What to do in Kalopa State Recreation Area

Kalopa State Recreation Area protects 100 acres of land a few miles inland from the northwestern coast of Hawaii.

Included in the landscape of Kalopa State Recreation Area is a native ohia forest, at an elevation of 2,000 feet, and a wide variety of other native plants. The park includes a short nature trail and connecting trails to the adjacent forest preserve, including a two-mile horse loop trail. Picnic facilities, a campground and cabins are available in the park. The camping area provides three campsites which can accommodate four people each.

The cabins at Kalopa are available for rental as individual cabins or together for a larger group. A maximum of 32 persons can be accommodated in the four cabins at Kalopa. These accommodations consist of eight-person units with beds, bedding, linens, toilet facilities and hot showers. A centrally located recreational dining hall is fully equiped for cooking and serving the entire group. Contact the Hawai'i District of the State Parks for more information and reservations.

A camping permit must be obtained through the Hawai'i District of Hawai'i State Parks: P.O. Box 936, (75 Aupuni Street, #204), Hilo, HI 96721 (808) 974-6200. The permit serves as your campsite reservation.

This site provides opportunities for camping, lodging, group lodging, picnicking and hiking. Signed native plants along a nature trail allow for identification opportunities.

Kalopa is located on the northwestern side of the Big Island. The site is three miles inland from Mamalahoa Highway, approximately five miles southeast of Honoka'a.

This site lies at an approximate elevation of 2,000 feet, which makes it cooler than shoreline locations. Be sure to prepare for chilly nights with layers, pants and long sleeves. This is also a very wet site.

P.O. Box 936
75 Aupuni Street, 204
Hilo, HI 96721-0936

Phone: 808-974-6200

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