If you plan to visit Kalalau, please plan ahead, get a permit and hike out all of your trash. Yesterday, the DLNR along with a combined law enforcement team, ticketed
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?
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.
Hiking permits are necessary in order to fully hike Kalalau Trail, but you have to make sure to get them on time. In many instances people get to Kauai and decide last minute to hike, and are surprised to find that the permits are sold out. If this happens to you, you aren’t totally out of luck.