Dogs on Ke Ala Hele Makalae

Dogs may be walked on Ke Ala Hele Makalae, subject to the restrictions listed below.
Cheryl and Joy Claypoole were glad to meet Dianne Kennedy on the path--they both own Old English Sheep Dogs. Path Ambassador Thomas Noyes and Kauai Humane Society volunteer Randy Blake approached the dog owners to be sure they had poop bags and were complying with the county's requirements.

Key Points in the revised County dog control ordinances:

  • The amended laws took effect in June, 2010
  • Dogs may be on the entire Kapaa to Ahihi Point section of Ke Ala Hele Makalae (the East Side's shared-use coastal path)  between Lihi Boat Ramp and Northern end of the path
  • Dogs may be walked on the path in Lydgate Park, except for the portion of path from paralleling the beach and Nalu Drive up to the swimming ponds
  • Dogs may be on the paved portion of the path plus six feet on either side; in comfort, picnic pavilions, and rest stations; and led directly from trail head parking facilities to the path
  • Handler must be in control of dog at all times
  • No minimum age requirement for dog handler
  • Two dogs per handler max
  • Must have poop bag in evidence. (NOTE: The Kauai Humane Society will work with the Department of Parks & Recreation to donate and install several dispensers for bio-degradable "poop bags.")
  • Dog owner must remove and dispose of dog’s feces
  • Dog must be licensed
  • Maximum leash length 6 ft. (No extendable leashes allowed.)
  • Must leave path area if dog gets aggressive
  • A Dept. of Parks and Recreation and stakeholders committee developed measurable objectives to help the county determine success of an 18-month trial period, and will assist with a follow-up report to the County Council
  • A fenced off-leash dog park is open at the County's Wailua Homesteads Park


Link to page on Path Etiquette

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