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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has two drive-in campgrounds - Namakani Paio (located off of Highway 11), and Kulanaokuaiki (located off of Hilina Pali Road). These campgrounds are FREE - the only fee that applies is your entry fee to the park. Camping is available on a first-come basis. No reservations, No permits, and No check-in are necessary. Stays are limited to 7 days in a month and not to exceed 30 days per year.
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Additional Camping Information
Namakani Paio Campground, is located off Highway 11, 31.5 miles out of Hilo at 4,000 foot elevation. It is a large, open grassy area with tall eucalyptus and ohi'a trees. This campground has restrooms, water, picnic tables, and barbecue pits. A large pavilion has picnic tables and a fire place (bring your own firewood - firewood is not available in the area).
Kulanaokuaiki Campground, located at 2,700 foot elevation and about 5 miles down the Hilina Pali Road. There is NO WATER at this location. This new campground has 3 campsites. 2 of these sites are wheelchair accessible. There are barbecue grills, a vault-type toilet (no running water), and picnic tables.
Weather: May be cool and damp year-round. Daytime temperature range: 60s to 70�F. Nightime temperature range: high 30s to low 50�F. We suggest that you have a tent with a good rainfly and bring warm clothing for the cool evenings. Please see the Weather Page for more info.
Backcountry camping is by permit only. You must register at the Kilauea Visitor Center prior to departure (7:45 am to 4:45 pm daily). No group may exceed 12 people. Hikers are required to hike out everything they pack in. Do not bury your trash or discard it in pit toilets, pack it out. Stays are limited to three nights per site.
The Pu'u �Ula'ula (Red Hill) cabin at 10,035 feet has 8 bunks with mattresses. The Mauna Loa cabin on the rim of Moku'aweoweo at 13,250 feet has 12 bunks with mattresses. You must register at the Kilauea Visitor Center prior to departure (7:45 am to 4:45 pm daily). Both are available on a sharing, first come first served basis. Cabins have attached water catchment tanks. Check on current water levels when registering. Treat all water before drinking. Pit toilets are provided; please use them. Do not put trash in the pit toilets.
Volcano House Hotel, operates rustic camper cabins at the Namakani Paio 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 information write: The Volcano House, Hawai'i National Park, HI 96718.
SHOWERS: Showers may be obtained (on a space available basis) through the Volcano House hotel which operates camper cabins in the Namakani Paio campground.
STORES: Two small village grocery stores and a hardware store are located in Volcano Village. The nearest large shopping area is in Hilo (31.5 miles away).
LAUNDRY: A laundromat is located behind the Thai Thai Restaurant in Volcano Village.
RESTAURANTS: There are several restaurants located in Volcano Village, and within the park.
CAMPING AREAS OUTSIDE THE PARK: County and State campgrounds are located around the island.
County of Hawai'i, Department of Parks and Recreation. Call: 808-961-8311.
Hawai'i State, Department of Land and Natural Resources. Call: 808-974-6200.
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