Special Permit Rules for Nāpali Coast State Park
Nāpali Coast State Park is one of the most special places in Hawai’i. Its natural beauty and mystique make it one of the most popular and heavily used wilderness areas in the State.
The heavy demand for a limited number of camping permits has created the need for a special set of provisions regulating use of this park. These rules include:
- Day hiking is allowed without a permit up to Hanakapi’ai Valley (2 miles in from trailhead). Anyone proceeding beyond Hanakapi’ai must possess a valid camping permit.
- All camping permits may be applied for one year in advance.
- Camping fees for Nāpali Coast are $15 per person per night (Hawaii residents), $20 per person per night (non-residents).
- The maximum length of stay is 5 consecutive nights along the Kalalau Trail (no 2 consecutive nights may be spent at Hanakoa Valley).
- In response to public demand and to promote improved public safety, as of May 19, 2010, camping permits for Nāpali Coast are issued for Kalalau only, the preferred destination at the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. Permits for Kalalau are also valid for camping at Hanakoa, which is located a little beyond the halfway point of the trail, roughly 6 miles in from the trailhead. Permits specifically for Hanakoa are no longer issued, but hikers are encouraged to stopover and camp at Hanakoa if they possess a valid permit for Kalalau and they feel the need to break up their trek due to such factors as fatigue, inclement weather, or impending darkness. Permitted campers are cautioned that the new policy is not a license to camp anywhere along the trail. Hanakoa and Kalalau, which contain facilities to support camping activities, remain the only two authorized areas for camping along the trail. The total number of nights that are allowed for camping in the park is still 5 – so a stopover at Hanakoa, going either direction along the trail, counts as one of the authorized nights, and therefore reduces the total number of nights permitted at Kalalau.
- The maximum length of stay is 3 consecutive nights at Miloli’i Valley (accessible by boat only).
- Landing of kayaks is permitted at Kalalau Beach (May 15 through September 7 ONLY) with valid camping permits. Landings of kayaks and other watercraft at Miloli’i Beach is permitted for camping (with valid permits, May 15 through September 7) or day use. No other boat landings are permitted within the park. No private boat landings at Nu’alolo Kai – commercial boats with permits only.
- Archaeological sites are prevalent in the camping areas and are protected by law. Do not disassemble rock walls to build shelters or fire rings. Open fires are prohibited. Please report any damage to archaeological sites to the State Parks Division.
- No camping or day use in the emergency helicopter landing pads near the camping areas.
- Commercial uses within State Parks are prohibited. This includes guided hikes/overnight trips, and boat drop-off or pick-up at Napali Coast destinatios, except by special permit.