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Read entire page to ensure awareness of all policies prior to purchase.

Safety/trail warnings in “Plan Your Visit” below. 


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.


How to Go Hā'ena


Our community is privileged to manage the state park’s access system, and we ask for your respect and compliance with rules which have restored some balance in Hā‘ena after years of unsafe/poor experiences and impacts of overuse on our natural resources, cultural spaces and roads. Find out more about our efforts: About Us.   Mahalo!

Review these sections prior to emailing or purchase  *Camping Section also below.
Reservations: who needs to reserve, options, website tips, and how to cancel/change.
Plan Your Visit: hiking tips, resources, helpful links and safety warnings.
Shuttle & Waipa Park & Ride: policies/procedures, driving map, shuttle details.


Visiting Hā'ena State Park

If you do not have a Hawaii driver license or state ID and you wish to visit the park or HIKE, you must reserve in advance online (see  below).   

Residents with Hawaii driver license or state ID may enter the park and park their vehicle for free, first-come first-serve, subject to capacity limits.  No time limit up until dusk daily (or overnight with camping permit).  No other IDs or documentation are accepted for free entry.    Residents or others without accepted ID must purchase a reservation (see next section).  Minors (under 18) are not required to have ID.

The park is open daily including holidays from 7:00a to 6:45p.  Parking lot opens 6:30a.

Reservation Options

No discounts of any kind are offered for any reservation option.  National or other state park passes are not accepted.  ADA info here.

All options include entry to Hā’ena State Park, visiting Kē’ē Beach and hiking to Hanakāpī’ai Beach and Waterfall.  Hiking past Hanakāpī’ai valley along the coastal trail or overnight camping requires permit (see camping below) Read safety/trail warnings below prior to purchase.

Dates open 30 days prior at 12 a.m. Hawaii time. (2/28 opens Jan 29, 3/1 opens Jan 30). Green circle=available. Red X=unavailable.  Parking/entry reservations sell out immediately. We do not waitlist or accept email reservation requests.  Check website 5-6a & 5-6p daily for NEW availability that may arise due to cancellations. 

Do not share or resell reservations.  Adult IDs checked.  Transferring to others will flag the pass system and result in NO refund and NO entry.

RESERVATION OPTIONS    *All options include entry/hiking. Camping section below for overnight permit info.

1. Shuttle: best availability, includes roundtrip transportation from Hanalei (free parking, map link below).
2. Parking + entry:  Parking reservations sell out immediately at 12:01a.
3. Entry only:  only for those who don’t need to park a vehicle.

1. Shuttle reservations sold roundtrip, shuttles run all day. $35 ages 16+, $25 ages 4-15, ages 0-3 free on lap. IMPORTANT: Shuttle ticket holders MUST ride shuttle. See SHUTTLE section below for policies, FREE parking, more details.  

2.  Parking + entry reservations sell out by 12:01a.  $10/timeslot (plus $5 entry/person). Purchase multiple timeslots to stay longer.  Enter the state park parking lot anytime after timeslot begins but you MUST leave by timeslot end.  All visitors named on reservation must arrive together in one vehicle (no multiple trips). Make a separate reservation for each vehicle. Parking Timeslots:  *choose START time in reservation drop-down menu: 

  • Morning:     6:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Afternoon:  12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Evening:      4:30 pm – sunset.

3. Entry Only reservations ($5/person) are ONLY for those who do not need to park a vehicle. 

***Caution: State park visitors may not park elsewhere in Hā’ena as per our access system rules and doing so violates our terms of purchase.

Mahalo! Shuttle riders help us to restore peace in Wainiha and Hā‘ena and fees support community projects and jobs (About Us)


TIP:   Issues during reservation most often caused by a poor cell signal or weak wifi.  Also try a different device, browser, and credit/debit card. Do not resubmit, attempt to go back or navigate away from page while payment is processing.

TIP:  Check that your auto-complete settings don’t automatically insert your own name into all the individual names for your party.

TIP:  You can also check website at 12:15a when incomplete purchases are released and 5-6a / 5-6p for NEW availability arising from cancellations.

