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Old 07-11-2017, 08:55 AM
Location: Bellingham Washington
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We have done the Kalalau trail about 8 times now, and each time camped for a few days on the beach. The last time we did this, back in 2012, it was pretty discouraging as the area was full of trash from the squatters. It was also super crowded (well, crowded for THIS place, anyway!), and the outhouses had feces smeared on the wall (sorry for gross graphic detail).
My question is - what's it like now? We swore last time we went that we wouldn't do it again for the reasons listed above. But we're reconsidering...
Completing that hike is such an accomplishment, but when the end point is trashed, it's a bit of a mellow-harsher!
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:09 AM
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There have been multiple raids on illegal campers/squatters in recent months. Each time they find more squatters and pull out tons of trash. It is getting better.

More Kalalau arrests - Thegardenisland.com: Crime And Courts
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:56 AM
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Wow..that is so sad...last time I walked that trail was in 1992, it was a beautiful hike.

I was at Island Beach State Park in NJ yesterday and my wife said someone had smeared feces on the Ladies bathroom wall..
Kinda used to that sort of thing in Zoo Jersey, but not on lovely Kauai'i

It's a Shame to hear about the burgeoning Homeless/Squatter situation on Oahu too..my brah who lives there for 34 years says it is getting pretty bad.homeless people leaving Feces and urine 'presents' on the seats of The Bus' for unsuspecting tourists to sit in.
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Old 07-13-2017, 04:32 PM
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Great post. Very happy to hear about the raids, and that this beautiful area is being cleaned up! My wife and I are returning to Kauai this October for our second visit since 2013. We're thinking of doing just the "short" two-mile hike to Hanakāpīʻai Valley, and back, which shouldn't require a permit, correct? At least, not according to this info that I found online:

"As of March 1, 2015, Anyone proceeding past Hanakāpīʻai Valley (2 miles in) must possess a valid camping permit whether or not you plan to camp. Permits are required to camp at Hanakoa or Kalalau (Same permit). Permits are $20 per person per day. Good news if you are a resident, you get a $5 discount."

This was from this website: https://kalalautrail.com/information/permits/

Thanks again for posting!
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:53 AM
Location: Kapaa, Hawaii
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You don't need a permit to hike to Hanakapi'ai Falls or Beach. Kalalau is better now then how you described it, but still needs some cleaning up. Honestly I'd do airplanes and camp there over Kalalau any day, but that's just me. Have fun!
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