We get many questions about hiking, camping and visiting the Kalalau Trail. Here are answers to some of the most common questions (faq) that we get. Click on the question to get the answer.
Do I need a permit if I am not camping overnight?
Where can I camp overnight?
I checked online and all the permits are sold out. What are my options?
Are any permits held back for last minute pickup or anything similar?
How can I get a permit to hike the Kalalau Trail?
Kalalau is sold out but Milolii permits are available. Can I use those permits to hike the trail?
Is the Kalalau Trail open today?
What is the elevation change on the Kalalau Trail?
Can the Kalalau Trail be done (both ways) in one day?
How many days should I spend on the Kalalau Trail?
Stronger hikers can hike all the way to Kalalau Beach on day one. If you have more than 3 days, then you can stretch out your relaxing/exploring times.
Is November (or some other month) a good time to hike the Kalalau Trail?
Memorial Day weekend is usually great weather but once in a while, a storm comes through and they have to close the trail over Memorial Day weekend.
There’s a slightly higher chance of the trail being closed in the winter months but it’s a beautiful hike in those months as well. It’s also easier to get permits during those months.
Throughout the year, temperatures seldom drop below 60°F. Summer weather (May to October) normally brings steady tradewinds and occasional showers while winter weather (October to May) is less predictable. Tradewind showers are more frequent during the night and early morning. Infrequent widespread storms cause flash floods.
Nobody knows more than a week or so in advance what the weather is going to be like. Get your permit for the time that fits best in your schedule. No matter when that is, there’s always a chance the trail might be closed.
It is raining, should I hike the Kalalau Trail?
What is the best way to get to the Kalalau Trail head?
There are many good ways to get the Kalalau Trail head. Which one is the best one for you depends on your other plans on the island as well as your budget. Kevin Schwoebel provides transportation services. You can contact him by phone/text at (973) 769-8854. Ground transportation options can be found here.
Can I have someone pick me up on the other side of the trail and drive me back to my car so I do not have to hike back?
Can I get dropped off or picked up by boat?
Other than hiking, how else can I get to and from Kalalau Beach?
How do I catch the North Shore Shuttle?
Where can I park my car overnight?
Other overnight parking options include limited overnight parking at Aliʻi Kai Resort in Princeville. Call (808) 826-9988 for details and reservations. Finding legal overnight parking anywhere else on the North Shore is a problem. If you are staying at a hotel the night before you hike, I’d suggest arranging something with your hotel if they allow it. Or, ditch the rental car and taxi/uber/bus into the trail head.
Is there cell phone coverage?
Where can I hire a trail guide?
Is there water along the trail or do I have to pack all my water?
Are there Bathrooms along the trail?
What do I do with my Trash?