Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park
2/22/19: The Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (including the Kalalau Trail) and the adjacent Hāʻena State Park remain closed indefinitely for repairs. Updates will be posted when available.
Nāpali Coast is a very special place. The pali, or cliffs, provide a rugged grandeur of deep, narrow valleys ending abruptly at the sea. Waterfalls and swift flowing streams continue to cut these narrow valleys while the sea carves cliffs at their mouths. Extensive stone walled terraces can still be found on the valley bottoms where Hawaiians once lived and cultivated taro.
Learn more about the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park
REOPENING OF HĀʻENA AND NĀPALI COAST STATE PARKS SET FOR JUNE
Barring bad weather or unforeseen delays in repairs or new management implementation, Hā’ena State Park and the Kalalau Trail in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park will reopen to visitors in early-to-mid June. The official reopening date will be announced in May.
The parks have been closed since last April’s devastating flooding which wiped out park infrastructure and caused multiple landslides along the Kalalau Trail. Repairs and new improvements are continuing and are anticipated to be completed in early June.
In accordance with a park master plan and an Environmental Impact Statement adopted in 2018, improvements installed to replace damaged ones will support a new management paradigm which includes reduced parking and visitor limits. This is an effort to decrease the impacts to park resources, mitigate the crushing effects of over-tourism on the adjacent rural community, and enhance visitor experience’s.
The new advance reservation system will be available prior to the park reopening and will coincide with a new county-supported shuttle system. It will allow visitors, with reservations, to access the park without contributing to the traffic and parking woes that have plagued the region for years. Limited parking reservations will also be available, with a new fee system in place. Hawai‘i residents are not subject to the new fees.
Alan Carpenter, Assistant Administrator for the DLNR Division of State Parks explained, “For permitted overnight campers along the Kalalau Trail, the reservation system will function as it always has, and those with permits to camp will NOT be subject to the visitor limits. However, under the new management scheme, overnight visitors to the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park will not be able to leave their vehicles at Hā’ena State Park. They will need to take the shuttle or arrange for other transportation to the trailhead. The Kalalau camping reservation system will be re-activated once the opening date is finalized.”
State Parks maintenance crews have been working over the past few months to stabilize and clear any locations on the Kalalau Trail damaged or impacted by landslides. Since February a volunteer group, the Friends of the Kalalau Trail have conducted twice monthly work days to clear and repair the trail from its beginning at Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Stream, which is the first two miles of the trail and the only section that is open without having to get an overnight permit.
Once the parks reopen visitors can expect construction delays on Kūhiō Highway as bridges will still be under repair. The highway is the only way into the area. There will also be new no- parking zones established and enforced outside of the park. Visitors should purchase both their park reservations and a seat on the new shuttle to assure the most efficient and stress-free visit.
State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said, “We appreciate and encourage patience as we establish this new system of park access, transportation, and management to mitigate the impacts of traffic on Kauai’s north shore and to make the park experience more enjoyable for residents and visitors alike.”
In April 2018, the Island of Kauaʻi experienced unprecedented rainfall, topping 50″ in two days in some locations. The North Shore region, from Hanalei to Napali, was particularly hard hit. Multiple landslides along the shoreline Kuhiō Highway damaged the main artery and forced closure of the route accessing the rural community and parks beyond Hanalei. The highway is being repaired and is not expected to reopen until sometime in 2019.
11/2018 UPDATE: Repairs and upgrades to make Hāʻena State Park more resilient to future floods, as well as to address public safety and accessibility issues, have begun. A replacement parking lot will be installed with a revised entry to accommodate a long-envisioned shuttle stop. This is an integral part of a desired transportation scheme to alleviate north shore traffic, and is supported by the recently completed Hāʻena State Park Master Plan. Both the improvements, and a new management scheme, including visitor limits, will be in place prior to the reopening of the park sometime in 2019.
The timeline for park repairs and construction is presently estimated to extend into 2019. Repairs of the damaged Kalalau Trail, consisting of washed-out trail sections, debris accumulation, and dense vegetation growth obscuring the route, will be initiated soon and it’s hoped to do this work in the same time-frame as the Hāʻena park repairs.
Both parks remain closed indefinitely.
Notice: ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi, are dying from a new fungal disease. On Hawaiʻi Island, hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa have already died from this fungus, called Ceratocystis. Healthy trees appear to die within a few days to a few weeks, which is how the disease came to be called “Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.” This disease has killed trees in all districts of Hawaiʻi Island and has the potential to kill ʻōhiʻa trees statewide. – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa
For more information on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death please see the links below.
PLEASE VIEW OUR KALALAU TRAIL SAFETY VIDEO HERE.
VIEW “RENEGADES, RISKS AND REWARDS OF THE NĀPALI COAST” HERE.
- December 1, 2018
HĀ‘ENA STATE PARK, NĀPALI COAST SWP (KALALAU TRAIL) REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE
In April 2018, the Island of Kauaʻi exeperienced unprecedented rainfall, topping 50″ in two days in some locations. The North Shore region, from Hanalei to Napali, was particularly hard hit. Multiple landslides along the shoreline… Read More »
- July 19, 2018
FLOOD REPAIRS BEGIN NEXT WEEK AT HĀʻENA STATE PARK
Historic Flood Event Accelerates Long-Planned Improvements Repairs and upgrades to make Hāʻena State Park more resilient to future floods, as well as to address public safety and accessibility issues, will begin next week. A replacement… Read More »