The Napali Coast is a very special place. The pali, or cliffs, provide a rugged grandeur of deep, narrow valleys ending abruptly at the sea. Waterfalls and swift flowing streams continue to cut these narrow valleys while the sea carves cliffs at their mouths. Extensive stone walled terraces can still be found on the valley bottoms where Hawaiians once lived and cultivated taro.
ADVISORY: YOU MAY BE EXPOSED TO THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS WITHIN NAPALI COAST STATE WILDERNESS PARK:
Permits for camping along the Kalalau Trail are issued for Kalalau only, the preferred destination at the end of the 11-mile trail. However, permits for Kalalau are also valid for camping at Hanakoa, roughly 6 miles in from the trailhead. Permits specifically for Hanakoa are no longer being issued, but hikers are encouraged to stopover and camp at Hanakoa if they possess a valid permit for Kalalau and they feel the need to break up their trek due to such factors as fatigue, inclement weather, or impending darkness.
Commercial uses within State Parks are prohibited. This includes guided hikes/overnight trips, and boat drop-off or pick-up, except by special permit.
Hanakoa and Kalalau, which contain facilities to support camping activities, are the only two authorized areas for camping along the Kalalau trail. The total number of nights that are allowed for camping in the park is 5 - so a stopover at Hanakoa, going either direction along the trail, counts as one of the authorized nights, and therefore reduces the total number of nights permitted at Kalalau.
NOTE: The camping area at Miloli'i is accessible by boat or kayak only - there is no overland access. Separate permits are required to camp at Miloli'i.
Hawaii Residents: $15 per person per night.
Non-residents: $20 per person per night.
• The maximum length of stay is 5 consecutive nights along the Kalalau Trail (no 2 consecutive nights may be spent at Hanakoa Valley
At the trailhead (in Ha‘ena State Park) can be found restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water and payphone.
Trailhead at end of Kuhio Highway (Hwy.56) in Ha'ena State Park; Kalalau and Miloli‘i Valleys accessible by kayak from May 15 through September 7. Nu‘alolo Kai accessible for day use by commercial boat tours or by private boats.
NOTE: The camping area at Miloli'i is accessible by boat or kayak only - there is no overland access.
Pack out what you packed in. NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED. Cook on campstoves or portable grills only. Boil or treat water before drinking. Only stream water available. Clean campsite and surrounding areas before leaving. No security personnel, emergency services or cell phone coverage. For emergencies, you must signal a passing boat or helicopter, or hike out for help. During summer period (May 15 to Sept 7) boat/kayak landings are allowed ONLY with a valid camping permit at Kalalau and Milolii. FOR CIVIL DEFENSE EMERGENCIES (i.e. Hurricane or Tsunami warnings), there is no warning siren in this park. If time allows, warnings will be broadcast by civil defense aircraft.
No two consecutive nights allowed at Hanakoa.
EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY – trail is narrow in places and contains steep and slippery sections with sheer drop-offs.