Do I need a Permit?

One of the most common questions about the trail is “Do I need a permit?”. It all depends on what you want to do. It can be a little more confusing since the new reservation system started. Here’s a quick guide to make it easier to understand:

Do I need a permit if I want to…….

  • Visit Ke’e Beach?
  • Hike 2-miles along the Kalalau Trail to Hanakāpīʻai Beach and back? (4-miles round trip)
  • Hike to Hanakāpīʻai Beach and then 2-miles up to Hanakāpīʻai Falls and back? (8-miles round trip)

For any of the questions above, the answer is no, you don’t need a permit, but you do need to make a reservation. Reservations are made at http://gohaena.com. You can make them up to 30 days in advance but must make it at least 1 day before you visit. If the site won’t let you select a voucher for the day and time specified, they are sold out for that time. Choose another day. Reservations are $5 per car or $1 per person if you show up via shuttle, bike, taxi, uber, etc.

How do I get to the Kalalau Trail?


Do I need a permit if I want to…….

  • Camp overnight at Hanakoa or Kalalau?
  • Hike to Hanakoa or Kalalau and back in one day?
  • Trail run the whole Kalalau Trail?
  • Hike the Kalalau Trail past Hanakāpīʻai Beach even if I don’t plan to camp?
  • Kayak into Kalalau (During the summer months)?

For any of the questions in this section, the answer is yes, you do need a Napali Coast State Wilderness Park – Kalalau Permit. Permits are obtained at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/. Usually permits are available up to a year in advance but currently the State is only issuing 2019 permits 90 days out. There may still be road construction repairs that will close the roads (and thus the trail) for days at a time. They don’t know exactly when these closures may take place and don’t want to give out permits too far ahead of time. After these issues are resolved, we expect them to begin their “Year-in-advance” policy again.

How do I get to the Kalalau Trail?


Do I need a permit if I……

  • want to be dropped off by boat along the trail or at Kalalau? Answer: Commercial Boat drop-offs are illegal.
  • am a local? Answer: Locals can visit Hā’ena State Park for free without a reservation. Locals need a permit (discounted) to hike the Kalalau Trail past Hanakāpīʻai Beach.

Visit https://www.kalalautrail.com/permits/ for more information about the permit process. How do I get to the Kalalau Trail?

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    1. Permits are only available in advance online. There are no permits saved for last minute pickup. Once they are sold out, they are sold out.

        1. You can’t register for a permit on this site. You must apply for a permit with the State of Hawaii. Instructions are listed on KalalauTrail.com/permits

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