If you are active duty or retired military consider staying at Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. We spent five days there in September. KMC is located in the Park and is within easy walking distance of Crater Rim Trail and spectacular views of the Kilauea Caldera. The cabins are well maintained. They look like they may have been built in the 1920’s or 30’s, but most have been updated and are clean and comfortable. Our small one-bedroom had a comfortable king-size bed, microwave, small refrigerator, coffee pot, a Jacuzzi, tv, and a fireplace. At 4,000 feet and sometimes drizzly you may want hiking boots and warm clothes (layers work best). The surrounding grounds are attractive and we loved the quiet, vastness of the Camp and the Park. The Park geology and plant life is diverse and beautiful and you can hike to your heart’s content. There are many stops where you can hike or just get out and enjoy the scenery on the drive down Chain of Craters road to the ocean. TAKE WATER, whenever you head out and especially if you go to view the steam plume entering the ocean. We enjoyed excursions to several botanical gardens on the west side of the Island but we loved returning to the Camp and leaving the hustle of Hilo behind. The Camp has a cafeteria, bowling alley, a kid’s video-type game area, a small store, theater, church, playground, laundromat, and more. They also offer excursions around the Island at a reasonable price, and if you time it right, they have excellent live entertainment at the theater. If you’re driving to KMC, get a few groceries at the Safeway in Hilo. A Starbucks is tucked away behind and west of the Safeway. KMC did not furnish any kitchen items, so we purchased a few plastic items in the Camp store and scrambled our morning eggs in the microwave. We also ate at the cafeteria. You can purchase the all-you-can-eat buffet or pay for items ala carte. Some of the public indoor areas looked worn but they are slowly working to improve that too. We had lunch at a nice restaurant (just past the post office and connected to a small store) in Volcano Village and treated ourselves to a fine dinner at the Kilauea Lodge also in Volcano Village--delicious and great ambiance. On the highway to Hilo, Akatsuka Orchid Store is worth a stroll and has a gift shop with reasonable prices. If you only visit one botanical garden see the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. If you go to World Botanical Garden, stroll through the garden behind the admissions building before you visit Uamauma Falls. If you go to Nani Mau gardens, don’t miss the orchids and check out their gift shop before you leave. Take a box lunch to Lili’uokalani Gardens in downtown Hilo. And, you must get your toes in the sand at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilauea Military Camp, a Pacific Lodging Recreation Lodging facility is for the Active, Retired Military along with DoD Civilians, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Sponsored Guests. Valid Military ID or Department of Defense ID and current Leave and Earnings Statement is required for check-in. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kilauea Volcano Military Camp Hotel Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Kilauea Volcano Military Camp Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park