Kalalau Trail Safety Concerns
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Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: - 1/18/21 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side is CLOSED due to poor road and weather conditions.  The Keawaula gate is also CLOSED.  The park is OPEN.  Please be aware of your surroundings and stay safe. 

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1/5/21 - [MAUI] - Puu Olai a.k.a. Little Beach is CLOSED until further notice.

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12/16/20 - [OAHU] - Diamond Head State Monument is now OPEN!

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11/23/20 - [MAUI] - Iao Valley State Monument is now OPEN. Paid parking by credit card only.

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11/3/20 - [HAWAII] - Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is now OPEN.  Restroom services are limited to portable toilets due to a recent water main break.

Kalalau Trail Safety Concerns

PLEASE VIEW OUR KALALAU TRAIL SAFETY VIDEO HERE.

No Emergency Services

In case of emergency, someone must hike out for help or signal a passing helicopter or boat. There is no cellular phone coverage for the Nāpali Coast.

Trail

In places the trail is narrow with steep drop-offs, uneven because of protruding roots and rocks, or slippery because of mud or loose rocks. Wear appropriate footwear.

Crossing Streams

Never cross a flooded stream. Hawaii’s gently flowing, clear streams can quickly become deep muddy torrents. Avoid crossing swift flows when the water level is above your knees. Wait – the water level may recede as quickly as it rose.

Ocean Swimming

Swimming, wading, and bodysurfing are not recommended unless you are an experienced swimmer familiar with local conditions. Surf and currents are variable and can be treacherous even during summer. There are no lifeguards.

Mountain Climbing

Hawaii’s volcanic mountains are too crumbly for roping or climbing and plants are easily uprooted.

Rockslides and Falling Rocks

Avoid the base of steep cliffs, narrow canyons, and waterfalls whenever possible. Fallen rocks – particularly in areas such as the beach fronting the Kalalau caves – indicate the hazards.

Tsunamis (tidal waves)

Tsunamis are an infrequent, but great hazard on low-lying coastal areas such as Hanakapi’ai and Kalalau beaches. A few hours warning may be given, unless the waves are locally generated. Evacuate immediately to high ground and do not return until given official clearance. Tsunamis are often preceded by an unusual drop in sea level prior to the first waves.

Hunting

Goat hunting may be permitted on weekends in August and September. Most hunting occurs in Kalalau Valley or above the trail between Hanakoa and Kalalau. Safety zone signs are posted during hunting season. For your safety, hike on the main trails.