8/6/20: Starting Saturday August 8, 2020 ALL State Parks on the island of Oahu will be CLOSED until September 4, 2020, to reduce the potential spread of Covid-19. This closure plan mirrors the City & County of Honolulu's Act with Care - Do Not Gather Order.
Kōkeʻe State Park
Update: 7/23/20 - Kōkeʻe State Park will be CLOSED Sunday July 26 in anticipation of Hurricane Douglas. Please check back for updates.
6/5/20 - Kōkeʻe State Park is OPEN for day hiking use, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Hiking trails and lookouts are OPEN. Camping and lodging are OPEN.
Restrictions for outdoor recreation include the following:
HIKING: No group of more than two persons is allowed to hike on state trails, unless all hikers in the group are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. All persons not part of a single residential or family unit shall maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from any other hiker.
BEACHES: All groups are limited to a single residential or family unit sharing the same address, and no family group shall exceed 10 persons. All persons not part of a single residential or family unit shall maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from any other beach user.
HOURS: All park areas are open for day-use, overnight camping by permit only. Please heed the posted park hours, which may be more restrictive than normal park hours.
|Hours||Daily During Daylight Hours|
*Parking vouchers are valid throughout Kokee State Park parking lots.
|Camping||Koke’e offers tent camping opportunities with minimally developed campsites.
Fees start at $12 per campsite per night.
The park offers commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. Wildland picnicking, tent camping and lodging. Hiking in native rain forest and along rim of Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring forest reserves. Excellent area for observation of native plants, forest birds and insects. Seasonal plum picking and trout fishing. Pig hunting in public hunting area.
Recreational Residences Appraisals
In accordance with the Kokeʻe-Waimea Canyon Rec Residence leases, the appraisals for the 2020 rent reopener have been completed. The methodology section of the report is linked hereafter. NOTE: this only applies to existing leaseholders, whose leases run through 2029.
Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death
ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi, are dying from a new fungal disease. On Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa have already died from this fungus, called Ceratocystis. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” This disease has killed trees in all districts of Hawaiʻi Island and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide. – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa
For more information on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death please see the links below.