Camping Information

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The Locations

There are four sites on Molokai that permit overnight camping; One Alii and Papohaku, the two county beach parks and Pala’au State Park. Consult The Camp Sites Map for more details on these easily accessed places. Use the satellite option for a birds eye view.

One Alii Beach Park

Description:   A large beach park with open areas and shaded picnic tables. On the south shore with a large fish pond that is visible at lower tides. Nice beach to comb or wade, but the water is too shallow for swimming.
Facilities:   Restrooms, showers, pavillion & drinking water.
Location:   Follow Kamehameha V Highway (450) east to about mile 3.3, turn into driveway and park near the pavillion. One of 2 parks that allow overnight camping. Get permits from Parks Department.

Papohaku Beach Park

Description:   A very nice park next to Hawaii’s longest white sand beach. Large tent area shaded by tall Keawe trees.
Cautions:   Very dangerous rip currents and shore breaks. DO NOT SWIM HERE unless the ocean is absolutely, positively, guaranteed, for certain, FLAT & CALM.
Facilities:   Beach Park has restrooms, showers and fresh water.
Location:   Take Maunaloa Highway (460) west to mile 15 where you turn onto Kaluakoi Road. Follow Kaluakoi Road to Papohaku Beach Park (about 7 miles). One of 2 parks that allow overnight camping. Get permits from Parks Department.

Maui County Parks & Recreation Office

Description:   This is where you’ll purchase your camping permits for One Alii Beach Park and Papohaku Beach Park. The office is directly behind the sign in this photo Fees are $3.00/night per adult, half a buck for kids under 18. Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. 808.553.3204 – PO Box 1055 – Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Tent camping permitted
Permits are required – applicant must be 18 or older.
For permit by mail, contact the office and allow at least two weeks to process the request.
Facilities:   Restrooms.
Location:   On Ailoa Street at Mitchell Pauole Center.

Pala’au State Park

Description:   233 acre park which includes the lookout over historic Kalaupapa and the trail to the phallic stone. Tent camping only under the ironwoods.

Dept. Of Land & Natural Resources, 54 South High Street, Room 101, Wailuku, HI 96793 – 808.984.8109 – Open 8:00am – 3:00pm Monday-Friday
On Molokai – 808.567.6923
Permits are required and applicants must be 18 or older
Permit applications may be made in writing, by phone, or in person, and must be received at least 7 days before the camping event and no earlier than 1 year in advance. Application for a Permit is available on the Hawaii State Parks website.
Maximum stay per permit is 5 consecutive nights
Tent camping $12 per campsite per night for HawaiirResidents – $18/night for non-residents.
Facilities:   Restrooms & pavilion. NO DRINKING WATER.
Location:   Follow the Kalae Highway (470) past the village of Kualapuu to almost the end. Look for pavilion on left followed by camping area 1/4 mile further on left. If you reach the lookout parking lot, you went just a little too far.