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

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PARK UPDATES: 4/7/21 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park - Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side (north shore) is OPEN. The Keawaula gate (west side) remains CLOSED but the park is OPEN.

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4/5/21 - [OAHU] -  Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area has ongoing construction work to the park and the entrance gate will be CLOSED April 5, 2021 through April 28, 2021. This has the potential to limit access to the Waahila Ridge Trail through the park. Additional access limitations may be intermittent throughout the month.

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3/29/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail reservation system is now open again. Reservations are available 30-days in-advance. Haena State Park Entry and Parking reservations are also available for morning and midday reservations. Sunset-time reservations are currently not available. Permittees are encouraged to be vigilant and check the Hawaii DOT webpage for current Kuhio Highway access hours and protocols. - DOT Website: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

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.