Permits are required at most of the parks, and it is a good idea to inquire well in advance if you want to get one. The County begins its permit cycle on November 1st each year, for the year commencing at that time. Campers now may purchase permits for any of the County's 10 campsites over the internet and avoid a trip to the Parks and Recreation Dept. Campers may book a campsite, pay for a permit via credit card, and print an actual copy of the permit thru the state web site http://www.ehawaii.gov/Hawaii_County/camping/exe/camp.cgi
Camping permits also may be obtained at Kona Community Aquatic Center, 7:45 am-4 pm, Mon. thru Fri.(excluding holidays), and at the county office in Hilo and on a limited basis at:
Waimea Community Center Hisaoka Gym in Kohala
Yano Hall in Captain Cook
Naalehu Club House
Pahala Community Center
Parks and Recreation - State Park Camping Permits and Calendar.
Buccaneer Garden - Buccaneer Garden Camp Ground is three acres of beautiful Puna Hawaii property. Centrally located in the Puna district within 20 miles of Volcanoes National Park, or Hilo, or just about anywhere you would want to go in the Puna district. There is a convenient store 4 miles away from us in Mt. View and 2 more 6 miles away from us in Kurtistown. Kea'au town and Pahoa are about 9 miles from us, Kea'au Town has a Food Land Super market, eateries, Ace hardware, farmers market, ect. Futon and propane tank are available to our Deluxe camping cabin & dorm guests for free
Parks & Camping on The Big Island - There are at least a dozen camp spots around the island, ranging from primitive camp sites with no water to rustic little cabins with housekeeping. Some places are pretty camper friendly, but you should check around locally before counting on camping in a certain area.