TIP:  Failed purchase(s) may result in pending authorization(s) on your credit card, but we only charge for completed reservations. We release authorizations immediately, but your bank may take longer.  If you receive multiple order emails, please email us with WS#s.

TIP:  Tickets are emailed with Order.pdf attached.  Check your spam folder and add us to your “safe senders”.   CHECK TICKETS for accuracy right away and if you need corrections to names, reply to your confirmation email (or email with your WS#), no attachments please

LARGE GROUP SHUTTLE RESERVATIONS:  Reserve well in advance and split group into smaller reservations of 2-6 instead of 1 single reservation for everyone.  This offers you flexibility because removing individuals requires the cancellation of entire reservation and repurchase.   

Read ENTIRE PAGE BEFORE emailing (“shuttle” section below). Email for fastest responseIf your need isn’t resolved via email, leave a message for our System Manager at 808-635-8370.  


Changing or Canceling Reservations

If you miss your shuttle or want to depart at a different time, you can ride standby. Proceed to Waipā Park & Ride and speak with attendant.  Parties of 3+ will find it easier to ride standby from 11a or later.  See shuttle section below for more details.  

To CHANGE your DATE/TIME or remove individuals, you must cancel your entire reservation (see cancellation policy below) and PURCHASE a NEW RESERVATION. Check website 5-6a / 5-6p for new availability arising from cancellations.  We do not waitlist and cannot help with new reservations or changes by email, except we CAN make corrections so that visitor names match IDs. *Transfer of full reservation is prohibited.

TO CANCEL, email WS# (see email/PDF) to Cancel 3+ days prior for automatic refund.  Cancels less than 3 days prior are only refunded if we resell your released space.  Cancel early for best chance of refund. We do not refund: unused or missed reservations, rain, or closure of Kalalau Trail or Ke ‘e Lagoon.  We automatically refund shutle reservations if shuttle service is suspended.


Tips from fellow state park visitors for a safer and more enjoyable visit.

Parking lot/shuttle drop-off is 0.4 miles walk to Kē’ē Beach & Kalalau Trailhead. All entry reservations include Hā’ena State Park, Kē’ē Beach and hikes to Hanakāpī’ai Beach / Waterfall.  Hiking past Hanakāpī’ai valley along coastal trail or overnight camping requires permit (see camping below).


SAFETYExpect slippery / muddy conditions on trail (and navigating wet rocks) year-round.  Sandals / “flipflops” can lead to injury.  Do not cross stream if water is rushing or so murky you can’t see bottom.  Enter ocean ONLY at Kē’ē Beach (news clip: wave injures those on sand).  Fellow hikers warn do NOT hike with baby carriers, due to risk of injury  / falls.  Bring extra water.  Kalalau Trail safety video


TRAIL:  Review links below.  Trail is DIFFICULT, especially for elderly / young due to constant steep ascent/descent which starts right at trailhead.  Vertical drop-offs along trail.  Hikes are 4 miles RT to beach (allow 4+hrs), 8 miles RT to falls (allow 8+hrs).  Second leg of hike (beach to the falls) is for experienced hikers only. It involves several stream crossings, expect slower going.  If stream levels rise, SHELTER IN PLACE until safe to cross.  No cell service and no hiker rescue due to high stream levels.   


SNORKELING:  Enter ocean only at Kē‘ē Beach, and expect poor snorkeling / rougher ocean October – April.  Year round, lifeguards close the beach if unsafe.  No refunds for ocean, weather or beach closure. 


ETIQUETTE:  Allow faster hikers to pass. Do not play music/operate drones. Use reef safe sunscreenDo NOT approach animals or walk on reef. 

Note: Archaeological sites protected by law.  Do NOT pick up rocks, do NOT sit on or disassemble rock walls.


PREPARE: Check Park Conditions for weather / trail / ocean conditions. 

Watch safety videos, read trail info. Bring: EXTRA WATER, covered shoes, HAT, sun/bug protection, extra clothes (variable weather).  Be on time- shuttles don’t wait (parking reservations cannot be extended)  DOWNLOAD TICKETS OR PRINT in advance.  *No cell service in area.


