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Kekaha Kai State Park
We'll be arriving in a few days and are very (very) excited! One thing I'm looking forward to is shooting in local and state parks.
I noticed on a Kona Coast park sign that the hours are 9pm-7am. Much of my photography revolves around sunrise and sunset. For instance, sunset will be around 6:30, which means the blue hour kicks in around 6:45, and night time won't officially start until 7:45. These times just before and just after sunset are critical for capturing unique photos. :)
Unfortunately, many locations take time to hike to -- for example, Mak beach. I'm looking at a map and see I'll probably have to hike about 20 mins or so to Mak beach from where I plan to park. If I shoot past sunset or even up until nautical twilight (6:50 or so), I wouldn't have nearly enough time to make it back before the park closes.
How strict are park times and how closely are they enforced? With sunset around 6:40am, I'm technically not even allowed in the park for another 2.5 hours!
At least here in my hometown, I've never been given trouble by the county sheriff for being in a county park prior to sunset (for the one county park I usually shoot, the times are listed as sunrise to dusk). I have been asked to wrap things up once, but this was well after sunset and the deputy was super nice.
Sooooo... I know the only answer I can rely on is 'read the sign' -- 9am-7pm. But I'm really hoping I can grab some sunset shots/astrophotography shots from Mak beach, and I can't see any way of doing it other than disregarding the park hours. I definitely want to respect the local law and customs, so it looks like some of my sunset/night time plans in designated state/county areas may be limited.
Any input/advice? Mahalo and thanks in advance!
Δ Don't tempt fate at Kekaha Kai!
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