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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Camping

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Campgrounds Brochure (pdf 577KB)

 

There are two drive-in campgrounds in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki.

Nāmakanipaio is operated by Hawai'i Volcanoes Lodge Company.
Please visit http://www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com/cabins-campsites/ or call them at 808-756-9625 for more information.

Kulanaokuaiki camping area is free and is available on a first-come basis. No reservations and No permits are necessary. Stays are limited to 7 days in a month and cannot exceed 30 days per year.

Entrance fees to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park apply and may be paid at the entrance station.

 
Nāmakanipaio Campground

Nāmakanipaio Campground

NPS photo

Nāmakanipaio Campground, is located 31.5 miles south of Hilo on Highway-11 at 4,000' elevation. It is a large, open grassy area with tall eucalyptus and 'ōhi'a trees. This campground has restrooms, water, picnic tables and barbecue pits. Campfires are permitted in the barbeque pits only. Maximum stay is 7 days.

Fees: Effective November 13, 2012

  • There is a pay station on site. Cash or checks are accepted
  • Credit card payment may be made at the Volcano House
  • Drive in sites - $15.00 per night
  • Walk in sites - $10.00 per night
  • Park entrance fees also apply in addition to the camp site fee more info >>

Weather may be cool and damp year-round. Daytime temperature range: 60s to 70s F. Nightime temperature range: 30s to low 50s F. We suggest that you use a tent with a good rainfly and bring warm clothing for cool days and evenings.

 
Kulanaokuaiki has 8 individual campsites, each with a picnic table.

Kulanaokuaiki has 8 individual campsites, each with a picnic table. 2 sites are wheelchair accessible.

NPS photo

Kulanaokuaiki Campground is located about 5 miles down the Hilina Pali Road at 2,700' elevation. There is NO WATER at this location. This new campground has 8 campsites. 2 of the sites are wheelchair accessible. There is a vault-type toilet (no running water), and picnic tables. Fires are NOT permitted.

No Dogs in the campground or anywhere on Hilina Pali Road (pdf-39KB)

Nightime temperature range: high 40s to high 60s F. Daytime temperature range: high 60s to 90s F. We suggest that you use a tent with a good rainfly and bring warm clothing for cool days and evenings.

 
camper cabins in Namakanipaio Campground

Camper cabins in Nāmakanipaio Campground are nestled amongst tall eucalyptus trees.

Photo by Anne Walker

Hawai'i Volcanoes Lodge Company operates rustic camper cabins and the campsites at the Nāmakanipaio campground.

The cabins sleep 4 (1 double bed and 2 bunk-style twin beds). Each cabin has a picnic table and an outdoor barbecue grill. Reservations are required.

For more information please visit: http://www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com/cabins-campsites/.

 

Services:

Stores
Two small village grocery stores and a hardware store are located in Volcano Village. The nearest large shopping area is in Hilo (a 31.5 mile, 45 minute drive).

Laundry
A laundromat is located at the rear of the Thai Thai Restaurant/Volcano True Value Hardware store in Volcano Village.

Restaurants
The Volcano House sm, is located across the street from Kīlauea Visitor Center. The hotel is operated by Hawai'i Volcanoes Lodge Company.
The Crater Rim Cafe and Java Cafe at Kīlauea Military Camp (KMC) are open to active and retired military.

In addition, there are several restaurants located outside the park in Volcano Village and at the Volcano Golf and Country Club.

 

Camping Areas Outside the Park

County and State campgrounds are located around the island.

County of Hawai`i, Department of Parks and Recreation (808) 961-8311

Hawai`i State Parks, (808) 961-9540



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