Kaʻena Point State Park
4/13/18 - KA'ENA POINT STATE PARK IS REOPENED TO VEHICLE ACCESS AS OF TODAY (FRIDAY 4/13). PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY, AND PERMITTEES ARE REQUIRED TO RESPECT DETOURS AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY TO AVOID CAUSING FURTHER DAMAGE TO SATURATED PARK ROADS. There are several particularly rutted and wet sections where significant ponding has occurred and still remains.
When vehicle access resumes:
• Markers are in place to designate that these sections are closed to vehicle use.
• Signs will direct drivers to loop roads to bypass these closed sections. Access will be possible along the length of the park.
• THIS PARK IS NOT A 4 WHEEL DRIVE RECREATION AREA! The reason there is significant ponding and the access road being closed when wet is partially due to 4-wheel drive enthusiasts continuing to use the muddy areas for abusive vehicle recreation, creating the conditions that form the ponds and rutted sections.
• While there are other sensitive road sections that are still drying out – vehicle users are expected to be sensitive and conscientious to gain coastal access and traverse to the end of the road.
Continued aggressive vehicle recreational use potentially extends closure periods in the future. Ka‘ena Point is not a designated off-road vehicle recreational area – vehicle use is managed for transiting the roads for coastal access and to get to the point at the end of the access roads. Staff will be present to monitor behavior.
Enjoy the park and please drive responsibly.
Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit Applications and Renewals for 2017-2018
Natural and Cultural Resource Management Efforts Continue at Kaʻena Point
View a video tutorial of the permit process HERE.
State Parks is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Kaʻena Point vehicle access permits at its special use permit website (see link above). Permits are good for two years.
Renewing applicants should log in to the permit website as they did when first applying and accessing the gate combination. When there, click “Apply” in the brown tool bar. An application form will open with information you entered for your 2016 permit. Review and update the information if needed and click “Submit”. If you have permits for more than one vehicle, only your last application will open. Change the vehicle information previously entered to that of the next vehicle. All your personal and contact information should be there.
New applicants must create a login account before accessing the application page (Log In Need an account? Sign up). Once the account is created, return to the permit website’s main page, enter your email and password, and click Log In (below password). The application webpage will open. Click on “Submit an application” and complete the form. Use your same email address and password when returning to this webpage to access the weekly gate combination (on brown tool bar) which you need to enter the controlled access area.
Applicants will receive an email confirming approval of their permits. Permits with 2017-2018 vehicle decals should be mailed within 5 working days. Permits can also be obtained at the State Park office during working business hours.
In 2014, the Division of State Parks designated a portion of Kaʻena Point State Park Reserve, Mokulēʻia Section, as a controlled vehicle access area. This action was taken after years of uncontrolled off-road vehicle use and other prohibited actions continued to negatively impact the park’s natural and cultural resources and disturb other park users. Anyone wanting to drive a vehicle into the controlled section (beyond the paved road and locked gate) needs to obtain a permit. The permit is free. No permit is need for those hiking or biking on dirt roads beyond the locked gate. Permits must be renewed periodically and, along with other conditions, require drivers to stay on the major upper road and designated shoreline access roads. Signs and colored survey markers help identify the designated routes.
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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.