Ha'ena State Park
Ha'ena State Park
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6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Explore the rugged nature of Kauai Island, known for its stunning beaches, 4,000-year-old sea caves, and ancient archaeological sites. Drive to the western end of the Kuhio Highway on Kauai’s northern shore to find this park, tucked between lush ridges overhanging the ocean. You can swim and snorkel at the beaches around the parking lot or do the 11-mile hike to the secluded Kalalau Beach, from where you can access Na Pali Coast State Park. There are fantastic views and waterfalls along the way. Get there early to secure a parking spot and escape the midday heat. – Tripadvisor
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  • MSue
    Michigan281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an amazing hike!
    Wow, what an amazing hike! We went all the way to the falls, but I highly recommend at least making it to Hanakapiai Beach. It is a hard hike, but you are rewarded with beautiful views. Pack more water then you think you'll need and extra snacks. Closed toe keens were perfect for all of the water crossings after the beach. The hike to the falls and back took us 7 hours. Hands down my favorite adventure we had on Kauai!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Leah M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views!
    Well worth the hassle to get the passes and coordinate the shuttle. Once that was over (walking up at midnight to have the passes sell out before my browser would even load) the shuttle and the visit went very well! The hike to Hanakapai falls was the highlight of our trip!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Darlene P
    Pine Beach, New Jersey100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    da kine! :)
    We utilized the shuttle service, even though one member of our party had a Hawaii driver's license because all the online reviews said parking is very limited and you might not find a space. During the first week in November there was plenty of parking left over, but utilizing the shuttle, although it was $35 p/p, assured us smooth entry. I saw some reviews where people complained about the process, but it's there to help preserve the area for years and prevent overcrowding. With a little planning and homework, it's really no big deal and the hike, beach, and views were 100% worth it. We hiked the 2 miles (one way) to Hanakapi-ai Beach. It's a strenuous hike with a steep incline and a stream crossing, but adventurous and fun. If I go back I would definitely like to go two more miles in to the waterfall, but not all of my party was game for that. We spent some time at Ke'e beach after the hike, where we saw rainbows and seals. The water was calm and the beach was surprisingly empty. It was my 2nd favorite beach in all of Kaua'i (with Secret Beach being my favorite).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • jak60195
    Schaumburg, Illinois6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best hikes.
    Even though it poured, we had a great time. If you like to hike, this is for you. The hike was challenging but worth it .The views were amazing and the beach was beautiful! Make sure you eat before you go, or bring in food because there is no place to buy it in the park. Eat before you go is better so you don't have to carry as much. Walking sticks are recommended
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    end of the road
    This park is the end of the road and the beginning of the hiking trail to the Napoli coast. The beach is nice, with rollers coming in and eroded trees along the edge, roots spreading out above the sand. There are some toilet and picnic facilities. The signs say you need a reservation or come on the shuttle bus, so it is worth checking. On the walk to the beach are some nice Taro fields giving a good impression of how they grow. We did not take the trail, but it is important to take this on carefully, as it can be a rugged hike after the first parts. Getting to the park is along a narrow, bumpy and twisty road, which may make the shuttle a good option.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • Jonathan P
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hike
    We booked our reservation and did a hike that ended with a waterfall. The hike was challenging at times, but you get to enjoy the mountains and ocean scenery as you go along. Hiking in Kauai is a blast, and we would go back to Haena state park again.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • SJLewis
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Missed out didn't know about booking in advance.
    Do not make the same mistake as us. We didn't realise we had to book online in advance. We were unable to book from the car park area because there is no Internet in the area, so we drove back into Hanalei where we had a signal but there were no tickets available for the next 7 days. This State Park and the whole area look beautiful and well worth the visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2024
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Ron C
Newbury Park, CA610 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The state has basically told tourists to stay away. They have instigated a reservation system that essentelly prohibits nonresidents. You have to try for a morning or afternoon slot up to 30 days in advance. Residents just drive in. They also limit nonres to after 7:30, so the early morning sunrise on the beach is gone, as is sunset.
Written 30 May 2021
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Victor T
Miami, FL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Couples
I love kauai and all of hawaii. However it sounds like paradise lost. To many tourists and the locals got used to having it all to themselves during pandemic. Now looks like the state has ruined the whole aloha tradition and is keeping tourists who keep the islands alive from having a relaxed time instead now a reservation to go anywhere! Really can't say if you want to go snorkeling or to the beach 30 days in advance. If surf is up can't even go in the water. Also forget about trying to get there on high tide on any given day. Basically useless. I predict that when the pandemic is fully in our rear view mirror hawaii will be sorry when we can all go to paradise places all over the world. Only having your boom because only beachy place can go right now. Have a trip planned for next Spring to all the islands. Going to Molikai for first time. May just have to go only there or the big island in future for true hawaii. May just stay home since live in Miami seems better than ever. Never thought hawaii reefs that good just different interesting fish species. Sugar runoff has killed most reefs over the decades already.
Also what is with ROT killing all the ohai trees in weeks. If spreads will kill half of green cover on islands. Along with coming climate change droughts maybe barren rocks some day.
