Places to Camp near Kahului, HI

Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Kahului, HI is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. Kahului is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Kahului. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Kahului, HI (18)

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Olowalu
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    1.

    Camp Olowalu

    18 Reviews
    71 Photos
    111 Saves
    Lahaina, Hawaii

    COVID-19 regulations: we are following all local, state and federal regulations regarding COVID-19, and recommend our guests to comply with current mandates and travel requirements to Hawaii and inter-island before making a reservation.

    PRE-CHECK IS REQUIRED FOR ALL INTER-ISLAND AND OUT-OF-STATE RESERVATIONS! AS OF OCTOBER 15, 2020, all inter-island and out-of-state visitors must prove the completion of the quarantine requirement or provide validated Safe Travels Hawai’i/DOH quarantine exemption. Documentation must be submitted via email to reservations@campolowalu.com, before 2PM on check-in day. Guests in non-compliance with the pre-check requirement will not be able to enter the campground. CAMP OLOWALU IS NOT A QUARANTINE SITE.

    Currently, reservations are open for tent sites, car camping, tentalows (no linens provided) and A-frame cabins. The camp store will remain closed until further notice; morning complimentary coffee is also discontinued.

    Camp on one of the 35 sites. Alongside Maui’s Olowalu Beach enjoy our campground amenities.

    Tent camping Tentalows Car Camping Cabins

    COMMON AMENITIES

    Bathrooms: toilet, sink, mirror, hand soap, paper towels & toilet paper
    Instant hot water showers
    Outdoor dishwashing station
    Wifi internet hotspot at check-in area
    Trash & recycling stations
    Private parking
    2 Charging stations
    Fire pit
    Picnic benches
    BBQ grills
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $24 - $1600 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park

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    Hosmer Grove Campground — Haleakalā National Park

    18 Reviews
    53 Photos
    69 Saves
    Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

    Haleakalā Volcano, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, is a massive shield volcano that rises more than 10,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, and makes up more than 75% of the island’s land mass. Its name, Haleakalā, is Hawaiian for “House of the Sun,” and is steeped in Hawaiian legend. More modern references attribute it to the spectacular sunrises observed from the rim of the summit crater. In an effort to preserve and protect the volcano’s spectacular summit crater, as well as the Kipahulu Valley rainforest on the volcano’s eastern slope, Haleakalā National Park was established in 1961. The majority of visitors to the park drive the long, winding road to the summit viewpoints and visitor center. The small number of adventurers who descend into the crater can explore an otherworldly landscape of colorful cinder cones, lava flows and other volcanic features.

    For those interested in a little primitive camping on the flank of this sleeping giant, the Hosmer Grove Campground provides close access to the summit’s viewing areas and hiking trails. The campground is located partway up the mountain, just 0.5 mile past the park’s entrance station. From Kahului, it’s only about 28 miles, but the winding road makes the drive pretty slow. Hosmer Grove offers 10 campsites in a large, grassy area surrounded by foreign and native woods. Campsites have picnic tables and cooking grills, and vault toilets are available. Campfires are not permitted, but contained camp stoves are allowed. The campground is situated at 7,000 feet above sea level, right in Haleakalā’s “cloud belt,” so it’s often cool and foggy, and overnight temps can plummet below freezing. Free camping is first-come, first-served, with a three-night limit..

    Taking in Haleakalā’s summit sunrise show requires making a long, slow, winding drive up the mountain in the blackness of night to reach the viewing areas before sunrise. In efforts to alleviate road and parking congestion at the summit, the national park has implemented a permit requirement to access the viewing areas. These can be obtained up to 60 days in advance from the recreation.gov website. Permits are only required for driving up the mountain between 3am and 7am. Dress warmly, as it is cold on the summit rim. Hikers will find more than 30 miles of trails that journey down into the crater for exploring its many features. There is no shade or water on the crater floor, and temperatures can vary significantly, so pack along plenty of water and sunscreen. Also, due to the soft, sandy nature of the trails, plan on spending twice as much time to hike out as to hike in.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Waiʻanapanapa State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Waiʻanapanapa State Park Campground
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    Waiʻanapanapa State Park Campground

    19 Reviews
    110 Photos
    103 Saves
    Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

    When it comes to camping locations in paradise, Waianapanapa State Park remains an unspoiled gem. Low, volcanic cliffs envelop the sparkling black sand lagoon below. Located at the end of Waiʻanapanapa Road off Hana Highway, this park offers a wide range of scenic views, tropical hikes, and tons of unique recreation opportunities. Those looking for solitude and respite from the day-to-day grind of modern life are sure to enjoy this secluded campground.

    Waianapanapa is unique in that it’s one of the few places where you can enjoy dark, volcanic sand beaches. Even cooler, throughout the year the various tide pools throughout turn a deep shade of maroon-red. Scientists attribute this to the shrimp colonies that visit throughout the year. However, locals say it’s a due to a haunting from the blood of Popoaleae, a mythical princess who was killed by her husband Chief Kaakea in a cave nearby. We’ll let you decide what you want to believe.

