Nā Pali Coast State Park

The Nā Pali Coast State Park is a 6,175 acres (2,499 ha) Hawaiian state park located in the center of the rugged 16 miles (26 km) along the northwest side of Kauaʻi, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island. The Nā Pali coast itself extends southwest starting at Keʻe Beach extending all the way to Polihale State Park. The na pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley.

To the east of the state park is the Hono O Nā Pali State Natural Reserve. It was established in 1983, and then extended to over 3,578 acres (14.5 km2) in 2009.[1] Hiking trails and hunters roads have access to the sharp ridges from Koke'e Road (route 550) in Waimea Canyon.

Nā Pali Coast State Park
NaPali overlook Kalalau Valley
Nā Pali overlook Kalalau Valley
Map showing the location of Nā Pali Coast State Park
Map showing the location of Nā Pali Coast State Park
Map showing the location of Nā Pali Coast State Park
Map showing the location of Nā Pali Coast State Park
LocationKauaʻi, United States
Coordinates22°10′32″N 159°38′37″W / 22.17552°N 159.64362°WCoordinates: 22°10′32″N 159°38′37″W / 22.17552°N 159.64362°W
Area6,175 acres (24.99 km2)
Governing bodyHawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Kalalau Trail 2004-08-22
Along the Kalalau Trail
Na pali
Honopū Valley, aerial view
Na Pali Coast
Na Pali Coast view from a boat


Although inaccessible to vehicles, this coast can be enjoyed over land by hiking or in a helicopter, and from the ocean by kayak and paddleboard. Charter tours are available on rigid-hulled inflatable boat or catamaran, originating from Port Allen and Hanalei Bay. The Kalalau Trail from the end of Hawaii Route 56 (called the Kuhio Highway) provides the only land access along the coast, traversing 11 miles (18 km) and crossing five major valleys (and many smaller ones) before reaching Kalalau Beach at the base of Kalalau Valley.[2] Side trails along the way lead to waterfalls in the valleys above.


The first settlers on the Nā Pali Coast were Polynesian navigators around 1200 AD. Soon after, many Tahitian migrants followed, shaping the culture of Kauai and other Hawaiian islands today. The coast was a center for trade between Hanalei, Waimea and Ni`ihau, and branched out to nearby island colonies. After Kauai was visited by Captain Cook in 1778, many Westerners began traveling to the island. As more foreigners arrived, the Hawaiian tribes along the Nā Pali Coast, where Nā Pali Coast State Park now exists, began to die off from Western diseases. The last known native Hawaiians to live along the Nā Pali Coast were sighted in the 20th century.[3]


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.[4]

Real Kaui Panorama1
A view of the Nā Pali Coast from the ocean
Napali Coast view
Napali Coast view

See also


  1. ^ "Hono O Na Pali". official web site. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  2. ^ "Nā Pali Coast Wilderness Park". Hawaiʻi State Park web site. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  3. ^ "Nā Pali Coast State Park (History)". Napali. Capt. Andy’s Sailing Adventures. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  4. ^ "Nā Pali Coast State Park (Camping)". Hawaii State Parks. Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC. Retrieved 2015-07-20.

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Gouania meyenii

Gouania meyenii is a rare species of flowering plant known by the common name smoothfruit chewstick. It is endemic to Hawaii, where it is known only from Oahu and Kauai. It is estimated that there are between 38 and 63 individuals of this species remaining in the wild. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States.

This is a shrub with stems growing erect or spreading and growing one half to over two meters in length. The leaves have oval blades up to 7.5 centimeters long by 4.5 wide borne on short petioles. The inflorescence is a cyme of several flowers with tiny white petals and slightly larger white sepals no more than 3 millimeters long. The small winged fruit contains shiny brown seeds.This shrub grows in dry or moist forest and shrubland habitat in the Waianae Mountains of Oahu and Nā Pali Coast State Park on Kauai. It is associated with other plants such as koa (Acacia koa), maile (Alyxia stellata), kookoolau (Bidens torta), lama (Diospyros sandwicensis), aalii (Dodonaea viscosa), and naenae (Dubautia plantaginea).Threats to this rare species and its habitat include introduced plant species, such as mistflower (Ageratina riparia), silk oak (Grevillea robusta), airplant (Kalanchoe pinnata), lantana (Lantana camara), haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala). Feral pigs and feral goats degrade the habitat. Fire, rockslides, and landslides can also damage populations.

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Honopū Valley

Honopū Valley is a landmark valley within Nā Pali Coast State Park along the northwest shore of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, United States. It is known for its distinctive natural arch, which at approximately 90 feet (27 m) tall is the tallest in Hawaii. At the lower end of the valley is Honopū's secluded, 0.25-mile (0.40 km) beach, also known as Cathedral Beach.

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Kalalau Valley

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The valley is surrounded by cliffs more than 2,000 feet (610 m) high. This valley's bottom is broad and relatively flat, with an accessible region about 2 miles (3.2 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide. The abundant sun and rain provides an ideal environment for flora and fauna. Many native Hawaiians lived in the valley into the 20th century, farming taro from a vast complex of terraced fields. Today, its designation as a state park forbids anyone from residing there.

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Melicope haupuensis

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Na Pali

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Nā Pali Coast State Park (a portion of the Nā Pali coast) in Kaua'i

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