|Kilauea Military Camp|
Kilauea Military Camp (KMC), a secluded rest and recreation facility, is located at an elevation of 4,000 feet, in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the rim of Kilauea Caldera. From steaming craters to lush and verdant tropical forests, some of Hawai'i's most wonderful sights and trails are just outside its doors.
Although KMC is normally only open to active duty and retired military personnel, Volcano Art Center is allowed to host selected activities there, such as performances in the Kilauea Military Camp Theater and customized group programs. Overnight program participants are housed in one of the over 75 cozy, rustic cabins and apartments with fireplaces, or in one of the dormitories. Three meals daily are available in the on-site cafeteria. Guests are welcome to use the general store, snack bar, and lounge/bar; recreation lodge, bowling alley, and playground; volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts; and post office, laundromat, and gas station.
In 1916, KMC was created by a group of Hilo entrepreneurs as a maneuvering ground for the National Guard and a vacation spot for Hawai'i's army members. Originally, there was an officer's building, eating and cooking facilities, latrines, and tents for sleeping. It was not a profitable venture, so the Army was asked to take over management in 1921. Today, KMC is operated by the joint Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Forces, Marines) under a Special Use Permit from the National Park Service, which is renewed in 10 year increments.