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“Like on another planet”

Kulanaokuaiki Campground
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Do not expect hot showers, comfy bathrooms or wifi. This is very remote experience. Thanks to being so far from civilisation, it's a great spot for star gazing, you might even see the hot bits and smoke from the volcano. It is very windy there. We arrived at night and slept in the car. In the morning we drove to the end of the road to see the plateau at sunrise and then we enjoyed the full day in the park. This place is not for everyone, but I am sure adventurers will appreciate it.

Thank 45katerina
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

I stayed in the campground and loved the peace and quiet. The lava fields all around are beautiful and different every time you turn around. It is so dark here, except for the eerie glow of orange steam rising from the volcano, that you can spend hours stargazing as there are almost no un-natural lights to interfere with the starlight.

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Very cool campsite -- great view of the stars, and you could even see the glow of the Kilauea crater in the background! Was very windy though, and, as it was raining we had to keep our rain fly on, which made the tent very loud.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

I camped at this campground over a Summer weekend. From the campground you can see the eerie glow of the molten lava in the crater just to the West. Seeing it through the trees/shrubs is quite amazing. If you are lucky enough to be there on a clear night, the brightness of the stars is awesome. WARNING: do not venture out into the lava fields alone without really good offtrail route finding skills. It is very hard to find your way around without becoming lost

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Reviewed 23 December 2016

This was a special find! We hadn't planned on camping here but plans change! I recommend this site for people who like to camp.

At first glance, this is a drive-in camping site but really you have to park and walk to a site. About 4-5 sites are off a paved path (wheelchair accessible) while the others (3-4?) require a march over old lava flows. These slightly more remote and totally private sites are reached by following marked cairns. Each site has a tent pad and a picnic bench and an outhouse is found in the parking lot along with a garbage can and recycling bin. We loved this place. Our site was remote and quiet; only two other tents were up near the parking lot but we never saw anyone at all. We had total privacy and had a great time exploring the lava and the plants in the area. The geography is really interesting here. A full moon made it hard to star gaze but did light up the landscape and a vivid glow emanated from Halema‘uma‘u (the crater you visit in the park next to Jagger Museum)!! This was the best part of it all. There's no traffic here so it's quiet.

The sad thing about the Namakani campsites is that while they have water and fire pits, they are next to the main road (a highway actually). This site also doesn't have water but you just drive in with that stuff anyway.

This campsite is first come first serve. Since Nov 1, 2016, they are charging $10 per site per night on an honour system (there's a drop box).

We saw wild pigs on the access road and found two nenes chilling at the campground.

Thank googlywoogly
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