After consulting with a community advisory group, the Department of Land and Natural Resources will implement a vehicle access permit system for the roads at Kaena Point State Park Reserve’s Mokuleia section.

Beginning Dec. 1, says DLNR, anyone wanting to drive a vehicle into the Mokuleia section — the area beyond the paved parking lot — will need to obtain a free permit. (It does not apply to users who hike or bike on the dirt road behind the locked gate.)

In 2011, DLNR was allowed to implement a permit system for the area, and the state tried voluntary compliance on the part of users prior to gating access. But things haven’t worked out so well

Off-road vehicle use has continued and is “negatively impacting the park’s natural resources,” BLNR Chairman William Aila said in a press release Monday.

DLNR is hosting three informational meetings this month to explain the new process and to issue permits to drivers who meet all of the requirements. Here’s a video that explains the permit system and the reasons for it.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point.


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