    The campsites here are spacious enough to accomodate any tent or van dweller, but RVers aren’t going to find much accomodation here. The campground includes bathrooms, drinking water, an outdoor beach shower, fire pits, and tons of hikes nearby. In addition, the park grants access to shore fishing, snorkelling and scuba destinations nearby. Waianapanapa is also known for it’s natural blow-holes scattered through the park, and its world-class sea-bird watching.

    Waianapanapa State Park is massive, featuring over 122 acres of unspoiled volcanic terrain. However, parking is limited and the campground itself is on the small side. If you’re looking to camp here, reservations must be made at least 3 days prior to your check-in date. For HI residents, fees are $12 per night for up to 6 people, and $2 per night for every person thereafter. If you’re not a resident, fees are $18/night, with an addition charge of $3 per additional camper. Additionally, the park also offers Cabins on reservation at $60/night for residents, and $90/night for visitors. That being said, if you’re planning on camping in a cabin be aware there is a 2 day minimum. If you’re the type to procrastinate, definitely take care of your reservations in advance as they are strict about permitting here.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $12 - $90 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park

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    Holua Primitive Wilderness Campsite — Haleakalā National Park

    6 Reviews
    8 Photos
    24 Saves
    Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

    There are two primitive wilderness tent camping areas which are accessible only by trail, Hōlua and Palikū. Reservations are required for both campsites through www.recreation.gov. The reservation system is live as of April 22, 2021 at 7 am HST.

    Each single campsite allows a maximum of five people and two tents. Group campsites allow for a maximum of ten people. Hōlua and Palikū campsites have pit toilets and seasonally non-potable water available nearby. The water must be filtered or treated before drinking. In times of drought, all water must be carried in. Horses, mules, and donkeys are permitted as pack animals on the Keoneheʻeheʻe Trail, Halemauʻu Trail, and Supply Trail. All waste produced by pack animals must be removed from parking areas and trailheads. No group may have more than 12 pack animals. Riders, commerical operators, and owners are responsible for the removal of dead or injured stock within 72 hours. Pets of any other kind are prohibited on all trails.

    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Papalaua Wayside Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Papalaua Wayside Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Papalaua Wayside Park

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    Papalaua Wayside Park

    4 Reviews
    3 Photos
    28 Saves
    Lahaina, Hawaii

    A camping permit is required to camp in DPR parks. Permits are given on a first come, first served basis and are limited to the following parks: Papalaua Wayside Beach Park (West Maui):  Closed weekly for maintenance on:Tuesday and Wednesday

    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Trash

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area Camping
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    Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area Camping

    3 Reviews
    19 Photos
    39 Saves
    Kihei, Hawaii

    Camping and lodging (one cabin) within the fog belt of the Kula Forest Reserve at 6200 foot elevation. Extensive trail system in the forest reserve, including through a forest reminiscent of the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest coast.

    Sweeping views of Central and West Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi in clear weather.

    Pig and seasonal bird hunting. Hikers should wear bright colored clothing – hunters may be in the area. Nights are generally cold; winter nights frequently have below freezing temperatures. No campground showers. (10.0 acres). PLEASE NOTE: The Polipoli Cabin cannot be reserved through our online system. Visitors must walk-in or call the Maui District office for reservations.

    • Tents
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets

    $20 - $100 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Kanaha Beach Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Maui Hawaii County Park Kanaha Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park

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    Kīpahulu Campground — Haleakalā National Park

    6 Reviews
    34 Photos
    89 Saves
    Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

    This area offers one drive-up campground. Campers are advised that Kīpahulu is wet, remote, and far from most amenities. Come prepared - bring water, food, and a tent. There is no water available, but shared grills, picnic tables and pit-toilets are provided. Permits are not required, but campers must pay the $20 park entry fee. Camping is limited to 3 nights in any 30-day period.

    The Kīpahulu campground is about 1/8 mile (.2km) south of the Kīpahulu Visitor Center. It overlooks ocean cliffs and is a short walk from ʻOheʻo Gulch. In the evenings, the sound of the ocean waves makes this a peaceful place. The campground has picnic tables, BBQ grills, and pit toilets. No water is available at Kīpahulu Campground; However, drinking water is available at the Kīpahulu Visitor Center restrooms. There are two general stores in the nearby town of Hāna (10 miles[16km] away) where you can purchase water and basic food supplies. Be prepared for rain, harsh sun, and mosquitoes.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Kahului, HI?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Kahului, HI is Camp Olowalu with a 4.7-star rating from 18 reviews.

What parks are near Kahului, HI?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 parks near Kahului, HI that allow camping, notably Haleakala National Park and Pu'u O Umi Natural Area Reserve.