Anyone proceeding past Hanakoa Valley (6 miles in) must possess a valid camping permit. Permits are $20 per person per day. Good news if you are a resident, you get a $5 discount.

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.

  • 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)

Hiking Kalalau Trail

Hiking Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Sign

Kalalau Sign

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.
  • Composting toilets at Hanakapi’ai, Hanakoa and Kalalau.
  • Restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water and a payphone can be found at the trailhead near Ke’e Beach.