Where can I find information about State Parks’ rules?
Additional FAQ’s concerning State Parks rules can be found here.
Is there overnight parking at the trailhead for Nāpali coast?
There is overnight parking available within Ha’ena State Park, which is at the end of the road on Kauai’s north shore. This park contains the trailhead for the adjacent Kalalau trail, which allows hikers and backpackers land access into Nāpali Coast State Park. It is recommended that overnight users park their cars in the overflow lot, located about a quarter mile from the trailhead on the ocean side of the park access road.
It should be noted that car break-ins are a common occurance in park areas, so please be certain not to leave any valuables in your car. There is no staff in the park to provide security.
What forms of transportation are available from the Lihue airport to the Kalalau (Nāpali Coast State Park) trailhead?
We know of no organized shuttle from the airport to the Nāpali trailhead. Most people team up and take a cab (a very long ride, and probably pricey). There is a public bus service on Kauai, which can take you as far as Hanalei, much closer to Nāpali, but you’d still need to arrange transport from there. The bus has restrictions about large backpacks, etc. as well.
How do I make reservations for Nāpali Coast?
You can make a reservations for camping on the Nāpali Coast state park online using the Hawaii camping reservation system.
Reservations can be made as far as a year in advance or on that day, provided spaces are available.
Nāpali State Coast guide boats?
There are 3 commercial boat operators (1 sail and 2 motorized) and 3 guided kayak tour operators for the Nāpali coast. These operators conduct business dependent upon ocean conditions.
When is a good time to kayak along the Nāpali State Coast?
The summer boating season for the Nāpali coast is from May 15 through September 15. A trip earlier in the summer may provide you a better chance of good weather/ocean conditions.