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Kaluahaulu Division of Forestry and Wildlife


This tree covered campground within the Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve is adjacent to the Waimea River and has a nice view of Poo Kaeha Peak. The site is equipped with a trail shelter and a composting toilet.

See the brochure, Hiking Safely in Hawaii


3 hour hike from road. 1/2 mile up stream from Wiliwili campsite on east bank of Waimea River via Koaie Canyon Trail,which starts about a half mile up the Waimea River from the bottom of Kukui Trail. It takes you on a route along the south side of Koaie Canyon, with good scenery and swimming holes. It passes from Puu ka Pele Forest Reserve into Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve.


Special Conditions

DANGER: Do not try to access this campsite during stormy weather or if there is heavy rain in the mountains. These conditions will lead to possible flash flooding which will make stream crossing potentially hazardous and life threatening.

Absolutely no open fires are allowed in the Canyon. All fires must be in a containment device (e.g.: gas stove).

Leptospirosis is a real threat and you should assume all untreated water may be contaminated with the Leptospira bacteria. If using stream water, filters may not be sufficient to remove the bacteria so it is advisable to boil or chemically treat the water.

You will be hiking and camping in a designated public hunting area. Wear bright colored clothing and stay on marked trails.


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