Things To Do: Camping on The Big Island

Camping on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island offers a wide variety of camping choices... from the black lava rock, to the lush tropics of the eastern shore, to the sandy beaches of the west side of the island. Even the less visited North Shore offers beautiful settings for the inveterate camper.

The Big Island (Hawaii) County Parks

Big Island CampingPERMITS:

Permits are required & there is a 1-week limit during summer & 2-week limit during winter. $1. 00 per adult per night. Department of Park & Recreation County of Hawai’i, (25 Aupuni St.) PO Box 936, Hilo, HI 96721. 808-974-6200.

Ho’okena Beach Park:

Hwy. 11 Between mile markers 101 & 102 to road & W. to Kauhako Bay, Ho’okena. Campsites overlooking beach, restrooms, showers, swimming, snorkeling.

Isaac Hale Beach Park:

Hwys. 132 & 137, 30 miles S. of Hilo, along Pohoiki Bay, undeveloped campsites along a beach; swimming, snorkeling, boat ramp, portable toilets.
Kapaa Beach Park. 1 1/4 miles N. of Mahukona Beach Park, off Hwy. 270. Undeveloped campsites. swimming, fishing, picnic tables, restrooms.
Kealoha Beach Park. Hwy. 19 to road at mile marker 14. 11 miles N. of Hilo; swimming, pavilions, picnic tables, restrooms, showers.
Keokea Beach Park. N.E. a road that goes off highway 270, 4 1/2 miles E. of the town of Kapa’au. Campsites, overlooking a rocky shoreline, along Keokea Bay. Picnic tables, restrooms, showers.
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Hwy. 19 to road marked Laupahoehoe Point, 24 miles N. of Hilo at mile marker 27. Campsites overlooking the ocean, picnic tables, restrooms, showers.
Mahukona Beach Park. Road that goes off highway 270, a mile N. of Lapakahi State Park. Campsites near rocky beach, snorkeling, picnic tables, showers, restrooms.
Onekahakaha Beach Park.
Off Kalani’anaole Ave to Onekahakaha Rd., Hilo. Picnic tables, pavilions, showers, restrooms.
Punalu’u Beach Park. Hwy. 11 to Punalu’u Rd., just past mile marker 54. Punalu’u, E. of Na’alehu. Campsites, swimming, snorkeling, picnic tables, showers, restrooms.
Spencer Beach Park. Hwy. 270 near Mauna Kea Resort area, N.W. of Hwys. 19 & 270. Swimming, snorkeling, basketball, volleyball courts, picnic tables, grills, showers, restrooms.
Whitting Beach Park. Hwy. 11 to access road past mile marker 62, Na’alehu. Grassy campsites in lava. Picnic area, showers, restrooms.


The Big Island (Hawaii) State Parks


Required, 5 day limit. No camping fee. Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, Box 936, 75 Aupuni St., Hilo, HI 96721; (808) 933-4200.

Hapuna Beach Rec. Area:

Hwy. 19 — 1 1/4 miles N. of Puako and 2.3 miles S. of Kawaikae. 61.6 acres. Swimming, snorkeling, lifeguard, body surfing, beach, picnic tables, snack bar, showers, restrooms.

Kalopa State Park:

Hwy.19 — 37 miles N. of Hilo then N. to Kalopa Rd. at mile marker 39 to Kalanai Rd. (5 miles S.E. of Honoka'a). Campsites at elevation 2,000 feet in rain forest. 100 acres. Native plants. Hiking, nature trails, picnic areas, showers, restrooms.

Mackenzie State Rec. Area:

Hwy. 137 — 2 miles S.W. of Isaac Hale Beach Park. 13 acres, undeveloped campsites, fishing, picnic tables, pavilion, restrooms, no drinking water.

Manuka State Wayside Pk:

Hwy. 11, at mile marker 81, 40 miles S. of Kailua-Kona. Campsites. Native & introduced trees. Arboretum, trail through the gardens, covered picnic tables, restrooms, phone. No drinking water.

The Big Island (Hawaii) Federal Parks

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Permits required, 7-day limit, no fee. Volcano House, P.O. Box 53, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96785; 808-967-7321. Walk-in trail cabins, shelters available.

Namakani Paio Campground:

Hwy. 11, at mile marker 32 , W. of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Grassy campground, picnic tables, showers, restrooms.

Kipaka Nene Campground:

Hilina Pali Rd in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, picnic tables, hiking trails.


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