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Monitor local surf and weather reports prior to your park visit.

[MAUI] UPDATED 7/12/24 – Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area: Access to the park and cabin is CLOSED until further notice due to the recent Kula wildfire.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 7/1/24 – Polihale State Park: Queen's Pond access Road is CLOSED June 17-21 (M-F) for rock placement.  Pedestrian traffic should be aware of heavy equipment traversing through the area.  The park remains open - visitors should access via Cane Top access road and points beyond.

[HAWAI’I] UPDATED 7/1/24 –'Akaka Falls State Park is closed this week for additional repair work. Expected to reopen this weekend 7/6/24.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 –Kalalau Trail, Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park: Camping permits held back for local residents during summer, see Kalalau Trail site for more information.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 – Kōkeʻe State Park: The gate to Puʻu O Kila Lookout will be closed to vehicular traffic due to road repairs beginning 3/19/24. The lookout will still be accessible by pedestrians, parking is available at Kalalau lookout.

[HAWAI'I] UPDATED 6/18/24 -  West Hawaii State Parks to close early on the 4th of July at 5 PM. Parks effected are: Kekaha Kai SP—Mahai’ula section and Manini’owali (Kua Bay) section, Kiholo SPR, Hapuna Beach SRA and Waialea section


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