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Pohoiki Surf Isaac Kepo'okalani Hale Beach Park
Pohoiki Surf Camping Tent
Pohoiki Surf Camping Site
Pohoiki Surf Camping Site


General Information

If you need help planning your trip, the Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB) in Hilo and West Hawaii, or the Wailoa Center in Hilo near the State Building (Kalaniopu) will be glad to assist you and provide you with local literature and maps.


BIVBhours in Hilo and West Hawaii are 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Wailoa Center hours are Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Wednesdays 12 noon - 4:30 pm.

For information regarding Hawaii County Parks, write or call:

Department of Parks & Recreation
County of Hawaii
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6
Hilo, HI 96720 Office Hours:
M - F 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except holidays)
Phone/TTY: (808) 961-8311

Camping permits are required for all County parks where camping is permitted.
Permits are issued for tent camping, vehicle campers and pavilion use.
Reservations for exclusive use of park pavilions may be made by calling the
department's main office in Hilo and for Kona parks at Kona Aquatics,
Kailua-Kona (808) 327-3560. Camping is not allowed in the pavilions.

You may reserve campsites. During the summer months, permits can be issued
for one (1) week per park, and during the remaining months, two (2) weeks per

Camping fees at County parks are:
Adults (18 yrs and over) - $5.00 per day
Juniors (13 to 17 yrs) - $2.00 per day
Children (12 and under) - $ 1.00 per day

Refund of unused camping fees will be made only when:

a.  Request for refund is made to department not less than one working day
before date of use;

b.  Request is made in writing, accompanied by appropriate permit issued
by the department; and

c.  The amount of refund exceeds $5.00.

Picnic Pavilion - Exclusive user fees for non-benefit group activities is $10.00 per day with a $50.00 security deposit; Kitchen Pavilion is $25.00/day rental with a $50.00 security deposit.

For more information regarding the Volcanoes National Park and Pu'uhonua o' Honaunau National Historical Park, please write or call:

Helpful Hints:
Facilities with restroom accommodations are usually adequately supplied; however, it is advisable to carry your own supplies.

Before drinking water, be sure to check signs where water storage tanks are in use. At some facilities, brackish water is used for toilet and shower
accommodations and is not suitable for drinking. Precautionary measures should be taken when you are not sure.

Where electricity is provided in pavilions, carry spare light bulbs. Campers and picnickers are advised to have other illuminating devices handy in case park lights are not in working order.
Firewood is not furnished. Bring your own charcoal and other kindling. Fires must be confined to firepits. Open fires are prohibited.

Deposit litter in receptacles provided.
Maps of the Island of Hawaii are available at the Department of Transportation offices located at the Hilo Airport and also at the Kona Airport.

Vehicles should be parked in designated areas only and should be fully secured.

"Break-Ins" are not uncommon. Do not leave personal belongings unattended.

There are no motor home courts but recreation vehicles are permitted to park in parking areas in the campgrounds, provided vehicular and pedestrian access is not obstructed.

Bikeways are not delineated in most areas but bicycles are permitted on all highways and are subject to laws governing other vehicles, including licensing and traffic regulations.

If you plan to ship over your own vehicles, write to Hawaii Police Department, 349 Kapiolani Street, Hilo, HI 96720, for information on licensing, insurance, and other requirements.

The climate varies depending on the visitor's destination; generally, mild
tropical weather prevails the year-round.

Please report any unpleasant situations experienced at any of the public
facilities. Also report hazards, acts of vandalism and other accommodation problems. Persons should use good judgment while staying at camp and picnic sites. Security service is not provided at camp and picnic sites.

Pohoiki Surf Campers

County of Hawai`i
Department of Parks and Recreation

County of Hawaii Camping Regulations

Camping permits are required and can be obtained from the Department of Parks and Recreation in the following ways:
During office hours


Online via the internet at or for Ho`okena Beach Park at

In advance by mail via the United States Postal Service Camping permits may be issued to any person eighteen years of age or older.  
An adult must accompany minors.

Holders of a camping permit shall upon request show the permit to any police, security officer, park caretaker, or any department personnel.

Camping is allowed at each site for a period of one week during the period from June 1st through August 31st and two weeks during the remainder of the year. 

All permits shall be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

The installation of permanent camping facilities is prohibited. Tents must be freestanding.

Camping within 25 feet of any water hydrant, main road, or defined watercourse is prohibited. Camping is allowed only in designated areas.

The gathering of wood for use as fuel in campgrounds or picnic areas shall be
limited to dead material on the ground.

It shall be unlawful for any person to take or permit any dog, cat, or other
domestic animal, whether loose or on a leash or in restraint on or about any County beach park. This shall not apply to service animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities or for purposes of law enforcement by law enforcement agencies of the Federal, State or County governments. Service animals are working animals, not pets.

The maximum number of campers permitted at any approved site shall be imited by the capacity of the sanitation system and other appropriate

Quiet shall be maintained on all campgrounds from 11:00 P.M. - 6:00 A.M.

Checkout time is 12 noon. Camping equipment must be completely removed and the site cleaned before departure.

SPENCER BEACH PARK security gate is locked at 11:00 P.M. and reopened at 6:00 A.M.  In case of an emergency, please locate the security guard on duty.

Refund requests must be made in writing and attached to the applicant’s permit copy and submitted to the Department of Parks and Recreation office within one working day before scheduled use date. The refund must exceed a minimum of

Pohoiki Surf Camping Permit

This a Hawai'i County camping
application sample

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