Park Conditions

Current Conditions

2/4/2023: Drivers urged to avoid area as ponding/flooding or road closure may occur without notice.

 

2/4/2023:  Kalalau Trail was closed 2/3 and remains closed as of this update on 2/4.

 

2/4/2023:  Shuttle service SUSPENDED for 2/4.  All departures canceled/refunded.

 

*Please make a new reservation if you would like to visit the park another day.

 


National Weather Service:   North Shore Weather Forecast

 

Hawaii State Parks:   Kalalau Trail Information and Status

 

 

County of Kauai Ocean Safety:   Kē‘ē Beach Surf Conditions 

 

 

 

 

Safety Considerations:

 

 

Swimming & Snorkeling

 

 

Even at Kē‘ē Beach, expect rougher ocean October to April (poor snorkeling).  Year round, lifeguards will close Kē‘ē if unsafe.  

 

*No refunds of Hā’ena State Park reservations due to rough ocean, weather or beach closure. 

 

 

Do NOT swim at Hanakāpī‘ai Beach (many past injuries & deaths).  No lifeguards, unpredictable currents & rogue waves.  

 

It is a long way from help with no cell service.

 

News Clip: rogue wave injures beach bystanders at Hanakāpī’ai

 

 

 

Hiking

Expect SLIPPERY / MUDDY conditions.  This hike is very strenuous and not recommended for young/elderly.

The second leg of hike from beach to waterfalls is recommended for experienced hikers ONLY

 

 

DO NOT CROSS STREAM if water is rushing or so murky you can’t see bottom.  

If stream levels rise, and stream is UNSAFE TO CROSS, you should SHELTER IN PLACE until it is safe to cross. 

*No refunds of Hā’ena State Park reservations due to Kalalau Trail closure.   

 

 

Kalalau Trail safety video

 

 

Interested in nearby community projects?  Visit our partner websites:

 

Hui Maka‘āinana O Makana

Cultural stewardship with lo’i kalo (taro) volunteer activities at Hā‘ena State Park, and developer of Hawaii’s first Community-Based Subsistance Fishing Area (CBSFA).

 

Limahuli National Tropical Botanical Garden

Reservations required.  Verify garden hours at their website.  Built on the footprint of Hawaiian ancestors, Limahuli is one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands.

 

Waipā Foundation

Providing cultural stewardship and educational opportunities while supporting local food systems. Visit their grab-and-go locally-made store/fridge for delicious food just a short walk or drive west of the shuttle Park & Ride lot.

 

The Hanalei Initiative

Community-led, Government-supported solutions for the north shore including the park’s access system and much more. Stop by the Hanalei Initiative Creative Center (HICC) coworking space at the Hanalei Center (upstairs above Bar Acuda) for all your office needs.A

2/4/2023: Drivers urged to avoid area as ponding/flooding or road closure may occur without notice.

 

2/4/2023:  Kalalau Trail was closed 2/3 and remains closed as of this update on 2/4.

 

2/4/2023:  Shuttle service SUSPENDED for 2/4.  All departures canceled/refunded.

 

*Please make a new reservation if you would like to visit the park another day.

 

 

Check website 5-6a / 5-6p Hawaii time for NEW availability that may arise due to cancellations.

 

Park/trail closure and/or shuttle service suspension posted here when needed.

 

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