DLNR Wiki Permits

Ainapo Cabin Division of Forestry and Wildlife


Permit must be purchased within 30 days in advance of check-in date.  This infrequently maintained, 4WD public access route passes through Kapapala Ranch for 5.7 miles before entering Kapapala Forest Reserve and continuing 2.3 miles to the Ainapo Trailhead.  The Ainapo trail begins at the 5,650 elevation and ascends 2,100 feet in 2.7 miles to the trail shelter in Halewai.  The trail shelter has 6 bunk beds, a 400-gal water catchment tank that provides water for washing, but not recommended for drinking unless it is treated.  A composting toilet is provided.

***BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT IMPORTANT SITE DETAILS UNDER THE "BROWSE FOR AVAILABILITY" TAB***   Access to this cabin is across private land - you must contact the landowner beforehand in order to gain access.

Reservations can only be made no earlier than one month in advance.

See the brochure, Hiking Safely in Hawaii


Kapapala Forest Reserve.  Ainapo Road (4WD only) begins at the cattle guard located on the mauka side of Highway 11 in Ka`u at approximately the 40.5 mile point. It is open during daylight hours only. 

Reservations can only be made no earlier than one month in advance.

Special Conditions

Campers are required to contact Kapapala Ranch at (808) 928-8403 to obtain the combination for locked gate. This combination is changed on a daily basis. Users are required to call the night before between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to schudle entry. This combination is changed daily and given out at the same phone number from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on entry day . It is your responsibility to arrange entrance. Ainapo/Mauna Loa trail combination: Hikers who intend to travel through the National Park must regester and obtain a free permit at the backcountry office at (808)985-6178, office hours are from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m

Office hours, Hilo: M-F, 7:45 AM- 4:30 PM, Kamuela: M-F, 7:00AM- 3:30 PM, CLOSED weekends and state holidays. No refunds, alterations will be given if requested within 15 days of your first scheduled camping or lodging day- all payments will be forfeited.

Reservations can only be made no earlier than one month in advance.



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