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Camp Kaenae (YMCA)
*Reservation Required
(Book in advance because there isn't cell reception in the area)

Camp Keanae is a large YMCA property, located about a third of the way down the road to Hana. A somewhat vacant, repurposed military compound with beautiful coastal views, grassy (sometimes muddy) camp spots, hot showers, a basketball court and eery industrial facilities.

  • Ice machine

  • Fire Pits

  • Gymnasium

  • Playing Field

  • Clifftop ocean views

  • Hot showers

  • Filtered water

  • Flushable Toilets

Camping fees are $30 per person / per night!


Wainapanapa State Park​
*Reservation Required (STRICTLY Enforced)
(Book in advance because there isn't cell reception in the area)

You'll see a sign for Waianapanapa a few minutes before you get to Hana. This state park attracts a lot of tourists. The property features a blowhole, a black sand beach, a lava tube and a short hike to magical freshwater caves. Flat, grassy camp spots, picnic tables and jungle bathrooms.

  • Picnic tables

  • Grills

  • Restrooms

  • Outdoor showers

  • Ocean views

  • Drinking water

Camping fee is $18 per camper van ($12 for Hawaii residents with valid ID.)

+1 (808) 984-8109 – camping.ehawaii.gov/camping

Kipahulu "7 Sacred Pools" - Haleakala National Park 
Campground is OPEN! - Only the lower pools are closed for swimming
*No Reservations - Pay as you Come or Go
The Kipahulu Campground is about 10 miles past Hana, near the pools at ‘Ohe’o (Seven Sacred Pools), within the Haleakala National Park. It overlooks the ocean, facing sunrise, and is a prime spot to start the Pipiwai Trail hike (free guided hikes on Sunday mornings).

  • Picnic tables

  • Grills

  • Restrooms

  • Ocean views

Camping fee is included in the park entrance ticket. $25 per vehicle (entry fee stays valid for 3 days)

*If the ranger station is closed upon arrival, you may pay on your way out.

+1 (808) 248-7375 – www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/kipahulu.html

Papalaua Campground
*No Reservations - Pay as you Come or Go

Heading west to Lahaiana, Papalaua Beach Park / Campground will be on your left, shortly after you pass through a tunnel. The area has a long, sandy beach with excellent snorkeling and longboard surfing. It's close to the road, but it's the easiest access of any campground and there are flat, shady parking spots. It's a great place to wake up, take 10 steps and dive into the ocean.

  • Picnic tables

  • Grills

  • Portable toilets

  • Ocean views

Camping fee is $5 per person per night on week days, $8 on weekends and holidays.

+1 (808) 661-4685 –  www.co.maui.hi.us

Camp Olowalu
*RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - This Campground fills up fast!

The swankiest campground on Maui. Camp Olowalu is a private campground / retreat center located about 6 miles south of Lahaina. It has really nice landscaping and facilities. It's also very close to some of the best snorkeling and summer surf-breaks on the island.

  • Picnic tables

  • Grills

  • WiFi

  • Restrooms w/ sinks

  • Hot Showers

  • Laundry

  • Ocean views


Open Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. After hours check-in available (instructions at the check-in window).

Camping fee is $20 per person per night

+1 (808) 661-4303 – www.campolowalu.com

Hosmer Grove / Haleakala National Park
*No Reservations - Pay as you Come or Go
Located near 7,000ft in elevation, TEMPERATURES at Hosmer Grove campground can hover around FREEZING AT NIGHT. The approach to the campground is a 40+ mile, continuously uphill drive through upper Kula and the Haleakala cattle ranch. Plan on taking a few hours to get there from sea-level. This is not a highly recommended van-camping area because of the angled parking spots, and  freezing cold temperatures  at night.
*If you decide to camp here, bring clothing for potential rain, snow and chilly nights.
  • Picnic tables

  • Grills

  • Pit toilets

  • Views

Camping fee is included in the park entrance ticket. $25 per vehicle, valid for 3 days (keep your receipt)

*If the ranger station is closed upon arrival, you may pay on your way out.

+1 (808) 248-7375 – www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/kipahulu.html

While SUNRISE on Mount Haleakala's summit is beautiful, we don't recommend it: Why?
1. It is EXTREMELY crowded! Imagine tour buses + hundreds of people standing shoulder to shoulder, shivering.
2. Going up there in the dark means potentially driving into a dense cloud where you will see no sunrise at all.
3. The 10,000ft summit can be extremely cold during sunrise; often below freezing.
If the summit of Haleakala is a must-do, consider going for SUNSET instead: Why?
1. It's not nearly as crowded as sunrise.
2. The setting sun shines into the massive crater, enhancing views of the colorful volcanic landscape.
2. Great star-gazing after the sun goes down.
4. Temperatures at sunset are typically much warmer than at sunrise.
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