Ka‘ena Point State Park
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

UPDATE: 11/25/20 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail is OPEN. Always use caution when crossing streams.

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UPDATE: 11/23/20 - [MAUI] - Iao Valley State Monument is now OPEN. Paid parking by credit card only.

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11/20/20 - [OAHU] - Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area will be CLOSED Monday 11/23 through Wednesday 11/25 to complete on-going HECO work. --- Previous: The Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area has on-going HECO work and access is limited.  The Waahila Ridge Trail is CLOSED during weekdays and OPEN on the weekends.  The park area is OPEN during weekdays however the gates will remain CLOSED.  Access gates will be OPEN on the weekend.

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11/3/20 - [HAWAII] - Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is now OPEN however restroom services are limited to portable toilets due to a recent water main break. Repairs are underway but not complete. 

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10/13/20 - New Park Fees Are In Effect! - Diamond Head State Monument remains CLOSED until further notice.

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9/24/20 - [OAHU] - Starting Sept. 24th  groups of five people will be allowed in OPEN State Parks, as well as, State Beaches and Trails.  Canopy-type structures are not permitted at this time at State parks, beaches and trails.

Ka‘ena Point State Park

UPDATE: 11/9/20 - Kaena Point State Park (Mokuleia side) is OPEN to vehicle access. The Keawaula gate remains CLOSED.
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10/19/20 - Hawaii State Parks is extending the 2020 Kaena Point Vehicle Access Special Use Permits to be valid through Dec. 31 2021. For more information please see below.

Hours  Daily 7:00am to 6:45pm
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.

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
(808) 636-8427

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*

Due to the financial impacts of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic Hawaii State Parks will not be renewing the Vehicle Access Special Use Permits for Kaena Point for the year 2021. 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

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.