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As of March 1, 2015, Anyone proceeding past Hanakāpīʻai Valley (2 miles in) must possess a valid camping permit whether or not you plan to camp.  Permits are required to camp at Hanakoa or Kalalau (Same permit). Permits are $20 per person per day. Good news if you are a resident, you get a $5 discount.

Violators of the permit 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.

Availability- The amount of people allowed on the trail at any one time is limited to a small number. Permits often sell out and during busy times of the year can sell out up to a year in advance. Get your permits early to ensure you will be able to visit Kalalau.

Online Reservation System- You can check for permit availability and purchase camping permits online. Visit the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resource Online Reservation System to reserve your permit.

Kalalau Trail

How to get a permit:

  • Visit the Hawaii DLNR reservation system at this link.
  • Click “Continue” at the bottom of the page.
  • Select Island “Kauai”.
  • Select Location “Napali Coast State Wilderness Park”.
  • Click “Continue” at the bottom of the page.
  • Click Browse for Availability.
  • Click Make Reservation at the bottom of the page.
    (You’ll have to create an account)

Camping Notes

  • Permits allow you to stay at either Kalalau or at Hanakoa.
  • Maximum length of stay is 5 consecutive nights along the Kalalau Trail.
  • No 2 consecutive nights may be spent at Hanakoa Valley.
  • Hanakoa – Camping allowed on terraces in vicinity of shelters and composting toilet.
  • Kalalau – Camping allowed on terraces immediately adjacent to Kalalau Beach and on sand beach above the high wash of waves.
  • No camping allowed along streams, in caves or by cliffs.
  • During summer only (May 15 – Sept 7) kayak landings are allowed ONLY with a valid camping permit.
  • Archaeological Sites in camping areas are protected by law.
  • Open fires are prohibited.
  • Cook on campstoves or portable grills only.
  • Do not move rocks or create fire rings.
  • Absolutely no use of emergency helicopter landing pads.
  • No trash service. Pack out what you pack in.
  • No drinking water – Stream water must be treated.
  • Cancellations: refunds are available if at least 15 days prior ($5 cancellation fee)
  • Composting toilets at Hanakapi’ai, Hanakoa and Kalalau.
  • Restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water and a payphone can be found at the trail head near Ke’e Beach.
Kalalau Trail
Kalalau Trail