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More camping reservations at Kalalau available for local residents

Max Pixel

The state is taking steps to provide more camping reservations at Kalalau on Kauaʻi for local residents. As part of the plan, additional camping permits will be issued for walk-in applicants.

Camping permits for 60 people at the trail in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park are already available for purchase online.

The state is also issuing permits for 20 local residents each night, starting May 15. Permits can only be purchased by walk-in applicants at the State Parks office in Līhu‘e.

Permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays until Sept. 7. Those permits can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

The holdback rule was in place for decades, but in recent years has been suspended due to flood closures and the pandemic.

"The rule was established to allow Kauaʻi residents a chance to enjoy Kalalau in the face of extreme global demand," the Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

The Hawaiʻi resident rate is $25 per person per night.

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