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turtlegirl
March 25th, 2008, 09:57 PM
My sweetie and I are crazy about camping, and since we have 3 weeks til our apartment is available, we want to go camping for a few days.
But NOT where the campers are there long-term, if you know what I mean.
Does anyone have any good campsite recommendations for us?
I read that we need a camping permit for some places, but thats okay, there's a satellite city hall right nearby.
I just want to camp somewhere nice, safe, and fun....

LikaNui
March 25th, 2008, 10:06 PM
Bellows Beach in Waimanalo. Open to the public on weekends; military the rest of the time. You'll love it!

My ex-wife Plaintiff felt we were camping if we stayed in a 4-star hotel instead of a 5-star. :p

cezanne
March 25th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Bellows is nice. I like Malaekahana on the north side too. But you might feel safer at Bellows especially if you camp close to the guardshack.

WindwardOahuRN
March 26th, 2008, 01:04 AM
Is Bellows open to the public for camping? I was under the impression that the camping facilities were only offered to those with military connections.

LikaNui
March 26th, 2008, 07:54 AM
Is Bellows open to the public for camping? I was under the impression that the camping facilities were only offered to those with military connections. On weekdays the public can't even get past the first guard shack next to Kalanianaole Highway, but from Friday noon through Monday noon they can, and camping is allowed all along that first section of beach all the way until you get to the second guard shack. From that point on, it's always military only.
Pretty good body surfing/boogie boarding areas there too, especially where the road first hits the beach, by the stream.

WindwardOahuRN
March 26th, 2008, 08:51 AM
I was thinking of those nice cabins. i believe that they're only for the military:

http://www.bellowsafs.com/

tutusue
March 26th, 2008, 09:38 AM
I was thinking of those nice cabins. i believe that they're only for the military:

http://www.bellowsafs.com/
This is a great web site for Turtlegirl as it also includes camping information. But, yah, WORN...I'd opt for the nice cabins! Oh well, I'm not military.

WindwardOahuRN
March 26th, 2008, 09:54 AM
This is a great web site for Turtlegirl as it also includes camping information. But, yah, WORN...I'd opt for the nice cabins! Oh well, I'm not military.

Did you check out the little video? Some lovely shots of that gorgeous beach. And those cabins---max per night is $80 for a two-bedroom!

My husband is a Vietnam vet but that doesn't get us any perks, unfortunately. :(

turtlegirl
March 26th, 2008, 10:12 AM
Bellows is SO nice! The sand there is like powder! We went there last weekend and played around on the boogie boards, but I wasn't aware that it was an active base closed to the public on weekdays. Bummer.
My brother is Air Force, and he stayed there a few years ago. He still won't shut up about what a great time he had!

turtlegirl
March 31st, 2008, 03:31 PM
Does anyone know anything about camping at Malaekahana Beach, near Kahuku?
Oh, and we're going to make reservations at Bellows for the weekend, YaY!

Glen Miyashiro
April 1st, 2008, 06:35 AM
Does anyone know anything about camping at Malaekahana Beach, near Kahuku?Yes, we do. (http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthread.php?t=14052) :D

turtlegirl
April 1st, 2008, 09:40 AM
Thanks!!
This is gonna be great - first a military campsite, then a hippie camp!!

DNR55
April 1st, 2008, 11:54 AM
Thanks!!
This is gonna be great - first a military campsite, then a hippie camp!!
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A bit of advice:
There is a nice little island off of Malaekahana called "Goat Island". It is a protected bird sanctuary, but you can go there as long as you stay on the sand and do not go anywhere near the grass because that is where the birds are nesting. People walk there when the tide is low. The trick is to determine when the tide is low and get off the island before the tide rises too high. For any given day, consult a tide chart; http://www.freetidetables.com/
and look for Honolulu, Hawaii and find the Haleiwa-Waialua tables. Do not take data from Honolulu Harbor as it is quite different from the other side of the island. For example, this Wednesday it would be nice to walk out there at about 6am and get off about 9am. Or walk out at about 3pm and get off before 8pm, weather permitting. Please respect the aina and do not leave any foreign objects on that island.

turtlegirl
April 1st, 2008, 12:20 PM
OMG! Thanks for that info!! I didn't know!
We promise to stay on the sand, and bag and carry off any trash we might find there!
I'm even more excited to get to see Goat Island now that I know it's a bird sanctuary - how nice is that!

