Iconic Haena State Park cracked down on illegal campers. Here’s what happened.
- For the past 60 years, illegal human activity has strained the natural resources and archeological sites of Kalalau.
- Following its reopening in 2020, the park introduced a fee increase for camping and lodging to non-residents.
- Now that travel is back to pre-pandemic levels, park staff is seeing a “resurgence” in “pretty aggressive behavior” from people who show up at the front gate.
Spanning 11 miles one way and following the iconic Napali Coastline, the Kalalau Trail frequently tops the bucket lists of many adventurers to Kauai. The trail offers backcountry hikers a rare view of pristine Kauai, taking them over sea cliffs and through a lush valley with waterfalls before ending at the secluded Kalalau Beach – which is only reachable via this trail or by boat.
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