2015 Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon Traffic Advisory

The Kauai Marathon race organizers are gearing up for the 2015 Kauai Marathon on Sunday, September 6, 2015. The race begins at 6:00 am and while traffic will flow in and around the Koloa, Poipu, Lawai and Kalaheo areas, there will be some lane and road closures between 5:00 am and 2:30 pm.  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 (KPD) and Garden Island Security will monitor traffic flow throughout the course(s).

All times listed below are approximate.

Road Closures:

  • Access into Koloa and Poipu will be limited to Koloa Rd and Omao Rd until 6:30am. From 6:30am until 8:00am, there will be no inbound traffic other than emergency vehicles into Koloa and Poipu. PLEASE PLAN 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 5:00 am until 2:30 pm 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 am 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 am until 12:30 pm. 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 am 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 6:00 am until 7:45 am.
  • Maluhia Road both inbound and outbound to and from the Koloa Bypass through to Highway 50 will be closed to traffic from 6:00 am until 8:00 am. All traffic on Maluhia and the Koloa Bypass (Ala Kinoiki) will return to normal shortly before 8:00 am.

Partial Closures:

  • 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 approximately 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 am until 12:00 pm. 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 2:00 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 am until 2:00 pm as runners enter the roundabout from Kukui’ula Bypass.
  • Westbound Lawai Road and Spouting Horn traffic will be re-routed through The Shops at Kukui’ula.

In summary, traffic will flow in and out of all south shore regions, but it is recommended that travel in these areas on race day be limited from 5:00 am until 2:30 pm. For those visitors and residents needing to reach Lihue airport from the south or west side, please plan at least 1.5 to 2 hours travel time. For more information and course maps, please visit www.thekauaimarathon.com. For further information during race week (August 31-September 6), please call the race office at 808-240-6525.

The Seventh Annual Kauai Marathon is going to be held on Sunday, September 6th beginning at 6:00 am. The marathon and half-marathon events begin on Poipu Road in front of the Poipu Shopping Village. The first 11 miles are run together before the half marathoners veer off into Kukui’ula Resort to their oceanfront finish while the marathoners head up Koloa Road to the neighborhoods of Lawai and Kalaheo before heading back down to Poipu. The marathon finisher’s party and awards ceremony is located on the ocean front lawn at The Sheraton Kauai Resort beginning at 8:00am. Race participants as well as supporters can enjoy food, refreshments and live entertainment until the early afternoon. The online registration deadline for this world-renowned event is fast approaching ending on September 2, 2015 at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time. Race packets, bibs and participant bags must be picked up at the Sports and Fitness Expo at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa on Friday, September 4, 2015 or Saturday, September 5, 2015. For more information, or to register for this spectacular event, please visit www.thekauaimarathon.com. If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Robin Jumper at 808-635-3053 or tyzaconsulting@gmail.com at least seven days before the event.


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Auli’i Luau at the Sheraton Kauai Resort Offers Discount on Monday, September 7th for Kauai Marathon Runners

Come, the tiki torches are alight!

It’s twilight and the fading tropical sun is bidding welcome to the stars teeming in the Polynesian night-sky, reminding you that you’re on an island garden anchored in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Experience new and tempting tastes of Polynesia while you behold the hula dancers as they bring to life the storied past of old Hawaii. Enjoy the Pacific Rim fusion that Hawaiians perfected before it became all the rage in L.A. Sample the succulent delicacies of Paradise, from slow-roasted pig to melt-in-the-mouth slabs of poke. …As the locals say, “Broke da’ mouth!”. Thrill as the pahu drums throb to the pulse of the surf only yards away as the Aulii’s Fire-Knife Dancers take the stage and electrify the night with their whirling torches, as you sip a delicious cocktail and savor the finale and say to yourself, “This is why I came to the Islands.”

Join us at Kauai’s ONLY beachfront luau, Auli’i Luau at the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu Beach.

