Permits: Permits are required when continuing beyond Hanakapiai Valley (2 miles in the trail) whether you are planning to camp overnight or not. Permits are about $20 per person per day. If you are a resident, you get a $5 discount. Permits can be obtained from the State Parks office in Lihue during normal business hours. The amount of people allowed on the trail at any one time is limited to a small number. Permits often sell out and during busy times can sell out up to a year in advance. Get your permits early to ensure you will be able to visit Kalalau. There is also an online reservation system where you can check for permit availability and purchase camping permits online. For online permits, visit the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resource Online Reservation System by clicking Here.
Rating: From Kee Beach to Hanakapiai Beach: Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 4 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate - Strenuous). From Kee Beach to Kalalau Beach: Elevation Gain: Less than 1,250 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 22 Miles Roundtrip (Strenuous).
Time to Complete Hike: From Kee Beach to Hanakapiai Beach: 2 - 2.4 hours. From Kee Beach to Kalalau Beach: 10 - 12 hours. (Recommended overnight hike)
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