Administrative Rules
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Monitor local surf and weather reports prior to your park visit.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/17/24 – Polihale State Park: Queen's Pond access Road is CLOSED June 17-21 (m-f) for rock placement.  Pedestrian traffic should be aware of heavy equipment traversing through the area.  The park remains open - visitors should access via Cane Top access road and points beyond.

[HAWAI’I] UPDATED 6/10/24 –'Akaka Falls State Park is now fully open.  There will be a brief closure later this month (June 24-28, m-f), for additional repair work.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 –Kalalau Trail, Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park: Camping permits held back for local residents during summer, see Kalalau Trail site for more information.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 – Kōkeʻe State Park: The gate to Puʻu O Kila Lookout will be closed to vehicular traffic due to road repairs beginning 3/19/24. The lookout will still be accessible by pedestrians, parking is available at Kalalau lookout.

[HAWAI'I] UPDATED 6/18/24 -  West Hawaii State Parks to close early on the 4th of July at 5 PM. Parks effected are: Kekaha Kai SP—Mahai’ula section and Manini’owali (Kua Bay) section, Kiholo SPR, Hapuna Beach SRA and Waialea section

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.


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.

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


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

Chapters/Sections Title Amendment Description
 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 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.