AAA Editor Notes
Hā‘ena State Park is at the west end of Kūhiō Hwy. (SR 560). It is said that the volcano goddess Pele’s search for a new home ended in her digging the Waikapalae and Waikanaloa wet caves. A path along the shoreline leads to the site of a Hawaiian hula heiau (temple). Ke‘e Beach is a popular snorkeling spot. The trailhead of the difficult and dangerous Kalalau Trail, the only land route to the remote cliffs and valleys of the Nāpali Coast, begins at the end of Kūhiō Hwy. (SR 560). Hiking portions of the Kalalau Trail may require a permit; phone for information.
Note: The park’s caves are not safe to enter; view from cave openings. The Kalalau Trail is often muddy and slippery, and hikers should be aware of tree roots, rocks and stream crossings. Flash flooding is possible on the trail. Heiau are culturally significant and should be treated with respect. Restrooms and drinking water are available at the park.
Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted.