State finding managing Kalalau Trail a challenge

Published On: Oct 11 2013 11:22:07 AM HST
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Campers without permits along Kauai's Kalalau Trail often exceeds permitted campers and state officials say managing the remote Na Pali Coast State Park is a persistent headache.

Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward says the trail's length and remote location make it difficult and costly to monitor and maintain.

Campers can take an 11-mile hike to Kalalau Beach. Some reach the beach by illegal transport operators.

The visitors can overwhelm compost toilets sized for legal camper capacity. Leftover rubbish and damage to ecosystems are other problems.

The Garden Island reports the Division of State Parks has hired a full-time interpretive ranger whose duties will be concentrated within the first two miles of Kalalau Trail.  Ward says the ranger's duties will include spot checks for permits.

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