But I am a little sore on the subject of birds right at this moment, too....

turtlegirl
April 1st, 2008, 12:26 PM
Hi all!
We have called Bellows 10 times in two days and nobody answers the reservation line. It just rings and rings.
Help!

turtlegirl
April 10th, 2008, 03:25 PM
Just got back from 2 nights at beautiful Malaekahana. It was great - I think we got the best campsite in the whole place!

Did not get to Goat Island, as the water was pretty choppy, but did have a ton of fun surfing. We even taught a Canadian tourist how to surf. Hope he keeps practicing.

Tomorrow is Bellows!! Yay!!

turtlegirl
April 16th, 2008, 08:15 AM
Back from Bellows, and I was not very happy with their "camping facilities".

For one, the tenting area was covered in trash. We spent the first 15 minutes picking it up from all over our tiny, unmarked campsite. Then once we had made camp, we went and collected trash from all around, as it was such an eyesore. Next time I will bring a rake!

The bathrooms were awful. I'm no princess, but toilet paper and stall doors that close are not too much to ask for.

No showers, unless you count the one by the beach for rinsing off. By day 2 we were filthy.

And the tenting areas were in a wind tunnel! We used our firewood and some rope to shore up our tent, then we had to defend that firewood from our camping neighbors who wanted to take and burn it! Also, the tent areas are on a slope. Shoulda brought that rake.

Security? I saw only one person that worked at Bellows over the 3 days we were there, and she was just there to hose down the bathrooms one time.

Now for the best part - THE BEACH!! It was so beautiful! We boogie boarded nonstop, lounged with books, learned some new songs on the uke, went for walks, etc,...all from our auxiliary beachside setup. That was soooo nice.

All in all, I like Bellows for day use. Not sure I'll be spending any more nights there in the future.

salmoned
April 16th, 2008, 09:01 AM
Yes, I always try for Waimanalo Beach Park next to Bellows for camping in that area. Fewer camp sites, better facilities.

salmoned
April 16th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Oops, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.

LikaNui
April 16th, 2008, 05:41 PM
All in all, I like Bellows for day use. Not sure I'll be spending any more nights there in the future. Wow! I sure am sorry to hear about the lack of maintenance and all the trash, as that's usually not the case there at all. I hope you reported the problems to the guard at the gate when you left, or called them when you got home.
But yes, it's fabulous just for day use too! And another yes, it's usually windy. :p

craigwatanabe
April 16th, 2008, 07:16 PM
We used to go to Malaekahana every year with Campground "B" being the best. Campground "A" has a nice flat grassy area but if you look carefully, it's the leach field for the septic system there so it stinks after heavy rains.

Also "A" has a ton of mosquitoes because of the more wooded conditions. The one good thing about "A" is that because it's at the end of the run, you don't get too many campers and beach goers heading to the bathroom facilities on that side.

When walking to the launch point to Goat Island make sure you wear reef walkers even when walking on the shore as a lot of Portuguese Man-O-War lay just under the surface of the wet sand and when you step into the sand you can get stung.

When you start the walk (low tide on the reef) to Goat Island, stay to the left as you make your way over crossing over rocks when you hit the shore.

When at Goat Island, don't stay too long as the tide comes in and it makes the return trip to the launch point a treacherous one with water reaching 6-8 feet when the tide comes in, plus the crossing is where two tides meet so it can be a bit rough when the water reaches waist deep.

Other than that once you get to Goat Island, the cove is such a nice place to relax. :)

turtlegirl
August 31st, 2009, 08:50 AM
Camped at Bellows again this past weekend. I'm calling shenanigans on the AFB's "closure and cleanup" stunt in June. The place looks the same. Still broken restrooms. Still trash. Still no security. :(

Still beautiful on the beach. :)

SusieMisajon
September 1st, 2009, 01:54 AM
http://www.google.com/search?q='camping,+big+island'&rls=com.microsoft:fr:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGLG_en

Try the Big Isle.

Barry
September 1st, 2009, 03:58 AM
http://www.google.com/search?q='camping,+big+island'&rls=com.microsoft:fr:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGLG_en

Try the Big Isle.

I cant have been far from you the last time I went camping in France > Tarbes.

The only place I felt safe to drive on the Islands was the big Isle. No camping but lots of motels. Just loved the place,,,,, the boat ride to see the lava hiss into the sea,,,,,the helicopter flight.

I wanna go back tomorrow.