Econo Maui campgrounds - Maui Hawaii camping vacations for the financially challenged: a guide to free or extremely cheap lodging and campgrounds in Maui, Hawaii, and the Hawaiian Islands.  Camping on Maui is the best way to save money on your Hawaiian vacation!

Econo Maui

Maui camping
Lahaina, Maui
Ho'okipa Inn
Affordable Links
no permit needed:

Two Federal Parks:
  • Hosmer Grove, Haleakala
  • Kipahulu Campground, Haleakala

permit needed:

Two State Parks:

  • Polipoli, near Kula
  • Waianapanapa, near Hana

permit needed:

Three County Parks:

  • H.A. Baldwin Park, Paia
  • Rainbow Park, Haliimaile
  • Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului

Inexpensive lodging on Maui (because everyone needs a shower sometime):
inexpensive maui accomadationsMaui Banana Bungalow
310 Market St.
Wailuku, HI  96783
fax: 808.248.2219
inexpensive maui accomadationsManuel S Molina's
197 N. Market
Wailuku, HI  96783
from $35 a night, private bath, tv
inexpensive maui accomadationsHale Ho'okipa Inn Bed & Breakfast
32 Pakani Place
Makawao, HI  96768
fax: 808.573.2580

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Maui Hawaii Camping and Hawaiian Campgrounds Information

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Federal campgrounds on Maui

maui campgroundsHosmer Grove Campground is often cool, windy or rainy. There are a few tables and grills, potable water and chemical toilets. Maximum occupancy is 50 people.
maui campgroundsKipahulu Campground can be warm, wet, and breezy with mosquitoes and passing showers. NO WATER is available; bring drinking water with you. There are a few tables and grills, and chemical toilets. Maximum occupancy is 100 people.

camping in Haleakala
photo courtesy
of Canaguby



maui campgroundsWilderness Campgrounds at Paliku and Holua have pit toilets, and a limited non-potable water supply. Water must be treated before drinking. You will have to carry your water in times of drought. No open fires are permitted. Maximum occupancy is 25 people in each campground.
maui campgroundsPermits Camping is allowed on a first-come, first-served basis in designated areas only. There is no fee. Permits are required for the wilderness campgrounds and must be obtained the day of the trip at Park Headquarters between 8 am and 3 p.m. No permit is required for either Hosmer Grove or Kipahulu Campground.
maui campgroundsHawaii State campgrounds on Maui
from State of Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
maui campgroundsPolipoli Spring State Recreation Area
At 6200 feet elevation in Kula Forest Reserve, 9.7 miles upland from Kula on Waipoli Road off Kekaulike Avenue (Highway 377); 4-wheel drive vehicle recommended.  Camping and lodging (one cabin) within the fog belt of Kula forest. Extensive trail system in the forest reserve, including through a forest reminiscent of the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest coast. Sweeping views of Central and West Maui, Kaho'olawe, Moloka'i and Lana'i in clear weather.Pig and seasonal bird hunting. Nights are generally cold; winter nights frequently have below freezing temperatures. No campground showers.
10.0 acres

Waianapanapa State Park photo - black sand beach gets hot!
photo courtesy of Discovering Hawaii

maui campgroundsWai'anapanapa State Park
In Hana at end of Wai'anapanapa Road off Hana Highway (Highway 360), 52.8 miles east of Kahului Airport--3 hours drive.  Remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to study a seabird colony and anticline pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, heiau (place of worship), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small black sand beach. After camping here, you can take a shower at this Hana Maui vacation rental.
122.1 acres
maui campgroundsMaui County Campgrounds
maui campgroundsThe County of Maui had three parks for camping. Baldwin, which is near the ocean in the town of Paia, and Rainbow, which is nearer the upcountry village of Haliimaile, are now
CLOSED.  Only Kanaha beach park, which is close to the Kahului airport, is still open. The park has room for 15-20 people each, who are charged $3/day ($.50 for children under 18). There is a time limit of three days at the park, which features drinking water and restroom facilities. For information, write or appear at the Department of Parks and Recreation, War Memorial Gym, 1580-C Kaahumanu Avenue, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793; phone (808) 243-7389.

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