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Waimanu Campsite Division of Forestry and Wildlife



Description

The Waimanu campsite is located at the end of the 7.6 mile Muliwai Trail. The trail zig-zags up the western wall of Waipiʻo Valley, climbing approximately 1,200 feet. It then leads across a forested plateau area to Waimanu, crossing twelve gulches that are up to 500 feet deep. The trail then descends a final 1,200 feet into Waimanu Valley. 

 

  • Trail Info: https://hawaiitrails.org/trails/#/trail/muliwai-trail/11
  • Measured from the trailhead, the Muliwai Trail is approximately 15.2 miles round-trip. Measured from the Waipiʻo Lookout, it is approximately 19 miles round-trip. 
  • The trail is minimally maintained, steep, eroded in places, rocky, and slippery when wet. 
  • There are four emergency helipads along the trail used for maintenance and fire and rescue teams only. There is also a shelter about half way into the hike.
  • There are nine designated campsites accommodating up to 48 campers total. There are 2 composting outhouses.

 

* Please read the “Conditions & Hazards” tab before making reservations * 

Contact Program Manager, Clement Chang at clement.chang@hawaii.gov with any questions. 



Location

 

  • From Māmalahoa Highway 19, turn onto Waipiʻo Road (Highway 240).
  • Continue on Waipiʻo Road to the Waipiʻo Valley Lookout.
  • Cars parked over 24 hours at the Waipiʻo Valley Lookout may be towed. Overnight parking is available at Waipiʻo Valley Artworks for $20 per day. Call ahead to verify (808-775-0958). 
  • Hike approximately 9 miles from the Waipiʻo Valley Lookout to the Waimanu campsites.
    This hike is difficult. Please prepare appropriately for steep incline changes, river crossing, and muddy weather, etc.
  • Regulated commercial activity allowed by permit only.
    (see https://hawaiitrails.org/trails/#/vendor-welcome)

 

 

* Please read the “Conditions & Hazards” tab before making reservations * 

Contact Program Manager, Clement Chang at clement.chang@hawaii.gov with any questions. 



Special Conditions

 

  • Use extreme caution when hiking in wet weather. Footing can be slippery and rocks may be dislodged from slopes above the trail. 
  • Heavy rains regularly cause flash floods. Attempted stream crossings can become POTENTIALLY FATAL. This region of Hawaiʻi Island receives over 100 inches of rain annually. 
  • High surf occasionally floods the camp grounds. Check local weather forecasts before departing on your trip. 
  • High winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Be aware as they may fall on the trail and in the camp grounds.
  • Treat all water before use. Leptospirosis, a disease causing, waterborne organism, should be considered to be present in all untreated water. Hepatitis is also a potential threat.
  • Cars parked over 24 hours at the Waipiʻo Valley Lookout may be towed. Overnight parking is available at Waipiʻo Valley Artworks for $20 per day. Call ahead to verify (808-775-0958). 
  • Reservations can only be made within one month in advance.
  • No refunds will be given if requested within 15 days of your first scheduled camping or lodging day. 
  • For any questions, contact the Hilo DOFAW office at (808) 974-4221.
    Hilo Office Hours: M-F 7:45 AM-4:30 PM
    Kamuela Office Hours: M-F 7:00 AM-3:30 PM
    CLOSED on weekends and holidays

 

 

Contact Program Manager, Clement Chang at clement.chang@hawaii.gov with any questions. 

Hazards

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Prohibited

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icons/prohibited/no-boat.gif No Boat Landing or Launching

icons/prohibited/no-openfires.gif No Open Fires

icons/prohibited/no-littering.gif No Littering/Dumping

icons/prohibited/no-plantsanddirtrockremoval.gif No Removal of Sand/Rocks/Plants

icons/prohibited/no-plantsanddirtrockremoval.gif No Plant Removal


Activities

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Amenities

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Facilities

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