Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park
Napali coast

 Aloha! We are currently encountering delays in processing Special Use Permits, Camping Permits, and Kaʻena Point Vehicle Access Permits.  We graciously ask for your patience during these times as both of our Honolulu Administrative Office Permit Staff positions are vacant. - Mahalo, State Parks

Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

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The 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.

Hiking Permits:  Hiking permits are not required to hike from Haena State Park to Hanakāpī‘ai Falls which is roughly two (2) miles from the trailhead located at Hā‘ena SP.  A valid camping permit for Napali Coast State Wilderness Park is required for anyone that wants to continue hiking beyond Hanakāpī‘ai.

Camping Permits:  Camping permits for the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park are only issued for Kalalau Valley, the preferred destination at the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail.  However, permits for Kalalau are also allow for camping at Hanakoa Valley, which is located roughly 6-miles from the trailhead at Hā‘ena State Park.  Permits are not specifically issued for Hanakoa Valley.  Kalalau Trail hikers are encouraged to stop and camp at Hanakoa if they possess a valid camping permit for Kalalau and feel the need to break-up their trek due fatigue, inclement weather, or impending darkness.

Note: Camping Permits are not a license to camp anywhere along the trail! Hanakoa and Kalalau, which contain facilities to support camping activities, are the only two authorized areas for camping along the trail.  The total number of nights allowed for camping in the park is five (5). A stopover at Hanakoa counts as one-night and therefore reduces the total number of nights permitted at Kalalau.

Services & Facilities: There is NO DRINKING WATER, TRASH SERVICE, or CELL PHONE SERVICE in Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.  Stream water must be treated. Please pack-out what you pack-in. There are composting toilets located at Hanakāpī‘ai, Hanakoa, Kalalau, Nu‘alolo Kai and Miloli‘i.  There are rain shelters located at Hanakoa and there are shelters with picnic tables located at Miloli‘i (only accessible by boat).  At the trailhead located in Hā‘ena State Park visitors can utilize restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water and a payphone.

Commercial operations within State Parks are prohibited, this includes guided hikes/overnight trips, as well as, boat drop-off & pick-up (except by Special Use Permit).

Boat Transportation: It is not legal for anyone to provide commercial boat transportation to drop-off passenger at Kalalau or Milolii camping areas.  Please do not enlist the services of these illegal operators.  These operations contribute to overcrowding of the park, produce excess trash, and the proceeds of these services do not contribute to the state park system.

Gear: Hikers and Campers are advised to travel light but to be prepared for adverse weather conditions.  Lightweight hiking shoes with good traction are popular. Camping gear should include a sleeping bag or blanket, sleeping pad, tent or tarp, cooking stove and fuel, water purification tablets or filter, first aid kit, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, rain gear, toilet paper, and biodegradable soap.

Opening of Hāʻena State Park & Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

Hāʻena State Park (SP) and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (SWP) are now open!  Please read below and visit our Frequent Asked Questions page for more information.

Both Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park were closed from April 2018 to June 2019 following severe flooding on the north shore of Kauaʻi.  Closure of the parks enabled the Division of State Parks to ensure better protection of our resources, mitigate decades of impacts to Hāʻenaʻs rural community, provide better on-site management and ultimately provide a higher-quality visitor experience through implementation of new park management strategies per the Hāʻena Master Plan.

Changes are often difficult and there may be growing pains as new park management strategies are implemented.  During these times, we graciously ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to provide the best experience possible while welcoming back visitors to these culturally and biologically significant parks.

IMPORTANT CHANGES IN PARK MANAGEMENT AND ACCESS ARE NOW IN AFFECT

Hāʻena State Park:  Hāʻena State Park, home to Kēʻē Beach as well as the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail and Hanakāpīʻai beach and waterfalls, is now subject to daily visitor limits and requires advanced reservations to enter the park.  State of Hawaiʻi residents are not subject to the new park fees or reservation system.

Visitors to Hāʻena SP that choose to walk-in, bike-in, or arrange private drop-off (friend, Uber, Lyft) are required to make an online reservation to enter the park. 

Non-Hawaii residents that want to visit Hāʻena SP are required to purchase a park entry reservation ($1 per person) or an online parking reservation ($5 per vehicle) prior to arrival at Hāʻena SP.  A parking reservation includes park entry for the driver and passengers of the vehicle.  If you purchase a parking reservation, you do not need to purchase park entry reservations for the passengers in your vehicle. NOTE: AS OF AUGUST 1, 2019 DAY-USE PARKING AND ENTRY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE. Parking reservations are only good for the time slots indicated.  If you want to park  for longer than one time slot, you need to purchase additional reservations.  For example: If you want to be at the from park opening until sunset, you’ll need to purchase all three time slots.  Please Note: Not all time slots may be available on a given date.  Be prepared to present a valid (printed or digital) parking voucher with the appropriate date and time upon entrance.

