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Na Pali Coast State Park



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One of the nicest ways to see Na Pali Coast State Park is by paddling down the coast. This activity is permitted during the summer months, between May 15 and Labor Day. Unpredictable sea conditions make it potentially unsafe during the remainder of the year. The most popular way to travel by kayak is to start from the Ha'ena (eastern) end of the coast and pull out at Polihale Beach, on the western end of the coast. This takes advantage of the prevailing currents and trade winds.

If you choose to travel down the coast by kayak, you should be prepared and take the proper precautions. Start early in the morning when winds and seas are calmer. Bring a sufficient quantity of water - one can easily become dehydrated in the hot sun. Wear appropriate gear. You should be in excellent physical condition, a strong swimmer, and have some experience with a kayak before attempting the trip. Those prone to seasickness should take preventative measures or consider hiking the trail instead.

Do not attempt a kayak trip if there are large waves. Taking off and landing can be very tricky in even small surf. The light kayaks are easily capsized in shorebreak, waves which form up and break close to shore. Large swells rarely last in the summertime. Delaying your trip by a day to wait for smaller surf is a small price to pay to avoid a potential disaster.

There are two legal kayak landing areas along the coast. The first is Kalalau Valley, where landings are allowed with the proper camping and landing permits issued by State Parks. The second legal kayak landing is at Miloli'i (see below). Kayak landings are prohibited at all other beaches in the park.

Kayaking also affords you a camping option not available to hikers. Beyond Kalalau Valley, there are several valleys and offshore reefs. Miloli'i Valley is accessible by boat only, and camping is allowed here during the summer months. Permits are required to stay overnight. However, day use landings are allowed during the summer (May 15 through Labor Day) without a permit. Miloli'i has a channel through the reef facilitating boat landings on the sand beach.

The Hawai'i State Parks Division does not rent kayaks. There are many outfitters on the island of Kaua'i who provide this service. Some offer guided kayak tours that traverse the entire coast in a day, with a lunch stop at Miloli'i. Camping along the coast without possessing a valid camping permit can lead to confiscation of your vessel, regardless of whether it is your property or a rented boat.

This park offers exceptionally scenic sea cliffs and valleys, which can be viewed from land along the coastal Kalalau by trail or by air and sea with commercial operators. Primitive recreational experience with choice of a day hike to Hanakapi'ai (2 miles one-way) or an 11-mile backpacking trip to a primitive camp at Kalalau and overnight stopovers at Hanakapi'ai and Hanakoa. Trail traverses high sea cliffs and lush stream valleys with plunging waterfalls and is strenuous. The trail to the falls and beyond Hanakapi'ai is recommended for experienced hikers only. Primitive camping provided at Miloli'i also. Knowledge and skills of primitive outdoor living required for backpacking and camping along this coast. Day expeditions to Nu'alolo Kai by commercial boats. Shore fishing and seasonal goat hunting. Ocean conditions are unpredictable and can be dangerous - swimming and wading are not recommended. Day use permits required on Kalalau Trail beyond Hanakapi'ai Valley. Boat landing restrictions - inquire at district office. No drinking water available - all water must be treated. Park size is 6,175.0 acres.

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Trailhead for Kalalau Trail at end of Kuhio Highway (Hwy. 56) in Ha'ena State Park; Kalalau Valley also accessible by commercial boats from May 15 through September 15; Miloli'i (May 15 through Labor Day) and Nu'alolo Kai accessible by boat.

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