The Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is likely the most heavily used hiking trail in Hawai‘i. An estimated 500,000 visitors and residents use the trail each year. Sandwiched between the ocean and the towering cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, the trail is widely featured in guide books, travel websites and blogs.
“There’s little doubt the Kalalau Trail is one of the crown jewels of the entire system of Hawai‘i State Parks,” said Dan Quinn, administrator of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks. “Due to its immense popularity, hikers often arrive at the trailhead without having made the proper preparations for what ultimately is a pretty tough trek, especially for beginning hikers.”