Camping in Hawaii 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Backcountry camping is by permit only in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You must register at the Kilauea Visitor Center prior to departure.  No group may exceed 12 people.  Hikers are required to pack out everything they pack in.   Heed special regulations relating to fire prevention and protection of archeological sites and endangered sea turtles.

Camping in other places around Hawaii:

A camping permit is always required, but can easily be obtain and is very reasonable.   Permits are issued  for a maximum stay of 5 nights only. You need to have a valid photo I.D. from everybody in your group. On Oahu the camp grounds are closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, on the neighbor islands they are open every day.


The following link makes it possible to book a campsite at any of the 11 Hawaii County Parks and pay via credit card:

Then click on 'Online Camping Permit' ...or go directly to:

After booking and paying for the reservation online, you can print the permit and take it to the park without having to go to any P & R office.  Please read the instructions and rules before purchasing a campground permit.  Info:  Hawaii County Parks & Recreation: 961-8311

To get more information about campgrounds and to get permits in advance (recommended) write to the following  issuing offices:

Oahu: Division of State Parks, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, ph: (808) 548 7455

Kauai: Division of State Parks, State Building, 3060 Eiwa and Hardy Streets, Lihue, HI 96766, ph: (808)
245 4444

Maui and Molokai: Division of State Parks, 54 High Str., Wailuku, HI 96793, ph: (808) 244 4354

Hawaii (The Big Island): Division of State Parks, 75 Aupuni St, Hilo, HI 96720, ph: (808) 961 7200


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