Kaʻena Point State Park
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Ka‘ena Point State Park is a relatively remote and wild coastline park with hiking, picnicking, and shore fishing opportunities. The park encompasses most of the shoreline along the northwest corner of Oahu and is split into two locations Ka‘ena Point Mokuleia Section (North Shore) and Ka‘ena Point Keawa’ula Section (west side). Ka‘ena Point State Park is the gateway to Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve at O‘ahu’s most northwestern point. A large sandy beach at Keawa’ula Bay with board surfing and bodysurfing for experts and swimming only during 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 and dry area with little shade.
- No drinking water.
Vehicle Access Special Use Permit
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.
2019 Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit Applications Available Online
WALK-IN APPLICATIONS NOT YET BEING ISSUED
After applying, you should receive two email notifications. (1) The first email should confirm your application was submitted successfully. It says that permits will be processed within 10 working days. We will not always be able to process all applications within this 10-day period because of the volume of applications. 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. (2) The second notification should say your permit has been approved. Once receiving this email notification, you should receive the permit & decal in the mail within several days. If you do not receive the permit & decal within 7 days of the second notification, you should call or email.
Please Note: There may be delays due the high volume of applications. Once issued, 2019 permits & decals will be valid through the end 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.
Update Following High Surf March 17-28, 2019
High surf along on March 17-18, 2019, along Oahu’s northern coast altered shoreline conditions and impeded access to Ka’ena Point State Park (KPSP). The coral beaches at the end of the point shifted and were subject to deposition of additional coral rubble while exposing more basalt outcrops. Tide pools that are favorite haul out spots for critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals are deeper after coral washed further inland. Along the shoreline edges closer to the parking lot, fresh deposits of deep sand and boulders scattered about by the high surf have impacted vehicle access areas – and will add challenges for fishermen to navigate to preferred fishing spots.
In 2014 the Department of Land and Natural Resources in collaboration with community fisher’s and users of the area designated roads and established a unique vehicle access permit system to manage and educate vehicle users to drive along designated roads leading to the shoreline. However, the new deposition of now deep sand and scattered boulders requires Division of State Park (DSP) staff to consider a temporary closure of a small section of affected coastal road segments. DSP’s interpretive public outreach staff at KPSP are currently assessing the situation and informing drivers of the need to stay out of the area. Volunteers at KPSP also support efforts to educate park users.
In 2018, volunteers contributed 1,749 hours to visitor education, marine debris removal, and ecosystem restoration at Ka’ena Point State Park. If you are interested in contributing to these efforts, please contact: email@example.com and see the DSP website for further updates and additional notices.
Mahalo in helping Hawaii State Parks to conserve and protect the valuable historic, natural and recreational resources of KPSP.