More than 660 free permits have been issued to people who want to use the marked roads at Kaena Point.
An locked access gate at Kaena Point State Park Reserve, Mokuleia section, went into place on Thursday, and only those who applied for permits under the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) new vehicle access system can now drive on designated roads within the park. The permit system is being used to try and stem habitat damage caused by off-road vehicle use.
DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers are manning the gate to check permit compliance, answer questions, and help inform park users of rules and regulations aimed at curbing off-road use, illegal open fires, rubbish disposal and kokua for the fragile natural resources at one of the last “wild” places on Oahu.
“We fully anticipate that education, combined with enforcement, will lead to compliance and an improvement in natural conditions at Kaena Point,” said acting DOCARE chief Jason Redulla. “We expect that people currently holding permits will help us enforce compliance by reporting access violations. They have a clear set of permit conditions in hand; required for obtaining and keeping their free, annual permits.”
Permits are available during regular working hours at the DLNR Division of State Parks office at 1151 Punchbowl St. They are valid 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, unless the park is closed for emergency reasons.
For more information on permit requirements, click here.
To download a permit application, click here.
Pedestrians and bicyclists do not need a permit.