DLNR Wiki Permits

FAQs

Q:

How do I reserve a permit for the Kalalau Trail (Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai)?

A:

Permits for hiking Kalalau Trail are issued via a Camping Permit for Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. In order to hike the Kalalau Trail you to need make a camping reservation for Napali Coast State Wilderness Park via our website www.camping.ehawaii.gov

As of 9/24/21 Camping Permits are available 30-days in advance. Availability subject to change due evolving covid policies. Reservations slots open at 12:01am HST 30-days in advance. Issued on a first come, first served basis.

Due to high volume of users the website may be slow.

If you get a message saying the location you have selected is currently being processed for another reservation you will need to try again in a few minutes.

Q:

Is there parking at the Kalalau Trail?

A:

Limited overnight parking is available at Hāʻena State Park (the trailhead location) for those with valid Kalalau Trail camping permits.

Overnight parking spots are purchased separately from camping permits and are available through gohaena.com/faq

Note: Overnight parking spots are available for purchase up to 30-days in advance. Users will be charged for the number of days your vehicle occupies the lot (e.g. a 1-night stay requires paying for 2-days, a 4-night stay will require paying for 5-days, etc.).

Overnight campers for the Nāpali Coast SWP must either:

1. Arrive by shuttle
2. Arrange for private drop-off
3. Reserve overnight parking

For shuttle service, overnight parking, and day-use reservations, please visit this site:

https://www.gohaena.com

Q:

If I want to camp along the Kalalau Trail (Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai) in more than one location during the same trip (i.e. Hanakoa and Kalalau), can I just get a single permit for my camping stay?

A:

Yes.

Camping permits for the Kalalau Trail are issued for Kalalau only. However, they are also  valid for camping at Hanakoa, which is located roughly 6 miles from the trailhead. Permits specifically for Hanakoa are not issued.

Hikers are encouraged to camp at Hanakoa if they feel the need to break up their trek due to fatigue, inclement weather, impending darkness, or the like.

Milolii is only accessible by boat or kayak and requires a separate overnight camping permit. Camping permits for Miloli'i are only available during the summer months.

Q:

Can I day hike the Kalalau Trail (Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai)?

A:

Not really.

Day hiking the Kalalau Trail without a camping permit is okay up to Hanakāpīʻai Valley (2 miles). However, proceeding beyond Hanakāpīʻai Valley requires a valid camping permit.

No camping or hiking will be allowed if the trail is closed.

To make your reservation, please visit this site:

https://www.gohaena.com

Please note, this is not a State Camping website and all questions will need to be directed to them.

Q:

How far in advance of my camping or lodging date can I purchase a permit?

A:

Due to Covid-19, availability of camping reservations subject to change on short notice. Current rules may vary.

State Parks’ campsites and/or cabins typically may be reserved up to one year in advance at many locations, except for Kīholo State Park Reserve, all parks on O'ahu, and the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (Kalalau Trail).

Forest Reserves are maximum 30 days in-advance purchase.

Q:

What is an "undesignated campground"?

A:

Undesignated campgrounds are roughly defined camping areas, and include facilities such as restrooms, showers and picnic tables (except in wilderness areas), but no individually numbered campsites. Campers select their tent areas on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Q:

How do I arrange for key pick-up for a cabin or shelter?

A:

Instructions, including pick-up times and locations are provided on your permit. In most cases, you may pick up your key from the park caretaker’s residence at the park before 4pm.  You must pick up your key no later than 4 pm - late arrivals may not be accommodated. You will forfeit that night's lodging.

Q:

I have a copy of my receipt - will that allow me to check-in?

A:

No. Receipts are not recognized as proof of check-in.

You must print your PERMIT and have it during check-in. No exceptions.

The permit contains pertinent information about your stay and is required to be in your possession while camping or lodging.

Q:

Is there a "last chance to make any changes" screen before I proceed to checkout?

A:

Once you click the "checkout" button, you can no longer edit your permit.

Check details carefully before proceeding to payment. If you are in the payment module, and believe you made a mistake, you will have to cancel, log out and start all over again.

Q:

What is the "backpack"?

A:

The backpack is our version of a shopping cart. From the backpack window, you may click on "edit" to view or make changes to a permit in progress. You may also add additional permits to your order before proceeding to checkout.

Q:

I already purchased a permit, but I want to add additional people. Can I do that?

A:

Yes. Subject to fee and standard restrictions.

You may substitute or add guests to your permit at any time [subject to applicable fees] so long as you do not exceed the guest limit of the campsite, cabin/lodge, or area.

Permits are not transferable. You cannot edit the permittee of the account.

IMPORTANT: Changes to the permit must be made by 11;59 pm HST the day before check-in.

To edit you must login, select "My Reservations", then click "edit" for the appropriate permit. After editing and payment, you must print a copy of your new permit and discard the old one.

Q:

Can I change the dates of my permit?

A:

Yes. Pending availability and subject to fees, you may change dates of an existing permit.

Changes must be made more than 7-days in advance of check-in.

No changes within 7-days of check-in. No exceptions!

To change the dates, go to "Manage Reservations," then select the "Edit" link for the permit that you wish to change.

Q:

Can I switch campsites or parks for my permit?

A:

Availabilty permitting, yes, within the same park, you may switch your campsite number if there is space.

No switching parks allowed. To change your stay to another park, you need to cancel your permit, request a refund more than 15 days before check-in date, and purchase a new permit for your desired site.

Q:

How do I access my permit to make changes?

A:

You must log back into your account, select "My Reservations" within the top bar, then click "edit" for the appropriate permit.

After editing and making additional required payment, you must print a copy of your new permit and discard the old one.

Q:

Is there a fee to make changes?

A:

There is a $3 fee to change your dates of stay, to switch campsite number, or to add guests.  There is no change fee to add days, but you will incur the additional camping costs for extra nights.

Q:

I live in Hawai'i, but don't have a local ID. Can I still pay the resident rate?

A:

No. The permittee must have a valid Hawai'i Driver's License or Hawai'i State ID number to purchase. They must also have a Hawai'i address. 

Please note, your zip code must be in the 5-digit format only.  If your address has the 4-digit extension please go to the below URL to log in and update your zip code or you will not get a resident rate:

https://login.ehawaii.gov/lala

Q:

Can I still come into a State Parks office and purchase a permit?

A:

Due to evolving covid situation offices may not be open to the public. Please call your local office for more information. See our website for contact information.

Q:

What is the maximum number of nights I can camp or stay in a cabin?

A:

In most cases, you can stay up to 5 nights in any given park. After that, you, or anyone listed on your permit, must wait 30 days before staying overnight again in the same park. Certain parks or campsites allow shorter maximum stays.

Q:

How do I request a refund?

A:

Refunds must be requested at least 15 days in-advance of your check-in date. No refunds inside of 15 days to check-in. No exceptions!

To request a refund, login and click on “My Reservations”, then select the appropriate "Refund/Cancellation" link and follow the instructions.

Credit Card Refunds: Refunds for credit cards minus service fee and cancellation fee, will be credited back to your card. Card must be the same as original purchase.

Non Credit Card Refunds: Non credit card refund requests will be issued by check, minus cancellation fee ($5) and non-refundable administrative fee.  Checks may take up to 12 weeks to process.

Q:

Where Can I find the most current information about visiting Haena State Park, Hiking the Kalalau Trail and camping in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park?

A:

The most up to date information can be found on our official partner’s website Gohaena.com/faqs