Kaʻena Point State Park
2019 Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit Applications Available Online
WALK-IN APPLICATIONS NOT YET BEING ISSUED
The 2019 Kaʻena permit applications are now available at the Kaʻena Point permit website (https://sups.ehawaii.gov). We have revised introductions and explanations, but the process is still the same.
Please Note: We will not be processing and issuing permits immediately. You can apply now but please remember there will be delays. We cannot start until the 2019 permit decals arrive (ordered, should be here very soon). Also, we are currently short-staffed and are expecting a very high number of applications for two months. We will try to get as many processed as we can before December 31. Applications submitted after December 20 might not be processed and mailed before December 31. Your current 2017-18 permit is still valid through December 31, 2018.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.
IF YOU CANNOT APPLY ONLINE, YOU MAY WALK IN TO THE STATE PARKS HONOLULU OFFICE DURING BUSINESS HOURS. WALK-IN APPLICANTS WILL BE PLACED IN THE QUEUE FOR PERMIT MAILING, BUT WILL NOT BE ISSUED A PERMIT AT THE OFFICE.
After applying, you will receive two email notifications. The first confirms your application was submitted successfully. It says that permits will be processed within 10 working days. We will not be able to process all applications within this 10-day period because of the large backlog for the next two months. Please do not call during this period to ask about the status of your permit. We will get to it as best we can and contact you if additional information is needed.
The second notification says your permit has been approved. Once you receive this, you should receive the permit and decal in the mail within several days. If you do not receive it within 7 days of the notification, you should call or email. There might be problems with the address or the mail.
We would appreciate your patience. Please enjoy your Thanksgiving and family.
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.