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Nā Pali Coast State Park

Nā Pali Coast State Park







Description of Nā Pali Coast State Park

Location: Kauai Island  Map

Area: 6,175 acres (2,499 ha)


Nā Pali Coast State Park is located on Kauai island of Hawaii state in United States. Nā Pali Coast State Park covers an area of 6,175 acres (2,499 ha) of one of the most beautiful and unique shores in the World. It is located in the center of 16 miles (26 km) along the steep northwest side of Kauai, the oldest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands. The Na Pali coast itself extends to the southwest from the Ke'e beach that runs all the way to the Polihale state park. The Na Pali (cliffs) along the coast rise up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley.


This picturesque geological formation is commonly used as a back drop for various movies. The pali or cliffs that give them its name rise to an elevation of 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) above the Pacific Ocean. They only way to explore the coast of Nā Pali Coast State Park is either by walking through several hiking trails or by taking a helicopter ride that is available between May 15 and Labor day.


To the east of the state park is the Hono O Nā Pal State Natural Reserve. It was established in 1983, and then extended to more than 3,578 acres (14.5 square kilometers) in 2009.




Camping in Nā Pali Coast State Park is only allowed with a valid permit. There are three sites that allow camping access. During the summer season from May 15 to September 7, access from the ocean via boat or kayak is only allowed with a valid camping permit. Along the Kalalau Trail, the two authorized spots for camping are in Kalalau and Hanakoa . Both are covered by the same permit and can be accessed by hiking. These locations include facilities to accommodate campers. Five nights is the maximum stay on the Kalalau Trail, and one night maximum for Hanakoa. The camp site at Miloli'i is only accessible by boat or kayak. Permits allow access for maximum of three days. Composting toilets are available at all three camp sites.




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