About Our Parks
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[OʻAHU] UPDATED: 5/24/2023 – Kaʻena Point State Park Mokuleʻia Section: During the upcoming three-day holiday weekend, all vehicles need to be out of the park by 7:00 p.m. except for valid permit holders who will not be affected.  Kaʻena Point State Park Keawaʻula Section: All vehicles need to be out of the park by 7:00 p.m. See Kaʻena Announcement for details.

[MAUI] UPDATED 5/1/23: ʻIao Valley State Monument ha REOPENED. Reservations required for out-of-state residents. See ʻĪao site for updates.

[O’AHU] UPDATED 5/1/23: Sand Island State Recreation Area – WATER OFFLINE, in the park, facilities impacted. See Sand Island site for updates.

[HAWAIʻI] UPDATED 5/1/23: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – WATER OFFLINE in the park, facilities impacted. See Hapuna site for updates

About Our Parks

Aloha and Welcome to Hawai‘i’s State Parks

download park brochure Hawai‘i’s State Park System is composed of 51 state parks encompassing approximately 30,000 acres on the 5 major islands. These parks offer varied outdoor recreation and heritage opportunities. The park environments range from landscaped grounds with developed facilities to wildland areas with trails and primitive facilities.

The outdoor recreation program offers a diversity of coastal and wildland recreational experiences, including picnicking, camping, lodging, ocean swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing, beach play, fishing, sightseeing, hiking, pleasure walking, and backpacking.

The heritage program protects, preserves, and interprets excellent examples of Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural heritage. The exceptional scenic areas are managed for their aesthetic values while vantage points are developed for their superb views of our Hawaiian landscape.

We invite you to experience Hawai‘i’s special environment, learn more about its unique history, and participate in the outdoor recreational opportunities by visiting our parks. But these uniquely Hawaiian resources are fragile and irreplaceable. So as you visit, please help us protect these resources for future generations.

Caution: Safety can never be guaranteed in our ocean and wildlands. Storms, strong currents, high surf and turbulent waters periodically and sometimes unexpectedly affect our parks, particularly during winter months. Vandalism can also make an area unsafe. As a safety precaution, familiarize yourself and your party with the safety tips on this web page.

Visiting The Parks

Our state parks are open year-round. Fees are charged for various accommodations, camping, guided tours of Iolani Palace, riverboat cruises to Fern Grotto in Wailua River State Park, entry to Diamond Head State Monument and ‘Akaka Falls State Park, parking at Nu’uanu Pali State Wayside, ‘Iao Valley State Monument, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and other special uses.

Permits are required for camping/lodging and for special uses such as weddings and large gatherings.

Hawai‘i’s environment is unique, diverse, and fragile. Our resources are some of the most endangered in the world. This means we must all do our part to help sustain Hawai‘i’s valuable resources.

Please be a good visitor

  • Pick up your litter
  • Pack out what you pack in
  • Do not damage the plants, animals, historic sites, and reefs

These resources are important elements of Hawai‘i’s past and our future.


The Department of Land and Natural Resources receives financial support under the Federal Aid Programs. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the laws of the State of Hawaii, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of Hawaii prohibit discrimination on the basis or race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility, of if you desire further information regarding Title IV, please write:

Office of Equal Opportunity
U.S. Department of Interior
Washington, D.C. 20240