Hanalei Initiative creates new transportation measures to protect Ha’ēna State Park

HI Now Host Kainoa Carlson visits Ha'ēna State Park on Kaua'i to learn about its new model that supports kama'āina and visitors alike.

Sponsored by The Hanalei Initiative and Hui Maka’ainana o Makana

The new plan includes a parking reservation system and a shuttle system that will limit the number of people entering the park each day and thus protect the land.

“If you go to gohaena.com, reserve your parking spot, and if that’s not available, then you’ll take our amazing shuttle ride,” said Joel Guy, executive director of the Hanalei Initiative. “We take you from the Waipa Foundation–– you board the shuttle there and you ride up to the park. You don’t have to worry about directions or driving.”

In recent years, the Hui Maka’āinana o Makana has entered into a partnership with Ha’ēna State Park. Volunteers from the Hui come to the park to take care of the land. Because The Hanalei Initiative focuses heavily on environmental stewardship, it wanted to strengthen the Hui’s work with the park by focusing on transportation solutions.

“We’re able to support them through community-based economic development, so by the access points, we can then have funds generated that will stay in the park and provide jobs for the Hui,” said Guy. “It was really special for us to support the Hui’s efforts in managing this area.”

Beginning July 11, 2021, the Hanalei Initiative and Hui Maka’ainana will begin operating the seamless and visitor-friendly reservations shuttle system to Ha’ēna State Park. For more information, visit gohaena.com.