DLNR Wiki Permits

Hipalau Division of Forestry and Wildlife


Puu ka Pele Forest Reserve.  Site with overstory of kukui, and mango trees with Koaie Stream close by.  Trail shelter and composting toilet on site.  Be aware of flash flooding potential.

See the brochure, Hiking Safely in Hawaii 



Campsite is a 4 hour hike from road.  Access via Kukui Trail then on to 1.25 mile marker on Koaie Canyon Trail, which starts about a half mile up the Waimea River from the bottom of Kukui Trail. It takes you on a route along the south side of Koaie Canyon, with good scenery and swimming holes. It passes from Puu ka Pele Forest Reserve into Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve. 


Special Conditions

DANGER: Do not try to access this campsite during stormy weather or if there is heavy rain in the mountains. These conditions will lead to possible flash flooding which will make stream crossing potentially hazardous and life threatening.

Absolutely no open fires are allowed in the Canyon. All fires must be in a containment device (e.g.: gas stove).

Leptospirosis is a real threat and you should assume all untreated water may be contaminated with the Leptospira bacteria. If using stream water, filters may not be sufficient to remove the bacteria so it is advisable to boil or chemically treat the water.

You will be hiking and camping in a designated public hunting area. Wear bright colored clothing and stay on marked trails.


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