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Camping on Oahu

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There are many campsites on oahu for you to choose from. Be sure to follow all the rules, be safe and enjoy the Island.

The Rules

  • Permits
    • Camping and lodging permits may be reserved and purchased up to 30 days in advance.
    • Permitees are allowed to reserve no more than one campsite or cabin in any given park at a time.
    • The simplest way to make a camping or lodging reservation and payment is to do so from home, 24 hours a day, via the new electronic permits portal, which is also the most convenient way to check site availability. http://hawaiistateparks.org/camping/fees.cfm then click on the left had side that says “online  reservations book them now”
    • Permits may also be purchased in person at one of the District Offices. Offices are open Monday-Friday, 8 am-3:30 pm. Offices are closed on State Holidays and furlough days. 
    • Go to http://hawaiistateparks.org/camping/fees.cfm  for more information
  • Fees
    • $12 per campsite per night ($18 non-resident) for up to 6 people $2 per night for each additional person. Max fees per site $20 per night.
    • Children 2 and under are free
    • Accepted forms of payment for walk-in customers include credit card, cash, cashier's check, certified check, postal money order or bank money order.  Checks are to be made payable to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  Personal or business checks will be accepted only if payment is received more than 30 days before the check-in date, therefore checks are not accepted for Oahu camping.
    • No refunds will be given if requested less than 15 days or more in advance of check-in date - no exceptions.
  • Maximum Length
    • 5 consecutive days at one park.
  • Campers, Vans and Trailers
    • Hawaii's State Park campgrounds are not set up for camping in vehicles, including campers, vans and trailers.  Sleeping in vehicles in our campground parking lots is therefore not allowed.
  • KAUAI (including Napali Coast State Wilderness Park)
  • Hawaii Residents:  $15 per person per night. Non- residents: $20 per night. ***Hike and camp at own risk*

Where to go

State Parks

  • Ahupua‘a o Kahana State Park
    • Offers beach camping along the windward (northeast) coast of the island.
    • 52-222 Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83), Kahana
  • Malaekahana State Recreation Area
    • Offers beach camping along the windward (northeast) coast of the island.
    • Off Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83), Malaekahana Beach: Kalanai Point Section 0.6 mile north of La'ie town; Kahuku Section 1.3 miles north of La'ie town.
  • Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area
    • Provides a mountain setting in the uplands above Honolulu. 
    • End of 'Aiea Heights Drive, 'Aiea Heights, 'Aiea. Follow H-1 to Moanalua Highway (Hwy. 78). Take the 'Aiea cutoff to the third traffic light, make a right turn at 'Aiea Heights Drive and follow it about 3 miles up to the end of the road.
  • Sand Island State Recreation Area
    • Offers shoreline camping very close to the urban core of Honolulu, catering to local weekend campers.
    • End of Sand Island Access Road, off Nimitz Highway (Highway 92), Sand Island, Honolulu.

