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Requirements regarding camping in Hawaii vary by jurisdiction, island, campsite, and facilities. The following information applies to the Island of Hawaii (Big Island)
Note: Camping information is subject to change without notice. Please contact the applicable local office for current information.

(as at April 1, 2006)

Island of Hawaii District Office
Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
P. O. Box 936
(75 Aupuni Street, #204)
Hilo, HI 96721-0936
Tel. (808) 974-6200 (Closed Weekends/State Holidays)
Hours: 7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Reservations taken 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.)
The following information applies to camping and lodging (cabins, A-frames, group accommodations) in Big Island's State Parks. For additional information and free site maps please contact the above office or visit the State Parks Website.

  • Tent camping sites & lodging are available in certain parks (see below). Self-contained mobile campers are not allowed.
  • Campgrounds are open 7 days per week, all year.
  • Permits are required for tent camping and lodging. Applicants must be age 18 or older.
  • Permit applications may be made in writing, by phone, or in person. Applications made within 30 days of the event must be done in person. Reservations may be made no earlier than one year in advance.
  • The Application for a State Parks Permit is available in PDF format on the Hawaii State Parks website.
  • Max. stay per permit is 5 consecutive nights at any one park.
  • Tent camping is $5.00 per campsite per night. Fees for Lodging vary (see below).
  • Reservations are required for tent camping and lodging and can be made between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (weekdays only). If making reservations by phone, please have ready the names and I.D. for each person age 18 or older (Drivers License, Social Security, Passport, etc.) plus the names and ages of each person age 17 or younger.
  • Once the permit and reservation dates requested are tentatively approved, the full payment for camping fees and/or a 50% deposit for lodging fees is required within 2 weeks to confirm a reservation. Note: If the date of reservation is within 30 days, these payments are due immediately. The 50% balance for lodging fees is due prior to occupancy. (Contact the above office for payment and refund policy.)
  • The Division of State Parks is currently implementing a plan, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to make Hawaii's state parks accessible to persons with disabilities. As improvements are being made on an incremental basis, please contact the above office for information on the current accessibility of the Big Island's state park sites including wheelchair access and availability of an ADA cabin or campsite.
Lodging Facilities: (Only at certain parks - see below.)
  • A-Frame Shelters: single room with wooden sleeping platforms, and picnic table. Bedding, linen, cooking utensils etc. are not provided. A range and refrigerator are located in a shared pavilion. Shared comfort stations (cold showers and restrooms) are centrally located.
  • Cabins: single housekeeping cabins with 2 bedrooms, kitchen-living room, bathroom facilities.
  • Group Accommodations: 8-person units with separate centrally located dining and recreational facilities.

Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (Hwy 19) / 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae
(South Kohala District)
61.8 acres of landscaped beach park with swimming during calm seas. Dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf! Waves over 3 feet high are for experts - all others should stay out of the water and away from the shoreline! Picnic area, pavilion, restroom, food concession, drinking water. Hiking along the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai. Beach activities (lifeguard services). No tent camping. Six A-frame shelters only. Rates: $20 per A-frame shelter per night (capacity 4 persons per A-frame).

Kalopa Road / 3 miles inland from Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 19)
(Hamakua Coast District)
100 acres located 5 miles southeast of Honokaa. Easy family nature hike (0.7 mile loop trail) in a native ohia forest at the 2,000-foot elevation. Picnic area, pavilion, restrooms, drinking water. Tent camping and group accommodations. No cabins. Rates: Tent camping $5.00 per campsite per night. Group accommodations $55 per night for 1-8 persons plus $5 for each additional person (32 persons maximum).

Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road (Highway 137)
(Puna District)
13.1 acres located 9 miles northeast of Kaimu - isolated, low cliffed, wild volcanic coastline. Tent camping only in ironwood grove. Good shore fishing. Old Hawaiian coastal trail traverses the park. Cultural sites, scenic vistas. Picnic area, pavilion, restrooms. No drinking water. Rates: Tent camping $5.00 per campsite per night.

Saddle Road (Highway 200) / 35.1 miles west of Downtown Hilo. Note: check with the U-Drive Company - the Saddle Road (Hwy 200) is the only road to the park & is off limits to most rental cars.
(Hamakua District)
20.5 acres of shrubland at the 6,500-foot elevation - dry and clear weather with cold nights. Good views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. National natural landmark site. Hiking. Picnic area, open field, restrooms. Limited water supply (bring your own water for drinking, bathing). Cabins $55 per night (max. 6 persons). Group accommodations - please check with above District Office on availability. No tent camping.

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