Hawaii's perennial balmy climate makes it the perfect place to go camping. But tropical campers should always be prepared for rain as well because Hawaii has a wet season during winter. Rain can occur during the summer season.
Everyone who decides to go camping in Hawaii have nothing but good things to say about it. There are various camping areas you can choose from, you can camp on its scenic beaches or climb up to its volcanoes.
Remember that while Hawaiian camping trips are exciting, you should take precautions. It is important to purify the water you drink through boiling, filtrating, or using iodine tablets. The Hawaiian sun also shines brightly so use sunscreen protection when going out. Also, be sure to bring insect repellant because you certainly don't want to deal with insect bites once you arrive home.
There are numerous campgrounds at the Hawaii's beach parks including Oahu's Malaekahana Beach, Big Island Hapuna Beach, Kauai's Anini Beach, and Waianapanapa Beach among others. Great campgrounds can also be found in the interior of Maui's Haleakala National Park, the Kalalau Beach, Kokee State Park, and the Big Island Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Of course, you should also visit some federal campgrounds in Maui including:
Hosmer Grove Campground - the area is often cool, rainy, and windy. There are tables, potable water, grills, and toilets for the convenience of visitors. However, the maximum capacity of the area is only 50 people so be sure to get a reservation in advance.
Kipahulu Campground - the campground is usually wet, warm, and breezy. Though the weather is certainly enjoyable, you might have to deal with mosquitoes and rain showers. No drinking water is available in the area so be sure to bring your own.
Paliku and Holua Campgrounds - camping here is allowed but on a first-come first-serve basis in certain areas only. You don't need to pay anything to camp here and there are limited facilities available. There is a supply of non-potable water and pit toilets.
Polipoli Spring State Recreational Area - located at 6,200 feet elevation, you can expect an extensive trail system in this campground. Using four wheel drive is recommended if you intend to visit this campground. There are great views to be seen of West and Central Maui. Take note that because of its elevation, nights here are cold. During winter, the temperature can drop below freezing levels.
Waianapanapa State Park- this is a wild and remote area that offers respite from modern life. The best of camping, fishing, picnicking, lodging, and hiking can all be experienced at this state park. Other features available in this destination include a legendary cave, sea stacks, black sand beach, a natural stone arch, and a native hala forest.
As you can see, Hawaii definitely offers more than the usual beaches, parties, and hula attractions to a visitor. Try to go camping in Hawaii and it will surely change your perception of the state by letting you understand more of the land.