County Parks

  • Bellows Field Beach Park
    • 41-043 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo (Windward Oahu)
    • 50 campsites located on a 3-1/2 mile-long sandy crescent beach. Comfort station, lifeguard, public phones, picnicking. Beachcombing, pole fishing, board surfing, body surfing, swimming (when waters are calm).
    • Tent camping on weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). Campsite can be reserved.
  • Hauula Beach Park
    • 54-135 Kamehameha Highway, Hauula (Windward Oahu)
    • 15 campsites. Comfort station, public phones, picnicking. Diving, snorkeling, surfing (limited), swimming (when waters are calm).
  • Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden
    • 45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe (Windward Oahu)
    • Note: Phone 233-7323 for camping reservations and permits.
    • Four hundred acres of exotic plants and tropical foliage at the base of the Koolau cliffs. Special emphasis is placed on conserving plants native to Hawaii. Extensive hiking trails. Guided walks on weekends.
    • Tent camping on weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). Gate hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All permits must be validated at the Hoomaluhia Visitor Center. Permits are free.
  • Kaiaka Bay Beach Park
    • 66-449 Haleiwa Road, Haleiwa (North Shore Oahu)
    • 7 campsites situated in an ironwood grove on a pretty peninsula with a rocky shoreline. Comfort station, public phones, picnicking, night security. Crabbing, pole fishing, swimming, throw netting.
    • No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights. Campsite can be reserved. Gate hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Kalaeloa Beach (aka Barber’s Point Beach Park)
    • Campbell's Industrial Park, 91-121 Olai Street, Barber's Point (Southwest Oahu)
    • 13 campsites. A seven acre park with comfort station, picnicking, pole fishing, swimming (dangerous currents and surf from October through March). Poor swimming - the majority of the shoreline is fronted by a sharp limestone shelf fronting the park. A small sandy beach is located at the western end of the park.
    • Camping on weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). Campsite can be reserved.
  • Keaau Beach Park
    • 83-431 Farrington Highway, Makaha  (Leeward Oahu)
    • 25 campsites. Comfort station, public phones, picnicking. Diving, swimming (dangerous currents and surf from October through April). Rocky shoreline and ocean bottom. Sandy beach at western end of park.
    • No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights.
  • Kokololio Beach Park
    • 55-017 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, HI 96762 (Windward Oahu)
    • Tel. (808) 523-4525 for permits
    • 5 campsites. Shady site on a long white sand beach. Comfort station, picnicking. Beachcombing, shorecasting, body surfing, swimming (dangerous currents from October through April). No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights.
    • Campsite can be reserved. Gate hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Kualoa "B" Regional Park
    • 49-479 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe (Windward Shore) Tel. (808) 523-4525 for permits
    • 30 campsites. A peninsula on the quiet waters of Kaneohe Bay. Mokolii Island (Chinaman's Hat) is offshore. The park is listed in the National Register of Historical Places because of its great importance in Hawaiian history. Comfort station, lifeguard, public phones, picnicking, night security. Diving, swimming.
    • No camping on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Campsite can be reserved. Gate hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Lualualei Beach Park No.1
    • 86-221 Farrington Highway, Waianae (Leeward Oahu)
    • 6 campsites. Comfort station, public phones, picnicking. Diving, pole fishing, body surfing, swimming (dangerous currents and surf from October through March). The majority of the shoreline is fronted by coral reef and beach rock.
    • No camping on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Campground open in summer only.
  • Maili Beach Park
    • 87-021 Farrington Highway, Maili (Leeward Oahu)
    • 12 campsites. Comfort stations, volleyball courts, picnic areas, parking stalls. Lifeguard service during summer months and on weekends. Diving, board surfing, swimming (dangerous currents and surf from October through March, generally calm during summer). The long sandy beach fronted by a rocky shoreline is wide in summer, erodes in winter. The coral reef has a sudden drop off (potentially dangerous for swimmers). Best swimming is in front of lifeguard tower.
    • Camping on weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). Campsite can be reserved.
  • Mokuleia Forest Reserve
    • Access to the forest reserve's campground is via the Yokohama side of Kaena Peninsula on Oahu's leeward coast (at the end of Farrington Highway)
      Mountainous area. Two campsites are provided at the Peacock Flats Campground. Compost toilet. Picnicking. Water is not available - please bring your own drinking water. No open fires permitted.
  • Mokuleia Beach Park
    • 68-919 Kaena Point Road, Waialua (North Shore Oahu)
    • 15 campsites. Located on one of the most isolated and uninhabited beaches on Oahu. Comfort station, public phones, picnicking. Diving, shorecasting. Unsafe swimming - dangerous currents from October through April especially when surf is big.
    • No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights.
  • Nanakuli Beach Park
    • 89-269 Kaena Point Road, Nanakuli (Leeward Oahu)
    • 12 campsites. Comfort station, lifeguard, public phones, picnicking, and night security. Diving, snorkeling, swimming (generally safe in summer when sea is calm - dangerous at other times).
    • No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights. Campsite can be reserved.
  • Swanzy Beach Park
    • 51-369 Kamehameha Highway, Kaaawa (Windward Oahu)
    • Tel. (808) 523-4525 for permits
      9 campsites. A 5-acre site on the windward coast. Comfort station, public phones, picnicking. Diving, snorkeling, swimming when sea is calm. Park lacks a good sand beach and is generally not appealing to swimmers. Fishermen frequent shallow offshore waters.
    • Camping allowed on weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). Campsite can be reserved.
  • Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area
    • 41-043 Aloiloi Street, Waimanalo (Windward Oahu)
    • 10 campsites. An ironwood forest on one of Oahu's finest beaches. Comfort station, lifeguard, public phones, picnicking and night security. Board surfing, body surfing, and swimming.
    • No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights. Campsite can be reserved. Gate hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
  • Waimanalo Beach Park
    • 41-741 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo (Windward Oahu)
    • 22 campsites on 38 acres. Popular with local residents. Comfort station, lifeguard, public phones, picnicking. Snorkeling and swimming. Beachfront is wide and sandy.
    • No camping Wednesday and Thursday nights.