The first two-miles of the Kalalau Trail from Ke’e Beach to Hanakāpīʻai Beach is open for day-use without a permit. Visitors must have advanced reservations to enter Hā’ena State Park. Hā’ena State Park has a 900 visitor per-day limit. Reservations can be made up to 30-days in advance, and no later than the day before your visit.
Parking Reservations can be made for the morning (6:30am-12:30pm) the afternoon (12:30pm-5:30pm) or for sunset (4:30pm-sunset). If you’d like to stay all day, you’ll have to get all 3 reservations. Overnight parking is only available by reservation by overnight permit holders. Visitors are able to enter the park using one of the following methods:
- Drive in – Limited parking vouchers are available. There are only 100 parking stalls. 30 of the stalls are reserved for locals, leaving only 70 stalls available for visitors. You can reserve a parking voucher for $5 at this link: https://www.gohaena.com/ (Note: If it won’t let you select a voucher for the day and time specified, they are sold out for that time. Choose another date or time.)
- Walk or Bike in – You can walk or bike into Hā’ena State Park with an entry voucher. Get one for $1 at this link: https://www.gohaena.com/ (Note: If it won’t let you select a voucher for the day and time specified, they are sold out for that time. Choose another date or time.)
- Shuttle in – For about $11 per person visitors can shuttle into Hā’ena State Park from many locations on the North shore. The shuttle ticket can be purchased at this link: www.kauaiNSshuttle.com
Hawaii Residents: Good news, if you are a resident of the State of Hawai’i. Residents are exempt from the fee/reservation requirement.
Once visitors gain entry into Hā’ena State Park, they can:
- Spend time at Ke’e Beach or other attractions in the area.
- Hike 4-miles round trip to Hanakāpīʻai Beach along the Kalalau Trail
- Hike 8-miles round trip to Hanakāpīʻai Falls. 2-miles to Hanakāpīʻai Beach along the Kalalau Trail and then 2 additional miles up to Hanakāpīʻai Falls. Hiking back to the trial head is an additional 4-miles for a total of 9-miles.
Day-use visitors may not hike on the Kalalaul Trail past Hanakāpīʻai Beach. A permit is required to hike past Hanakāpīʻai Beach whether or not you plan to camp.