Keālia Forest Reserve
Keālia Forest Reserve was created by Governor’s Proclamation in 1906. According to the report that preceded the 1906 Proclamation, “The object of the proposed Kealia Forest Reserve is by protecting the forest on the mountain slopes and in the upper valleys of the watershed, to assist in maintaining the present desirable conditions of regular flow in the streams and the retention of at least a part of the storm water” (Hosmer 1906). Boundaries were drawn with the expressed intent to exclude any lands that were suitable for agriculture or grazing.
Game mammal and Game bird hunting opportunities are offered on the six major islands in the State of Hawai‘i: (Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and the big island of Hawai‘i). Each of these islands has one or more State-designated public hunting areas (called Hunting Units), which are open for hunting at certain times during each year. Game mammal and game bird hunting opportunities are also available on private lands as well. Occasionally, the Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) may modify or cancel a hunting season in a particular area to adjust for changes in weather conditions or animal populations.
Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hunting Website
Game Mammal Hunting Rules and Exhibits
Game Bird Hunting Rules and Exhibits
Additional Public Use
Hunting: DOFAW manages public hunting on all forest reserve lands on Kaua‘i by the regulation of hunting seasons, bag limits, and hunting methods. As a part of Hunting Unit C, mammal hunting is allowed in Keālia and Moloa‘a Forest Reserves but game bird hunting is not. General hunting regulations can be found in Hawai‘i Revised Statues (HRS) Title 13 Chapter 121. DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) enforces hunting regulations (Chapter 123 Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting).
Although not located within either of the forest reserves, four hunter checking stations are available in the area at Moloa‘a, Keālia, Moalepe, and Kondo Gate.
Camping: Camping is not allowed in either Keālia or Moloa‘a Forest Reserve.
Fishing: Fishing opportunities exist in most streams for Tahitian prawn (Macrobium spp.) and o‘opu (Lentipes concolor). Hawai‘i Fishing Regulations can be obtained through the DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources.
Hiking: There are no hiking trails within Keālia or Moloa‘a Forest Reserves, however two Nā Ala Hele trails, Moalepe and Kuilau, reach the southern boundary of Keālia Forest Reserve. See section G: Access above for more details.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is not allowed within the Reserves, however it is allowed on the two Nā Ala Hele trails that reach the southern boundary of Keālia Forest Reserve. See section G: Access above for more details.
Dirt Bikes, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Mountain Bikes: Dirt bikes and ATVs are not allowed in either Keālia or Moloa‘a Forest Reserve; mountain bikes may be used on Moalepe and Kuilau Trails.