Kalalau Trail scheduled to re-open on June 17, 2019

After 14 months of waiting, the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park & Kalalau Trail is scheduled to re-open on June 17th.  If you had reservations to hike the trail on one of the “closed” dates, you have to optioin to get a refund or reschedule for a future date.  New reservations to hike the trial will resume when the trail re-opens. Those reservations will be able to be made at the following address: https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1692.html

Hāʻena State Park, which is home to Kēʻē Beach as well as the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail and Hanakāpīʻai Beach and Falls, will now be subject to daily visitor limits and will require advanced reservations. Reservations for day-use are available at: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/haena-state-park/

Here is the latest from the DLNR:

Haena State Park
Haena State Park

The State of Hawaii – Division of State Parks (DSP) anticipates the reopening of Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park to coincide with the opening of Kūhiō Highway currently scheduled for Monday, June 17, 2019 . If the opening for Kūhiō Highway is amended, the reopening of both parks will be adjusted to follow suit.

Both Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park have been closed since April 2018 following severe flooding on the north shore of Kauaʻi. Closure of the parks as well as Kūhiō Highway have enabled DSP to implement new park management strategies per the Hāʻena Master Plan to ensure better protection of our resources, mitigate decades of impacts to Hāʻenaʻs rural community, provide better on-site management and ultimately provide a higher-quality visitor experience.

Changes are often difficult and there may be growing pains as new park management strategies are implemented. During these times, we graciously ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to provide the best experience possible while welcoming back visitors to these culturally and biologically significant parks.

Park visitors should be aware that after the parks reopen, roadwork will continue along Kūhiō Highway, particularly in the Princeville to Hanalei corridor. Expect to encounter significant delays accessing the area due to this work.

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  1. Once the park is reopened, will all strange “squatters” who live in the woods be gone? And the mountain of trash that was near a deserted building on the trail? Other than that, what an amazing place, incredible hike and the end result on the beach is beyond beautiful!!

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