Park Improvements


Napali Coast Wilderness State Park – Kalalau TrailKalalau Trail and Beach

In December 2013, KPAA completed rehabilitation and stabilization work¬†along the world-renowned Napali Coast Trail — the first major trail maintenance project in nearly 30 years.

To sustain these improvements, the Friends of Kalalau Trail organize volunteer trail stewardship workdays.

Want to volunteer? ¬† Join us this Saturday, January 10, 2015 for a day on the Hanakapiai Trail!¬† We meet at the trailhead at 8:00 am. Tools are provided. Bring food, water, eye protection, gloves. We are usually back at the trailhead by 2:00pm. Carpooling is available from Lihue and Kapaa. Contact KPAA if you’re interested!


KPAA was awarded Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding by the Hawaii State Legislature.  Working through the Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks Division, funding to KPAA was released by Governor Lingle in June 2009 for the first two miles of trail from Kee Beach to Hanakapiai Beach.

In May 2012, Governor Abercrombie released funds for the second phase of work — miles 3 to 12, between Hanakapiai Beach and Kalalau Stream. ¬†Specific sections of the trail were identified and prioritized for improvement and reconstruction. The objectives were to improve park user safety and reconstruct portions of the trail based on an assessment of trail conditions.

After a public bid process, Pono Pacific Land Management LLC was selected as the contractor for both phases to address drainage, erosion control and safety, having demonstrated mastery in the rehabilitation techniques appropriate for severely eroded wilderness trail systems.

Throughout the project, a Citizen Advisory Committee provided input to guide the work.  All trail restoration was in accord with environmentally-friendly protocols to increase public safety while maintaining the rustic appearance of this famous State Wilderness Park.

Identification and preservation of archeological assets and native and endangered botanical species along the trail corridor were included in the work plan as well.  Trail work protected historic structures and re-established historic portions of the trail that were covered in vegetation.

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Supported by the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks through an appropriation made by the Legislature of the State of Hawaii.