Mauna Kea State Recreation Area encompasses 20 acres within the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve but is also very close to the Pohakuloa Military Reservation.
Recreation opportunities at Mauna Kea state park include camping, picnicking, hiking and viewing scenery. At 6,500 feet the park has cooler temperatures than coastal areas. Be prepared with layers if camping at this site.
The site contains picnic tables and cabins for lodging opportunities, with excellent views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Your fellow campers may be pig, sheep and bird hunters depending on the season of your stay. The military reservation lies very close to this park and maneuvers may encroach on the quiet wilderness setting. The cabins at Mauna Kea are available for rental as individual cabins or together for a larger group. There is a centrally located recreational dining hall fully equipped for cooking and serving. Contact the Hawai'i District of the State Parks for more information and reservations.