Reopening of Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness ParkPosted on May 31, 2019
Update: 6/14/19: For reservations please click the following link. Click Here
Update: 6/1/19 – Per the Department of Transporation (HDOT) website “…HDOT has rescheduled the planned full weekend closure of Waikoko Bridge on Kuhio Highway (Route 560) for Friday, June 14 through Monday, June 17. The full closure of Waikoko Bridge will start at 9 p.m. Friday, June 14. The road will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, June 17. The full closure is needed as the contractor will be replacing the deck of the single lane bridge. Bridge nightwork leading up to the full closure is planned for the nights of Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m….” (http://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2019/05/30/full-weekend-closure-of-waikoko-bridge-scheduled-for-june-14-17/)
Original Post: The State of Hawaii – Division of State Parks (DSP) anticipates the reopening of Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park to coincide with the opening of Kūhiō Highway currently scheduled for Monday, June 17, 2019 . If the opening for Kūhiō Highway is amended, the reopening of both parks will be adjusted to follow suit.
Both Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park have been closed since April 2018 following severe flooding on the north shore of Kauaʻi. Closure of the parks as well as Kūhiō Highway have enabled DSP to implement new park management strategies per the Hāʻena Master Plan to ensure better protection of our resources, mitigate decades of impacts to Hāʻenaʻs rural community, provide better on-site management and ultimately provide a higher-quality visitor experience.
Changes are often difficult and there may be growing pains as new park management strategies are implemented. During these times, we graciously ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to provide the best experience possible while welcoming back visitors to these culturally and biologically significant parks.
Park visitors should be aware that after the parks reopen, roadwork will continue along Kūhiō Highway, particularly in the Princeville to Hanalei corridor. Expect to encounter significant delays accessing the area due to this work.
Please return to site as additional updates are expected.
IMPORTANT CHANGES IN PARK MANAGEMENT AND ACCESS WILL BE IN EFFECT UPON REOPENING
Hāʻena State Park – Hāʻena State Park, which is home to Kēʻē Beach as well as the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail and Hanakāpīʻai Beach and Falls, will now be subject to daily visitor limits and will require advanced reservations in accordance with the Hāʻena State Park Master Plan. Park users, including beach-goers, hikers and others will be required to purchase online reservations prior to arrival for private-vehicle parking, shuttle transportation, or walk-in/bike-in entry. State of Hawaiʻi residents are not subject to the new park fees or reservation system.
- Hāʻena reservations will initially will be available for purchase up to two weeks in advance.
- Reservations will be available from: Click Here
- Park Hours: 6:30 am until sunset, daily.
Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park & Kalalau Trail – Those with overnight camping permits for the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park are NOT required to make a daily reservation for Hāʻena State Park. However, in order to enter Hāʻena State Park and access the Kalalau Trailhead you will need to show staff a valid Napali Coast State Wilderness Park camping permit. Please note that overnight parking is no longer allowed at Hāʻena State Park. Therefore, overnight campers must arrive by shuttle or arrange for private drop-off.
- Kalalau Trail camping permit reservations will again be available to the public upon the reopening of the park and highway.
- Permits are available at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1692.html
Existing Napali Coast State Wilderness Camping Permit – For those who have EXISTING permits issued for the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, the Division of State Parks will offer you the option of either: 1. Retaining your current reservation, or 2. Revising your dates of stay if they are for dates after the reopening. If your permits were valid during the closure period, you may revise your dates of stay for a future date, or apply for a refund.
Kuhio Highway Construction – Park visitors should expect to encounter delays accessing the Parks as roadwork will continue along Kūhiō Highway. For current conditions please consult the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation website at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/2018-kuhio-highway-emergency-repairs/