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Requirements regarding camping in Hawaii vary by jurisdiction, island, campsite, and facilities. The following information applies to the Island of Kauai. (There are no national parks on Kauai.) Note: Camping information is subject to change without notice. Please contact the applicable local office for current information.

COUNTY PARKS
(as at December 30, 2003)

KAUAI COUNTY PARKS
Parks Permit Section
Department of Public Works
Division of Parks and Recreation
4444 Rice Street,
Moikeha Bldg., Suite 150
Lihue, HI 96766
Tel. (808) 241-4463 (Closed Weekends/State Holidays)
Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for Permits
The following information applies to camping in Kauai's County Parks. For additional information please contact the above office.

  • Tent camping is allowed. Self-contained mobile campers are allowed at certain parks (see below). Cabins are not available.
  • Permits are required - applicants must be age 18 or older.
  • Permits can be obtained from the above county office.
  • For an additional fee, permits can be issued by the Park Ranger at the campsite. Please contact the above office for information.
  • Permits will be mailed only when they are issued at least one month prior to the first camping date. When issued within a month of the event, they must be obtained from above office.
  • Camping is limited to six days at each campsite. Campers must break camp for at least one night before camping at the same campsite again.
  • Fee for tent and vehicle camping for non-residents is $3.00 per adult per night. Minors under age 18 are free. Hawaii State residents are exempt from camping fees.
  • Campsites are shared on a first come/first served basis. (Large groups registered with the State of Hawaii can make reservations e.g. Boy Scouts.)
COUNTY PARKS WITH CAMPSITES

ANAHOLA COUNTY PARK

Located on the northeast coast on Highway 56 (north of Kapaa).
1.54 acre beach park. Showers and toilets. Swimming. Popular with local residents. Extremely dangerous ocean conditions occur during periods of high surf including a pounding shorebreak and powerful rip currents. Self-contained mobile campers are not allowed. Closed every Thursday.

ANINI COUNTY PARK
Located on the north coast. Take Highway 56, turn off road is 2 miles past Kilauea Town (0.2 mile). Turn right after big bridge (Kalihikai) and drive for another 0.2 mile, then turn left onto Anini Road to a dead end sign. Continue 0.2 mile to campsite.
2.13 acres, pavilion, toilet, showers, tables, BBQ, swimming. Far from town with a secluded beach. One of the most popular campsites featuring a large reef-protected swimming area. Self-contained mobile campers are not permitted. Closed every Tuesday.

HAENA COUNTY PARK
Located on the north coast. Take Highway 56, passing Haena Village, camping is permitted across from Haena Dry Cave under the trees.
4.72 acres, pavilion, toilet, showers, tables, BBQ grill. Located on the north end of the island with an unsafe swimming beach due to a strong riptide. Best swimming area is at the end of the road on Kee Beach, a mile away. Nearest food supply is 2.5 miles away. Self-contained mobile campers are permitted. Closed every Monday.

HANALEI COUNTY PARK
Located at Hanalei on the north coast. Turn right after Saint Michael's Church. Make another right and keep on road, passing Hanalei Pavilion on your left. Continue on until you reach wharf.
1.34 acres by the river. Pavilion, toilet, showers, tables, BBQ grill. Safe swimming at nearby Hanalei Beach Park. Snackshops, restaurants and stores located on Highway 56. Self-contained mobile campers are not permitted. Open Friday, Saturday and holidays only. Closed at other times.

HANAMAULU BEACH COUNTY PARK
Located on the southeast coast about 0.5 mile from Hanamaulu town. Take Highway 56, turn right at Hanamaulu Road across from Hanamaulu Cafe until you come to a fork; stay on Hanamaulu Road going down a hill, until you come to beach area. Camping is permitted under the trees.
6.46 acres. Tables, toilets, pavilion. Stores, cafe, post office and sugar plantation nearby. BBQ, showers. Self-contained mobile campers are allowed. Closed every Wednesday.

LUCY WRIGHT COUNTY PARK
Located at Waimea on the southwest coast. Take Highway 50, turn left on Alawai Road, entering Waimea Town, passing bridge. Campsite can be seen from the main highway on your left.
4.48 acre beachfront park at Waimea. Surfing, swimming, toilets, showers. Self-contained mobile campers are not permitted. Closed every Monday.

SALT POND COUNTY BEACH PARK
Located on the southwest coast. Take Highway 50, turn left at Lele Road in Hanapepe and stay on the road passing a veteran's cemetery. Turn right at Lolo Kai Road. Continue for a quarter of a mile, passing the dry salt pond beds. Park is on left side of road.
5.9 acres. Pavilion, tables, toilets, showers, surfing, swimming. Popular snorkeling area. Self-contained mobile campers are not permitted. Closed every Tuesday.

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