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Reservation Contact: (808) 974-6200 For cabins and campsites
Reservation Status: Required For cabins and campsites

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Description - Kalopa State Recreation Area protects 100 acres of land a few miles inland from the northwestern coast of Hawaii.

Attractions - Included in the landscape of Kalopa State Recreation Area is a native ohia forest, at an elevation of 2,000 feet, and a wide variety of other native plants. The park includes a short nature trail and connecting trails to the adjacent forest preserve, including a two-mile horse loop trail. Picnic facilities, a campground and cabins are available in the park. The camping area provides three campsites which can accommodate four people each.

The cabins at Kalopa are available for rental as individual cabins or together for a larger group. A maximum of 32 persons can be accommodated in the four cabins at Kalopa. These accommodations consist of eight-person units with beds, bedding, linens, toilet facilities and hot showers. A centrally located recreational dining hall is fully equiped for cooking and serving the entire group. Contact the Hawai'i District of the State Parks for more information and reservations.

A camping permit must be obtained through the Hawai'i District of Hawai'i State Parks: P.O. Box 936, (75 Aupuni Street, #204), Hilo, HI 96721 (808) 974-6200. The permit serves as your campsite reservation.

Recreation - This site provides opportunities for camping, lodging, group lodging, picnicking and hiking. Signed native plants along a nature trail allow for identification opportunities.

Climate - This site lies at an approximate elevation of 2,000 feet, which makes it cooler than shoreline locations. Be sure to prepare for chilly nights with layers, pants and long sleeves. This is also a very wet site.

Location - Kalopa is located on the northwestern side of the Big Island. The site is three miles inland from Mamalahoa Highway, approximately five miles southeast of Honoka'a.

Fee Information
Type Price
Cabin Rental $55 per cabin, per night

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Filed By: Marc Gibson (San Diego, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very peaceful setting filled with the aroma of blooming flowers and intriguing bird calls. We camped two nights here and had the place to ourselves on the second day. The camp features three concrete-floored, covered pavilions which, to our surprise, the caretaker we spoke with said were the official intended tent sites. Regardless, we unwittingly set up on the broad adjacent lawn on day one, and took advantage of the caretaker's expressed leniency to do the same on day two. Tent camping on concrete!? That's just wrong! Still, a lovely spot.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Campsite includes electric lights in the pavillion and running water. Two nice fire pits and a sink. The bathrooms include showers for the brave and very warm - it does get chilly up there! Be prepared to go quite a ways up into the forest - but it is so lovely and peaceful that it is well worth the trip. Think the cabin prices are ridiculously high and so would instead suggest camping.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Gulch Rim trail is lovely and rewarding--be prepared for mud and wet because this IS a rain forest! However, the trails (except the short nature loop) are not well tagged, so be sure you can backtrack and stay on the trail! We tried to cut over on Blue Gum and lost the trail completely (pig runs look like trails, too) and had to backtrack instead of cutting over to the Old Jeep Road. Another couple we met later had had the same problem. So unless you know the area and/or they do more tagging, I'd suggest staying on the Gulch or Jeep trails and going up and back. But it is lovely and well worth the drive from the dry resort areas!!!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping A camping area is available.
ICON Lodging 4 cabins available for rental.
ICON Picnicking Picnic facilities available.

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Contact Information:
Hawai'i District, Hawai'i State Parks, P.O. Box 936, 75 Aupuni Street, 204 , Hilo, HI, 96721-0936, Phone: 808-974-6200

Additional Information:
Big Island (Hawaii) - This island is known as 'The Big Island', due to its size, which is nearly double that of the others in the archipelago combined. Hawaii has a plethora of natural areas including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Big Island State Parks - The Big Island contains 14 state-administered park sites. The sites pervade the island and protect properties of natural, historical and cultural significance.
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.


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