Campgrounds in and around Kahuku
Mahukona Beach ParkMahukona Beach Park is on the site of an old sugar company property on the northwest shore of the Big Island. It’s a popular place for swimming as the harbor is usually protected from wind and waves.Some of the old sugar mill buildings still remain, including one near the shore that says “Hawaii Railway Co. LTD 1930” on the facade. Adjacent to the parking lot there’s a large concrete dock with a rusting crane and other concrete structures. A ladder is provided on the dock for those that go swimming and snorkeling in the harbor. Scuba diving from the protected harbor entrance is common too. Use caution when walking or climbing around on the old structures as they have sharp rusty parts and can be slippery too.The campground is located on the south side of the property. If you only plan to stay for the day, picnic tables with barbecues are provided too. A trail to a light tower begins at the camping area – just follow the shore about 200 yards from where the trail starts. If you followed the shore southward much farther you’d run into Lapakahi State Historical Park, an archaeological site with a separate entrance (free parking and highly recommended).
Spencer Beach ParkOhai’ula Beach at Spencer Beach Park is an excellent sandy beach that is popular with families. It is located just north of Mauna Kea Resort and ten miles downhill and west of Waimea.Spencer Beach Park is a county-operated park that includes the popular swimming beach and many other amenities. Lifeguards are staffed on weekends and holidays from 9:30am to 4:45pm. Sunbathers can usually find a spot on the beach, but it is popular on sunny weekends. Grass lawns are maintained for those who just want to relax in the park away from the sand. Large trees throughout the park and behind the beach help save on sunscreen. Picnic tables are provided throughout the park near the beach and in the grassy areas.
Kalopa State Recreation AreaLodging, picnicking and easy family nature hike (0.7-mile loop trail) in a native 'ohi'a forest at a 2000-foot elevation. Trail passes through the beginnings of an arboretum of the Island's native plants. Additional trails in the adjoining forest reserve, including a 2-mile horse loop trail.
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Ho‘okena Beach ParkHo`okena Beach Park is the historical site for one of the last active Hawaiian canoe fishing villages in Hawai'i. Ho'okena has a rich cultural history and remnants of its old commercial steamship pier remain. There are canoes strewn across the beach owned by the fishermen who continue traditional Hawaiian fishing practices passed down from their ancestors, if you are lucky you may see the fishermen launch their canoes or come back with a bounty full of fish.The beach is an exotic blend of a wide variety of coral and fine, gray sand. Depending on the time of year, the ocean is placid and the clear, blue waters reveal spectacular underwater landscapes and a colorful array of fish, when there is a south swell, watch the local boogie boarders masterfully ride the near shore break. The sunsets are amazing and the sunrise above the pali (cliffs) are breathtaking.Ho`okena Beach Park is an excellent place to camp under the stars, listening to the soothing, sound of waves crashing on the beach then waking up to a gentle, sea breeze to a spectacular view found nowhere else.
Kulanaokuaiki CampgroundKulanaokuaiki 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. This campground is a designated primitive campsite. NO RVs.
Whittington Beach ParkWhittington Beach Park is located on the shoreline overlooking Honuapo Bay. It is a popular camping destination known for fishing with amenities such as shelters, bathrooms, parking, picnic tables and outdoor showers. It does not have drinking water. Most of the shoreline is dangerous for swimming and water activities, however the tidepools offer a great alternative for those looking to explore the water.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach ParkThe gorgeous black sand of this beach is host to the endangered Hawksbill turtle and many shady coconut palms. Punaluʻu is easily accessible and is a great place to stop for a picnic, cool down in the water, snorkel, go for a short hike or enjoy camping. As the Kaʻu side of the island is exposed to strong tides, it isn’t always the ideal conditions for swimming, but it is a sightseer’s dream.
Malaekahana Beach CampgroundMalaekahana Beach Campground on Oahu's North Shore offers some of the best camping accommodations, amenities and activities in Hawaii! Whether you like to sleep under the stars in your tent or in a plantation hut or suite for style and comfort, Malaekahana Beach Campground offers something for everyone. With a selection of up to 74+ campsites offering a wide selection of spacious sites and open areas with picnic tables, water spouts and fire pits, your back to nature event is just a reservation away.What’s camping in Hawaii without outdoor recreational activities? Swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle, body surfing and surfing are just some of the activities you can also enjoy to make your North Shore experience memorable.
Camp PālehuaCamp Pālehua is a puʻuhonua where a deepened understanding of the ʻāina awakens a desire for stewardship in our community and beyond. Camp Pālehua's mission is to create unforgettable experiences in a unique mauka environment for the local community and visitors from around the world. We offer educational programs and activities in an effort to foster the next generation of stewards; events to network and expand collaboration opportunities in our community; and overnight accommodations in order for guests to build personal connections with the land. Camp Pālehua (formerly Camp Timberline) is part of 1,600 acres of conservation and agricultural land owned by Gill 'Ewa Lands, LLC (GEL). We are perched on the southern slopes of the Wai'anae mountains, nestled in a forest with commanding views of the southern and western coastline of O'ahu. GEL is committed to protecting the natural environment and cultural sites and restoring the native forest. We welcome individuals and groups interested in environmental education, cultural preservation, outdoor adventure, teamwork experiences and just plain fun!
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