LIHU‘E — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed Na Pali Coast State Park past Hanakapi‘ai Beach, approximately two miles from Ke‘e Beach in Ha‘ena, Kaua‘i’s North Shore, to allow an animal control hunt. The area was closed Friday and will remain closed until Sunday.
“The Kalalau trail will be closed from Ho‘olulu valley (3.5 mile) to Kalalau valley (11 miles) and public hunters with DLNR permits will be able to harvest feral goats and pigs”, states a DLNR press release. “Boat landing or entry into the control area will only be permitted by authorized hunters with permits.”
No camping permits were issued for those dates, and state officials said signs announcing the control and closure of Hanakoa and Kalalau valley campgrounds were to be posted on the Na Pali Coast trail.
“The control hunt is an ongoing effort by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife to reduce ungulate populations in the Na Pali Coast State Park,” states a DLNR press release.
DLNR asked the public’s cooperation to stay out of those areas during the animal control period.
The trail from Ke‘e Beach to Hanakapi‘ai Valley and Beach will remain open, and will no be affected by the animal control hunt.