Hāʻena State Park
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Hāʻena State Park

Haʻena State Park, as well as the Kalalau Trail, will close early on Friday, July 12 and remain closed through the weekend due to bridge construction. The Waipa bridge will close promptly at 7:30 pm on Friday, July 12 and all vehicles and visitors between Waipa and Hāʻena will not be allowed to leave the area until the bridge reopens at 5 am on Monday morning. Park visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly and exit Haʻena State Park no later than 6 pm on Friday.

Park Hours Daily During Daylight Hours
Park Entrance Fee
  • Hawaii Resident = Free
  • Non-Hawaii Resident = $1.00 Per Person
Parking Rates
  • Hawaii Resident = Free
  • Non-Hawaii Resident = $5.00 Per Vehicle
    • Note: Parking Reservation Grants Park Access For Driver and Passengers
Park & Parking Reservations Click Here
Shuttle Reservations Click Here
Haena and Napali Access Information Click Here
Frequently Asked Questions Click Here

 Description

Hā’ena State Park is located at the northwestern extent of Kuhio Highway on Kauai’s north-shore. The park offers viewing of restored lo’i kalo (taro fields) and ancient sea caves [a.k.a. wet caves] formed during a higher stand of the sea, probably 4,000 years ago, as well as, the spectacular Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.  The park also offers beach-related activities including shore fishing and swimming at Ke’e Beach.  Hā’ena is also home to the trailhead of the world famous Kalalau Trail [11 miles], as well as, Hanakapia Falls trail [2 miles].

Opening of Hāʻena State Park & Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

Hāʻena State Park (SP) and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (SWP) are now open!  Please read below and visit our Frequent Asked Questions page for more information.

Both Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park were closed from April 2018 to June 2019 following severe flooding on the north shore of Kauaʻi.  Closure of the parks enabled the Division of State Parks to ensure better protection of our resources, mitigate decades of impacts to Hāʻenaʻs rural community, provide better on-site management and ultimately provide a higher-quality visitor experience through implementation of new park management strategies per the Hāʻena Master Plan.

Changes are often difficult and there may be growing pains as new park management strategies are implemented.  During these times, we graciously ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to provide the best experience possible while welcoming back visitors to these culturally and biologically significant parks.

IMPORTANT CHANGES IN PARK MANAGEMENT AND ACCESS ARE NOW IN AFFECT

Hāʻena State Park:  Hāʻena State Park, home to Kēʻē Beach as well as the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail and Hanakāpīʻai beach and waterfalls, is now subject to daily visitor limits and requires advanced reservations to enter the park.  State of Hawaiʻi residents are not subject to the new park fees or reservation system.

Visitors to Hāʻena SP that choose to walk-in, bike-in, or arrange private drop-off (friend, Uber, Lyft) are required to make an online reservation to enter the park. 

Non-Hawaii residents that want to visit Hāʻena SP are required to purchase a park entry reservation ($1 per person) or an online parking reservation ($5 per vehicle) prior to arrival at Hāʻena SP.  A parking reservation includes park entry for the driver and passengers of the vehicle.  If you purchase a parking reservation, you do not need to purchase park entry reservations for the passengers in your vehicle. 

  • To enter Hāʻena State Park you will need one of the following:
    • A Park Entry Reservation
    • A Parking Reservation (Grants park entry for driver and passengers)
    • A valid Camping Permit for Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.
  • Hāʻena SP reservations are available for purchase up to two weeks in advance. 
  • Reservations are available from: Click Here 
  • Camping Permits for Napali Coast SWP grant access to Haena SP

Hanakāpīʻai Beach & Waterfalls:  In order to hike to Hanakāpīʻai beach & Hanakāpīʻai falls visitors need to purchase a park entry reservation for Hāʻena SP.  The park entry reservation grants you access to Hāʻena SP where visitors can then hike along a portion of the famous Kalalau Trail towards Hanakāpīʻai Valley.  If you want to continue along the Kalalau Trail past Hanakāpīʻai Valley, you need to purchase a camping permit for Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park. 

  • Hiking to Hanakāpīʻai Valley, beach, and/or waterfalls is included in the purchase of a Hāʻena SP park entry reservation and/or parking reservation.
  • The hike from Hāʻena SP to Hanakāpīʻai waterfall is roughly 4-miles round trip.
  • A valid camping permit for Napali Coast SWP is needed to hike past Hanakāpīʻai.

Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park & Kalalau Trail:  In-order to access the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park as well as the Kalalau Trail, visitors have to go through Hāʻena SP.  Hāʻena SP now requires advanced reservations for entry except for those with valid camping permits for the Nāpali Coast SWP.  Those with Nāpali Coast SWP Camping Permits do not need to make a Hāʻena SP park entry reservation.  Upon entry to Haena SP, simply show staff your valid camping permit.

  • Nāpali Coast SWP camping permits are available at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1692.html
  • Overnight parking is not allowed at Hāʻena SP.
  • Nāpali Coast SWP & Kalalau Trail overnight campers must arrive by shuttle or drop-off. 
  • A valid Nāpali Coast SWP camping permit grants access to Hāʻena SP.

Existing Nāpali Coast SWP Camping Permits (Kalalau Trail):  For those who have existing permits issued for the Kalalau Trail, the Division of State Parks will offer you the option of either: 1. Retaining your current reservation, or 2. Revising your dates of stay if they are for dates after the reopening.  If your permits were valid during the closure period, you may revise your dates of stay for a future date, or apply for a refund.

Kūhiō Highway Construction – Park visitors should expect to encounter delays accessing the Parks as roadwork will continue along Kūhiō Highway. For current conditions please consult the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation website at  https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/2018-kuhio-highway-emergency-repairs/

  • Anticipated closures of Kūhiō Highway:
    • Partial Closure: June 29 (6:30am-10:30am)
    • Night Closure: July 1-3 (7:30pm to 5:00am)
    • Night Closure: July 8-11 (7:30pm to 5:00am)
    • Weekend Closure: July 12 (7:30pm) through July 15 (5:00am)

 

Hāʻena State Park Master Plan & Environmental Impact Statement

The Division of State Parks and their planning consultant, in collaboration with the Ha’ena State Park Community Advisory Committee, have worked diligently to modify the proposed park Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) following community input on the draft EIS.  Community feedback was received at a public meeting and a subsequent open house.  As a result of this input, the Master Plan has been scaled back to lessen the park development footprint while addressing critical infrastructure issues, as well as, vehicle and pedestrian access and overcrowding.

The Hāʻena State Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement was accepted by Governor Ige on June 25 2018, and the Hāʻena State Park Master Plan was approved by DLNR Chairperson Suzanne Case on August 13, 2018 on behalf of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  These documents can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the links below.

Exhibit 1: Ha‘ena State Park Master Plan Final Report (33 mb)

Exhibit 2: Ha‘ena State Park Master Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement (97 mb)

Exhibit 3: Ha’ena State Park Master Plan Draft Appendices (33 mb) 

Exhibit 4: Ha’ena State Park Master Plan Background Research and Analysis (95 mb)

Additional Reference Documents:

Master Plan (Graphic, 3.3 mb)

Master Plan Executive Summary (text, 172 kb)