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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Updates posted here on closures or disruptions to state park access or shuttles.

 

 

We are mostly sold out with very limited availability through August.

 

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

How to Go Hā'ena

Aloha! 

Our community asks for respect and compliance with park access rules which offer more balance in Hā‘ena after years of unsafe and poor experiences. Shuttles reduce cars and support community projects and jobs (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 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 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. (8/31 opens August 1, 9/1 on August 2). Green circle=available. Red X=unavailable.  Parking/entry reservations sell out immediately. We do not waitlist, cannot add availability or accept email requests.  Check website between 5-6a & 5-6p Hawaii time 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    *Also see camping below for overnight permit info.
 

1. Shuttle reservations sold roundtrip, valid until park closing daily. $35 ages 16+, $25 ages 4-15, ages 0-3 free on lap. IMPORTANT: Shuttle ticket holders MUST ride shuttle.  Park attendants will not allow entry if not on shuttle. SHUTTLE section below for policies, FREE parking, other 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. 

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

***Caution: State park visitors may not park elsewhere in Hā’ena ($200+ fine / towing).  Comply with signs. 

WHEN MAKING RESERVATIONS

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.

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

TIP:   Do not resubmit, attempt to go back or navigate away from page while payment is processing.

TIP:  Failed reservation attempt(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 see multiple POSTED charges, or receive multiple order emails, please email us with WS#s and a screenshot that includes transaction ID#.

TIP:  Tickets are emailed with Order.pdf attached.  Check your spam folder and add us to your “safe senders”.   CHECK TICKETS for accuracy and email us right away if you need corrections.  Include your WS# in body of email (no attachments).    

Read ENTIRE PAGE BEFORE emailing (“shuttle” section below). Email info@gohaena.com 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

We cannot convert one type of reservation to another.  Cancellations at least 3 days prior to visit date receive a full automatic refund.  Cancels less than 3 days prior are only refunded if we resell the space.  Provide as much notice as possible for the greatest chance of a refund.  We do not refund unused/missed reservations or if trail or lagoon is closed.  

To CHANGE OR CANCEL a reservation:

  1. Make a new reservation for your preferred date/time or to revise the # in your party, change names, etc. (if applicable).
  2. Email info@gohaena.com with the WS# you wish to cancel (no attachments).  Cancellations at least 3 days prior to visit date receive a full automatic refund.  Cancels less than 3 days prior are only refunded if we resell the space.  Provide as much notice as possible for the greatest chance of a refund.  We do not refund unused/missed reservations or if trail or lagoon is closed.  

NOTE:  We are unable to remove individuals from a reservation or offer a partial cancellation/refund.  Please make a new reservation if you need to change the # of individuals on your reservation and then ask us to cancel the original.

NOTE:  If no availability for your preferred date/time, then it is sold out or not yet available (if over 30 days away).  We cannot add any availability.

If you miss your shuttle or want to depart at a different time, you can ride standby (available seats after current departure boards). Proceed to  Waipā Park & Ride and speak with attendant.  Parties of 3+ will find it easier to ride standby from 11a or later.  

PLAN YOUR VISIT

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

All park visitors walk 0.4 mile from parking lot (and shuttle drop-off) to Kē’ē Beach or Kalalau Trailhead. All entry reservations include visiting Hā’ena State Park, 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).

 

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 the ocean ONLY at Kē’ē Beach (news clip: surprise wave injured 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 much more DIFFICULT than many expect, especially for elderly / young due to constant steep ascent/descent which starts right at trailhead.  Vertical drop-offs along good part of trail.  Hikes are 4 miles RT to beach (allow 3+hrs), 8 miles RT to falls (allow 8+hrs).  Waterfalls hike involves several stream crossings, expect slower going.  Be mindful of safety warnings.  

 

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

 

PREPARE: 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.

 

NEW! Check out Park Conditions for links to current park weather and ocean conditions. 

 

Driving from south/east shore? Roadwork delays are common. Allow 15-30 minutes extra driving time.

Hanalei Hill landslide update.  Emergency repairs done and highway is open.  Hill work resumes January/2023.  

 

PARK AND TRAIL links at Hawaii State Parks website  

    Kalalau Trail safety video and  PDF trail map / brochure

    Hā‘ena State Park:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/Hā‘ena-state-park/  

    Hāʻena & Nāpali Coast Access:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/home/Hā‘ena-napali-access/

    Kalalau Trail:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/kauai/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)

Google Map for Waipā Park & Ride    GPS coordinates are:  22.201069, -159.510416.   Day parking is FREE ALL DAY at Waipā until 7:30 pm for shuttle ticket holders.  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 only guaranteed a seat at reserved departure timeIf you miss your departure or want to depart at a different time, you can ride standby (available seats after current departure boards). 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!

CAMPING

NOTE: Camping permits for Miloli’i do NOT include entry to Hā‘ena State Park or Kalalau Trail.  Access to Miloli’i is via OCEAN only.  Please contact Hawaii State Parks if you need help with your Miloli’i camping permit.

NO overnight camping in Hā‘ena State Park or the parking lot.  State Parks allows overnight camping on Kalalau Trail, with permit.  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.

OVERNIGHT PARKING available for Kalalau Trail Camping Permit holders.  Book overnight parking here. *Hawaii residents must purchase camping permits from state parks, but can park overnight for free upon presentation of camping permit and Hawaii driver license or state ID at entrance.  

Getting dropped off? 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 drop-off/pick-up instructions.

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:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/Hā‘ena-state-park/  

    Hāʻena & Nāpali Coast Access:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/home/Hā‘ena-napali-access/

    Kalalau Trail:  https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/kauai/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 goHaena.com

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 info@gohaena.com and provide your order number if available.

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