalihiwai river west of Kilauea is particularly scenic.

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Kauai County.

Route 50 west
Southern terminus of Route 56; eastern terminus of Route 50
Route 51 south
Northern terminus of Route 51
Route 580 west
Eastern terminus of Route 580
Route 560 west
Western terminus of Route 56; eastern terminus of Route 560
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Google (January 17, 2019). "Route 56" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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