SHUTTLE:  Read entire shuttle section below to ensure awareness of all policies.  Ask attendant if you plan to visit stops outside of state park.


Driving from south/east shore?  Allow EXTRA time for roadwork delays:  Highway roadwork alerts.



Hawaii State Parks Links  

    Kalalau Trail safety video and  PDF trail map / brochure

    Hā‘ena State Park:ā‘ena-state-park/  

    Hāʻena & Nāpali Coast Access:ā‘ena-napali-access/

    Kalalau Trail:


Shuttle and Waipā Park & Ride Information

Mahalo! Shuttle riders help us to restore peace in Wainiha and Hā‘ena and fees support community projects and jobs (About Us)

Last shuttle pick-up at state park is 5:40p daily (winter schedule).

Google Map for Waipā Park & Ride    GPS coordinates are:  22.201069, -159.510416.   FREE PARKING ALL DAY at Waipā Park & Ride.  NO overnight parking.  All tickets are round-trip.  Your return ride is first-come, first serve from any shuttle stop.  Check Schedule & Stops for route map, service schedule and other details.  

Shuttle ticket holders MUST ride the shuttle to gain park entry.  Park attendants will not allow shuttle ticket holders entry if not on shuttle.

You are guaranteed a seat at your reserved departure time (check-in 5 minutes prior).  If you miss your departure or want to depart at a different time, you can ride standby at different time. Proceed to Waipā Park & Ride and speak with attendant *Easier for parties of 3+ to ride standby from 11a or later.

We require initial boarding/check-in at Waipā Park & Ride, and then shuttle riders can get on and off any route stop.  Your return ride is first-come, first serve at any shuttle stop.  Ask attendant for guidance if you plan to visit route stops outside of state park.

Staying near a route stop? Email alternate boarding request with proof of accommodations address and your order WS# at least 2 days BEFORERequests not confirmed until approved.  *Shuttle customers may not park at any stop except Waipā Park & Ride.    

Small beach gear is ok (folding chairs, snorkel gear, umbrellas). NO large items such as surfboards, large coolers, etc. You may need to carry some items on your lap or by your feet.

Need transportation from other towns?  Kauai Bus has service to Hanalei.  Kauai Bus stop is 0.6 miles from Waipā Park & Ride.  Walking map.

Shuttles reduce cars and support community projects and jobs (About Us).  Mahalo for your support!


NOTE: Only Kalalau Trail camping permits include entry to Hā‘ena State Park or Kalalau Trail.  Camping permits for other locations do NOT include entry to Hā‘ena State Park or Kalalau Trail.  Access to Miloli’i is via OCEAN only.  Contact Hawaii State Parks for camping permits (links below).

NO overnight camping in Hā‘ena State Park or the parking lot.  State Parks allows overnight camping only at specific locations on Kalalau Trail, with permit only.  Kalalau camping permits INCLUDE entry to Hā‘ena State Park.  Camping permit must list all hikers, adult IDs checked at park entrance.  Purchase Camping Permits.  *Carefully review safety warnings at State Parks website prior to purchase.

Limited OVERNIGHT PARKING available for Kalalau Trail Camping Permit holders.  You must purchase parking for all days your vehicle will be in parking lot  Book overnight parking here. Do NOT park your vehicle in nearby areas, vehicles left overnight in OTHER parks may be ticketed. *Hawaii residents must purchase camping permits, but can park overnight for free with camping permit and Hawaii driver license or state ID.  

Campers can be dropped off / picked up at park entrance. Parking lot opens at 6:30 a.m. Show your Kalalau Trail camping permit and ID.  All campers must be named on permit.  Park attendant will provide additional pick-up instructions.  Make your plans in advance- no cell signal at park.

