My family loves to camp, and we have done much of it at Kiholo Bay over the years. Over time, we were seeing the area change and, sadly, seeing the beach damaged. When we heard that Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources was undertaking a major cleanup of this beautiful coastal area, we were excited. The cleanup started on October 11, 2011 and, as Big Island Video News reported a few weeks ago in this post, Kiloho has re-opened.
Our first camping experience after the clean-up was over the New Year weekend. Kiholo looks beautiful! The campsites are clearly marked and have specific parking spots. Now that driving on the beach is prohibited, you can enjoy the entire camp site area, allowing more space to set up horseshoes or to just sit and enjoy the view in peace. On our trip, it turned out that we knew everyone at the other campsites, which made the weekend even more fun. It’s hard to imagine that happening anywhere else other than the Big Island!
Getting the required permit in order to camp is really easy. You can either go to the state park office or register online using the Hawaii State Parks Online Reservation System. With the convenient check-in and check-out time all the worries about finding space are gone.
In late December, 7 acres of Kiholo Bay land adjacent to Kiholo State Park was donated to the Nature Conservancy by Angus Mitchell, the 41-year-old son of the late Paul Mitchell. This donation ensures that this special Big Island land will remain undeveloped. Like the Park, this land will be cared for by non-profit group Hui Aloha Kiholo. That’s great news. We are looking forward to many more Kiholo Bay camping trips!