With the newest Proclamation issued by Governor Ige, effectively closing all State beaches and clarifying social distancing rules for outdoor recreation, DLNR notes that the following State Park areas are available for transiting to access an adjacent trail or ocean:
Ahukini State Recreation Pier – Fishing access only.
Hāʻena State Park – Ocean access only. The Kalalau Trail remains closed.
Kōkeʻe State Park – Access to Awaʻawapuhi Trail, NuʻaloloTrail and Pihea Trails allowed. All other trails, lookouts and park areas closed (NOTE: Vehicle access is not allowed beyond the Kalalau Lookout. Hikers must walk the park road beyond that point to access Pihea Tralhead.
Waimea Canyon State Park – Access to Kukui Trail allowed. All other trails, lookouts and park areas closed.
Waimea State Recreation Pier – Fishing access only.
Ahupuaʻa o Kahana State Park – Ocean and trail access allowed.
ʻAiea Loop Trail is accessible by transiting Keaīwa Heiau SRA.
Mālaekahana State Recreation Area – Ocean access allowed.
Sand Island State Recreation Area – Ocean access allowed.
Waʻahila Ridge Trail is accessible by transiting Waʻahila Ridge State Recreation Area.
Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area is accessible for hiking the Na Ala Hele Trail System.
Waiʻānapanapa State Park – Ocean access allowed.
Palaʻau State Park – Transiting to Phallic stone and Overlook allowed.
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – Ocean access allowed.
Kekaha Kai State Park – Ocean access allowed.
MacKenzie State Recreation Area – Shore fishing access only.
Lava Tree State Monument – Walking trail access allowed.
Certain State Parks coastal and trail features are deemed unsuitable for visitation due the inability to achieve the desired social distancing recommendations, remoteness of location exacerbating public safety concerns, and known history of issues such as illegal camping and social gatherings. To help stem the community spread of COVID-19, Please try to stay in or near your own ahupua‘a of residence for your outdoor exercise.
Among the prominent Parks subject to full closures (no transiting, trail or shoreline access) are the following:
Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park – CLOSED
Polihale State Park – CLOSED
Diamond Head State Monument – CLOSED
Nuuanu Pali State Wayside – CLOSED
Kāʻena Point State Park – CLOSED
Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline [Including Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail] – CLOSED
ʻIao Valley State Monument – CLOSED
Makena State Park – CLOSED
Kealakekua Bay State Historic Park – CLOSED
Wailoa River State Recreation Area – CLOSED
*Note: Clarified rules for outdoor recreation social distancing include:
Group hiking on State trails is not allowed, again unless all participants are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. People who want to hike alone, but who want to have another person nearby for safety reasons, are required to maintain a distance of not less than 20-feet from each other.
People can actively engage in fishing and gathering to get food. No groups of two or more people can engage in fishing and gathering in state waters or state lands, unless all in the group are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address.
No more than two people are allowed on any boat in Hawai‘i’s water for recreational purposes, unless they are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. Both people on the boat are required to maintain physical distancing of six-feet from one another, as is reasonably possible. All boats are required to stay 20-feet from one another.
David Yutaka Ige is an American politician serving as the eighth governor of Hawaii. A Democrat, he previously served in the Hawaii State Senate. In the 2014 gubernatorial election, he won the Democratic primary over incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie, and the general election over Republican nominee Duke Aiona.
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