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State Parks on the Island of Kauai

Ahukini State Recreation Pier

End of Ahukini Road (Highway 570) off Kuhio Highway (Highway 56), Lihue

Ocean Pier fishing. Pole fishing and crab netting only.

0.9 acre

Haena State Park

End of Kuhio Highway (Highway 56), Haena.

Scenic wildland park. Viewing of wet caves--ancient 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. Beach-related activities, shore fishing, viewing of spectacular Na Pali Coast and swimming at Kee Beach; lifeguard services. Trailhead for 11-mile Kalalau Trail.

6.7 acres

Kokee State Park

15 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Highway 550) at 3600 feet elevation; adjoins Waimea Canyon State Park.

Commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. Wildland picnicking, tent camping, trailer camping and lodging. Hiking in native rain forest and along rim of Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring forest reserves. Excellent area for study of native plants, forest birds and insects. Seasonal plum picking and trout fishing. Pig hunting in public hunting area.

4,345.0 acres

Na Pali Coast State Park

Trailhead for Kalalau Trail at end of Kuhio Highway (Highway 56), Haena State Park; Kalalau Valley also accessible by private boat and commercial boat (May through September). Milolii and Nualolo Kai Sections accessible by commercial and private boats.

Exceptionally scenic sea cliffs and valleys which are viewed from land along the coastal Kalalau Trail, or by air and sea with commercial operators. These remote wildlands also provide the base for primitive recreational experiences, primarily day hiking, backpacking, and camping. The 11-mile (one-way) Kalalau Trail traverses high sea cliffs and lush stream valleys with plunging waterfalls--day hikers delight is Hanakapiai Valley and Beach, but 2 miles away; backpackers venture beyond to the primitive camp at Kalalau Beach with overnight stopovers at Hanakapiai and Hanakoa valleys. Primitive camping experiences are provided at the isolated, small coastal area of Milolii; colorful sunsets here as well as at Kalalau Beach. Day expedition to Nualolo Kai by commercial boat. Kalalau Trail provides an excellent opportunity to study a native mixed mesophytic forest and native stream life. Shore fishing and seasonal goat hunting opportunities. Backpacking and camping along this coast requires the knowledge and skills of primitive outdoor living. Unpredictable dangerous ocean currents--swimming and wading are not recommended! Day use permit required on Kalalau Trail beyond Hanakapiai Valley. Boat landing restrictions--inquire at district office.

6,175.0 acres

Polihale State Park

End of 5-mile long dirt road from Mana Village, off Kaumualii Highway (Highway 50).

Picnicking, tent camping and trailer camping on wild coastline with large sand beach backed by dunes. Scenic setting, colorful sunsets and good views of the high sea cliffs of Na Pali Coast. Swimming in summer; shore fishing. Hot, dry area. Picnic shelters.

137.7 acres

Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

On east bank of Waimea rivermouth off Kaumualii Highway (Highway 50).

The boulder-built fort stands as a reminder of Russia's short-lived adventure (1815-1817) in the Hawaiian Islands. Self-guided walk.

17.3 acres

Wailua River State Park

Along banks of Wailua River off Kuhio Highway (Highway 56): boat excursions at Marina Section on south bank; riverside picnicking, historic sites and scenic overlooks on Kuamoo Road (Highway 580); and Wailua Falls at end of Maalo Road (Highway 583) from Kapaia.

Lush river valley with riverboat cruise (fee charged) to Fern Grotto, an unusual fern- clothed cave set in a tropical garden; scenic vistas of attractive waterfalls and Wailua River Valley; the Wailua Complex of Heiaus (National Historic Landmark)--remains of heiaus (places of worship), puuhonua (places of refuge), birthstones and bellstone at this once important seat of chiefly power; river fishing and picnicking in riverside coconut grove; and dining and gift shopping at Marina Section.

1,092.6 acres

Waimea Canyon State Park

11.1 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Highway 550); adjoins Kokee State Park.

Rim overlooks of one of the State's scenic treasures--the deep, colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon. Also viewpoint of Niihau Island, wildland picnicking and short nature trail. Adjacent forest reserve with long, strenuous hike into and out of the canyon. Seasonal trout fishing. Pig and seasonal goat hunting nearby.

1,866.4 acres

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