Also, do you have any idea the general weather for that time of the year for hiking the trail? Yes - you should always attempt to get permits for camping.The State DLNR does not make it easy, but at least you'll have a good story when the rangers check.
That said, there are many sources of food down the Na Pali. We are hoping to backpack the Kalalua trail in the middle of March, 2008.Do you know if you need a permit that time of the year?The difficulty of this trail and remote location of Kalalau Valley make this a pristine nature experience off the beaten trail.Some say that Na Pali is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.My preferred stuff is Patagonia Capiline (other brands too) because it dries super quick and provides sun protection.
If I'm gonna hike back in one of the valleys I'll bring an ultra-lightweight shell that packs to softball-size.
in Hawaiian - is one of the most beautiful and remote areas on Kaua‘i.
The strenuous eleven-mile Kalalau Trail winds along this rugged coastline, providing the only land access to legendary Kalalau Valley.
Extreme inclines and declines throughout entire 11 miles. Loose rocks underfoot and from eroding cliffs above. I highly recommend going the entire distance in one day because the camping is MUCH better at Kalalalu.
If you are afraid of heights and ledges you are not going to like miles 6.5 to 8! I've only hiked the first two miles in to Hanakapi'ai Beach and back and it was a fantastic hike! About 13.5 tough miles if you want to do a day hike (which I have and it's great).
I've written up some advice about this hike here: The most amazing hike i've done. Watch out during rains or for any sudden change in stream level. Is it possible to make it to Kalalau by nightfall if we start early in the morning? I noticed someone mentioned taking young children - is this advisable?