Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Hikiau Heiau

Covid-19 Protocols: Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks


PARK UPDATES:  4/19/21 - [ALL ISLANDS] - Modifications to the fees required for entrance and parking go into affect today for non-residents at various 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.  Visitors will be required to pay for both entry and parking.


4/7/21 -[OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park - Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side (north shore) is OPEN. The Keawaula gate (west side) remains CLOSED but the park is OPEN.


4/5/21 - [OAHU] -  Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area has ongoing construction work to the park and the entrance gate will be CLOSED April 5, 2021 through April 28, 2021. This has the potential to limit access to the Waahila Ridge Trail through the park. Additional access limitations may be intermittent throughout the month.


3/29/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail reservation system is now open again. Reservations are available 30-days in-advance. Haena State Park Entry and Parking reservations are also available for morning and midday reservations. Sunset-time reservations are currently not available. Permittees are encouraged to be vigilant and check the Hawaii DOT webpage for current Kuhio Highway access hours and protocols. - DOT Website:


3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

UPDATE - 9/30/20: Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park will be OPEN starting Oct. 1, 2020.

Hours Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee None
Park Brochure


Site of the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners with the arrival of Captain Cook in 1779. Viewing of Hikiau Heiau, a traditional religious site, and the Captain Cook monument at a distance across Kealakekua Bay. (4.0 acres)

Visiting Ka’awaloa Flats

In order to access the land at Ka’awaloa Flats (the location of the Captain Cook Monument), visitors have two options:

  1. Hike from the uplands via the historic Ka’awaloa Trail.
  2. Take a guided kayak tour through one of the three  permitted commercial vendors (see list below).


Transiting the bay by individuals is allowed so long as the vessel has a valid permit (both private and commercial rental vessels).  Permitted vessels are prohibited from landing at Ka’awaloa flat, or launching from Napo’opo’o wharf. Visitors DO NOT need to acquire permits when renting a kayak, but must confirm from the vessel owner that the vessel they rent possesses a valid permit for transiting the bay. 

Authorized Kayak Tour Companies

The Following Vendors Have Been Issued Permits by the Division of State Parks to Lead Guided Commercial Kayak Tours to the Captain Cook Monument at Ka’awaloa, Kealakekua Bay:

Adventures in Paradise 75-5660 Kopiko Street C7-430
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 447-0080, (888) 210-5365
Aloha Kayak Co.82-5674 Kahau Pl
Captain Cook, HI 96704
(808) 322-2868
Kona Boys, Inc.79-7539 Mamalahoa Highway
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808) 328-1234

Kealakekua Bay Permits

All vessels are required to obtain a permit from State Parks before transiting the waters of Kealakekua Bay. Vessels including but not limited to kayaks, boats, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, and inflatables. Please see the forms and instructions below for the applications and conditions of use.

*Effective June 1, 2019, Commercial permitted kayaks are required to have State Parks issued decals affixed to both sides of kayak bows. The Commercial Kayak Permit Decal Instructions form should accompany Commercial Permit Applications if applicable.


The 2021 Vessel Special Use Access application instructions and form(s) are listed below. Make sure the application you submit is current and that all pertinent information is filled-in legibly.  Please allow up to 14 days for your application to be processed. Any missing information or required documents will result in a delay of processing the application. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

To apply for a vessel permit to transit the waters of Kealakekua Bay:

  1. Download the appropriate application form (Commercial or Non-Commercial) to your computer by clicking the link below.
  2. Fill it out.
  3. Save the form on your computer.
  4. E-mail the completed application form to: [email protected]


MAP:  Kealakekua Marine Life Conservation District Overview

MAP:  Regulated Areas Within Kealakeakua Bay

PERMITS:  2021 Non-Commercial Application Instructions

PERMITS:  2021 Non-Commercial Application

PERMITS:  2021 Commercial Application Instructions

PERMITS:  2021 Commercial Application

These permits only apply to vessels transiting the water and DO NOT authorize any business operation related to soliciting for customers, renting equipment or otherwise promoting a business within the boundaries of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.

Master Plan Improvements Environmental Impact Statement

Click the link below to download and view a copy of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Master Plan Improvements at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Clicking the link will start a download of the EIS document. Please check your downloads folder to open the file.

 Click Here —> Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park Final Environmental Impact Statement