It is important that we know who and where people may be on the Ranch.
-Do not approach cattle.
-Dogs must be kept in vehicles or leashed (except Licensed hunters during Bird Season.)
-Stay on the Access roads only and do not drive or hike onto other areas of the Ranch.
'Āinapō Road is part of the Nā Ala Hele Trail System and provides access to the Kapāpala Forest Reserve, and the trailhead for the Ainapō Trail and Cabin or access to Mauna Loa via 'Āinapō Trail.
Gate Hours 4:30A-8:30P
40.5 mile marker
Note: Access info on DLNRʻs OuterSpacial App is outdated. Please register here.
Honanui is a courtesy access and provides a way to the Ka'ū Forest Reserve and is used mostly for native hunting and gathering. Vehicle access only.
Gate Hours 6:00A-6:00P
44 mile mark
Wood Valley is a private road that currently is a coursey access to Ka'ū Forest Reserve. Vehicle access only.
Gate Hours 6:00A-6:00P
Off Highway, near Wood Valley Road.
Effective July 2023 we have done away with calling the ranch or answering service for gate combos and will have a system where, after registration, users will fill out an online form by 10PM the night before when they want the gate code. The code will be texted to them at the opening time of the gate.
Upon approval, a 5 digit Access ID will be texted to you. Please save your Access ID. Registrations are good for two years.
If you donʻt have an email there are several places to get free email. Googleʻs Gmail is a popular one.
Ready to go?
If you have a permit for the State Cabin at Halewai or for the NPS Mauna Loa Summit Cabin, please put in a Gate Access request for your entry date AND another for your exit date.
There only needs to be one registered user to get the gate code for groups hiking together.
We are a working cattle ranch and it is important for our work and your safety that we know where visitors to our ranch are. Access is granted THROUGH the Ranch and not onto the Ranch and limited to the access roads. Please do not hike, drive, ride, etc in areas off the access road.
What if Iʻm already registered? All users will need to re-register and submit a photo ID.
Do I have to register every time I want to go? No, just once, after that, just request the access code via computer or smartphone and this website.
What if I don't hear back when I register? If a day has passed and you have not gotten any text or email, please re-enter your request. The most common error is an email address that is incorrect.
Do I need an email? Yes, an email is needed for the initial registration but all other communication will be by text. Free email can be obtained at Gmail.com and several other places.
Can I use my old PIN? Access IDʻs are now 5 digit (to be different from gate lock codes). You will be given a new Access ID at registration.
What if I lose my Access ID? A retrieval system is in the works but for now you would need to re register and get a new Access ID. Please try to keep your Access ID!
Can a family member use my Access ID? Access ID is unique to the user.
How long is my ID good for? Users will have to re-register after two years to help keep contact information current.
How do I get a Gate lock code when I want to go? Look for the "Request Gate Access" on this website and fill out on your computer or smartphone. You MUST make the request no later than the day before.
Can I drive to the gate and fill out the form to get the code? No. You must plan ahead. During the night, the system will query the requests and make a list to send out texts when the gate opens. Once the codes are sent for the day, there are no more requests for that day.
What is the cut off time for getting the code the next morning? 10PM
Can I put the request in several days ahead? Yes. You will get immediate confirmation that the code will be sent to you on the day you requested.
Can I request more than one gate? Only one gate code per day. More than that will result in an error. None of the roads connect so you must exit the way you entered.
I registered to but didnʻt get an Access ID. Did you email in a picture of you photo ID? When you register, an email is auto-generated with a link to do that. If you donʻt get it, check your junk mail folder.
I registered to get a gate code but didnʻt get anything. Please be VERY careful entering information into the form. The system matches you Access ID and the phone you registered with. If either are wrong it wonʻt recognize your request. Wait a few minutes to make sure you have not received a text confirming your request and then try entering again. If there is still nothing after the second time, text 808-937-8391 and let us know. Response times vary.
What if I put in for the wrong gate by mistake? Requesting more than one gate will result in and error. Text 808-937-8391 and let us know. Response times vary.
I called the Phone because I didnʻt get the code and no one answered. There are many places on the ranch with no phone service. Or we could be away from the phone, on another call, in a meeting, working with the cattle or still asleep for those 4:30 AM calls. You will often get an immediate answer, but sometimes not.
Can I stay in the Forest Reserve Overnight?
No. All gates have a closing time. See the website Gate information for times as they vary by gate. Users must be out by that time, however permit holders hiking to Halewai Cabin and Mauna Loa Summit Cabin can stay overnight at those cabins.
Is there Parking?
Yes. There is signed, designated parking just past the corral in the area of the green shed made of shipping containers. If you are leaving your truck and trailer and going on a ATV or UTV; or if you are in a two wheel drive vehicle and need to hike from here, this is the place to leave your vehicle. There are often cattle in the area as we are a working ranch so park at your own risk.
What if I have an International Phone Number?
Please go ahead and fill out the form for an account, then check your email. Weʻll have to do the processess manually by email. The ranch email is email@example.com We do not have office staff so the email is checked sporadically throughout the day.