Griswalds Redux: Hitting the road!

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~Lao Tzu


August 2015

RV’ing & Camping in Hawaii

Most people think of Hawaii and they think white sand beaches, big splashy resorts and cheesy luau at the hRed Roadotels. Right?

Although this is mostly true (and there are some great not cheesy luau), there is another option! Camping! There are many who tent camp, and a few who RV camp. You may rent a RV at Island RV .  Yup they are the only commercial rental agency on the island now. You can check their Yelp reviews but there are not many. They only have a 23′ class B so if you are used to the big guys, they do not have them.

This all said, any kind of camping around the Big Island is awesome. The Hawaii County  beach parks are pretty easy to reserve on-line and the price makes for a nice budget vacation!  Nothing better than making coffee and going for a quick swim while it brews!  A family of four could camp for less than $24/night ($6 an under per person depending on age)

The other really good part, just like RV’ing on the mainland, you dont have to check in and out of hotels and hassel with any of that. In fact, at the beach parks there is no check in! Your name is on the rangers list, and just show ID when they came around the park!

If you are in the mood for an active volcano experience, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers a $15 – 7 day pass for the park and there is camping there too!

In HVNP, Kulanaokuaiki camping area is free and is available on a first-come basis. No reservations and No permits are necessary. Stays are limited to 7 days in a month and cannot exceed 30 days per year. Entrance fees to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park apply and may be paid at the entrance station.

The Big Island campgrounds have no electric or water hookups, and no wastewater disposal. The RV rental agency handles that or you may go to the Dept of Health in Hilo and they have a disposal site at a cost of $40 (last inquiry).

Temperatures at the ocean usually range from 80/85 daytime winter and summer to lows of 65/75 winter and summer nights. The east side of the Big Island will have more rain (it is a tropical rainforest but it is more lush and green) and the West side has beautiful beaches but more desert type climate.

So pick up some fresh Ahi, make a salad and enjoy a great dinner camping while watching a beautiful sunset!

Note: Hilo walmart does not allow over night parking of RV.

Looking back and moving on…

As we wait for our house to sell and doing a LOT of research on Fulltime’ing on the road in an RV, it is a little bittersweet.

Looking at my Hawaii friends postings, knowing that although for 28 years, I have looked forward to things here, I am beginning to “close up shop”.

Talked to my friend Carrie for a long time this AM. They made they move in Feb 2015. But their physical move started way back in Sept 2014 when the lava was projected to cover Hwy 130 close to Pahoa. They moved from a tiny house on Red Road to a house near Keaau knowing that it would be for only a short time as their goal was to be on the road for awhile.

Carey and Tony got rid of so many things in the first move to escape the lava flow. On the second and long distance move, they had to eliminate all but a few boxes. This is where we are now. In limbo waiting for house sale. But since we sold other house 4+ months ago, we have already gone through a ton of things and sold/recycled/given away. We are down to boxes of paperwork and sentimental items.

Since we dont know where we are going to start trip at yet, we dont know where to send the boxes! Going to get them all ready and address them on our way to Post Office probably!

What do you take? I am making only one box of sentimental items. Thats it. an condensing down all paperwork items. Making one small packet with must haves – Birth certs, that kind of thing.

But back to the looking back part, I realize I am separating from my life here already. Not doing as many dinners or parties. Not engaging with my life here as much. I find myself feeling like the kid going off to college. Getting mad at their parents trying to make the separation easier. So working on trying to be patient and enjoy what is here now but not really looking to make new friends here now. I also have to try to not think of all the things that in a day to day life here get me frustrated. I am finding that it is easier to push away the neighborhood gossips since I dont really have interest in staying up on what the drama in our neighborhood is. I used to it more so as the things the association did affected us. Now it is going to be some one else’s problem.

Other than doing what needs to be done for the house to sell, I am putting away the redecorating part of myself for awhile. (Although it is popping out in searching RV decorating! I feel I can tell the vintage of the older MH’s just by the color of the interior!! ha ha)

Okay thats it for now.

Volunteer / Camp Hosts

While rambling around the internet, and overwhelmed with searching for motor homes, I stumbled upon a site for Volunteers at Parks ( ). I have only gone through a few listings but also checked back on my new RV Bible  and found some more info / experiences and that lead me to

There seems to be a lot of opportunities for volunteering at a park. I am searching on the parks with full hook ups for RV’s. I do not know what to expect but it does seem like a viable opportunity.

There is certainly a lot of interesting choices and for one who has lived in Hawaii almost 30 years, it is like a big wide world out there! (Almost never see an RV or trailer on the road here!)





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