Administrative Rules
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Covid-19 Protocols: Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 4/30/21 - [OAHU] - The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and parking lot at Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline will be CLOSED May 4th through May 7th (Tuesday-Thursday) from 7:00am to 11:00am for maintenance of the trail. Shoreline access will remain open along the Wawamalu/Sandy Beach area.

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4/30/21 - [OAHU] -  Weather conditions have caused delays in the work at Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area and the park will remain CLOSED through May 28th, 2021. The park will technically be open on the weekends however the gate and parking lot will remain closed throughout the month. Weekdays the park will be completely closed.

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4/26/21 - [OAHU] - The beach area of Ahupuaʻa o Kahana State Park is CLOSED beginning Wednesday, April 28, 2021 due to a potential treefall hazard.

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4/19/21 - [ALL ISLANDS] - Entrance AND parking fees are now required for non-residents at several parks across the islands including: [KAUAI] Haena, Kokee, Waimea Canyon, [OAHU] Diamond Head, Nuuanu Pali, [MAUI] Iao Valley, Makena, Waianapanapa, and [HAWAII] Akaka Falls, Hapuna Beach.  Non-resident visitors will be required to pay for both entry and parking.

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4/7/21 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park - Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side (north shore) is OPEN. The Keawaula gate (west side) remains CLOSED but the park is OPEN.

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3/29/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail reservation system is open again. Reservations are available 30-days in-advance. Park Entry and Parking reservations for morning and midday are available. Sunset-time reservations are currently not available.

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

Administrative Rules

The Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) are regulations established by the department through an extensive public review and hearing process. The procedure for administrative rules is set by Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 91.  A proposed rule, or an amendment to an existing rule, is draft by the department, approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) for public meetings and public hearings, and reviewed by the Department of the Attorney General (AG).  The draft is then presented to the public via public meetings and/or public hearings, where the public can give formal testimony on the draft rule.  The rule is then revised, if necessary, and submitted to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for final approval. The rule or amendment is then reviewed by the AG again. Upon approval from the AG, being signed by the Governor and filed with the Lieutenant Governor, it has the effect of law.  Please Note: Documents provided on this page are in PDF format.  If your browser is unable to read the documents, make sure to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

The following administrative rules are provided for general informational purposes only. These are unofficial copies. Official copies may be obtained from Division offices and the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement offices state-wide. Copies of the rules are also available for viewing in State public libraries.

DescriptionChapter/Section
Hawaii State Park System(NEW, eff. 10/8/20) Title 13, Subtitle 6, Chapter 146
Park Acquisition Trust FundTItle 13, Subtitle 6, Chapter 147
Assemblies, Meetings & Distribution of Literature on Department of Land and Natural Resources' LandsTitle 13, Subtitle 1, Chapter 7

DRAFT RULES & PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES

Periodically revisions to administrative rules are proposed. Please see below for proposed revisions and how to submit testimony.

DRAFT RULES
   
Chapters/Sections Title Amendment Description
     
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES
   
 Subject Hearing Date Official Notice (Click Link)
   

 

 

To submit testimony on proposed rules changes click the following link —-> [Link Currently Disabled] Submit Testimony on Proposed Rules and Amendments

PARK RULES & GENERAL INFORMATION

Park rules are designed to help you and others have an enjoyable visit while protecting Hawaiʻi’s unique and fragile cultural and natural resources. Always observe and follow the regulations on posted signs in the parks. In addition, you can help and increase the enjoyment of others by observing the following rules.

Report suspected law and park rule violations to enforcement officers. On all islands, call 643-DLNR (643-3567), no area code required. For emergencies, dial 911.

NO DRONESThe use, launching or landing of drones or other types of aircraft is prohibited.
NO SMOKINGSmoking, including E-cigarettes, and the use of tobacco products is prohibited.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGESThe use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
BEGGING AND SOLICITINGBegging and soliciting are prohibited, except pursuant to Section 13-7, HAR.
VESSELSVessels or any similar buoyant devices are prohibited where posted.
FIRESWhere not prohibited, build fires in the fireplaces and grills provided. Portable stoves or warming devices may be used in designated camping and picnicking areas unless otherwise prohibited. Dump live coals only in designated ash pits or receptacles.
GENERATORSOperation or use of any portable electric generator is prohibited, except with a special use permit.
PETSPets and other animals are prohibited wherever posted, and are not allowed in restaurants, pavilions, swimming areas, campgrounds, lodges, or on beaches. Where permitted, pets are to be crated, caged, on a 6-foot or shorter leash or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times. Horses prohibited unless otherwise posted. Please clean up after your pet.
NUDITYNudity is prohibited.
NOISEDo not operate any audio device, television, or musical instrument in such a manner and at such times so as to create excessive noise or nuisance.
PLANTSLeave all plant life undisturbed. Where permitted, reasonable quantities of fruits and seeds may be gathered for personal use.
REPORT OF INJURY OR DAMAGEAll incidents resulting in personal injury or death, or property damage must be reported as soon as possible to the district office, and other appropriate agencies.
SKATING AND SKATEBOARDSSkating and skateboards are prohibited where posted.
METAL DETECTING DEVICESMetal detecting devices are allowed on sand beaches only.
VEHICLESDrive and park motor vehicles only on designated roads and parking areas provided for such usage.
WASTE DISPOSALPlace all waste in trash cans and pack out trash from wilderness parks.
NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCESLeave all plants, geological, historical, and archaeological features undisturbed.
WILDLIFELeave the wildlife and their habitat undisturbed except where hunting and fishing is permitted subject to all applicable laws and regulations.
LOST AND FOUND ARTICLES Lost and found articles are to be deposited by the finder at the nearest police station, or at the park visitor facility.
SUSPECTED VIOLATIONSReport suspected law and park rule violations to enforcement officers. On all islands, call 643-DLNR (643-3567), no area code required. For emergencies, dial 911.