HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks announced Monday that it has reopened the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park to the public for hiking and camping by permit at authorized campground areas.
Kaua‘i County Police and DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers continue to search for a potentially dangerous fugitive who allegedly threw a park visitor from a cliff in Kalalau Valley on Sunday, Dec. 16, critically injuring her.
“The park’s status may change at any time as a law enforcement action continues,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “For their own safety, members of the public should heed posted notices at the Kalalau Trailhead, be alert to their surroundings while visiting the Na Pali Coast and never hike alone. The suspect could be anywhere on Kaua‘i at this time,” he said.
“Our entire Kaua‘i community is incredibly grateful to our Kaua‘i Police Department, the Fire Department and our local DLNR personnel for putting forth a monumental effort in the search for Justin Wynn Klein,” said Kaua'i Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “Unfortunately, Klein remains at-large and we hope the public will continue to be diligent in supporting our officers while the search for the suspect continues.”
Anyone with information on Klein’s whereabouts is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 241-1887. Calls may also be made to Kaua‘i Police at 241-1711, or DOCARE at 274-3521.
Campers with overnight permits for Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park who were unable to camp during the closure will be eligible for refunds or amended dates of stay. These persons should contact the Division of State Parks Kaua‘i office at 274-3444. Camping permits will again be issued online for dates starting yesterday. Go to www.hawaiistateparks.org and click on "Online Reservations" to purchase a permit online.