County Celebrates Mauna Kea Recreation Area Bunkhouse and Dining Area Opening with Blessing Ceremony

County Celebrates Mauna Kea Recreation Area Bunkhouse and Dining Area Opening With Blessing Ceremony

County officials celebrated the blessing of the Mauna Kea Recreation Area Bunkhouses earlier today.   The ceremony followed the official opening of the bunkhouse accommodations and dining area on January 3, 2018.

The bunkhouse accommodations are intended for use by groups and organizations (seven persons minimum), have a maximum capacity of 48 persons, and may be reserved for up to six consecutive nights.  There are two bunkhouses, which feature four individual rooms each, with a capacity of six persons each.  Each room is furnished with a folding table and chairs, and has a shower, toilet and lavatory.  Permittees must furnish their own bedding, food and personal supplies.

Groups that utilize the bunkhouses will be provided access to the dining hall, a separate structure that consists of a kitchen and dining area for preparing and eating meals and group activities.  Groups must provide their own meal preparation equipment and supplies, foodstuffs, serving/dining supplies, and cleaning supplies.  The kitchen is equipped with an electric range/oven and refrigerator/freezer.  The dining hall is equipped with folding tables and chairs.

The cost for overnight use of each of the two bunkhouses (maximum 24 occupants each) is $240 for Hawai‘i residents, and $480 for non-Hawai‘i residents.  There is a one-time refundable security deposit of $250 per bunkhouse that also covers use of the dining hall.  The security deposit will be refunded in full provided the permittee complies with all conditions of the lodging permit.

Applications for bunkhouse lodging permits may be obtained via the Department’s online camping reservation system at http://hawaiicounty.ehawaii.gov or in person at the Department’s administration office located at Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6.

Persons interested in utilizing these facilities shall review the Department’s Administrative Rule 16, “Rules Relating to Mauna Kea Recreation Area,” for details on the costs, expectations and proper use of the Bunkhouses, as well as the Park in general.

Mauna Kea Recreation Area users are reminded that the following are prohibited within the Park: alcohol, smoking, tobacco products, firearms and explosives, open fires or burning of any kind, dogs and pets (excluding service animals), and fireworks.  See Rule 16 for a full list of prohibited items and activities.

Please note that the public use of the Park’s seven individual cabins will be phased in over the upcoming months as the Department works to certify that operational procedures are perfected, to ensure reliable, safe and positive experiences at the Park.  Additional information will be provided as the cabins become available.

For more information please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 961-8311.