Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park
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Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

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Camping Camping Permits for Nāpali coast are extremely popular and often sell out well in advance, particularly during summer months. Please plan accordingly.
Fees start at $15 per person per night.
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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, Camping Permits for Kalalau Valley 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-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

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 and Hawaii residents.  Those with Nāpali Coast SWP Camping Permits do not need to make a Hāʻena SP Park Entry Reservation.  Please present your valid camping permit upon arrival. 

  • Camping Permits are available 90-days In-Advance (Click Here: Camping Permits)
  • Limited overnight parking is now available at Hāʻena SP for campers with overnight permits for Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (Click Here: GoHaena.com). Camping permits must be acquired from State Parks prior to purchasing overnight parking.  These parking spots are available for purchase up to 90-days in advance and users will be charged for the number of days your vehicle occupies the lot (e.g. a one night stay will require paying for 2 days, a 4 night stay will require paying for 5 days, etc.).
  • Overnight campers also have the option to arrive by shuttle (click here: North Shore Shuttle) or private drop-off. 
  • Overnight parking is also available in coordination with the North Shore Shuttle at Aliʻi Kai Resort in Princeville. For more information please call (808) 826-9988
  • Valid Nāpali Coast SWP camping permits grant access to Hāʻena SP.  Show permit on arrival.

Kūhiō Highway Construction: Prospective park visitors should expect to encounter significant delays accessing Hāʻena State Park as roadwork continues 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/