Parks & Recreation


Department Goals

  • To develop, improve and maintain quality recreational facilities.
  • To coordinate, implement and maintain/monitor beautification and safety of County property.

Duties and Functions
The responsibilities of the Division of Park Maintenance are:

  • To coordinate, implement and maintain/monitor beautification of County property.
  • To set policies, rules and regulations and administer to the needs of the public.
  • To operate and maintain County facilities which include tennis/basketball courts,  athletic fields, parks and playgrounds, stadiums, pavilions, neighborhood centers, public cemeteries and the beautification areas.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Public Hearing Note for the April 7, 2020 Public Hearing

Pursuant to the Supplementary Emergency Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, issued by Governor David Y. Ige, this public hearing will be closed to the public consistent with social distancing practices.  The public hearing will be read into the record and testimony may be submitted in writing to; via facsimile to (808) 241-5126; mailed to the Department of Parks and Recreation at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 105, Lihue, Hawaii,  96766; or by telephone at (808) 241-4456.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Day-Use Permits for County Beach Parks

Pursuant to HRS §127A-12(a)(5)(D), §127A-12(c)(12), §127A-25, and in accordance with CDC guidelines on limiting social gatherings, County of Kauai beach park access will be limited.  

Effective March 23, 2020, non-Hawaii residents will be required to obtain a day-use permit for any County beach park. A park permit fee of $50 per vehicle and $5 per person (regardless of age) shall be assessed. No more than 100 day-use permits will be issued for County beach parks island wide. Permits may be obtained at the following website: As Hawaii residents are exempt from this requirement, they must carry proof of residency (e.g. State ID, Driver's License, or School ID) when using County parks.

Please refer to Mayor's Emergency Rule #4 and the County's news release for additional information.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Mayor's Emergency Rule #1 & Emergency Proclamation

Please click here for a copy of Mayor's Emergency Rule #1 and Emergency Proclamation related to the public health concerns regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Notice of Public Hearing

The Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., or soon thereafter, at the Lihue Civic Center, Moikeha Building, Meeting Room 2A/2B, 4444 Rice Street, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii on the proposed Rules and Regulations on the Use of Sports Fields/Stadium Facilities and Playgrounds.

Click here for a copy of the proposed Rules and Regulations.

Click here for a copy of the Notice of Public Hearing.

Friday, February 14, 2020
Rules & Regulations Governing Commercial Boating Activities at County Beach Parks

The Department of Parks and Recreation has decided to adopt the Rules and Regulations Governing Commercial Boating Activities at County Beach Parks as amended.  Click here to view the rules.

Thursday, December 19, 2019
 Kalāheo and Kapa‘a Neighborhood Centers Closed for Construction

The Kalāheo and Kapa‘a neighborhood centers are currently closed due to construction through March 31, 2020.

Due to these closures, facility and camping permits may be obtained at the following locations:

  • The Hanapēpē neighborhood center on weekdays from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; and 
  • The Anahola Clubhouse on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to noon; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please visit or contact the main office at (808) 241-4460.

Friday, July 19, 2019
Location For Getting Weke Ramp Recreational Use Permits

REMINDER:  DOPR has implemented a permit process for the recreational use of the Weke Boat Ramp between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

To sign-up for a permit, please bring the following documents and information with you to the customer service window at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, Pi‘ikoi Building:

  • Boat registration;
  • Trailer registration;
  • Boater Education Card;
  • Vessel number; and
  • Trailer license plate number.

The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. 

For more information, please contact the main office at 241-4460.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Hanamaulu Beach Park is currently closed for camping until further notice. The park is open to the public from 6:00am to 10:00pm daily. Park is closed to the public from 10:00pm to 6:00am daily and park gates are locked from 10:00pm each night and opened at 6:00am each morning.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Coast Pedestrian/Bike Path is now open from Safeway in Waipouli, along Moana Kai Road, to the Lihi in Kapaʻa and on to Kuna Bay. The Lydgate Park portion consists of the section of path from the Kamalani Camp Ground area, through the park and along the Sports Fields and along Nalu Road, north along Wailua Beach and up along Papaloa Road. We would like to pass on the following information. With the safety of the path users in mind, we would like to please ask everyone to obey all county laws regarding the use of the pedestrian/bike path. The pedestrian/bike path and the area surrounding it are considered a county park. All laws governing our parks apply to all sections of the path whether the section is officially open or closed. Signs have been installed at the trailheads and access points to the pathway and more will follow. Motorized vehicles are not allowed to operate on or park on the path

The following are some of the laws governing the use of the designated dog portion of the pathAny dog handler with a dog utilizing the shared use path portion designated to allow dogs must:

  • Be in command and control of dog at all times.
  • Have no more than two (2) dogs under his control.
  • Immediately remove his dog if it exhibits aggressive behavior.
  • Visibly carry the necessary instruments required for the removal and disposal of dog feces.
  • Pick up and dispose of any and all feces left by the dog.
  • Have the dog wear at all times a valid current dog license tag that is clearly and visibly attached to the dog's collar.
  • Have the dog on a leash that is no more that six (6) feet in length at all times.  Retractable leashes shall not be allowed.
The following are some of the laws governing the use of the path:
  • No Animals Are Allowed on the portion of the path located at Lydgate Park from Nalu Road (Lydgate Park rock sign) towards the ponds and pavilions.
  • No Motorized Vehicles Are Allowed.
  • No Camping Along the Path
  • No Open Fires Allowed.

If you are issued a citation for any violations of our Parks Ordinances, you will be required to appear in court and can be penalized up to five hundred ($500.00) for each violation.

Bicyclists using the shared use path are required to stop at all posted Stop signs posted at all path crossing.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable experience while using the path, Aloha.

Contact Information

photo of Pat Porter
Patrick T. Porter

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Wallace G. Rezentes Jr.
Deputy Director

Department of Parks & Recreation
4444 Rice St.
Moʻikeha Building, Suite 105
Lihue, HI 96766

Phone:  (808)241-4460
Fax:       (808)241-5126


Kaua'i Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update

Herbicide Spraying Schedule

Herbicide treatments are scheduled as needed.
Notification will be posted 24 hours prior to application.