5:30 pm: Check-in at the Beach Lawn next to the Sheraton Resort’s Pool

6:15 pm: Luau Buffet

7:15 pm: Polynesian Review

Book your reservations for a special Monday night Luau at http://auliiluau.com/deals/ and use Promo Code KM15 to receive your 10% discount.

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Register for the Pre-Race Carbo Load

Saturday, September 5, 2015 
Brennecke’s Carbo Load Dinner
at Poipu Beach Athletic Club
2290 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii, Kauai
Two Seatings: 5pm and 6:30pm

Fuel up for the big race with a fabulous Carbo Load Dinner hosted by Brennecke’s Beach Broiler and Poipu Beach Athletic Club. Feast on an all you can eat buffet that features delectable Mediterranean Tortellini Salad, Caesar Salad, Chicken Piccata, Three Cheese Vegetarian Lasagne, Rigatoni Pasta Bake with Italian Sausage and much more! The cost is $29.99 for adults, children 6 and under are free and the price includes a choice of one beverage. Over 21 year olds can choose from a Mai Tai Rum Punch, Big Swell IPA, Bikini Blonde Lager, Miller Lite or White or Red Wine. Additional beverages can be purchased at Hapa’s Restaurant.

This fabulous event costs $29.99 prior to September 1, 2015 and will then increase to $34.99. Hurry up and make your reservation as there is limited seating and this event is sure to sell out!

Make your reservation.

Carbo Load

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Kauai Marathon One of Runner’s World Top 10 Destination Half Marathons

Have you made a bucket list for your next half marathon race? Runner’s World compiled their Bucket List and The Kauai Half Marathon is on it! So if you are looking for a fabulous race experience that is recommended by the experts, then look no further. The Kauai Half Marathon is for you. For more information on lodging, activities, race course and more, please explore our website. See you in September!


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Kauai Marathon Featured in Women’s Running Magazine


We would like to extend a huge mahalo to Karla Bruning of Run Karla Run for this amazing article, Aloha, Adventure! Your running vacation awaits on Hawaii’s gorgeous Garden Isle of Kauai in the May issue of Women’s Running. Not only will you learn about the rewards of The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon, but exciting activities and lodging around the island as well. Click here to see the article. Enjoy!

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The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program, (TKMYRP) presented by Kauai Coffee was initiated by Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon multi year champion and course record holder, Tyler McCandless in 2013 as an avenue to give back to the community who has made such an impact on his personal and professional life.

The focus of the program was to make a positive difference with the youth of Kauai by educating students on the benefits of healthy choices both in nutrition and exercise while promoting health and happiness. In the first year, Tyler worked with The Kauai Marathon staff in developing a program involving elementary and high school youth through classroom and school assembly presentations on the effects of exercise and nutrition on mental and physical health.

Building on the successes of the 2013 program, Tyler returned in early August of 2014 and started a mentorship program involving high school students and fifth graders from Kalaheo, Koloa and Island Schools. The mentorship program brings the youth together with their mentors for monthly runs throughout the year with a presentation each week focused on making healthy lifestyle choices. Additionally, Tyler enlisted Dr. Chris Marchioini, the executive director of the non-profit Healthy Learning Paths to build upon the impact of the school presentations. Tyler and Chris taught together in the classrooms, giving the students both a medical doctor and a role-model athlete as their teacher for a classroom period on the benefits of exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Read More »

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa 2015 Discounted Rates

The Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa will be our headquarters for all race week events. The Sheraton Kauai will continue to be the finish line as well as the site for all finish line activities including the awards ceremonies and after party.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
1571 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
Reservations: (808) 742-1234
For discounted room rates for the 2015 event click here.

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Kauai Marathon Champion Tyler McCandless Crushes Half Marathon Course Record Nicole Chyr Crosses the Full Marathon Finish Line First in 6th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon

The 6th Annual Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon featured over 1,800 participants and over 130 youth runners in the 2nd Annual Keiki Run sponsored by Wilcox Health. The Aloha State was well represented with 921 local registrants of whom 651 were from Kauai, the most ever. Runners from 43 States and 16 countries enjoyed the magic of the Garden of Isle. Additionally, there were 67 participants who ran the full or half marathon for the 6th year in a row.

