Hawaiian National Parks
What are some national parks in Hawaii that you'll want to see?
Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful countryside. But one of the state’s hidden treasures is its national parks. The national parks are some of only a handful of U.S. national parks that are found on islands. Here are some of them.
Haleakala National Park. This park is in Makawao, Hawaii, on Maui. In most areas, there are virtually no costs to visit, camp, or hike here. In Paliku, Holua, you can actually rent a cabin and enjoy yourself in the park, but book early. Reservations for these cabins go quickly. If you want to experience more of a wilderness feel, you’ll need a wilderness permit. If you want to camp inside the Haleakala crater, you can do so at a couple different and very primitive campsites, and only about two dozen people can stay at the sites each night. But keep in mind that to get to the crater, you’ll be faced with a long hike. That’s why you’ll need your wilderness permit. Be prepared for everything and make sure you have everything you’ll need for a full camping experience.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Yes, this is as interesting as it sounds. You can actually camp near the infamous volcanoes of Hawaii. And the park is near one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The park is on the big island. Anyone can camp here. There are three overnight facilities. But if you do want to go deep into the woods on hiking excursions at this park, you’ll need a wilderness permit. While you can drive to most of the parks, there are areas that you may want to explore on your own. But there are plenty of places for you to camp out all you want. There are three main campgrounds at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and they have plenty of places for you to use as shelter, cooking areas, and tenting. These places generally operate on the first-come, first-served rule, but don’t worry. They are rare filled to the brim. So there should be plenty of room for you and your group.