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Kalalau Trail Shuttle
 Click here for: Kalalau Trail Shuttle and Camping gear Rentals
Camping Equipment Rentals and trail Shuttle
Note: There is a two person minimum with shuttles 
Go to their website above for updated rental rates. 
Car/Vehicle Storage 
Luggage Storage (50 lbs or less) 
Luggage Storage (50 lbs or more ) 
Drop Off: Shuttle to trail head of Na Pali Coast Trail 
Pick Up: Shuttle from trail head of Na Pali Coast Trail 
Camping Equipment Rentals
(rentals are for 24 hours from the time of pick up)
Day Packs
Backpack
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad & Dry Bag
Cooking Stove & Cooler (soft pac)
Tent (REI 2 person backpacking)
When on Kauai, call (808) 245-3564 for a easy update from the National Weather Forecast at Lihue Airport
Please Call the County or State Divisions for information on Camping or Hiking Permits directly:
Please refrain from calling Lilikoi for camping permits as I can not assist you in this area. 
Your kind understanding is appreciated.  I am flooded with calls, and feel badly that I can not offer any answers. This page was built to deliver as much information as possible to get you prepared & keep you safe ... have fun backpacking and/or camping or on Kauai!
State Campsites
County Campsites
Polihale Sate Park
Milolii State Park
Kalalau State Park
Hanakoa
Hanakapiai
Kokee State Park
Lucy Wright Park 
Salt Pond Park 
Hanamaulu Beach Park
Lydgate Beach Park 
Haena Beach Park 
KAUA'I DISTRICT for DLNR ~ Division of State Parks 
3060 Eiwa Street, #306 ~ Lihu'e, HI 96766-1875
Phone: (808) 274-3444 ~ Fax: (808) 274-3448
County of Kauai ~ Department of Recreation
4444 Rice St., Pi'ikoi Building, Suite 330
Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone: 241-4460 ~ Fax: 241-4497
Keep in mind that permits for camping can be applied for before your trip to Kauai and only up to a year in advance.  They are also limited to a certain number per month.  You may not be able to get one if they are sold out of them.  Also to hike beyond the 2.5 miles into Hanakapi'ai Falls, you will be required to have a hiking permit.

* Remember:  "The  lack of planning on your part , does not constitute an emergency on our part." ~ Author Unknown

The following are helpful links that will give you a head start:
(Please keep in mind that the links are constantly changing 0 my apologies for any broken links you encounter)

Hawaii State Parks  -Informational Link
New Official Site: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org

KAUA'I DISTRICT for DLNR ~ Division of State Parks 
3060 Eiwa Street, #306 ~ Lihu'e, HI 96766-1875
Phone:   (808) 274-3444 ~ Fax: (808) 274-3448

County Parks on Kauai
Request For Camping Permits - Instructional PDF File

Courtesy of Kauai Beach Explorer... your INDISPENSABLE guide to Kaua'i Beaches 
Keeping you SAFE while you are here! Click on the KBE image Link to go to the most comprehensive Ocean Report for the Garden Island.

Camping Permits Available - 4 new Locations! 
Permits are now available at:

West Complex 
     Kalaheo Neighborhood Center - (808) 332-9770
     Hanapepe Recreation Center - (808) 335-3731

East Complex 
     Kapa'a Neighborhood Center -
    (808) 822-1931 or (808) 822-0511
     Kilauea Neighborhood Center - (808) 828-1421
Monday through Friday 
except for holidays - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County of Kauai
Department of Recreation
4444 Rice St.
Pi'ikoi Building, Suite 330
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 241-4463 ~ Fax: (808) 241-4497
Email: recpermits@kauai.gov

Camp Grounds:
Lucy Wright Park 
Salt Pond Park 
Hanamaulu Beach Park 
Lydgate Beach Park 
Haena Beach Park 

This County Recreation Agency Provides: 
Quality recreational and leisure time experiences for residents and visitors of the County of Kauai.
Camping Permits are issued for the following beach parks:

