TROPICAL STORM DARBY IS APPROACHING. NO CAMPING AND CABIN STAYS AT HAWAII ISLAND AND MAUI STATE PARKS. ALL HAWAII ISLAND, MAUI, AND MOLOKAI STATE PARKS ARE CLOSED. THEY WILL RE-OPEN AS CONDITIONS ALLOW. THE KALALAU TRAIL ON KAUAI IS CLOSED AS A PRECAUTION DUE TO THE APPROACH OF THE STORM. THE PATH AND INTENSITY OF THE STORM WILL DETERMINE IF ANY PARK CLOSURES ON OAHU BECOME NECESSARY. STAY UPDATED ON THE WEATHER. TROPICAL STORMS BRING STRONG WINDS, HEAVY RAIN, AND VERY LARGE SURF, WHEN IN DOUBT, DO NOT GO OUT. HIKERS BE AWARE THAT STREAMS CAN EXPERIENCE FLASH FLOODING WITHOUT NOTICE, TURN AROUND, DO NOT DROWN. GO TO ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Camping Permits Now Required to Hike Beyond Hanakāpīʻai along Nāpali CoastPosted on Mar 1, 2015
In response to continued illegal campers abusing the fragile and overtaxed Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauaʻi, camping permits are now required to hike beyond Hanakāpīʻai Valley along the Kalalau Trail. Hanakāpīʻai is a two mile hike from the trailhead at the end of Kauaʻi’s north shore highway in Hāʻena State Park. Hikers may still access Hanakāpīʻai waterfall two miles upvalley without a permit. Signs have been posted on the western side of the valley indicating the point beyond which a valid permit is required. No day-use permits will be issued, only hikers/backpackers with valid camping permits may legally proceed beyond the sign. Violators of this policy may be cited, and those cited will be required to show up in court. Violation of this rule is a petty misdemeanor under Hawaiʻi law, and a conviction will result in a criminal record in addition to penalties.
This policy is being reinstituted in response to continued rampant abuse of trail policies, which has led to degradation of natural and cultural resources, overtaxing the capacity of the park’s limited composting toilet facilities, and overcrowding of the authorized camping areas in Kalalau Valley. These factors combined are contributing to lower quality visitor experiences and a growing number of public complaints, in addition to possible public health concerns.
We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this policy.