Namakanipaio Campground Restrooms Closed for Renovation
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawai'i National Park, HI (Apr. 26, 2011) – Restrooms at Nāmakanipaio Campground in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are closed for renovation, and will reopen in July. Three portable restrooms are in place in the meantime.
A Park maintenance team is upgrading the facilities for people with disabilities, as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. The renovated comfort station will feature a new unisex ADA-compliant stall with grab bars that is easily accessible from the parking areas, plus three stalls for women, and two stalls and one urinal for men. Workers will also install a new wash sink for campers and will replace lighting with environmentally friendly skylights and a solar light tube system.
The upgrades are expected to be complete by mid-July.
Namakanipaio Campground is a tent camping area within Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, located at 4,000-ft. elevation off Highway 11, 31 ½ miles south of Hilo. No reservations, permits or check-ins are required but Park entrance fees apply and may be paid at the Park entrance station. Drive-up tent camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is a large open grassy area nestled beneath tall `ohi`a and eucalyptus trees, and is a half-mile walk from Jaggar Museum. Namakanipaio features barbecue pits, picnic tables, and water for campers. Stays are limited to seven days in one month, not to exceed 30 days a year.
Did You Know?
The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They return to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to lay their nests, over 700 miles away.