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When you’re on Oahu, you generally think about the sand and the sun and everything that is right about being on an exclusive beach. But, what about camping? There are actually 20 different camping spots across the island to choose from. Here are some things to remember if you’re considering a camping and hiking trip on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

• The campgrounds on Oahu are heavily patrolled by area law enforcement. Mainly they’re on the lookout for bums who are calling the area home. While many places on the mainland can afford to have such people living on their streets, Oahu relies heavily on the tourism dollar and needs such people to find work and find a place to live on their own. This law enforcement presence also helps with security around the campgrounds.
• Be sure to get a camping permit. The number of days you can spend camping in one spot on Oahu are strictly limited. You must follow these rules. The permits are free.
• Understand underlying frustrations of the locals. For years, people with dark skin on the island have been wronged by people of light skin. While this may not have anything to do with you, just be aware that there are still some natives there who grow frustrated at the sight of white people.
• Oahu has 23 state parks. Most of these places offer showering, toilet and picnicking facilities. Campers may feel free to use these facilities. But only three of the state parks on Oahu offer tent camping; Keaiwa State Park, Malaekahana State Park, and Sand Island State Park.
• Be sure to get camping reservations well in advance. Permits need to be made at least a week in advance by writing a letter, but cannot e made any earlier than the fifth Wednesday before the first day of camping.
• Arrive at the permit office early. Campsite permits on Oahu are popular! People start lining up to get their permits by 8 a.m. at the issuing office.