Kaʻena Point State Park
Natural and Cultural Resource Management Efforts Continue at Ka‘ena Point
View a video tutorial of the permit process HERE.
State Parks is now accepting applications for the 2016 Kaena Point vehicle access permits at its new online special use permit website (see link above or below). Applicants will need to create a login account before accessing the application page. This same account and password will also be used to obtain the weekly gate combination as needed. Combinations will not be distributed by mass email or text after December 30, 2015. Once submitted, applicants will receive an email confirming approval of their permit and should receive the permit and 2016 vehicle decal by mail 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, Mokule’ia Section, 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 park users. Anyone wanting to drive a vehicle into the controlled section (beyond the paved parking lot and locked gate) needs to obtain a free permit. This does not apply to users who hike or bike on the dirt road behind the locked gate. Permits must be renewed annually and, among 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.
Users issued a permit have access to the combination on the gate lock which changes once a week each Wednesday morning before 9am. Permit holders can now access the weekly gate combination online using their Ka‘ena Point special use permit login account. Permit holders without internet access can call State Parks at 587-0300 for the weekly combination. Please have permit number available.
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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.