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Requirements regarding camping in Hawaii vary by jurisdiction, island, campsite, and facilities. The following information applies to the Island of Kauai. (There are no national parks on Kauai.) Note: Camping information is subject to change without notice. Please contact the applicable local office for current information.

(as at January 1, 2001)

Island of Kauai District Office
Department of Land & Natural Resources
3060 Eiwa Street, Rm. 306
Lihue, HI 96766-1875
Tel. (808) 274-3444
Hours: 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Closed Weekends/State Holidays)
The following information applies to camping and cabins in Kauai's State Parks. For additional information and free site maps please contact the above district office or visit the State's Website.
  • Campgrounds are open 7 days per week, all year.
  • Tent camping is allowed. (Self-contained mobile campers are not allowed.) Cabins are only available at Kokee State Park through concessionaire Kokee Lodge (see below). Cabins are not available at other state parks on Kauai.
  • Permits are required for camping. Applicants must be age 18 or older. Adult I.D. is required (driver's licence, social security, passport, etc.). Permits are not required for Kokee Lodge cabins.
  • Permit applications may be made in writing, by phone, or in person, and must be received at least 7 days before the camping event. Permits are issued up to 1 year in advance. The Application for a State Parks Permit is available in PDF format on the Hawaii State Parks website.
  • Maximum length of stay at any one park is 5 consecutive nights (shorter periods apply at certain parks - see below). A 30-day time period must elapse before a new permit will be issued to the same adult for the same park.
  • Permits for campsites are allocated on a first come/first served space available basis. (The majority of permits for camping during summer months at Kalalau in the Na Pali Coast State Park are issued one year in advance.)
  • Tent camping is $5.00 per campsite per night except for Na Pali Coast State Park which is $10.00 per person per night. (See below for cost of Kokee Lodge cabins.)
  • Once the permit and reservation dates requested are tentatively approved, the full payment for camping fees is required within 2 weeks to confirm a reservation. Note: If the date of reservation is within 30 days, the payment is due immediately. (Contact the above office for payment and refund policy.)

The trailhead for the the Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast State Park is at the end of Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56) in Haena State Park on the North Shore. Milolii is only accessible by boat.
6,175 acres of exceptionally scenic sea cliffs and valleys which can be viewed from land along the 11-mile coastal Kalalau Trail. Cultural sites, waterfalls. Note: Knowledge and skills of primitive outdoor living are required for backpacking and camping along this coast - weather conditions can be extreme (e.g. very hot/dry or very humid - check with local office for more information).


Kalalau Trail: An 11 mile backpacking trip to the beautiful Kalalau Valley. Trail traverses high sea cliffs and lush stream valleys with plunging waterfalls. The trail to the falls and beyond Hanakapiai is recommended for experienced hikers only. Ocean conditions are unpredictable and can be dangerous - swimming and wading are not recommended.
Note: If planning to camp at Kalalau during the summer months, commence the permit application process as early as fourteen months in advance. (Two-thirds of all permits for camping at Kalalau during summer are issued one year in advance.) Campsites are located at:
  • Hanakapiai: an overnight stopover 2 miles (one-way) along the Kalalau Trail. Primitive tent camping only. No drinking water (all water must be treated). Camping is permitted for one night only. Day use permits are required beyond Hanakapiai - inquire at above district office.
  • Hanakoa: 6.5 miles along the Kalalau Trail. Temporarily closed (check with above district office).
  • Kalalau: located at the end of the 11 mile Kalalau Trail. A primitive campsite just behind the beach. No drinking water - stream water is available but must be treated. Self-composting toilets. Maximum stay at Kalalau is 5 consecutive nights.
Milolii: (only accessible by boat)
40-acres. Primitive tent camping on the beach. No drinking water is available (non-potable water only). Camping is restricted to a maximum of 3 nights. Note: Milolii is accessible by commercial boat from May 15 through Labor Day (assuming good weather).

KOKEE STATE PARK (Campsite/Cabins)

15 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Highway 550)
(West Side - Adjoins Waimea Canyon State Park)
4,345-acres with commanding views of the lush Kalalau Valley from lookout at 4,000-foot elevation. Hiking in native rain forest and along the rim of Waimea Canyon. Excellent area for learning about native plants and forest birds. Trout fishing in season. Drinking water is available. Tent camping allowed. Cabins are available through park concessionaire Kokee Lodge (see below).

Kokee State Park
P. O. Box 819
Waimea, HI 96796
(West Side)
Tel. (808) 335-6061
Rustic cabins at Kokee State Park. Very popular - book 3 to 4 months in advance. Cabins sleep 3 to 6 people. Call for rates and reservation.

Located at the end of a 5-mile long dirt road off Kaumualii Highway (Highway 50), past the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
(West Side)
138 acres of wild coastline with large sand beach backed by dunes. Scenic setting and good views of the high sea cliffs of Na Pali Coast. Pavilion, toilet, showers, picnic tables, BBQ pits, drinking water. Swimming in summer when conditions are favorable (strong off-shore currents). Shore fishing. Hot, dry area. Tent camping.

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