Access to these cabins is by 4WD vehicle only. Permits must be purchased between 7 and 30 days prior to the exact date of campout. A $60 cash deposit is required for keys, which must be picked up at either the Hilo or Waimea DOFAW Office prior to check-in.
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Located in the Humuula section of Hilo Forest Reserve, these 2 cabins were constructed for a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s. There is no potable water. There is water available for washing dishes in an outside sink. There are no other kitchen facilities. Elevation is 5290'. Each cabin has a wood burning stove for heat. Firewood is not provided. A covered outside BBQ pit is available and shared beween the 2 cabin users. Toilet facilities include an outhouse and a composting toilet. There are 5 bed frames in the Ranger Cabin and 20 bedframes in the Bunkhouse. No mattresses or linens are provided. A fruit tree orchard is popular from June to Oct. when fruits such as plums, apples and pears are available. No dogs or unlicensed vehicles such as ATVs or dirt bikes are allowed. ADA accessible.
Travel up Saddle road from either Hilo or the Kona side to the Mauna Kea Access road. Turn onto the Mauna Kea Access road and proceed for 2.1 miles, then take Mana road which will be a dirt road on the right. Travel down this road roughly 19 miles, you’ll find the Keanakolu cabins located on the right. Keys are required to pass through locked gates. 4WD access only.
The trail is not well maintained and can be difficult to negotiate in wet weather. Catchment water is available at Keanakolu, but purify before drinking. Laupahoehoe and Piha Area is open to year-round game mammal hunting. No dogs allowed. Wear bright colored clothing.