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UPDATE: 9/24/20 - OAHU - Starting Sept. 24th  groups of five people will be allowed in OPEN State Parks, as well as, State beaches and trails.  Canopy-type structures are not permitted at this time at State parks, beaches and trails.


9/24/20 - OAHU - Starting Sept. 28, Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area will be CLOSED during weekdays for HECO work.


9/22/20 - OAHU - Comfort Stations at Sand Island SRA are currently CLOSED for repairs.


9/18/20 - HAWAII ISLAND - All State Coastal & Beach Parks on the island of Hawaii Remain CLOSED Through September 30, 2020. This measure mirrors the Mayor\'s Covid-19 Emergency Rule No. 11.


Big Island Coastal & Beach Parks CLOSED Starting 9/4/20

Posted on Sep 3, 2020

At the request of Mayor Harry Kim and to mirror the County of Hawaiʻiʻs latest Emergency Order closing all County Beach Parks, the DLNR Division of State Parks is CLOSING all Hawaii Island Coastal and Beach Park Areas effective this Friday, September 4 continuing through September 18 (see details below). This effort is aimed at preventing large unauthorized gatherings and suppressing the increasing spread of COVID-19, particularly during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. At all affected parks, gates will remain locked and parking lots will be closed.

*Transiting through the Closed Parks to access allowable ocean activities is permitted.*


September 4, 2020 – September 18, 2020

· Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

· Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park (Land areas closed, bay waters open for boating and ocean recreation under COVID restrictions)

· Kekaha Kai State Park

· Kiholo State Park Reserve

· Lapakahi State Historical Park

· MacKenzie State Recreation Area


Click the link below to view a digital copy of the signed Amendment to the Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 11

Amendment to Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 11


“Amendment to Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 11

Post Date:09/02/2020 5:00 PM

The County of Hawaiʻi has experienced a sustained increase in community associated COVID-19 cases and three COVID-19 deaths. Several clusters have been linked to social gatherings. The following are amendments to Exhibit 2 of Mayor’s Covid-19 Emergency Rule No. 11 temporarily closing County beach and shoreline parks in order to stop large social gatherings. The County continues to promote outdoor exercise. Additions are underlined and bolded, deletions are [bracketed] and stricken as follows:

  1. Camping is permitted in accordance with the following conditions and with modified rules as established by the Director:
    1. The following campsite[s] remains open:
      1. Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area
      2. Hoʻokena Beach Park
      3. Kapaʻa Beach Park
      4. Kohanaiki Beach Park
      5. Laupahoehoe Pt. Beach Park
      6. Mahukona Beach Park
      7. PUnaluʻu Beach Park
      8. Spencer Park at ʻOhaiʻula Beach
      9. Whittington Beach Park
    1. All County beach parks and shoreline parks are closed and the following terms and conditions apply:
      1. Beach parks and coastal parks may only be used for direct access to and from the ocean or shoreline in order to engage in exercise, fishing and gathering food, and use of restroom and shower facilities during the hours of 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. daily.
      2. Use of pavilions, barbecues, temporary canopies, pop-up tents, tarps, similar shade devices, etc. are not allowed.
      3. Tables, hibachis, coolers, and other items commonly associated with picnicking and gatherings are not allowed.
      4. Camping at all beach parks and shoreline parks is prohibited. All existing camping permits are hereby cancelled.
      5. All commercial operations and activities are prohibited.
      6. For the purposes of this Rule, the following clarifications are provided:
        1. Kailua Park: the terms of this section only apply to the area makai of the runway;
        2. Liliʻuokalani Gardens: The park remains open, however, the prohibitions in section 9b and 9c apply.

  1. All other State or County restrictions related to COVID-19 must be followed, including, but not limited to, applicable quarantine restrictions.

This amendment is effective from 12:01 a.m. September 4, 2020 to 7:00 a.m. September 19, 2020, or until extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by my subsequent order, or as otherwise provided by law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawaiʻi to be affixed. Done this 1st day of September 2020 in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.

Harry Kim
County of Hawaiʻi

Governor David Y. Ige”

(Per, Official Link: Click Here)