Written 12 August 2021
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Cheryl B
Weatherford, TX5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We are visiting Kauai in August 2021 and have tried and tried to get a parking pass and entry pass combo on the Haena State Park reservation site. We go online at 12 am and 12:01 am Hawaii time for last 6 days to make a reservation. As soon as it “opens” it says it is sold out. Clearly they are blocking the parking and park entry pass option to non residents. So… your only option is to reserve the shuttle/park pass option which is three times more expensive. Good job Haena State Park and Hawaii tourism! Keep out us non-residents. We clearly are not welcome in HI. We will not be back! Lots of other beautiful places to hike and visit. We are done.
Written 13 August 2021
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Mgallen5
20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
$30pp to ride a shuttle and enter the park is not worth the expense or experience if you have a big family or party. Our group cost us over $300 for for about 4 hrs of time. That’s absurd! The hike along the coast is great but NOT worth the cost!!!
Written 14 May 2022
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mloren4
Santa Barbara, CA52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We got reservations for 5 people 29 days out. No parking available so we were forced to reserve the shuttle from Waipa. Earliest time available was 10 a.m. which put a time crunch on the 9 mile round trip to the falls to be back by 5pm. I honestly thought I screwed up as the cost was $175 for 5 people to ride the shuttle 6 miles and entrance to park. That is a pretty expensive to do a hike. Some parts of the trail are improved, some not so much. Although it had not rained that day, the trail was very muddy, and slick and steep so not just muddy shoes but serious fall hazard. We hike a lot and this was a pretty difficult hike. The trail is reasonably wide and signage is good to the Hanakapi'ai beach. The trail to the falls has far less signage and you can get off track. Trail is such a rutted muddy mess that you spend all of your time looking where you are going to put your feet next and less time taking in the view. People were trying to improve the footing by laying any available sticks and leaves on the trail. The falls and several stream crossing are pretty for sure. My advice is if you are only in Kauai for a week, do not burn a day on this hike. There are plenty of more accessible and less expensive things to do.
Written 24 April 2022
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Lisaathena
Seattle, WA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband went to the Haena State Park for New Years Eve. We got 2 permits to cover the whole day starting at 12pm. Check in and parking was super easy, and the trails clear. We set up our beach chairs and just enjoyed the beach time. With a restricted number of people being allowed to enjoy the park on any given day, made our beach experience more enjoyable as we could settle without anyone impeding our space. I definitely recommend making the trek to this beautiful state park!
Written 4 January 2020
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Munzer Q
Sun Valley, ID1,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The park and ride for $30 PP is well worth it. It’s a narrow road with few single car bridge. So do it! Once you are inside you can also use the bus to move around. We were dropped at Ke”e beach where we swam snorkeled…didn’t do teh hike as its tasking.

We took the bs back about a mile and snorkeled Tunnel beach and hat was fun.

Amazing spot.
Written 23 May 2022
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TammyTGJP
San Francisco, CA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Absolutely stunning. The best part of our Kauai vacation (and there were many other great experiences). The hike - Kalalau trail - was wonderful with the most amazing scenic views the entire way. The trail was mostly muddy, so bring appropriate footwear but don't let this stop you from this trail. It's simply amazing and mud can always be washed off. Following our hike, we spent time at Ke'e Beach, which is a great beach for swimming and snorkeling. We took the shuttle and people brought in their coolers, beach chairs etc. We only had our hiking and snorkeling geat with us, which worked out perfectly. Amazing time but make your reservations early. We were lucky to get a spot!
Written 10 April 2022
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Wendy A
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
This review is based on reserving travel to Haena and I am happily looking forward to visiting in July. Neither Hawaii nor its residents are conspiring to keep tourists out. They are merely asking us to respect their land and way of life by planning ahead and working together to make the experience more enjoyable for everybody. This includes reserving your timeslot. Due to popularity, you need to go to the park's reservation website 30 days in advance of your visit day at midnight. Passes sell out within minutes, so date and time flexibility is a must. It is also helpful to try for entry only and find alternate transportation. Options include taxis, private ride shares, and public shuttles. Some of these services remain suspended due to COVID. The people who call this area home are really working to find balance between tourist income and recovering from back to back large scale disasters in the past two years (massive flooding and a pandemic). The park has used that down time to restore many natural features that tourist overcrowding and neglect over the decades has caused and is welcoming people with a daily cap that preserves such restoration and makes for a more pleasant experience for everybody. Thus far, every single person I have been in contact with regarding reservations and transportation has been as helpful as they can given current circumstances. If Haena is it worth seeing, it is worth some work and forethought.
Written 19 June 2021
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David Harder
Tulsa, OK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing hike! We went all the way to the falls. The last 1/4 mile is really tough and tricky, you have to cross the rocky stream multiple times, and then scramble up and down an uneven, rocky, often muddy and slippery trail to reach the falls. It’s not for little children and I wouldn’t consider taking a baby on my back. But the effort is well with it if you are able to swim in the chilly pool through the flowing waters dropping from 300 feet above. Leave early. We started at 10:30, took our time and lots of photos, but barely made it back in time to catch the second to last shuttle at 5:30. A beautiful, memorable experience.
Written 20 January 2023
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