Ka‘ena Point State Park
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when indoors and in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 11/23/21 - [OAHU] - Diamond Head State Monument will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving.

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11/5/21 - [OAHU] - Beginning Saturday Nov. 6, 2021 the gates at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park will be OPEN on weekends from 7am to 7pm.

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10/12/21 - [KAUAI] - Sections of the Waimea Canyon Lookout are currently CLOSED while repairs are done to the middle viewing deck. This project does not affect other lookouts in Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park.

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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.

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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: 11/5/21 - Beginning Nov. 6, 2021 the gates at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park will be OPEN on weekends from 7am to 7pm.
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11/4/21 - 2022 Kaena Point Vehicle Access Permit applications are now available online. Please see below for more information.

Hours  Daily 6:00am to 7:00pm
Entrance Fee None
Trail Name

Description

Ka‘ena Point State Park is a relatively remote and wild coastline park with hiking, picnicking, and shoreline fishing opportunities.  The park 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.

Additional Info

  • 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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:

Kekai Mar
Park Interpretive Program Specialist

Mahalo for helping Hawaii State Parks conserve and protect our valuable natural, cultural, and recreational resources. Aloha

Vehicle Access Special Use Permit

2022 Vehicle Permits

2022 Kaena Point Vehicle Access Permit applications are now available online. Existing 2020-2021 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.

  

2022 Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permit Applications Only Available Online

NO WALK-IN APPLICATIONS

Online Permit Application

Kaena Point Frequently Asked Questions

Kaena Point Designated Roads Map

Application Process Information

Due to large number of applications, processing time will be delayed. Please contact us if you do not receive an update 30 days after applying.

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.