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Kauai’s Kalalau Trail: Rain or Shine

Most of the dousing occurs December through March, which creates a generally pessimistic aura on travel websites regarding outdoor recreation on this sopping Eden during the off-season. But as seasoned off-season travelers know, where there be weather, there be adventure. And what better place to find adventure than Jurassic Park?

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Want to visit Kalalau? Plan ahead. Get a Permit.

I often get emails from people around the world telling me that they planned a trip to Hawaii to hike the Kalalau Trail and they just found out that there are no permits available. They usually ask questions like: Can I be put on a waiting list? Will more permits be issued at a later time?

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And again….. 32 Kalalau Trail Hikers Airlifted to Safety

The Kaua‘i Fire Department airlifted 32 stranded hikers from the Kalalau Valley Wednesday evening after rising waters made the Hanakapiai Stream impassable.

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Kalalau Trail // Na Pali Coast // Kauai, Hawaii

22 miles round trip, 3 nights, four days, over 5,000 in elevation gain/loss, rain, wind, cliffs, three major river crossings, multiple waterfalls, caves

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Camping Permits Now Required To Hike Beyond Hanakāpīʻai Valley

The DLNR has just recently changed the rule concerning when camping permits are needed when hiking the Kalalau Trail. You used to be able to hike to Hanakoa and back without a permit. The new rule states that you need a permit to hike past Hanakāpīʻai Valley.

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Ke’e Beach among Kauai locations for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models

5 of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models were filmed on location around Kauai. Hailey Clauson, Emily Di Donato, Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Irina Shayk all came to Kauai along with 13 members of their crew to shoot their part of this year’s iconic magazine.

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Is Social Media to Blame for Hawaiian Trail Rescues?

David Jenkins, Captain in the Honolulu Fire Department recently was interviewed by KHON2 News and had a theory as to why there are so many mountain trail rescues. The theory goes like this: “People go on hikes, see these beautiful views, takes pictures, and post them,” says Jenkins. “Other people see them and, of course, they want to visit our islands and experience adventure. But sometimes they go and put themselves in jeopardy trying to recreate what they see on the Internet.”

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10 American Hikes That Should Be On Your Bucket List

The Kalalau Trail has been listed on yet another top 10 list. This time on “10 American Hikes That Should Be On Your Bucket List”. Here’s what they had to say about the Kalalau Trail.

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National Geographic’s World’s Best Hikes

The finest coastal hike in the world, this rugged route through Kauai’s impressive Nā Pali Coast will challenge you physically with tropical heat and steep trails, and scare you with exposure on muddy slopes.

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When the Kalalau Trail is closed

On occasion parts of the Kalalau Trail is closed to visitors. Sometimes this is due to trail maintenance or a planned event like it was last summer for the feral goat and pig hunt. When these planned events happen, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks does not issue permits during that time period. This can be disappointing if you were planning a trip for that time period but at least you can find out ahead of time that there are no permits available.