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Cultural Access Info

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The map above, created by the U.S. army, shows just how many ancient cultural sites there are in Mākua Valley and proves why the valley is not an appropriate place for military training. The blue sites indicate sites that are available for cultural access, many of which have just recently re-opened to the community, and the red sites indicate those sites yet to be re-opened. 


Each person coming on an access needs to have made a reservation at least three-to-four days before the access. If it was up to Mālama Mākua, there might not be a list, but if your name or the name of someone in your hui is not on the list, the U.S. army representatives will not let you in the valley, unfortunately. Dates of upcoming accesses are on the home page of this website. You can sign-up for the Mālama Mākua email list by clicking here. You will then receive emails about upcoming accesses and how you can sign up for them.


Bring photo identification, such as driver's license, with which to check in (no photo identification, no go, unfortunately). Bring plenty of water and sunscreen (since it can get hot in Mākua and there is very little shade), a snack (to eat and/or share) and covered shoes. Since this is a cultural access, going barefoot is allowed in certain locations, though the rocks can be sharp. If you would like to know what areas those are, just ask a Mālama Mākua representative and they'll be happy to show you. If you do not have covered shoes with you to put on later, though, you will not be able to visit the ancient sites. You are welcome to bring hoʻokupu, but it is not required. Minors are welcome and do not need I.D., but will need to be signed in by an adult and have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian. If the minor is going to be accompanied by an adult who is not their parent/guardian, please print out the appropriate waiver to have it signed before coming to Mākua. The links for liability waivers are below.


Everyone entering sacred Mākua Valley on a cultural access is required by the army to sign a liability waiver. You can view the waivers at the links below. You can print them if you like, though waivers will also be provided at Mākua Valley.

Click here for the adult liability waiver. Click here for the minor liability waiver to be signed by parent/guardian.


Take Farrington Highway past Waiʻanae, past Mākaha and toward Kaʻena. There will be a gate about a quarter mile past Kaneana Cave (Mākua Cave) on the mauka side of Farrington Highway. Just inside the gate is a parking lot. Enter through the gate (honk your horn if gate is closed and it will be opened for you) and meet in the parking lot, where you will sign in.


Aloha mai kākou! Below are the cultural access dates for the upcoming months. Free reservations are made through Eventbrite with links found below. IMPORTANT: If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email shortly after registering for any cultural access, your registration did not go through. Please try again or contact us at

Click here to sign up for our email list to be notified when registration for each cultural access opens.

SATURday, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 registration coming

Please register on the HOME PAGE

Saturday, September 21, 2019 registration coming

Saturday, October 5, 2019 registration coming

Sunday, October 13, 2019 registration coming

Saturday, November 2, 2019 registration coming

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - Makahiki opening ceremony registration coming

Saturday, December 7, 2019 registration coming

Monday, December 30, 2019 registration coming

Start times for the cultural access will be determined a couple weeks before each access. Cultural accesses are led by Mālama Mākua and participants will need to be at Mākua at the start time to be able to go on the access.

Mahalo nunui!