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Maui State Campground Information

The following information was obtained from the maui government site.  For a complete list of Maui state parks click through here (
Camping Maui is a nice way to travel, but be sure to get informed in advance. When I went a camping permit was required for all campgrounds, and this was only available at a government office in town near the airport.  Here are a couple links that may help:

Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

At 6200 feet elevation in Kula Forest Reserve, 9.7 miles upland from Kula on Waipoli Road off Kekaulike Avenue (Highway 377); 4-wheel drive vehicle recommended.

Camping and lodging (one cabin) within the fog belt of Kula forest. 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, Kaho'olawe, Moloka'i and Lana'i in clear weather. Pig and seasonal bird hunting. Nights are generally cold; winter nights frequently have below freezing temperatures. No campground showers.

SunsetMaui Comments :  

While I have camped many of the sites in Maui, this is one I have not visited.  

Wai'anapanapa State Park

In Hana at end of Wai'anapanapa Road off Hana Highway (Highway 360), 52.8 miles east of Kahului Airport--3 hours drive.

Remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to study a seabird colony and anticline pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, heiau (place of worship), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small black sand beach.

SunsetMaui Comments :  

Years ago I traveled Maui with a backpack.  Wai'anapanapa was one of my extended stops.  I believe the maximum stay was 14 days; I stayed the full duration.  This park is located in Hana and can be very wet for camping.  With this said, it was a fantastic location.

After staying there for two weeks I moved my tent to an open field near the Seven Sacried Pools.  Camping there was free (there were several others there as well), and there was a lot of space.  On the fifth night a major rain storm hit and chased all other campers off in the night.  Having hitch-hiked to the end of the road I had no transportation and spent the night sleeping in a puddle.  The next day I packed my tent and headed for the dryer side of the island.

Haleakala's Trail Camping

OK, so I have not located the information online for this yet, but there are a series of trails that run through the volcano.  I believe there are two cabins within the volcano for overnighters.  The trails allow for hiking from the top of the volcano through to the rainforest at Hana.  Although I have never hiked this trail, it looks intriguing.

Camping Near Lahaina

As you travel from the airport toward Lahaina you will pass a number of tents in the trees along the beach.  This unofficial campground always seems to have guests.  The 'X' on the adjacent map shows the approximate location of this camping.

If you continue toward Lahaina there is another private campground hidden along the road.  

Additional Information Sources


Econo Maui has some good information on camping and parks.  


Wander Planet has additional information for campers.


The following map is available at  They have additional information resources for Maui there as well.


Johann-sandra camping Maui site.


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