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 14-days in advance, and no later than the day before your visit.
Parking Reservations can be made for the morning (6:30-12:30) or the afternoon (12:30-5:30). If you’d like to stay all day, you’ll have to get both reservations. Overnight parking is no longer allowed at Hā’ena State Park. 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.