State Parks in Hawaii (51)

'Iao Valley State Monument
Wailuku, HI
ʻIao Valley State Monument is the place to be if you like the tropical flora of Hawaii. Take a walk on the ʻIao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop learn about the plants that Hawaiians broug
‘Iolani Palace State Monument
Honolulu, HI
The United States’ only royal residence, ‘Iolani Palace harkens us back to the luxurious times enjoyed by King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani. ‘Iolani Palace, built in 1882,
Ahukini State Recreational Pier
Lihue, HI
Situated on the edge of Hanama’ulu Bay near the Lihu’e Airport, Ahukini State Recreational Pier offers not only beautiful scenery, but also a terrific fishing. Aside from pole fishing, crab netting is
Ahupua'a 'O Kahana State Park
Kaaawa, HI
One of the wettest areas of Oahu (averaging nearly 300 inches per year in parts of the valley), Ahupuaʻa O Kahana State Park is one of only a few publicly owned ahupuaʻa making it a great location to
Aiea Bay State Recreation Area
Aiea, HI
Aiea Bay State Recreation Area provides views of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. Enjoy the park by bringing your lunch and using the picnic areas. The Pearl Harbor Bike Path runs through the pa
Akaka Falls State Park
Honomu, HI
Following the ʻAkaka Falls Loop Trail (.4 mile loop), people can see both the Kahuna and ‘Akaka Falls (422 feet high) along with beautiful lush plants and trees.
Diamond Head State Monument
Honolulu, HI
Diamond Head is a volcanic cone on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and is the most popular Hawaii State Park. Hawaiians call it Lēʻahi (brow of the tuna) in reference to the formation’s ridgeline, which r
Ha'ena State Park
Ha’ena, HI
Haʻena State Park, which is about an hour drive from Lihue, boasts of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and 4,000 year old caves. The combination of relatively calm waters in July and August, along wit
Haleki'i-Pihana Heiau State Monument
Wailuku, HI
Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau State Monument is a 10 acre park containing two important heiau (religious sites) near the mouth of the ʻIao Stream in Wailuku. Halekiʻi and Pihana were associated with important
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Waimea, HI
Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a popular destination spot, counted as among the best beaches in the world. Hapuna Beach was named the Best Beach in America b
He'eia State Park
Kaneohe, HI
A great place for a picnic, Heʻeia State Park has good views of Kaneohe Bay, Heʻeia Fishpond, and the Ko’olau mountain range.
Hulihe'e Palace
Kailua-Kona, HI
The Hulihe‘e Palace, located in Kailua-Kona, was once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty, today Hulihe‘e Palace is a museum showcasing the impressive residence, along with furniture and artif
Ka'ena Point State Park
Waialua, HI
The westernmost tip of Oahu, Kaʻena Point, some ancient Hawaiian folklore thought that Kaʻena Point was the “jumping-off” point for souls leaving this world. Kaʻena Point State Park has an abundance o
Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Honolulu, HI
Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline has great views of the Oahu coastline and the Makapuʻu Lighthouse. The Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail is two miles (round trip). There’s no restrooms or water available, so com
Kalopa State Recreation Area
Honokaa, HI
The Kalopa State Recreation Area, located approximately 40 miles northwest of Hilo, is a state park featuring an arboretum of native trees. The park is 2,000 feet high and a number of rare plants can
Kaumahina State Wayside
Haiku, HI
Kaumahina State Wayside is a scenic area rest area where you can picnic where you can see the Maui coastline.
Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area
Aiea, HI
The main attraction of Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area is Keaiwa Heiau, a temple that native Hawaiians would visit to be healed. Through prayers and herbs, the kahuna would help sick and injured pe
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Kealakekua, HI
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park is an important site in Hawaii’s history as the location where the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners took place with the arrival of Captain
Kekaha Kai State Park
Kailua-Kona, HI
Kekaha Kai State Park, formerly known as Kona Coast State Park, is a beach park located along the north Kona coast. Sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling are common activities. The main beach areas are
Kiholo State Park Reserve
Kailua-Kona, HI
Still a work in progress, Kiholo State Park Reserve is undergoing conceptual planning for future public use. Kiholo State Park Reserve is a lava-covered coastal park with bays, lava flows, and vast op
Kohala Historical Sites State Monument
Hawi, HI
Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, located in North Kohala, is home to two important historical sites, Mo’okini Heiau and Kamehameha the Great’s birthplace. A National Historic Landmark, Mo’okini
Koke'e State Park
Kekaha, HI
Just north of Waimea Canyon State Park, Koke’e State Park is a great park for hiking. There are seven major hiking trails in Koke’e State Park: Alakai Swamp Trail Awaʻawapuhi Trail Kawaikoi Stream Tr
La'ie Point State Wayside
Laie, HI
Scenic views of the ocean lapping against the rocky coast and the offshore seabird sanctuary await visitors to Laʻie Point State Wayside. For the extremely adventurous, a bucket list opportunity await
Lapakahi State Historical Park
Waimea, HI
Lapakahi State Historical Park is a large area of ruins from an ancient Hawaiian fishing village in North Kohala. Visitors can learn about traditional Hawaiian culture through the partially restored r
Lava Tree State Monument
Pāhoa, HI
Lava Tree State Monument features a forest of lava trees – lava molds of the tree trunks that were formed when a lava flow swept through the forested area in 1790. The Lava Trees Loop Trail is a .7 mi
MacKenzie State Recreation Area
Pāhoa, HI
MacKenzie State Recreation Area offers a wild volcanic coastline in an ironwood grove. Spend the day at MacKenzie State Recreation Area fishing, picnicking, or hiking the Old Hawaiian coastal trail.
