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Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 10/15/21 - [HAWAII] - Water services at Hapuna Beach State Recreation area have been restored.

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10/12/21 - [KAUAI] - Sections of the Waimea Canyon Lookout are currently CLOSED while repairs are done to the middle viewing deck. This project does not affect other lookouts in Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park.

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10/1/21 - [OAHU] - The gates at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park will remain CLOSED until further notice due to lack of staffing and available contracted services.

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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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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

Camping Permits Now Required to Hike Beyond Hanakāpīʻai along Nāpali Coast

Posted on Mar 1, 2015

In response to continued illegal campers abusing the fragile and overtaxed Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauaʻi, camping permits are now required to hike beyond Hanakāpīʻai Valley along the Kalalau Trail.  Hanakāpīʻai is a two mile hike from the trailhead at the end of Kauaʻi’s north shore highway in Hāʻena State Park.  Hikers may still access Hanakāpīʻai waterfall two miles upvalley without a permit.  Signs have been posted on the western side of the valley indicating the point beyond which a valid permit is required.  No day-use permits will be issued, only hikers/backpackers with valid camping permits may legally proceed beyond the sign.  Violators of this policy may be cited, and those cited will be required to show up in court.  Violation of this rule is a petty misdemeanor under Hawaiʻi law, and a conviction will result in a criminal record in addition to penalties.

This policy is being reinstituted in response to continued rampant abuse of trail policies, which has led to degradation of natural and cultural resources, overtaxing the capacity of the park’s limited composting toilet facilities, and overcrowding of the authorized camping areas in Kalalau Valley.  These factors combined are contributing to lower quality visitor experiences and a growing number of public complaints, in addition to possible public health concerns.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this policy.