Haena Park 
(closed every Mon 10 am to 12 pm & Tues for maintenance) 
Hanalei Blackpot Park 
(weekends and holidays only) 
Anini Beach Park 
(closed every Tues 10 am to 12 pm & Wed for maintenance) 
Anahola Beach Park 
(closed every Thurs 10 am to 12 pm & Fri for maintenance) 
Hanamaulu Beach Park 
(closed every Wed 10 am to 12 pm & Thurs for maintenance) 
Salt Pond Park 
(closed every Tues 10 am to 12 noon & Wed for maintenance) 
Lucy Wright Park 
(closed every Mon from 10 am to 12 pm & Tues for maintenance)
* subject to change without notice

Camping permit fees are $3.00 per adult, per night for non-residents and free for residents of the State of Hawaii.  Children under the age of 18 years are also free.

Contact The County of Kauai, Parks Permit Section
Phone: (808) 241-4463 ~ Fax: (808) 241-4497
Office Hours 8:15 am to 4:00 pm Hawaiian Standard Time, Monday thru Friday
Closed Saturday, Sunday and all Holidays
* Please Note that in about 3 months the Parks and Recreation Divison of DLNR will be merging again into a single Department and their main office number is (808) 241-4460.
Email: recpermits@kauai.gov

Hawaii State Parks CAMPING PERMIT INFORMATION is available here: Informational Link
KAUA'I DISTRICT for DLNR ~ Division of State Parks 
3060 Eiwa Street, #306 ~ Lihu'e, HI 96766-1875
Phone:  (808) 274-3444 ~ Fax: (808) 274-3448
* Please note that the State of Hawaii permiting division does not have an email and if you have questions pertaining to your permit request, your only option is to call them directly.  Our apologies for this inconvenience if you are overseas.

Camping Equipment Rentals with Kayak Kauai
Na Pali Coast
                          Courtesy of Kayak KauaiOcean Rental Info
                          Courtesy of Kayak Kauai
Website for Rental rates: Kayak Kauai Rentals
Kayak Kauai
PO Box 508 Hanalei, Kaua'i, HI 96714 Hanalei Shop
Monday-Sunday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wailua River State Marina
Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Toll Free 800-437-3507 or 808-826-9844 
E-mail Kayak Kauai or FAX 808-826-7378 
Shops in: Hanalei & Wailua River Marina 
Kalalau Trail Shuttle
 Click here for: Kalalau Trail Shuttle and Camping gear Rentals
Camping Equipment Rentals and trail Shuttle
Note: There is a two person minimum with shuttles 
Go to their website above for updated rental rates. 
Car/Vehicle Storage 
Luggage Storage (50 lbs or less) 
Luggage Storage (50 lbs or more ) 
Drop Off: Shuttle to trail head of Na Pali Coast Trail 
Pick Up: Shuttle from trail head of Na Pali Coast Trail
Camping Equipment Rentals
(rentals are for 24 hours from the time of pick up)
Day Packs
Backpack
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad & Dry Bag
Cooking Stove & Cooler (soft pac
Tent (REI 2 person backpacking)
When on Kauai, call (808) 245-3564 for a easy update from the National Weather Forecast at Lihue Airport

We appreciate any visitor interested in our precious Garden Island!  I have devoted 2 separate pages to Camping & Hiking to keep you informed and safe while you are visiting with us. 
Click Here for Info on:  Hiking or Camping
Unfortunately, other than renting a car, your options for public transport are next to nothing.  The Kauai Bus also is very restrictive for bags other than carry on type like the airlines.  They do not accept backpacks that are oversized. *See Taxi Cab info below ...
Click Here for Info on:

