Conditions & Considerations

Hawaii is a special place with unique environmental conditions and cultural considerations.  Please review the list of Do’s and Don’ts below to understand expectations and have an enjoyable experience.


  • Be aware of emergency alerts, particularly for high wave events that can create hazardous conditions.
  • Be aware of gate closure times at State and County beach parking lots.
  • Carry out your opala (trash).
  • Keep your dog on a leash and clean up responsibly after them.
  • Learn and respect Hawaiian cultural customs.
  • Respect signage directions that are protecting sensitive areas or shorebird nests.
  • Respect coastal dunes and vegetation by staying on designated access paths.


  • Burn wooden pallets with nails
  • Dump charcoal in the sand
  • Touch or chase wildlife, especially protected turtles and endangered monk seals
  • Touch or step on coral
  • Collect marine life souvenirs
  • Drag fins over coral while swimming
  • Feed the fish
  • Litter
  • Smoke on public beaches
  • Trample areas that are roped off for dune rehabilitation or shorebird nesting