If you are looking for a primitive stay in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park than Kulanaokuaiki Campground is the perfect place to camp. This campground is located down a 5-mile road that barely fits two cars passing each other.
The campground is primitive and does not have running water or electricity. You will need to bring water with you and plan for constantly changing weather.
When we visited the campground it was dreary and cold. This is hard to believe for Hawaii but it was just grey and ugly.
The next day in the park it was bright and sunny with barely a cloud in the sky and then two hours later it was pouring rain.
Kulanaokuaiki Campground - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
This is a tent only campground. RV's are not allowed in the campground
There is a vault type toilet near the parking area. There is no water at this location.
Wood, charcoal and all fires are not permitted with the exception of fueled cooking stoves.
Plan for cool days even though some days the highs 60s to 90s the weather can change quickly. I would plan on highs 40s to high 60s but be prepared that it can get a lot hotter than this.
Make sure you have a rain cover for your tent and are prepared for moist weather.
Season: Year Round
This campground is subject to closure when the area is dry and during times of high fire risk.
Number of Sites: 9
Location in the park: Kulanaokuaiki Campground is located about 5 miles down the Hilina Pali Road
Campsite Cost: $10.00 a night per site
$5.00 a night per site for campers who hold the Interagency Senior (Golden Age) and Golden Access passes
All guests must pay the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance fee
Reservations: No, first come first serve
Longitude/latitude: 19.34315, -155.27361
Elevation: 2,700 elevation
Accessible Sites: Three campgrounds are wheelchair accessible
Pets Allowed: Pets are not allowed in the campground or anywhere on Hilina Pali Road
Maximum Stay Limits: 7 days
Flush Toilets: No, accessible vault toilet
Is wifi Available? No
Is cellular Phone Service Available? No
Is firewood available for purchase? No fires are allowed in the campground
Amenities at each campsite:
Fire pit in the site? No fires are allowed in the campground.
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Bear Box in site/area? No
Potable Water? No
The maximum number of people in a campsite: 6 people per site
The number of cars per campsite: parking is in one parking lot
Check in Time: 3 pm
Checkout time: 12 pm
Quiet Hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Maximum Stay: 7-day maximum stay limit.
Kulanaokuaiki Campground Map
Photos of Kulanaokuaiki Campground
If you are looking for a traditional campground check out Nāmakanipaio Campground.
There is one lodge in the park, Volcano House, that is located on the rim of the crater and well worth visiting.
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