The performance of the day went to Nicole Chyr, 36, of Englewood, CO who won the Full Marathon in 3:00:24. She was followed by the top male finisher, Goya Hidemasa of Japan who clocked in at 3:01:30. Chyr, sponsored by Newton Running stated, “The Kauai Marathon is no joke of a race but one of my favorites! Not just because it’s in Hawaii, but because of the tremendous support you receive along the entire course. Congratulations to every runner who raced today, and thank you to all the volunteers and staff who cheer us on and make this a great event.”

Tyler McCandless, 27, from Boulder CO, won the Half Marathon smashing the course record with a time of 1:07:17. McCandless, also sponsored by Newton Running, shared the excitement of his victory. “It was an honor to win the Kauai Half Marathon this year and although I did not achieve my goal of breaking 1:05, I put every ounce of energy I had out on the course. I’m very proud to say that I’ve helped raise several thousand dollars, which will all be used on island for The Kauai Marathon Youth Running Program to empower kids to exercise, be healthy and most importantly, be happy.”

The second place finisher in the men’s field for the Full Marathon was Bobby Niska of Wheaton, IL with a time of 3:04:29 and third place went to Hiroyuki Makino of Japan who was close behind at 3:08:30. The women’s race was dominated by Chyr who was followed by Kaitlin Borror of Long Island City, NY who finished at 3:31:14. Third place went to Amanda Kavigian of Arlington, MA completing the race in 3:33:49.

Second place in the Half Marathon went to Rich Hanna of Sacramento, CA crushing the age 50-54 course record at 1:16:49. Third place went to JT Service of Santa Cruz, CA crossing the finish line in 1:23:25. Service was the Marathon Champion of the Inaugural Kauai Marathon in 2009.

Lauren Tippets, 29 of Los Altos, CA led the women’s Half Marathon field with a time of 1:26:53. Sarah Vitug of Los Angeles, CA was second at 1:33:17 and Kauai resident Brooke Sugahara was third finishing with a time of 1:35:59.

Kauai’s top finishers were Derrick Ledesma and Jennifer Tone for the Full Marathon and Joseph Kali and Brooke Sugahara for the Half Marathon.

The 2014 event featured far more than the successful running of the Marathon and Half Marathon.  The world class Sports and Fitness Expo provided a backdrop for runners to meet several running celebrities, as well as informative health and wellness seminars. The Fun Run on Saturday morning brought runners together for a casual “shake out” morning adventure. And finally, the Second Annual Keiki Run sponsored by Wilcox Health energized over 135 children from the ages of 2 to 12 with exciting races at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.

Endurance sports celebrity Dean Karnazes and Runner’s World’s Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso were both on hand for the week’s festivities handing out tips and inspiration to all the runners. Yasso believes the event is one of the best because of the accessibility to his fellow running community through the Expo, pre race fun run and the finish line party. He loves the personal connections he makes and always looks forward to meeting the people of Kauai.

Several sponsors made the event possible including: County of Kauai, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai Coffee, The Parrish Collection Kauai, Wilcox Health, Kauai Heritage Properties, Tortilla Republic, Cardno, Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe and Poipu Beach Resort Association. Many other local businesses assisted by providing volunteer lunches, accommodations and supplies for the medical tent.

Over $7,000 was generously donated to numerous local non-profit groups volunteering for race day activities. Niumalu Canoe Club, Kalaheo Elementary School, Koloa Elementary School, and the Waimea High School Project Grad are just a few.

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Download 2014 Wallpapers

Click on the images below and drag the file to your desktop or select “save as” to download. The image on the left is 1024 x 768 and the image on the right is 1280 x1024.

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Course Videos

Marathon Course Video

Half Marathon Course Video

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