A sunset at Kalalau Beach last August.

A sunset at Kalalau Beach last August.

Napali Coast — DLNR Efforts Showing Improvements

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is saying renewed emphasis — and increased enforcement of camping permits — on the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park this year is already showing improvements.

In a recent news release, officials from the state agency said they knew many years of unpermitted activity, an often-times unforgiving environment and unprepared or unwary visitors would continue to create a special set of challenges and opportunities.

“The combined efforts of the DLNR Divisions of State Parks and Conservation and Resources Enforcement are beginning to show some major results,” DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said in the news release.

There are fewer people illegally entering the area in the park where a state permit is required; there is less rubbish and fewer and less elaborate, long-term illegal campsites being erected by “renegade transportation operators” and their customers, according to Case.

Kalalau Beach

Kalalau Beach

“We’re pleased with the last 10 months of effort and know that we still have much to do to restore the Napali Coast to its rightful place as symbolic of what wild Hawai’i should look like and how it should be cared for,” she said.

DOCARE began stepping up enforcement visits to the Kalalau Section of the park in late 2015. When five Kaua‘i-based conservation officers flew there in mid-August they cited 13 people for being in an unperm