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2/20/24 - UPDATED - [HAWAII]: Hapuna State Recreation Area and Kekaha Kai State Park, Manini Owali (Kua Bay) and Mahaiʻula Sections have REOPENED.

2/20/24 - UPDATED - [OAHU]: Kaʻena Point State Park, Mokuleʻia Section gate is CLOSED to vehicle access due to road conditions and large surf on the coastal roads. The Keawaʻula gate has REOPENED.

Camping Permits Now Required to Hike Beyond Hanakāpīʻai along Nāpali Coast

Posted on Mar 1, 2015

In response to continued illegal campers abusing the fragile and overtaxed Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauaʻi, camping permits are now required to hike beyond Hanakāpīʻai Valley along the Kalalau Trail.  Hanakāpīʻai is a two mile hike from the trailhead at the end of Kauaʻi’s north shore highway in Hāʻena State Park.  Hikers may still access Hanakāpīʻai waterfall two miles upvalley without a permit.  Signs have been posted on the western side of the valley indicating the point beyond which a valid permit is required.  No day-use permits will be issued, only hikers/backpackers with valid camping permits may legally proceed beyond the sign.  Violators of this policy may be cited, and those cited will be required to show up in court.  Violation of this rule is a petty misdemeanor under Hawaiʻi law, and a conviction will result in a criminal record in addition to penalties.

This policy is being reinstituted in response to continued rampant abuse of trail policies, which has led to degradation of natural and cultural resources, overtaxing the capacity of the park’s limited composting toilet facilities, and overcrowding of the authorized camping areas in Kalalau Valley.  These factors combined are contributing to lower quality visitor experiences and a growing number of public complaints, in addition to possible public health concerns.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation with this policy.