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Official Hawaii State Parks
DLNR, Division of State Parks
P.O. Box 621
Honolulu, Hawaii 96809
(808) 587-0300
Information below obtained from the official Hawaii State Park website

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Ahukini State Recreational Pier

Location: End of Ahukini Road (Highway 570) off Kuhio Highway (Highway 56), Lihue
Hours: Daily during daylight hours.
Entrance Fee: None

Description: Ahukini Pier is situated at the mouth of the Hanamaulu Stream. It consists of a cement pier with a wooden walkway located where the stream meets the Pacific Ocean.

Ahukini Pier is an excellent place for pole fishing and crab netting. The site also offers opportunities for viewing the scenery of Hanamaulu Bay. Hanamaulu Bay is a State Fishery Management Area (FMA) and therefore strict regulations on spear fishing and net fishing apply to the area.

View the complete set of rules for fishing in the Hanamaulu FMA.

Activities: Ocean pier fishing. Pole fishing and crab netting only.
Services: None
Special Tips: Ocean pier fishing. Pole fishing and crab netting only.
Haena State Park

Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None
Directions: End of Kuhio Highway (Highway 56), Haena.

Description: Scenic wildland park. This park lies at the “end of the road” on Kauai's north shore, and is an extremely popular destination for both visitors and locals. Viewing of wet caves — ancient sea caves formed during a higher stand of sea, probably 4,000 years ago; tradition credits Pele the volcano goddess as having dug the caves in her search for a new home. Beach-related activities, shore fishing, viewing of spectacular Na Pali Coast and swimming at Kee Beach (conditions allowing). The turquoise cove provides a picturesque setting to enjoy a picnic or stroll on the beach. The trailhead for the 11-mile Kalalau Trail begins in this park. It is best to arrive early as the limited parking fills up rapidly.

Services: Restrooms, outdoor showers, hiking trail, trash cans, drinking water, payphone.

Kokee State Park

Location: 15 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Highway 550) at 3600 feet elevation; adjoins Waimea Canyon State Park.
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None

Park Brochure:

Trails of Kokee - Kokee State Park

Trail Name:
Alakai Swamp Trail
Awaawapuhi Trail
Kawaikoi Stream Trail
Nualolo Cliffs Trail
Nualolo Trail
Pihea Trail
Poomau Canyon Lookout Trail

Description: 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.

Services: Restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic areas, camping, hiking trails, trash cans, lodge and restaurant, drinking water, payphone.

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

Location: Trailhead for Kalalau Trail at end of Kuhio Highway (Hwy. 56) in Haena State Park; Kalalau and Milolii Valleys also accessible by kayak from May 15 through Labor Day. Nualolo Kai accessible for day use by commercial boat tours or by private boats.
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None. Fee for camping permits $10 per person per night.

Park Brochure:
Kalalau Trail Brochure
Na Pali Cultural Sites Brochure

Trail Name:
Kalalau Trail

Description: The Na Pali Coast is a very special place. The pali, or cliffs, provide a rugged grandeur of deep, narrow valleys ending abruptly at the sea. Waterfalls and swift flowing streams continue to cut these narrow valleys while the sea carves cliffs at their mouths. Extensive stone walled terraces can still be found on the valley bottoms where Hawaiians once lived and cultivated taro.

Camping: Camping permits required, special rules apply to Na Pali Coast camping. Hiking permits required to hike beyond Hanakapiai Valley

Services: Camping at Hanakoa, Kalalau, and Milolii Valleys by permit only. Composting toilets at Hanakapiai, Hanakoa, Kalalau, Nualolo Kai and Milolii. Rain shelters at Hanakoa, shelters with picnic tables at Milolii. NO DRINKING WATER - stream water must be treated. NO TRASH SERVICE - pack out what you pack in.

At the trailhead (in Haena State Park) can be found restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water and payphone.

Polihale State Park

Location: End of 5-mile long dirt road from Mana Village, off Kaumualii Highway (Highway 50).
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None

Description: Braving a long and rutted dirt road rewards the traveler with a stunning beach park. Picnicking and tent camping on wild coastline with large sand beach backed by dunes. Scenic setting, colorful sunsets and good views of the high sea cliffs of Na Pali Coast. Swimming in summer during calm conditions; shore fishing. Beware of strong, offshore currents. Hot, dry area.

Services: Restrooms, picnic shelters, camping areas, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water.
Special Tips: 3/08 - Polihale State Park is again open for day use and camping. The water system and access road have been repaired.
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

Location: On east bank of Waimea rivermouth off Kaumualii Highway (Highway 50).
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None

Description: The boulder-built fort stands as a reminder of Russia's short-lived adventure (1815-1817) in the Hawaiian Islands. Massive stacked-stone walls of the fort are a mixture of Hawaiian construction and Russian design. Self-guided walk with brochure available.

Services: Restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water, payphone.
Wailua River State Park

Location: Along banks of Wailua River off Kuhio Highway (Highway 56): boat excursions at Marina Section on south bank; riverside picnicking, historic sites and scenic overlooks on Kuamo‘o Road (Highway 580); and Wailua Falls at end of Maalo Road (Highway 583) from Kapaia.
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None

Park Brochure:
Poliahu Heiau
Hikinaakala Heiau

Description: Lush river valley with riverboat cruise (fee charged) to Fern Grotto, an unusual fern-covered cave set in a tropical garden; scenic vistas of attractive waterfalls Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls) and the Wailua River Valley. The Wailua Complex of Heiau (National Historic Landmark)--remains of heiau (places of worship), puuhonua (places of refuge), and birthstones at this once important seat of chiefly power in old Hawaii. Picnicking in riverside coconut grove; and dining and gift shopping at Wailua Marina.

Hours: Daily during daylight hours.
Services: Restrooms, picnic areas, trash cans, drinking water, interpretive signage, restaurant, boat tours.
Waimea Canyon State Park

Location: 11.1 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Highway 550); adjoins Kokee State Park.
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None

Trail Name:
Iliau Nature Loop
Kukui Trail

Description: Rim overlooks of one of the State's scenic treasures - the deep, colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon. Viewpoint of Niihau Island; wildland picnicking and short nature trail. Adjacent forest reserve with long, strenuous hike into and out of the canyon. Seasonal trout fishing. Pig and seasonal goat hunting nearby.
Services: Restrooms picnic areas, trash cans, no drinking water.
Waimea State Recreational Pier

Location: On Laau Road off Pokole Road or Moana Road from KaumualiI Highway (Highway 50), Waimea town.
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None

Description: Ocean Pier fishing and picnicking. Pole fishing (restrictions) and crabbing only.
Services: Restrooms, picnic areas, trash cans, drinking water

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