Need shuttle transportation?  Note that there is NO overnight parking at Waipā Park & Ride.  Vehicles left overnight at Waipa may be towed.  Kauai Bus services Hanalei, see shuttle section for bus info.  Shuttle tickets are only sold roundtrip and with included park entry.  There is no discount for those who only need one way ride, or who already have park entry through a camping permit.  Campers use Hop-On pass for return ride from the park (see PDF).  Do NOT use Hop-On pass prior to last day as first use will activate the 24 hour duration clock.  With camping permit and a purchased shuttle reservation, you may take any shuttle from Hā‘ena State Park on any date in your permit.

PARK AND TRAIL links at Hawaii State Parks

    Kalalau Trail safety video and  PDF trail map / brochure 

   Hā‘ena State Park:ā‘ena-state-park/  

    Hāʻena & Nāpali Coast Access:ā‘ena-napali-access/

    Kalalau Trail:


Proceeds from access fees support community projects and jobs.  Find out more at About Us.  Mahalo!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Do Hawaii residents need to make a reservation to visit Hāʻena State Park? No. Residents with valid Hawaiʻi driver license or state ID do not need to make reservations to enter or park at Hāʻena State Park. There are a limited number of spaces for residents managed on a “first-come, first-served” basis. While we make every effort to accommodate resident use, there is no guarantee there will be parking spots available upon your arrival.

Do I need a reservation to visit Hāʻena Sate Park? If you do not have a State of Hawaii driver license or state ID, you will need an ADVANCE paid reservation made online.  All 3 types of entry include access to Ke‘e Beach lagoon and day hiking on Kalalau Trail as far as Hanakāpī’ai Beach and/or Hanakāpī’ai Waterfall. Hiking further or overnight camping requires permit (see camping).

Can I make reservations upon arrival at the Park? No. Reservations must be made online in advance prior to arrival. *Cell service is not available at the park.

Do non-residents need a reservation to visit the park with a Hawaii resident with valid state ID? YES. All park visitors who do not have valid Hawaii ID, still need to have a valid Park Entry Reservation even if they are with a Hawaii resident with ID. Purchase Park Entry Only reservations for all passengers in your vehicle without ID.  All residents must have their Hawaii driver license or state ID to gain free entry to the park. 

I’ve booked the wrong date or time, or the road, beach, or trail were closed, can I change or be refunded? We allow changes and cancellations to reservations done well in advance as detailed above.

I purchased an Entry Only ticket; where do I park? There are no parking options available at Hāʻena State Park without a Parking voucher. The preferred use of Entry Only and form of transportation with an Entry pass is carpooling with a family / friend resident with State Issued ID. 

There are no more parking reservations, can I just park along the side of the road? Parking at other nearby destinations or along the highway shoulder is prohibited, and vehicles found in violation are subject to $200+ fine and/or towing.

If we purchased a morning parking pass, do we need to purchase an afternoon timeslot to stay all day? Yes, multiple time slots can be purchased to stay at the Park for an extended period.

My reserved parking timeslot is 6:30am – 12:30pm. Does that mean I have to leave the Park by 12:30? Yes, you can enter anytime within your reservation time slot but must leave the Park when your reservation ends.

I booked a morning parking pass and I’m hiking to Hanakapi’ai Falls. Do I have to be back by 12:30pm? Yes, the time periods listed on your reservation ticket must be followed to allow other visitors to make their reservation. We recommend booking both morning and afternoon timeslots when hiking to Hanakapi’ai Falls.

I have a Kalalau Trail camping permit. Do I need a reservation for Hāʻena State Park? NO. Valid overnight Kalalau permits allow for the entrance/transiting of Hāʻena State Park. However, if you wish to park your car in the Hāʻena State Park lot while camping, you will need to reserve overnight parking through

I have a Kalalau Trail camping permit. Can I leave my car overnight in the parking lot? Yes, Overnight parking is available at Hāʻena State Park for those with Kalalau Trail Camping Permits. Purchase Overnight Parking AFTER you obtain your camping permit from State Parks.

How do I obtain a camping permit for overnight hiking on the Kalalau Trail? See our camping section above for helpful links to state parks trail and permits.

Mahalo! We hope you enjoy your visit to Hāʻena State Park! For further assistance and best response, please first review this entire page and then email and provide your order number if available.

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