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Phased Reopening of Hawaii State Parks to Begin Saturday, May 2, 2020

Posted on May 2, 2020

Numerous, popular state parks are slated to reopen on Saturday, May 2 for access for ocean recreation, mauka trail use, and general exercise.

The DLNR Division of State Parks developed selection criteria to determine which units would open in recognition of stay-at-home rules and social distancing requirements. These include:

•             Reasonable and safe access to the water, trails and adequate park space for exercise.

•             The ability for staff to manage access through gate opening and closure, related security and safety issues, maintenance and enforcement.

•             Protection of sensitive cultural and natural resources and remote areas. 

 

Please note the following requirements for outdoor recreational and social distancing remain in place:

Beach Closures. All beaches in Hawaiʻi are hereby closed. No person shall sit, stand, lie down, lounge, sunbathe, or loiter on any beach or sand bar in Hawaiʻi.  Transiting across or through beaches is allowed to access the ocean waters for outdoor exercise purposes, such as surfing, solo paddling, and swimming, so long as social distancing requirements are maintained.  Running, jogging, or walking on the beach is allowed, so long as social distancing requirements are maintained.

No group of more than two persons is allowed to hike on state trails, unless all hikers in the group are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. All persons hiking, who are not part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address, shall maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from any other hiker.

Shore Fishing Limitations. No group of more than two persons may engage in shore fishing, unless all in the group are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. All persons engaging in shore fishing, who are not part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address, shall comply with social distancing requirements.

No more than two people are allowed on any boat in Hawai‘i’s water for recreational purposes, unless they are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address.  Both people on the boat are required to maintain physical distancing of six-feet from one another, as is reasonably possible. All boats are required to stay 20-feet from one another.

 

O’ahu Parks

COMPLETE CLOSURE:

Diamond Head SM (interior and summit trail CLOSED, exterior Fort Ruger pathway open for exercise)

He’eia State Park (gate locked Kama’aina Kids)

Lā’ie Point State Wayside

Nu’uanu Pali State Wayside (DOT gate)

Pu’u o Mahuka SHS

Ulupo Heiau (no gate)

‘Iolani Palace SM

Royal Mausoleum SM

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO REMAIN LOCKED:  

Fort Ruger pathway on exterior of Diamond Head SM

‘Aiea Bay SRA 

Ka’ena Point SP (access on Mokuleia side impacted by waterline construction)

Mālaekahana Kalanai (Gates locked PAVING PROJECT TO START MONDAY 5/4)

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO BE OPENED FOR PARKING ACCESS DAILY:

Ahupuaʻa o Kahana SP

Keaïwa Heiau SRA

Wahiawa Freshwater Park

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO BE OPENED FOR PARKING ACCESS ON WEEKENDS:

Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline (lookouts closed)

Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a SW (lookout closed)

Wa’ahila Ridge SRA

 

Kaua’i Parks

COMPLETE CLOSURE:

Polihale (closed for access road repairs)

Wailua River State Park  (river access for paddling allowed at Kaumuali’i Section only)

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO REMAIN LOCKED:  

Kōkeʻe State Park (select trails only/lookouts closed)

Russian Fort Elizabeth/Pā’ula’ula

Waimea Canyon State Park (select trails only/lookouts closed)

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO BE OPENED FOR PARKING ACCESS DAILY:

Ahukini SRP (fishing only)

Hāʻena SP 

Nāpali Coast SWP/Kalalau Trail – to Hanakapiʻai (parking in Hāʻena SP)

Waimea SRP (fishing only)

Kaumualiʻi Section of Wailua River SP (for river paddling access)

 

Maui Parks

COMPLETE CLOSURE:

Puʻu o Lai (Little Beach) section of Mākena SP

Halekiʻi-Pihana SM 

ʻIao Valley SM

Kaumahina, Wailua and Puaakaa Waysides

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO REMAIN LOCKED:  

Mākena State Park (except Puʻu o Laʻi aka “Little Beach”)

Waiʻānapanapa State Park

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO BE OPENED FOR PARKING ACCESS DAILY:

Polipoli Spring SRA

 

Hawai’i Parks 

COMPLETE CLOSURE:

ʻAkaka Falls SP

Kealakekua Bay SHP

Kohala Historic Sites SM

Lapakahi SHP

Wailoa River SRA (closed for construction)

Wailuku River SP

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO REMAIN LOCKED:  

Waialea Section of Hāpuna Beach SRA

Kekaha Kai SP

Kīholo SPR

Lava Tree SM

Kalopā SRA – hiking/equestrian trail access. 

OPEN for day beach or hiking use per Governor’s proclamation/DAY USE FACILITIES CLOSED AND GATES TO BE OPENED FOR PARKING ACCESS DAILY:

Hāpuna Beach SRA (except Waialea Beach Section)

MacKenzie SRA

Manukā SW