What is the NSPAR?

The North Shore Path Alternatives Report (NSPAR) provides solutions and planning for a mulit-use path on the North Shore of Kaua‘i. The report will outline the opportunities, challenges and alternatives for the creation of a network of non-vehicular, “shared-use” bike and pedestrian paths to connect the communities of Kilauea, Princeville & Hanalei.

The Path of Least Resistance

Simple is often the best solution. The NSPAR approach is to analyze the North Shore landscape in terms of environmental sensitivity, land ownership, topography, regulations, funding and history. The end result is a comprehensive overview of the process that will be required to move the path from a vision to a reality. The Report will provide a common source of information and critical overview of the North Shore Path objectives so that our communities, regulators and potential funding sources can engage in meaningful and productive conversations.

Focus Areas

The Report will outline the opportunities and needs of our communities as they relate to a multi-use path. Among other things it will address:

  • The Benefits of Shared Use Paths & Alternative Modes of Transportation
  • The Objectives of Improving Health, Recreation & Fitness
  • Environmental Benefits, Community Growth & Sustainable Land Use
  • Economic & Social Benefits


The NSPAR is anticipated for publication in October of 2011. Check out the project timeline here.