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Kaua'i State Parks

Ahukini State Recreation Pier- This state-administered fishing pier lies on Hanama'ulu Bay on the eastern shore of Kaua'i. It is a good place for pole fishing and crabbing.
Ha'ena State Park- This is a scenic wildland park covering 6.7 acres on Kaua'i's north coast. The trailhead for the Kalalau Trail is located here.
Koke'e State Park- Koke'e State Park is one of the few accessible sites in Kauai's rugged interior. The park adjoins Waimea Canyon State Park's northern boundary.
Na Pali Coast State Park- This state park encompasses over 6,000 acres on the rugged northwestern coast of Kaua'i. The Kalalau Valley lies within the boundaries of the park.
Polihale State Park- This state park consists of a large sand beach, Polihale cliff and a traditional heiau. It lies on the western end of the Na Pali coast.
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park- This site marks a short Russian history on the island of Kaua'i. Hawaiians began construction on the site in 1816 and it was finished one year later.
Wailua River State Park- This site contains a variety of historical and natural attractions. It surrounds and incorporates the Wailua River, which extends over 11 miles into the interior of the island.
Waimea Canyon State Park- Waimea Canyon State Park preserves the scenic beauty of Waimea Canyon, a deep river gorge, in the western interior of the island.
Waimea State Recreation Pier- This pier extends into the Pacific Ocean from the community of Waimea and provides access for pole fishing and crabbing.

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Description - The Kaua'i State Park System protects and preserves nine naturally and historically significant sites around the island. From the rugged Na Pali coast to a Russian-engineered fort, these parks protect diverse resources.

Attractions - Natural resources protected on Kaua'i include volcanic formations, waterfalls, rivers, rain forests, beaches and endangered bird habitat. Historical resources protected within the park system include traditional Hawaiian religious sites, Hawaiian alii birthing stones and a Russian fort. The parks provide public access to most all of these sites.

Recreation - Recreation at the state parks on Kaua'i ranges from scenic driving to backpacking on the Na Pali coast. Visitors can enjoy slogging through extreme terrain or walking along a sunny beach. Surfing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, kayaking and boating are a few of the recreation opportunities available at state-administered sites on the shores and interior of Kauai.

Climate - The climate on Kauai varies more with the terrain than the seasons. Generally, the coastal temperature changes little throughout the year with an annual average of 74 degrees F. The higher elevations of the interior of the island includes the wettest place on earth, Mt. Waialeale. This region averages higher than 4,000 feet and receives nearly 500 inches of rain. If your planning to camp in the higher elevations of Kauai, I recommend layers and rain gear. Temperatures drop four degrees F with every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.

Location - The State Parks on Kauai are scattered throughout the island. See the individual park descriptions for locations.

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Contact Information:
Kauai District, Hawai'i State Parks, 3060 Elwa Street #306 , Lihue, HI, 96766-1875, Phone: 808-274-3444

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Kaua'i - Kauai is the oldest and northernmost of the major islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is composed of a central volcanic peak, Mt. Waialeale, which has been documented as the wettest place on Earth.


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