  • To enter Hāʻena State Park you will need one of the following:
    • A Park Entry Reservation
    • A Parking Reservation (Grants park entry for driver and passengers)
    • A valid Camping Permit for Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.
  • Hāʻena SP reservations are available for purchase up to two weeks in advance. 
  • Reservations are available from: Click Here 
  • Camping Permits for Napali Coast SWP grant access to Haena SP

Hanakāpīʻai Beach & Waterfalls:  In order to hike to Hanakāpīʻai beach & Hanakāpīʻai falls visitors need to purchase a park entry reservation for Hāʻena SP.  The park entry reservation grants you access to Hāʻena SP where visitors can then hike along a portion of the famous Kalalau Trail towards Hanakāpīʻai Valley.  If you want to continue along the Kalalau Trail past Hanakāpīʻai Valley, you need to purchase a camping permit for Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park. 

  • Hiking to Hanakāpīʻai Valley, beach, and/or waterfalls is included in the purchase of a Hāʻena SP park entry reservation and/or parking reservation.
  • The hike from Hāʻena SP to Hanakāpīʻai waterfall is roughly 4-miles round trip.
  • A valid camping permit for Napali Coast SWP is needed to hike past Hanakāpīʻai.

Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park & Kalalau Trail:  In-order to access the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park as well as the Kalalau Trail, visitors have to go through Hāʻena SP.  Hāʻena SP now requires advanced reservations for entry except for those with valid camping permits for the Nāpali Coast SWP.  Those with Nāpali Coast SWP Camping Permits do not need to make a Hāʻena SP park entry reservation.  Upon entry to Haena SP, simply show staff your valid camping permit.

  • Nāpali Coast SWP camping permits are available at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1692.html
  • Overnight parking is not allowed at Hāʻena SP.
  • Nāpali Coast SWP & Kalalau Trail overnight campers must arrive by shuttle or drop-off. 
  • A valid Nāpali Coast SWP camping permit grants access to Hāʻena SP.

Existing Nāpali Coast SWP Camping Permits (Kalalau Trail):  For those who have existing permits issued for the Kalalau Trail, the Division of State Parks will offer you the option of either: 1. Retaining your current reservation, or 2. Revising your dates of stay if they are for dates after the reopening.  If your permits were valid during the closure period, you may revise your dates of stay for a future date, or apply for a refund.

Camping Permits: With the ongoing construction and expected closures to Kūhiō Highway the Division of State Parks and the public have to be flexible and patient with the management of overnight camping permits for the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.  Our goal is to ensure that permits are not sold during periods when Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast SWP will be inaccessible due to road closures.  Camping Permits will be made available at the discretion of the Division of State Parks for periods when there is anticipated to be no concerns accessing the parks.  We understand these permits are in high-demand and that scheduling remains difficult during these times.  We ask that you please be patient as we all work together to recover from the impacts the April 2018 floods.

Kūhiō Highway Construction – Park visitors should expect to encounter delays accessing the Parks as roadwork will continue along Kūhiō Highway. For current conditions please consult the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation website at  https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/2018-kuhio-highway-emergency-repairs/

Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) informs the public of scheduled night closures of Kuhio Highway at the “3 W Bridges” (Waioil, Waipa, Waikoko).  The night work on the bridges will be from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the following nights:

  • Waikoko and Waipa Bridges
    Monday, August 5 through Thursday, August 8 (closure ending at 5 a.m. August 9)
  • Waioil Bridge
    Monday, August 12 through Thursday, August 15 (closure ending at 5 a.m. August 16)

All work is weather permitting. During the closures at the bridges, there will be no vehicular access to the highway. Pedestrian access, Park and Ride facilities, and a shuttle will be provided for residents and authorized Transient Vacation Rental guests. Details are as follows:

  • Shuttles will be provided by Hawaiian Dredging for residents and authorized TVR guests from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning during night work.
  • For residents or authorized TVR guests needing to pick up their vehicles from the Park and Ride locations in the morning, Hawaiian Dredging shuttles will leave from the Wainiha General Store at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m. These shuttles will also stop at the Hanalei Colony Resort to pick up additional riders. The shuttle will then proceed to the Park and Ride where residents or TVR guests can pick up their vehicles.