What to do in Ha'ena State Park

This is a scenic wildland park covering 6.7 acres on Kaua'i's north coast. The park is found just east of the spectacular Na Pali Coast. The trailhead for the Kalalau Trail is located here.

Ha'ena State Park offers viewing of wet caves┬ľancient 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. The park also offers viewing of the spectacular Na Pali Coast and swimming at Ke'e Beach, where there are lifeguard services. The trailhead for the eleven-mile Kalalau Trail is located here. There is a shorter, two-mile section of the Kalalau Trail, from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai, which is a popular day hike.

The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to the Na Pali Coast . The eleven-mile trail traverses five valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach in Na Pali State Park, where it is blocked by sheer, fluted Pali. The trail is almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau. For most backpackers in good condition, hiking the eleven miles will take a full day.

Permits required: Obtain all permits from the Kaua'i District State Parks office in Lihu'e. There are no fees. Day-use hiking permits for the Kalalau Trail are required when continuing beyond Hanakapi'ai Valley, even if overnight camping is not planned. Camping permits: A maximum stay of five nights is allowed in Na Pali State Park. Within the five-night maximum, no two consecutive nights are allowed at Hanakapi'ai or Hakakoa.

Ha'ena State Park offers beach-related activities such as shore fishing and swimming. It offers scenic viewing of the Na Pali Coast and hiking on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail which begins at a trailhead here.

Ha'ena State Park is located on the north shore of Kauai, at the end of Kuhio Highway (Highway 56).

The climate on Kauai varies more with the terrain than the seasons. Generally, the coastal temperature changes little throughout the year with an annual average of 74 degrees F. The higher elevations of the interior of the island includes the wettest place on earth, Mt. Waialeale. This region averages higher than 4,000 feet and receives nearly 500 inches of rain. If your planning to camp in the higher elevations of Kauai, I recommend layers and rain gear. Temperatures drop four degrees F with every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.

3060 Elwa Street #306
Lihue, HI 96766-1875

Phone: 808-274-3444

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