(see also Other Accommodation Categories)
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)
HAWAII STATE PARKS
HAPUNA BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA (Lodging)
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 STATE RECREATION AREA (Campsite/Lodging)
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).
MACKENZIE STATE RECREATION AREA (Campsite)
Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road (Highway 137)
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.
MAUNA KEA STATE RECREATION AREA (Lodging)
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.
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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