Kaʻena 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.
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).
Rules & Regulation
- Falling Rocks
- Dangerous Shorebreak
- Strong Current
- No Motorized Vehicles/ATV's
- No Animals/Pets
- No Alcoholic Beverages
- No Camping
- No Smoking
- No Driving on Beach
- No Drinking Water
- Trash Cans
- 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.
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.
Daily 7:00am to 6:45pm