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1. Posted by alice.goet (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

in May 2016 I will be travelling to Hawaii with my sister. We will be staying for a couple of days i Waikiki before heading to The Big Island for 5 days. While on The Big Island, we were planning on renting a car and driving a round-tour. We have been looking at lodging/hotel/hostel options but haven't found much, and are starting to look at the possibility of camping.
I found a website listing different camping sites (, but when I did further research about the individual campsites I had trouble finding any information.
My question is, does anyone have advice on camping on Hawai'i, where to go, what would be cheapest, etc.?
Would love some general tips as well.


2. Posted by alice.goet (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Our trip is (as of right now, plans may change)
Kona international airport(morning flight) --> Waipio
Waipio --> 'Akaka falls --> Mauna Kea (Spend night at Mauna Kea if possible)
Mauna Kea --> Rainbow falls --> Hilo
Hilo --> Pahoa
Pahoa --> Volcanoes national park
Volcanoes national park --> Kona international airport(evening flight)

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You won't find many options for camping in the Islands. Homelessness is a serious problem that the government and others are trying to tackle. Many homeless people camp on beaches, etc. There also is the danger factor, namely crime. So camping is discouraged, except in certain state parks, where camp sites and cabins might be available.

Check this Web site:

As far as I know, the Mauna Kea access road remains closed indefinitely because of protesters; and it is illegal to camp within a mile of the mountain.

Check the latest news:

There aren't many hostels in the Islands. But there are some bed & breakfasts; and some condos for rent. There are a variety of hotels to suit many budgets.

Hawaii is an expensive place to live and visit. In fact, locals (my family included) will tell you that it is the most expensive place to live in the United States. Housing is so costly that many of Hawaii's young people leave the Islands to live on the Mainland in places such as Colorado, Nevada and Arizona, where home prices are more reasonable. Those that choose not to leave often live with parents and/or grandparents.

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5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Yes, it's there, but instead of lowering your cost of visiting the Islands, camping on Lanai potentially could dent your budget.

There is quite a bit of information online, including this one:

Larry Ellison, a founder of Oracle, bought 97 percent of Lanai in 2012, including its two Four Seasons-run hotels. The island is known for its exclusivity. Bill and Melinda Gates were married Jan. 1, 1994 on the 12th tee of the Manele Bay Hotel's golf course.

So, yes, it's an option. But it isn't going to help lower your cost of visiting Hawaii. But if you're determined, here are some transportation options, including the ferry from Maui: The cost of the roundtrip from Lahaina to Manele is $60.

Two airlines serve Lanai. The roundtrip from Honolulu on Island Air is about $110, with a stop in Kahului, Maui. The nonstop on Hawaiian Air is around $140 for flights lasting 30 minutes or so.

Want to stay at the Four Seasons Resort? It's roughly $1,000 per night for a double room.

6. Posted by alice.goet (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for all the replies.

Thanks for informing me of this protest. I will change the plans with regard to this - although do you think they will still be closed in May? And also, just out of curiosity, what are the protests about?

The tickets have already been bought, so we will be going to The Big Island, and won't have enough time to visit another one. But hopefully I can find some budget stays around the island. If anyone has specific names, holler ;)

Thanks again you guys. Travel advice and dos and don'ts would be much appreciated - it is going to be my first time in Hawaii.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I suspect you'll have to pay around $125 to $150 per night for a budget double room. Some places will be less; some will be more. Go online to see what the options are. Note that taxes are extra.

The protesters don't want to see any more telescopes built on Mauna Kea, which they consider to be sacred. The controversy is likely to be ongoing.

Your best way to get around the Big Island is to rent a car. There is public transportation, but it's not as extensive as it is in Honolulu, where TheBus has extensive routes. Check these Web sites:

You'll have a great time.