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Kōkeʻe State Park

Area

Description

UPDATE: 4/2/21 - Starting April 19th, 2021, all non-Hawaii resident visitors to Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park will be required to purchase both Entrance and Parking. Currently only parking is required. Children 3 years older and under are free. For example, if there are two (2) passengers in your one (1) vehicle, you will need to purchase two (2) entry reservations and 1 (one) parking. These reservations will be available via the parking pay-stations located in the parking lots. Entry and Parking will be good throughout both parks, you do not need to pay more than once to visit both parks. Parking and Entry for Hawaii residents is free with Hawaii ID or Driver License.

The park offers commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. Wildland picnicking, tent camping and lodging. Hiking in native rain forest and along rim of Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring forest reserves. Excellent area for observation of native plants, forest birds and insects. Seasonal plum picking and trout fishing. Pig hunting in public hunting area.

Koke'e offers tent camping opportunities with minimally developed campsites.

Allowed Activities
Hiking
Hunting
Wildlife Watching
Good For
Wheelchairs

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Access to Awaʻawapuhi Trail, NuʻaloloTrail and Pihea Trails allowed.  All other trails, lookouts and park areas closed (NOTE: Vehicle access is not allowed beyond the Kalalau Lookout. Hikers must walk the park road beyond that point to access Pihea Tralhead.

Activities

  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Jeep
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Hazards

  • Hazardous Cliff
  • Flash Flood
  • Danged - Submerged Objects

Prohibited

  • No Smoking
  • No Commercial Activities
  • No Plant Removal

Recreational Residences Appraisal

In accordance with the Kokeʻe-Waimea Canyon Rec Residence leases, the appraisals for the 2020 rent reopener have been completed. The methodology section of the report is linked hereafter. NOTE: this only applies to existing leaseholders, whose leases run through 2029.

Methodology Section of Recreational Residences Appraisal Report

Rapid Ohia Death

ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi, are dying from a new fungal disease. On Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa have already died from this fungus, called Ceratocystis. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” This disease has killed trees in all districts of Hawaiʻi Island and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide. – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa

Facilities

  • ADA Accessible
  • Food Concession
  • Picnic Pavillion
  • Restroom
  • Water Fountain
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Campsites
  • Lodging
  • Picnic Table
  • Trash Cans
  • Gift Shop

Entrance Fee

None

Parking Rates

Non-Commercial Vehicles

  • Non-Hawaii Resident Vehicles = $10.00 Per Vehicle
  • Hawaii Residents = Free with Hawaii Drivers Lic. or Hawaii State ID

Commercial Vehicles

  • 1-7 passenger vehicle = $25.00
  • 8-25 passenger vehicle = $50.00
  • 26+ passenger vehicle = $90.00

*Parking vouchers are valid throughout Kokee State Park parking lots.

Hours

Daily During Daylight Hours

Camping

By Permit Only

  • Residents = $20 Per Night, Per Campsite
  • Non-Residents = $30 Per Night, Per Campsite