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Napali Coast State Wilderness Park State Parks Camping



Description

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:

FALLING ROCKS

FLASH FLOOD

HAZARDOUS CLIFFS

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, which is located a little beyond the halfway point of the trail, 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.


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.

Camping Rates:

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
•  The maximum length of stay is 3 consecutive nights at Miloli'i Valley (accessible by boat only).
• During summer period (May 15 to Sept 7) boat/kayak landings are allowed ONLY with a valid camping permit at Kalalau and Milolii.
• Archaeological sites are prevalent in the camping areas and are protected by law. Do not disassemble rock walls to build shelters or fire rings. Open fires are prohibited. Please report any damage to archaeological sites to the State Parks Division.
• No camping or day use in the emergency helicopter landing pads near the camping areas.

Services/Facilities:
Composting toilets at Hanakapi‘ai, Hanakoa, Kalalau, Nu‘alolo Kai and Miloli‘i. Rain shelters at Hanakoa, shelters with picnic tables at Miloli‘i. NO DRINKING WATER – stream water must be treated. NO TRASH SERVICE – pack out what you pack in.

At the trailhead (in Ha‘ena State Park) can be found restrooms, outdoor showers, trash cans, drinking water and payphone.



Location

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.

 



Special Conditions

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.

Permits for Kalalau shall be valid for Hanakoa on the first and/or last night of camping along the Kalalau Trail. Permitees must choose between the two areas. 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.

Camping is prohibited along the trail route except for the designated camping areas at Hanakoa and Kalalau.
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.

Some campsites are located within archaeological complexes. Leave all archaeological features undisturbed – DO NOT MOVE ROCKS, DO NOT CONSTRUCT CAMPSITES OR FIRE RINGS.

ROCKFALL HAZARD – Heed all warning signs and never linger or camp adjacent to cliffs or rock faces.

FLASH FLOOD HAZARD – Never cross a stream if the water is above your knees.

HAZARDOUS CLIFFS - The Kalalau trail traverses topography with extreme cliff faces - move slowly and cautiously in areas where the trail is narrow and adjacent to cliffs - or turn back if you doubt your skill.

CAMPING ALLOWED ONLY WITHIN AREAS DESIGNATED FOR CAMPING.

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 IN KALALAU VALLEY OR ALONG STREAMS, NO CAMPING IN CAVES OR ADJACENT TO CLIFFS. NO CAMPING ON EMERGENCY HELIPADS.

MILOLI’I – camping allowed in beach flat within and adjacent to camp shelters. NO CAMPING IN MILOLI’I VALLEY OR ALONG STREAMS. NO CAMPING ADJACENT TO CABIN – AREA FRONTING CABIN IS EMERGENCY HELIPAD.



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