Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks
PARK UPDATES: 6/18/21 - [OAHU] - Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area will be CLOSED half day [7:00am to 1:00pm] on Monday 6/28/21 to accommodate the striping of speed bumps. The park will be closed to vehicles and visitors during this time period.
5/21/21 - [OAHU] - The Keawaula gate at Kaena Point is now open on weekends. Gate hours are Saturdays: 6:00am to 7:00pm, and Sundays: 9:00am to 7:00pm. No overnight use allowed.
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.
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.
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
Ka‘ena Point State Park
UPDATE: 5/21/21 - The Keawaula Section gate is now open on weekends. Gate hours = Saturdays 6:00am to 7:00pm & Sundays 9:00am to 7:00pm.
4/9/21 – State Parks has stopped issuing new Ka‘ena Point Vehicle Access Permits for the year. All available 2020-2021 decals have been used. Applications for 2022 permits will begin this fall.
4/7/21 - Kaena Point State Park - Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side (north shore) is OPEN.
|Hours||Daily 6:00am to 7:00pm|
Ka‘ena Point State Park is a relatively remote and wild coastline park with hiking, picnicking, and shoreline fishing opportunities. The park is wraps around the northwest corner of the island of Oahu and is composed of two sections: the Ka‘ena Point Mokuleia Section (north shore of Oahu) and the Ka‘ena Point Keawa’ula Section (west side of Oahu). Ka‘ena Point State Park is the gateway to Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve at O‘ahu’s most northwestern point. A large sandy beach at Keawa’ula Bay with board surfing and body surfing for experts and swimming only during calm conditions in the summer; lifeguard services.
- Long family hike (2.7 miles one-way) along volcanic coast with tide pools, small natural stone arches and fine views of Makua coastline.
- Early morning dolphin sightings from point near Kaluakauila stream mouth.
- Viewing of the large sea cave, Kaneana, legendary home of Nanaue the shark man.
- Hot and dry area with little shade.
- No drinking water.
In 2018, volunteers contributed 1,749 hours to visitor education, marine debris removal, and ecosystem restoration at Ka‘ena Point State Park.
If you are interested in contributing to these efforts, please contact:
Mahalo for helping Hawaii State Parks conserve and protect our valuable natural, cultural, and recreational resources. Aloha
Vehicle Access Special Use Permit
*NOTE: VEHICLE ACCESS BY PERMIT SUBJECT TO CHANGING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS*
– Use is limited to daytime only: 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
– No groups over 5 individuals.
– No Canopy-style structures permitted at this time.
– Please respect social distancing practices.
2021 Vehicle Permits
As of April 9, 2021, State Parks has stopped issuing new Vehicle Access Special Use Permits for 2021. 2022 permit applications will begin in the fall. Existing 2020 permits will be valid through December 31, 2021.
The Vehicle Access Special Use Permit is required to drive a vehicle into Ka‘ena Point State Park Reserve, Mokuleʻia Section, beyond the gate and the paved road that ends at the gravel parking area. Initiated in 2015 primarily as a cultural and natural resources management tool that was generally supported by the community to protect Ka‘ena, this permit system aimed to curtail 20 years of increasing landscape degradation caused by uncontrolled four-wheel drive vehicle use in the reserve. Permit conditions require drivers to remain on a limited number of designated dirt roads and stress that this is not a four-wheel drive recreation area – but that the designated roads are for responsible access for fishing, sightseeing, coastal access and to get to the Natural Area Reserve and the point itself.
2020 Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit Applications Available Online
WALK-IN APPLICATIONS NOT YET BEING ISSUED
After applying, you should receive two email notifications. (1) The first email should confirm your application was submitted successfully. It says that permits will be processed within 10 working days. We will not always be able to process all applications within this 10-day period because of the volume of applications. Please do not call during this period to ask about the status of your permit. We will get to it as best we can and contact you if additional information is needed. (2) The second notification should say your permit has been approved. Once receiving this email notification, you should receive the permit & decal in the mail within several days. If you do not receive the permit & decal within 7 days of the second notification, you should call or email.