Ka‘ena Point State Park
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

 

3/20/20 – DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, VIRTUALLY ALL OF HAWAII STATE PARKS AND FACILITIES ARE NOW EITHER FULLY OR PARTIALLY CLOSED.  ALL CAMPING AND LODGING WITHIN OUR PARKS IS SUSPENDED.  WE ASK THAT THE PUBLIC RESPECT THESE CLOSURES IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME AS WE WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES IN THE STATE TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS.  IN ADDITION, ALL STATE PARKS OFFICES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED, AND NO CAMPING, LODGING, SPECIAL USE, FILMING OR EVENT PERMITS ARE BEING ISSUED, AND COMMERCIAL TOURS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.  SEE “ANNOUNCEMENTS” BELOW FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION AND UPDATES.  MAHALO.

 

Ka‘ena Point State Park

3/17/20: Vehicle access for the Mokuleia Section of Kaena Point is CLOSED due to poor road conditions and COVID-19 protocols. Please check back for updates. Permit Applications for vehicle access are also not being accepted until further notice due to office closures.

Hours Daily During Daylight Hours
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 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.

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.

Vehicle Access Special Use Permit (NOTE: AS OF 3/20/20 APPLICATIONS FOR KAʻENA POINT VEHICLE ACCESS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED DUE TO COVID-19 PARK AND OFFICE CLOSURES)

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

Apply for a 2020 Vehicle Access Permit

Kaena Point Frequently Asked Questions

Kaena Point Designated Roads Map

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.

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: [email protected] and see the DSP website for further updates and additional notices.

Mahalo in helping Hawaii State Parks  to conserve and protect the valuable historic, natural and recreational resources of KPSP.