Kauai Bus Schedule

Public Transportation
Click Here for Car Rental Options:
Rental Car Tips
Dependent on your season of travel, you may check with any rental agency to see if they offer a special walk up rate.  I highly recommend a rental car for the island of Kauai, our island may be tiny but keep in mind we only have one main road (in the shape of a horseshoe & you can't go directly from the West to the North).  As far as transportation to and from Milolii State Park or Kalalau Valley by boat or raft (which has been done in previous years by some vendors), it is no longer allowed by the state.  A pick up and drop off by taxi is costly may be your only option to get to the trail head in Haena. 
Free Taxi Cab Directory
Here is you go (subject to change without my knowledge). Please call on your own for a quote:

Ace Kauai Taxi Service 4019 Hoolepe St Hanamaulu, HI (808) 639-4310
Akiko's Taxi 5258 Laipo Rd Kapaa, HI (808) 822-7588
Aloha Taxi & Tours PO Box 1801 Lihue, HI (808) 639-2222
Brian's Taxi 4438 Laukini Rd # B Lihue, HI (808) 245-6533
City Cab 2979 Ohiohi St Lihue, HI (808) 245-3227
Green Discovery Taxi Lihue, Hawaii, 96766 (808) 346-0870
Hanalei Taxi 4489 Aku Rd # B Lihue, HI (808) 639-1188
K Limo Taxi PO Box 1207 Lihue, HI (808) 245-4970
Kauai Taxi Co Rice St Lihue, HI (808) 246-9554 [Fair, Honest, Kind, Informative] *Tell Carol, Lilikoi says Aloha* Email her today: kauaitaxico@hotmail.com
North Shore Cab Company, PO Box 1369, Kilauea  HI  96754 TEL: (808) 639-7829  FAX: (808) 828-6264
Pono Taxi and Kauai Tours, 3-2600 Kaumuali Hwy. Suite # 1300, Lihue, HI 96766 TEL: (808) 634-4744
Roger Andres Taxi & Limousine 1970 Hanalima St # N204 Lihue, HI (808) 639-4195
Scotty Taxi 4411 Kale Pl # 4 Lihue, HI (808) 245-7888
Southshore Cab 2837 Poipu Rd Koloa, HI (808) 742-1525
Wiki Wiki Town Cars & Tours PO Box 321 Kapaa, HI (808) 652-7715 * Island wide & on call 24/7

* Here's the scoop on taxi fares not including tip.  Rates are county regulated per mile these days (subject to change without notice).  Start Up is $3.00 then about $3.00 per mile and this has not changed since 2006. Make sure that your taxi turns on the meter so you can see your costs. Ask them to update you on this cost. 

Some helpful info for you to digest (Cost from Lihue Airport each way):
Wailua River $25
Kapaa $32
Poipu is running about approximately $49
Port Allen $58
Waimea $72
(Nawiliwili Pier to Hanamaulu ea way is about $15-16- Kapaa to Hanamaulu is roughly about $20 ea way so you can guesstimate $30-32? on a round trip to these areas).
Please call directly for a cab, some may also have websites and email addresses that they can relay to you. I have only Carol's email added for Kauai Taxi Co.
(She was kind enough to take the time to relay all this to me for you today 02/12/12 ... Mahalo Carol!)
This free ad is not updated unless they update me. Mahalo for your kind understanding. 
* You can look forward to a dedicated page for Taxi Cabs as soon as Lilikoi has time to build it. Hope all the above is helpful to you.

Be Prepared with Camping & Landing Permits

A Story & Seasonal Tips ... FYI
The old days are long gone.  I remember when Capt. Zodiac used to drop and pick people up for $20 each.  Back in 1976, my girlfriend and I hiked into Kalalau in November (which is a high surf season on the North Shore) just before Thanksgiving, the weather became stormy and the only way out in time for dinner was to Zodiac out.  With the surf conditions the way they were, even that was risky.  Please consider that you will need to base your decisions on the time of the year that you would want to do this adventure, your safety for you &/or your family, if you do have young children.  Of, course Kauai's weather is still very unpredictable.  Mother Nature likes to play with us!

Deeply sorry for all the news above that may disappoint you & hinder your dreams. This page was developed to protect, advise, inform, & keep our visitors safe.

