Island Living

Camping on the Big Island is a memorable way to get closer to nature and a unique way to spend your nights! One of the best parts about camping on the Big Island is the drastic differences in climate and ecological landscapes that you can choose from. To camp at one of the ten county sites across the island, you will need a permit, which can be reserved and purchased online here. Some sites are not operated by the County, but will still most likely require a permit. The best way to confirm is by visiting the campgrounds website.

  • Ho`okena Beach Park

    Located about 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona is this beautiful, “grey” sandy beach situated at Kauhako Bay. The beach park is cared for by a non-profit organization run by local residents called Friends of Ho’okena Beach Park. Camping, snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding, diving are all popular activities at this South Kona beach. There aren’t many camping sites but they are well spread out and the beach offers clean bathrooms and showers and an outdoor concession stand offering snacks, drinks and beach supplies.

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  • Kalopa State Park

    Located in North Kohala in an ohi’a forest is Kalopa State Recreation Area, complete with cabins, bathroom amenities, and a recreational dining hall and a nature hike through the forest. The 100-acre park is located upcountry at an elevation of 2000 feet and gets a lot of rain, so don’t forget you rain jacket. Expect to find lots of room to explore and adventure with great hikes and a chance to find solitude off the beaten path!

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  • Nāmakanipaio

    You can reserve a more traditional campsite for tent camping or opt for a rustic cabin at this campground nestled in a eucalyptus grove just a few miles outside of Volcano National Park. There are community bathrooms at this site with hot showers and toilets. Be sure to pack a jacket, because nights will get chilly and often dip into the low 60’s!

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  • Pine Trees

    Just a few miles south of the Kona Airport is a popular beach and camp site called Pine Trees, or Kohanaiki Beach Park. There is a long stretch of beach that is scattered with hau and heliotrope trees making for some nice shady spots along the beach. Swimming is possible at Pine Trees, but be careful of the rocky bottom and breaking waves! Arrive early – as this spot gets crowded on the weekends. There are nicer amenities at this beach like bathrooms and showers.

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  • Spencer Beach Park

    Located on the Kohala Coast just south of Kawaihae Harbor is Spencer Beach Park, a calm gorgeous, white sand beach. The park is an easy spot to camp or have a picnic with ample parking and nice bathroom amenities. Spencer Beach is one of the only true white sand beaches on the Big Island and is protected by the harbor and the reef so the water is generally very calm making is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

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