Kaʻena Point State Park
10/5/18 - KA'ENA POINT STATE PARK, MOKULEʻIA SECTION HAS REOPENED TO VEHICLE ACCESS FOR THOSE WITH PERMITS TO ENTER. TO PROTECT ROADS IMPACTED BY RECENT HEAVY RAINS, PLEASE DRIVE WITH CARE AND HEED ANY MARKED DETOURS AND CLOSED AREAS.
Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit Issuance Temporarily Suspended as we Work to Roll Out New Permits for 2019.
As of September 5, 2018, State Parks is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Kaʻena Point vehicle access permits at its special use permit website. Efforts will shift to allowing applicants to apply for 2019-2020 permits, which should be available in November. We issued nearly 10,000 permits in 2017-18. All issued permits remain valid through December 31, 2018.
State Parks will begin issuing 2019 vehicle access permit in early November, which may include amended permit conditions. The exact date will be announced in October. At that time, current permit holders may renew their existing permits and new applicants may apply. Once issued, the 2019 permits and vehicle decals will be considered valid through the end of 2018 and for all of 2019. Permit applicants must be residents of Hawaiʻi living on Oʻahu.
The Vehicle Access Special Use Permit is required to drive a vehicle into Ka’ena Point State Park Reserve, Mokuleʻia Section, beyond the gate and the paved road that ends at the gravel parking area. Initiated in 2015 primarily as a cultural and natural resources management tool that was generally supported by the community to protect Ka’ena, this permit system aimed to curtail 20 years of increasing landscape degradation caused by uncontrolled four-wheel drive vehicle use in the reserve. Permit conditions require drivers to remain on a limited number of designated dirt roads and stress that this is not a four-wheel drive recreation area – but that the designated roads are for responsible access for fishing, sightseeing, coastal access and to get to the Natural Area Reserve and the point itself.
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Relatively remote wild coastline with picnicking opportunities and shore fishing. Large sandy beach at Keawa’ula Bay with board surfing and bodysurfing for experts and swimming only during completely calm conditions in the summer; lifeguard services.
- Long family hike (2.7 miles one-way) along volcanic coast with tide pools, small natural stone arches and fine views of Makua coastline.
- Early morning dolphin sightings from point near Kaluakauila stream mouth.
- Viewing of the large sea cave, Kaneana, legendary home of Nanaue the shark man.
- Hot, dry area with little shade.
- No drinking water.