A Safer Guided Alternative

You might look into a safer guided & educational activity for your entire family with Chuck Blay of the new Kauai Nature Tours.

Just click this link ~ Nature Tours ~ for more information.

Books & Maps of Interest

Kauai's Geologic
                    History by Chuck Blay and Robert Siemers"Kauai's Geologic History" by Chuck Blay & Robert Siemers
ISBN 0-9744723-0-1 Available at Borders Book Store on Kauai (Copyright © 2004)
You may also purchase it directly from Chuck or Robert @ 808 742-8305.  Tell them Lilikoi said Aloha :)

Kauai Visitors Atlas
                    by Robert Siemers"Kaua'i Visitors Atlas" by Robert Siemers (Copyright © 2004)
ISBN 0-9744723-1-X Also Available at Borders Book Store on Kauai
You may also purchase it directly from Chuck or Robert @ 808 742-8305.

This is the best map on Kauai that includes Recreational Maps (Beaches, Hiking, Snorkeling, Golf, Camping, & Surfing), Place Names Map, Detailed Road Atlas, Archaeology Map, Geology Map, Climate Maps. and Island Information.  Also includes an Inset Map of Koke'e State Park.  You will be impressed!

ExploreKauai.Com ~ Courtesy of
                      Lenore Horowitz"The Kauai Underground Guide" by Lenore Horowitz
ISBN 09615498-9-0 Unbeatable price! ~ only $12.95

This original guidebook and best-selling since 1980, now has more than 175,000 copies in print.  Readers enjoy detailed beach descriptions geared to what people of all ages can do, restaurant reviews with price information as well as recommended menu choices, and consumer oriented information about adventuring on Kauai.  Travel & Leisure calls it 'the bible' for Kauai!  A portion of the sales price is donated to charities that benefit Kauai's children.

The book is unique in its free CD of beautiful Hawaiian music by Keali'i Reichel (worth the price of the book alone) and its commitment to helping children's charities on Kauai.

"Thorough, up to date. A mature, trusted sidekick for the visitor who wants to get to know the island well."
  — Honolulu Advertiser 

“Our constant companion! This book opened our eyes to delights we would otherwise have missed.”
   — San Francisco Chronicle

“A distinctive, thorough, and helpful guide to Kauai!” 
  — Jeff Phillips, Senior Travel Writer, Sunset Magazine

"Kathy Trails" by Kathy Morey ~ ISBN 0-89997-117-2
There may be an updated version available at bookstores.

"Kauai Ultimate Guidebook"  Edition III by Andrew Doughty & Harriett Friedman.
"Kauai Ultimate Guidebook"  Edition IV has recently been released. ~ ISBN 09639429-8-0

Note:  While the "Kauai Ultimate Guide Book" is of value to visitors, please note, currently there are many other excellent publications available for researching your visite to Kauai.  From an activity agent's perspective, I was disappointed to read their opinion in the 4th Edition on activity brokers and booths in general.  Commissions for our services vary greatly and it is not always the case that calling the individual vendors will save you money.  On behalf of all those agents out on the streets, at the desks, in the booths, and concierges ... please understand the real truth is that those individual agents only benefit from a very small fraction of commissions from the companies that they work for and often survive solely on commissions with no hourly wage.  Selling activities is a fiercely competitive industry, and you should proceed with caution :-).  I created my personal web site to help visitors to familiarize themselves with our Garden Island prior to their arrival.  My expertise is providing you with all the knowledge you need to create a complete itinerary for all your activities while visiting Kauai and secure them before you arrive.  I provide a personalized service and no extra fees are attached.  There is a lot of time and thought spent on both sides to create the vacation of your dreams that fits into your budget.  Mahalo for your kind consideration in allowing me to assist you with any of your activity bookings.

Good Luck to you, stay safe and have a life changing adventure in paradise! 
Call the state or county directly for camping info and call directly for a cab, some may also have websites and email addresses that they can relay to you. 
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