Enforcement at Kalalau Beach earlier this year. Frame grab courtesy of DNLR

Enforcement at Kalalau Beach earlier this year. Frame grab courtesy of DNLR

Months of enforcement action by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources at one of the most pristine state parks on Kaua‘i will now go mainstream. This weekend, KFVE will air Renegades, Risks and Rewards of the Napali Coast, a documentary on DLNR’s enforcement of illegal camping at Kalalau Beach.

Repeated sweeps of the Kalalau Section of the famed Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kaua‘i since Jan. 1 have resulted in 104 people receiving citations for unpermitted presence in the area. A man was arrested for four different violations. Only those with camping permits from DLNR can travel beyond Hanakapi‘ai Stream, at the two-mile mark of the 11-mile-long trail, states a DLNR press release.

Enforcement at Kalalau Beach earlier this year. Frame grab courtesy of DNLR

Enforcement at Kalalau Beach earlier this year. Frame grab courtesy of DNLR

“Under my administration the DLNR Division of Conservation & Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and the DLNR Division of State Parks are working closely together to bring Kalalau closer to its true wilderness character,” DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said in the release.

She added it’s discouraging to see “the illegals” disrespect the ‘aina and impact cultural sites by supporting a higher number of people than what the park can sustain.

“We want to be on the record that DLNR is serious about shutting down commercial activity which has allowed illegal campers to bring in hundreds of tons of rubbish to be simply left at Kalalau for staff to clean up and dispose of.  Kalalau should be a true wilderness experience,” Case said.

Over the past nine months, DLNR has documented the Kalalau law enforcement sweeps of the illegal activity, in addition to the regular cleanup operations conducted with costly helicopter support for State Park staff. Video footage of these activities has resulted in the production of a half-hour TV special Renegades, Risks and Rewards of the Napali Coast.