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2/21/24 - UPDATED - [OAHU]: Kaʻena Point State Park, Mokuleʻia Section gate has REOPENED. The Keawaʻula gate has REOPENED.


Posted on Apr 27, 2023

State Parks is pleased to announce the 2023 local resident holdback rule for Kalalau Trail camping

Beginning May 2, 2023, State Parks will issue a limited number of overnight permits for camping in Kalalau, Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauaʻi. Permits can be purchased on a space available basis to walk-in applicants only at the Kauaʻi State Parks Office, in the State Office Building in Līhuʻe.  Permits will be available, first-come, first served from 8am-11am, Tuesday through Thursday, each week through the summer.

An additional capacity of 20 persons/night will be allowed from May 15 – September 7, 2023 and will be reservable up to 30 days in advance of your first night of camping (as an example, on May 2, one will be able to reserve camping stays beginning between May 15 – June 1.  When capacity is filled, reservations will cease for that day.

This rule was in place for decades, but in recent years has been suspended for a variety of reasons, including the flood closures of 2018-19 and the COVID Pandemic.  It was reinstated in 2022.  This rule was established to allow Kauaʻi residents a chance to enjoy Kalalau in the face of extreme global demand – Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park and its famed Kalalau Trail is one of the most popular park destinations on the planet, and competition for the few backcountry permits is fierce.


Details:  Additional Kalalau Permit Availability

-Overnight capacity for Kalalau between May 15-September 7, 2023 will be increased from 60 to 80 persons/night (+20).

-Additional permits available to walk-in applicants only, at the State Parks Office in Līhuʻe.

-Walk-in permits can be purchased Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays beginning May 2, 2023.

-Permits will be issued beginning at 8 am, until 11 am or all capacity is exhausted, whichever comes first.

-Maximum 6 persons listed on permit (Applicant must provide all names at time of purchase, NO substitutions).

-Permits can be reserved from 1-5 nights

-Credit card payment only please