New camping fees for 17 City and County of Honolulu campgrounds on Oahu

On March 1, 2013, the City and County of Honolulu introduced camping fees to camp at one of the 17 city campgrounds on Oahu (see list of parks below). In the past, camping at city campgrounds was free. Now you will have to pay for a minimum of 3 nights, which will cost $32. This fee is applicable for all 3-day campgrounds. If you plan to stay at a 5-day campground, the fee is $52. This fee is per campsite, which has room for up to 10 people. You can reserve a campsite at the City and County of Honolulu website camping.honolulu.gov up to 2 weeks in advance.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the introduction of camping fees will make the sites available for more people since in the past it was often times the same people who used to reserve a campsite over and over and if they now have to pay a fee, they may not want to reserve it as often. So others will get a chance to camp there as well. With the new fees, the city plans to use the revenue to better maintain and upgrade the camping facilities.

Here is a list of all 17 city campgrounds:

Bellows Field Beach Park (50 campsites) – 3 day campground
Hauula Beach Park (8 campsites) – 5 day campground
Kahua Kuou (Hoomaluhia) (8 campsites) – 3 day campground
Kahua Lehua (Hoomaluhia) (6 campsites) – 3 day campground
Kahua Nui Makai (Hoomaluhia) (15 campsites) – 3 day campground
Kaiaka Bay Beach Park (7 campsites) – 5 day campground
Kalaeloa Beach Park (13 campsites) – 3 day campground
Keaau Beach Park (25 campsites) – 5 day campground
Kokololio Beach Park (5 campsites) – 5 day campground
Kualoa A Regional Park (7 campsites) – 3 day campground
Kualoa B Regional Park (14 campsites) – 5 day campground
Lualualei Beach Park (6 campsites) – 5 day campground
Maili Beach Park (12 campsites) – 3 day campground
Nanakuli Beach Park (11 campsites) – 5 day campground
Swanzy Beach Park (9 campsites) – 3 day campground
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park (10 campsites) – 5 day campground
Waimanalo Beach Park (19 campsites) – 5 day campground

Camping always begins on Friday starting at 5 pm and extends through the weekend ending on either Monday at 8 am (3 days) or Wednesday at 8 am (5 days).

Keep in mind that campfires and bonfires are illegal on all public beaches and parks in Hawaii. For cooking you may only use above-ground barbecue grills, but they have to be at least 12 inches off the ground. The use of propane grills and generators (for electricity) is also not allowed. Pets are not allowed either.

If you are planning to camp during a holiday weekend, it is a good idea to make your reservation as soon as possible because campsites get reserved within hours. And one final note: Camping at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park has been suspended as of March 1, 2013, due to construction. The campsite will open when the area is deemed safe.