Hipcamp host Sequoia D.,
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Everybody comes to Hawaii & thinks beaches, surf & jungles but why not try a different side of Hawaii? The Ironwood Forests of Hawi are here you’ll find ios (Hawaiian Hawks) & Pueos (Hawaiian owls only found on the Big Island) as the ancestor's whispers run through the massive forest of Ironwood, Kukui Nut & Avocado in an ancient river bed of sugar plantation country.


Everybody comes to Hawaii & thinks beaches, surf & jungles but why not try a different side of Hawaii? The Ironwood Forests of Hawi are here you’ll find ios (Hawaiian Hawks) & Pueos (Hawaiian owls only found on the Big Island) as the ancestor's whispers run through the massive forest of Ironwood, Kukui Nut & Avocado in an ancient river bed of sugar plantation country.

Deep in the heart of Hawaii’s only dormant volcano of Kohala, this was home to the most prestigious Ali’i (Hawaiian Royalty) & the training grounds of warriors. Here our farm sits on 10-acres with over 30 varieties of fruit trees & a view of the Big Blue (the ocean). We provide 3 platforms & 3 pine-needle-floor campsites to camp on, a center camp that has a kitchen, bathroom & shower plus a healing tent for you to meditate, do massage, practice Reiki, read or just plain have a beautiful discussion in. If you feel inclined to step out of the forest, you are welcome to use our communal eating area THE GROOVY GRINDS CAFE under the mango trees & we would love if you wanted to be a part of any of the events that we host here with our live-on conscious community. Things we do & can offer aerial, yoga & meditation classes, massage (ask hostess about booking a sesh), drum circles, bonfire nights, fire-dancing, community potluck dinners, mini-concerts, painting, planting & building projects & whatever we get called to do. ...& what's camping without a bonfire? We have two bonfire pits lower on the property that you can join in on if our community already has one going. (NO bonfires in the gulch please.)

One of our biggest bragging rights is that we are utilizing the Homebiogas unit which turns your toilet waste & food compost into methane gas for cooking. Also ZERO WASTE since we offer a bidet hose at the toilet for washing oneself (no toilet paper needed, or bring your own) & the gray water from the shower and kitchen sink go into a plot of banana trees. So our bathroom, shower & cooking facility is completely self-sufficient! Please pack out what you pack in & you may distribute your trash at our garbage facility down below by to the main buildings.


***If you would like to give back to the 'Aina, you can participate in our forest trash pick-up program. Hostess provides trash bags to collect trash left on property by one of our neighbors further down gulch for a $10/bag of trash. Hostess will collect from you on your departure & hand you a crispy $10. Maximum 2 bags per day please. 

And when it’s time to step out of the forest & out of Pueo Ridge, we are a 5-minute drive directly above the main center of town & 15 minutes to the famous Polalu Valley hike that runs deep in to the jagged switchbacks of the Northern coast. Our area also headlines in ADVENTURE with skydiving, zip-lining, hiking & forest adventures.

Mahalo for reading!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
6 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 14.0 ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Sequoia a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Hippocampus of Pueo Ridge in Hawaii.


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Hipcamper carol and tom
Carol And Tom E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 11th, 2022

I so enjoyed 3 nights at hippocampus
A very unique and special experience in this more remote part of the big island.
Be ready for a short climb into and out of the canyon like camping area which has a magical quality under the ironwood trees I appreciate the kitchen area complete with dishes, utensils etc.
Watch for dropping avacodos!!
A trip to the farmers market and hike to Paplolu beach one day and a restful day on the property the next day really provided me the adventure and relaxation I was looking for. Sequoia was a great host responding quickly to any questions. We had a lovely chat. I wish her all the best in caring for her bit of paradise and all who take respite there

Hipcamper David

A great start!

David H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 29th, 2021

The campground is in a beautiful location, and the sites are well spaced and you've done a good job thinking things out with intention. We think this place is a "great start."
However, I would only recommend this place to my fellow Backcountry campers who are more comfortable with limited services, and roughing it.
The bathroom and shower need some work, and the kitchen space is barely big enough for 1 couple. If there were others we would have right on top of each other. Also the steps down need to be shorn up, those are an accident waiting to happen.
I actually think that the better tent areas are up on the ridge, amongst the ironwood trees, rather than down in the ravine. Something to consider.
We had a great time here, despite the rain and mud, which is what you get during the rainy season, so we get it. Thank you for checking in on us and we really wish you the best!

Hipcamper Sequoia
Response from Sequoia, the Host, on January 8th, 2022

Thank you David for your review. Many campsites that I reviewed didn’t even offer kitchens so honestly I think that in the middle of the woods people can take turns when they want to cook... Which I don’t even think there’s anybody else up there except for you two. I will look into “shorning” up the stairs even though Im not quite sure what that means but I’ll look it up. And also there’s a reason that I didn’t put camping up on the top of the ridge and it’s because it is a sacred place where my Hawaiian Kumu has told me to leave virgin because of all the ancestors that used to convene there for meetings. And this is Hawaii where the sacredness & indigenous roots go a lot deeper than just “Mahalo” and “aloha”. So its okay, you just didnt know.

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Hipcamper Joel
Joel D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 14th, 2021

This campground, located in the forest, is super cool for the adventurous people. It is fun to listen to the sound of nature. The shower allows this unique moonlight experience. We placed our tent on the forest ground instead of the platforms to allow for proper installation of the tent anchor system and Sequoia was cool with it. No noise pollution by human - just a cool sound concert of nature. Sequoia provided a gas stove. Enjoy

Hipcamper Sequoia
Response from Sequoia, the Host, on January 8th, 2022

Thank you so much Joel for actually getting the right idea of being “out in the middle of the wood” with no other people sounds... but a random coqui frog, cows in the distance & maybe a wild pig running by perhaps!

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Hipcamper Louise

A peaceful spot in cool woods.

Louise H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2021

We really enjoyed our time here. Sequoia’s spot is in a beautiful forest, much shadier and cooler than the coast, but very conveniently close to shops and restaurants. We look forward to staying with her again !

Hipcamper Sequoia
Response from Sequoia, the Host, on November 25th, 2021

Thank you so much Luise. I really did try to meet you two but I guess it just wasn’t in the stars ha ha Ha....lots of them right?! Anyways thank you so much for being our second guests ever! You left the place immaculate!

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Hipcamper Tommy
Tommy B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 17th, 2021

I had an extremely positive experience during my stay at the Hippocampus. Sequoia really went to great lengths to make sure I was comfortable and happy. She is by far the most welcoming and friendly hostess I have yet to encounter in all my travels around the Big Island ( and beyond ). The camping area is very well-kept and also secluded from the rest of the property. There was ample privacy and extreme peace and quiet. However, there exists a vibrant and lively community full of fun activities and interesting people just a short distance away. I felt very welcomed there and very much a part of the small community who live on the property full time. There seems to be a lot of activities and fun events that happen on the property. I believe Sequoia is transforming the property into a epic center for yoga, health, healing, wellness, creativity, and a whole lot more. She has a unique vision and I haven’t experienced anything quite like it before. I look forward to spending more time there in the future.

Hipcamper Sequoia
Response from Sequoia, the Host, on November 18th, 2021

Wow were we lucky to have Tommy as our first and ever guest at hippocampus! Quite a gentle soul and everyone at our property really loved him. I just wish we had something permanent for him so he could live with us year-round… Who knows it may just happen! Mahalo Tommy for taking a chance on us!

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