Ha‘ena State Park
The Division of State Parks and consultant PBR Hawai‘i have worked collaboratively with the community to develop and refine a master plan for the park. As part of the master planning process, a 32-member master plan advisory committee was established to help refine a community preferred plan, focusing on the cultural and historical significance of the area.
The MPAC is comprised of kupuna, Ha‘ena ‘ohana, cultural practitioners, the Hui Maka‘ainana o Makana, and representatives from organizations such as the Hanalei Watershed Hui, Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Club, Hanalei-Ha‘ena Community Association, Hanalei Roads Committee, Limahuli Garden Preserve, Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau, Kaua‘i North Shore Business Council, Princeville Community Association, Kayak Kaua‘i, and government agencies such as Office of Hawaiian Affairs, County of Kaua‘i Planning Department and Department of Transportation, Highways Division.
One of the recommendations proposed is to implement a daily visitor limit of 900, which is less than half of the current peak visitation. This does not include cultural practitioners, special user groups such as halau, lo‘i work groups, nor hikers with permits to the Kalalau trail and hunters with valid hunting permits.
Hā‘ena is among the most heavily visited parks in the Hawai‘i State Park system, resulting in parking and vehicle congestion affecting the significant natural and cultural resources that make it so desirable a place to visit, according to DLNR.
In the near term plan, for the public’s safety, an interpretive corridor is being proposed for makai of the highway, that will connect to a welcome pavilion to Kē‘ē Beach an