There are two drive-in campgrounds in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki. For information on camping in the backcountry, visit the Backcountry Hiking page.
Nāmakanipaio Campground is operated by Hawai'i Volcanoes Lodge Company. Please visit http://www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com or call (844)-569-8849 for more information. The 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.
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. GPS coordinates for Nāmakanipaio: 19.42529, -155.29527
Hawai'i Volcanoes Lodge Company also 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, an outdoor barbecue grill and an outdoor firepit. Reservations are required.
For more information please visit: http://www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com.
Kulanaokuaiki Campground is located about 5 miles down the Hilina Pali Road at 2,700' elevation. The nine designated campsites at Kulanaokuaiki have picnic tables and tent pads, and are available on a first-come basis. There is NO WATER at this location. There is a vault-type toilet (no running water). Checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Fires are NOT permitted.
Fees: Effective November 1, 2016
Pets are not allowed in the campground or anywhere on Hilina Pali Road
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. GPS coordinates of Kulanaokuaiki: 19.34315, -155.27361
Last updated: April 3, 2020