Makena State Park
Kihei, HI
Located in Makena (south of Wailea), Makena State Park comprises of 165 acres and is composed of two beaches and Puʻu Olai, a 360 feet tall dormant volcanic cinder cone in the center of the park. Ther
Malaekahana State Recreation Area
Laie, HI
Malaekahana State Recreation Area is a great place for families to enjoy the beach and water activities. Most of the time, the currents are calm (outside of winter) enough to swim and bodyboard in the
Manuka State Wayside
Naalehu, HI
Surrounded by Manuka Forest Reserve, Manuka State Wayside Park is 13.4 acres with an arboretum. The park features Manuka Nature Trail, a two mile nature hike through the adjacent Manuka Natural Area R
Napali Coast State Wilderness Park
Kapaa, HI
Napali Coast is a 16 mile (26 km) coastline stretching from the remote and wild Polihale Beach on the west to Kee Beach on the north shore of Kauai. It is one of the world’s most scenic coastlines of
Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside
Honolulu, HI
Located five miles from Honolulu, Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside provides awesome views of Kaneʻohe, Kailua, Mokoliʻi Island and the coastal fishpond at Kualoa Point from 1,200 feet high. The wind is extr
Pala'au State Park
Ho'olehua, HI
The 233-acre Palaʻau State Park is home to Kaule O Nanahoa (the phallus of Nanahoa), a sacred site which was renown for increasing fertility. A path through the ironwood forest leads to Kalaupapa Look
Polihale State Park
Waimea, HI
While it’s more challenging to access than many other beaches, Polihale State Park is a great location if you’re looking for a place with less people. The beach is accessed via rough, five mile road.
Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area
Kula, HI
Once a dense forest of Koa, mamane, and ʻohiʻa lehua the Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is composed of 10 acres of the Kula Forest Reserve. When the park was established many of the native tree
Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside
Honolulu, HI
Conveniently located close to downtown Honolulu, Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside provides a beautiful, panoramic view of southern Oahu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. The ‘Ualaka’a Loop Trail offers a
Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site
Haleiwa, HI
Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Puʻu O Mahuka Heiau is the largest heiau (religious site) on the island. Situated within the 4 acre Puʻu O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site park, this was more than a re
Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside
Haiku, HI
Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside, located 39 miles east of Kahului on the Hana Highway, consists of 5 acres of rainforest with waterfalls and pools.
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Honolulu, HI
Queen Emma Summer Palace, or Hanaiakamalama, was the summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii during 1857-1885. Queen Emma Summer Palace is a now a historic landmark (added to the National Register of
Royal Mausoleum State Monument
Honolulu, HI
The Royal Mausoleum State Monument is the burial place of Hawaiian royalty. It includes members of the Kamehameha and Kalakaua royalty.
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
Waimea, HI
Located southeast of Waimea, Russian Fort Elizabeth is a National Historic Landmark. The park is home to the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands, built in 1817 by the Russian-American
Sand Island State Recreation Area
Honolulu, HI
Located in Honolulu, Sand Island State Recreation Area offers an urban park where you can camp, stroll on a walking path, fish or bodyboard. While shoreline camping is allowed (weekends only), some ma
Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site
Kailua, HI
Located in Kailua, Ulupo Heiau is an ancient site that served as a religious site where native Hawaiians likely came for bountiful harvests, and then success in war. The stone platform of Ulupo Heiau
Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area
Honolulu, HI
Located near the Wahiawa Reservoir, Waʻahila Ridge State Recreation Area, is a great place for fishing and picnicking. There’s a boat ramp, but boating is only allowed for fishing purposes.
Wahiawa Freshwater State Recreation Area
Wahiawa, HI
Wahiawa Freshwater State Recreation Area has hiking with picturesque views of the Manoa and Palolo Valleys. The Waʻahila Ridge Trail is 2.4 miles and runs through a forest with ironwood and guava tree
Wai'anapanapa State Park
Hana, HI
Waiʻanapanapa State Park, located at the end of Waiʻanapanapa Road off Hana Highway, features some of the most unique sights you’ll ever see. As home to one Maui’s volcanic-sand beaches, you’ll have t
Wailoa River State Recreation Area
Hilo, HI
Wailoa River State Recreation Area offers visitors a peaceful place for walking, quiet relaxation, picnicking, and boat fishing. The Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center, founded in 1967, has free admission,
Wailua River State Park
Waialua, HI
Wailua River State Park consists mainly of the lush Wailua River Valley and the Wailua River, which is the only navigable river in Hawaii. Visitors can take boat tours to see the rainforest. Two sceni
Wailua Valley State Wayside
Haiku, HI
Wailua Valley State Wayside offers a view of Ke‘anae Valley and Ko‘olau Gap in Haleakala’s rim, and of Wailua Village.
Wailuku River State Park
Hilo, HI
Wailuku River State Park boasts two main attractions: Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls. Boiling Pots is a succession of big pools connected by underground flow or cascades and whose waters roll and bubb
Waimea Canyon State Park
Waimea, HI
Waimea Canyon, located in Waimea, Hawaii is dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The moniker, falsely attributed to literalist Mark Twain, became popular after American explorer John Wesley Powel
Waimea State Recreational Pier
Waimea, HI
This once busy harbor is now home of the Waimea State Recreation Pier. The park, which is a good place for pole fishing and crabbing, is about six miles north of Waimea.