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ADDITIONAL PEAK SEASON CAMPING PERMITS FOR NAPALI COAST STATE WILDERNESS PARK WILL NOT BE ISSUED DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE

Posted on Apr 13, 2018

UPDATE 4/16/18 – DUE TO THE FLOOD DAMAGE AND INDEFINITE CLOSURE OF THE KALALAU TRAIL, WE WILL NOT BE ISSUING ADDITIONAL PEAK SEASON PERMITS PENDING A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND ESTIMATES FOR ROAD AND PARK ACCESS BEING RE-ESTABLISHED.  WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AS THE NORTH SHORE RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE.

Peak Season Permits will be available 28 days in advance for May 15-October 31, 2018.

Following recent successes in both enforcement and management efforts that have substantially reduced the number of illegal campers, the DLNR Division of State Parks will reinstitute the allowance of additional overnight camping permits for the popular Kalalau Trail, within the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kaua‘i. 

Twenty additional nightly permits will be available between May 15-October 31, 2018, when weather and surf conditions are typically calmer.  In keeping with previous policy to provide an opportunity for local residents to enjoy this world-renowned experience, permits will be issued first to walk-in applicants at the the Līhu‘e State Parks office 28 days in advance of the available dates.  On the following day, any remaining permits will be available to anyone via DLNR’s online permit reservation system.

The first day these peak season permits will be available to walk-in applicants is Tuesday, April 17, for camping beginning May 15.  Permits can be obtained for a maximum of five nights, and a maximum of four people.  Permit issuance hours for the Lihu’e office are from 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

Additional Details:

On April 17, permits will be available to walk-in applicants for a check-in date of May 15, 2018 in the Lihu’e, Kaua’i office beginning at 8 am. 

Peak season permits show up online as a separate camp area, “Napali Coast SWP PEAK 2018”.  Regular season permits are issued under “Napali Coast State Wilderness Park”

Permit issuance will conform to the following release schedule:

Check-in date           Walk-in permits available*          On-line permits available**

May 15                                   April 17                                 April 18

May 16                                   April 18                                 April 19

May 17                                   April 19                                 April 20

May 18-20                             April 20                                 April 21

 

May 21                                   April 23                                 April 24

May 22                                   April 24                                 April 25

May 23                                   April 25                                 April 26

May 24                                   April 26                                 April 27

May 25-27                             April 27                                 April 28

*Walk-in permits available during office hours of 8 am-3:30 pm until sold out.  Since permits are issued for up to 5 nights, walk-in permits availability cannot be guaranteed for each successive day of issuance. 

For example, if all 20 permit slots with a MAY 15 check-in are reserved for multi-night stays on April 17, there will be NO available permits for walk-ins on April 18.  Everyone is encouraged to check the availability of permits on the DLNR permit site prior to visiting the Parks office:

Website:    https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html

Click on  search, select “Kauai” -> “Napali Coast SWP PEAK 2018”-> “continue” -> ”browse for availability” -> select date

**On-line permits will be available 12:01 am HST the night of if any remaining permits are available for that release date.