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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Camping on Maui

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Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

You’ll need a strong set of lungs for these campgrounds: both of Haleakala Crater’s two backcountry camp sites require hiking above 7,000 feet. The lunar beauty of the crater, however, and the star-addled sky each night, make camping at Holua or Paliku an unforgettable island experience. Be sure to bring a warm sleeping bag and jacket.

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Kipahulu Campground

Kipahulu Campground

Believe it or not, watching waves crash on the Kipahulu coastline isn’t the best part of this campground experience; it’s waking in the morning and having the Pools of Ohe‘o entirely to yourself. Start the day with sunrise over the water, colors bursting in the silence, and then enjoy the serenity of the seven pools before the midday visitor rush.  

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Camp Olowalu

Camp Olowalu

Not only can you snorkel from your campsite in this oceanfront West Maui hideout, but the privately owned campground is the perfect example of clean, coastal comfort. The facilities are better than at public campgrounds, and there are also cabins and standup paddle rentals just steps from one of Maui’s best reefs.

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Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area

Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area

Visitors to Maui expect rainbows—not redwoods—but the towering trees are just a short stroll from this remote, mountainous campground. You can escape the heat here at 6,500 feet, and hike some of Maui’s best trails; ideally, though, you’ll have a 4WD vehicle to help you navigate the bumpy dirt roads. 

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Wai‘anapanapa State Park

Wai‘anapanapa State Park

Visiting the famous “Black Sand Beach” is a highlight of any Hana itinerary, and campers who stay at this state-run campground have it right in their backyard. You can cliff-jump from pinnacles into the cobalt ocean, explore freshwater caves, and walk on a footpath built for royalty before drifting to sleep with the waves.


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Wai‘anapanapa State Park
Wai'anapanapa Rd, Hāna, HI 96713, United States
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Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area
Kula, HI 96790, United States
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Camp Olowalu
800 Olowalu, Leheina, HI 96761, United States
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Kipahulu Campground
Hāna, HI 96713, United States
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Haleakala Crater
Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790, United States
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