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.

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)

Important Permit 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.